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Published on February 12th, 2014 | by Bright Kids Books


Best books for vegetarian teens

What are the best books for vegetarian teens? For many parents, a child who chooses to eat vegetarian (or vegan) is a confronting prospect. Considering that around 10% of the population in western countries consider themselves vegetarian, this is no passing fad. This list of books help explain vegetarianism – and how to eat nutritiously and deliciously for growing bodies and minds. Perfect for vegetarian teens.

If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian” – Paul McCartney.

It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.” ― Albert Einstein


Teen Cuisine: New Vegetarian
by Matthew Locricchio

This is a beautiful book of vegetarian recipes that is targeted to teens – but would be a perfect resource for any novice vegetarian cook. The level of vegetarian-ness is coded by V (lacto-ovo vegetarian who eats dairy and eggs) and VG (vegan who eats only plant products). All the recipes have a short paragraph or two that gives a background history to the dish, cooking tips or other relevant information about the dish. Ingredients are listed at the top of each recipe and directions are thorough and easy for inexperienced cooks to understand. A 2013 International Association of Culinary Professionals Award Winner, Children, Youth and Family category – vegetarian teens will celebrate all the great features in this exquisite cookbook that speaks directly to today’s most popular eating trends.


Vegetables Rock!: A Complete Guide for Teenage Vegetarians
by Stephanie Pierson

Vegetarianism can help the environment, raise your consciousness, and make a cow very happy. But for teenage vegetarians – and their (sometimes)perplexed parents – there seem to be more questions than answers: What can I eat? How do I know I’m getting enough protein and vitamins? Does all veggie food taste like cardboard? Author and mother of two, Stephanie Pierson answers these questions and more on what going vegetarian is really all about – with particular emphasis on vegetarian teens. Additionally, there’s also 60 delicious and nutritious recipes – mostly from chefs, cookbook writers, and magazines – that are easy enough to prepare in a college dorm mini-kitchen.


Vegetarian Times Vegetarian Beginner’s Guide
by the Editors of Vegetarians Times

In this introduction to the vegetarian lifestyle, the editors of Vegetarian Times (whose circulation has doubled in the last three years) describe the various types of vegetarianism. Stressing the health value of the vegetarian lifestyle, especially in the treatment of various diseases, they point out the possible dangers of dairy foods, discuss whether to use vitamin supplements, and encourage the use of low-fat ingredients. Tips on the basic vegetarian pantry, along with two-weeks’ worth of easy recipes and menus, are given for the beginner. Not just for vegetarian teens, but a timely and useful guide nonetheless.


The Teen’s Vegetarian Cookbook
by Judy Krizmanic

Judy Krizmanic’s cookbook opens up a world of simple, quick, nutritious and delicious recipes for vegetarian teens. The Teen’s Vegetarian Cookbook includes over 120 recipes for mouth-watering and nutritious meals, snacks, and desserts -including Easy Homemade Granola, Cold Sesame Noodles, Thai Coconut Curry, and Chocolate Coma – that are perfect for the beginner chef. So get ready to do some vegetarian cooking – all it takes is a little enthusiasm and the willingness to experiment, and in no time at all you’ll be simmering, sautéing, and stir-frying like a pro!


Kids Can Cook: Vegetarian Recipes
by Dorothy R. Bates

This is the perfect book for kids who want to try their hand at creating their own tasty meatless dishes, and for parents who want recipes that are nutritious and easy to prepare. Drawn from children’s cooking classes given by the author, these recipes are kitchen tested by kids for kids. As a bonus, Suzanne Havala, R.D., nutrition advisor to The Vegetarian Resource Group, has written a section for parents on how to be sure their child’s vegetarian diet is healthy. A great cook book for vegetarian teens.

The following two books are not Vegetarian cookbooks as such – but a powerful reminder for teens (and adults) about the food industry… and  guaranteed to shake your perceptions of what we eat!


Food Inc.: A Participant Guide: How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer – And What You Can Do About It
by Karl Weber

This powerful documentary deconstructing the corporate food industry in America was hailed by Entertainment Weekly as “more than a terrific movie—it’s an important movie.” Aided by expert commentators such as Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser, the film poses questions such as: Where has my food come from, and who has processed it? What are the giant agribusinesses and what stake do they have in maintaining the status quo of food production and consumption? Expanding on the film’s themes, the book Food, Inc. will answer those questions through a series of challenging essays by leading experts and thinkers. This book will encourage those inspired by the film to learn more about the issues, and act to change the world. A powerful tome and a perfect gift for vegetarian teens.


Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
by Eric Schlosser

In 2001, Fast Food Nation was published to critical acclaim and became an international bestseller. Eric Schlosser’s exposé revealed how the fast food industry has altered the landscape of America, widened the gap between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and transformed food production throughout the world. The book changed the way millions of people think about what they eat and helped to launch today’s food movement.

In a new afterword for this edition, Schlosser discusses the growing interest in local and organic food, the continued exploitation of poor workers by the food industry, and the need to ensure that every American has access to good, healthy, affordable food. Fast Food Nation is as relevant today as it was a decade ago. The book inspires readers to look beneath the surface of our food system, consider its impact on society and, most of all, think for themselves. Another wonderful gift idea for vegetarian teens.

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