I Eat Vegan Books: The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone
Last weekend I picked up The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone. While I am already vegan, I love to continuously learn new information, tricks, methods, recipes, and just let myself become inspired in new ways. I will also mention as a preteen, Alicia Silverstone was like my hero. I thought she was the most beautiful, sweet person to ever exist and I pretty much learned the crushing harshness of public expectations when the media attacked her for being “fat” around the time of her Batman movie. I practically cried, “If they think she’s fat, then what am I?! ” But childhood heartbreak aside, let’s talk about the book.
The Kind Diet takes the approach to the vegan lifestyle that I find most inspirational and beneficial. Sure, those snarky, witty books are fun to read and have useful information, but approaching the subject of something as intimate as dietary lifestyle in such a manner tends to get people to put up their shields and launch their defensive attacks. Alicia gets all of the information out there without sugar coating it, and yet manages to maintain compassion for all people and lifestyles throughout the entire book. It would be virtually impossible for anyone, from any walk of life, to read a page of this book without taking something useful to them from it.
The book is divided into three parts: Kind versus Nasty, Living the Kind Life, and Recipes. Somehow, even though much of the information in Part 1 is saddening and hard to swallow, Alicia manages to weave her absolute passion for life into every page. This passion and inspiration becomes contagious and after reading even a few pages I felt inspired to make sure I enjoy every second of my own life as well. By the time I got to Part 2, I literally felt like I was walking taller and lighter with some of the author’s joy transferring through me and my actions. There is one sentence towards the end that caught me when Alicia is talking about moments in her life when she forgets to prioritize and ends up on the ground in tears, “I’ve lost my way. But thank God I have my way to lose.” It really seems as though through her passion for whole, real food and her efforts to make the world a cleaner, better place, she has developed an absolute humble spirituality with Earth and all living things.
The final portion of the book is recipes, which I honestly have not tried any of yet, but they look absolutely delicious from the pictures! I especially have my eye on the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups and many of the soups, but in my area I’m going to have to do a bit of hunting for a lot of her favorite ingredients. There are places to get many of them online though, so I may take that route to try out her “Superhero” meal recipes. I’ll keep you updated on my recipe experiences!
Overall, The Kind Diet is a lighthearted, yet necessarily informative, look at a plant-based diet and the personal and economical benefits involved. The tone and spirit of the book is extremely inspirational, with famous quotes and notable people laced throughout. While it is mostly directed at a female audience, anyone from any level of curiosity (from Flirting to Superhero as the book puts it) would be able to feed their interest through reading this book and I highly recommend it. If you’ve read, are reading, or plan to read The Kind Diet, let me know your thoughts! I’d love to keep the conversation going!