The Kind Diet.

For the past few years I've been on a bit of a food discovery journey. Reading lots of different books, watching documentaries and soaking up every bit of information I can get my hands on. One recent read, The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone, has opened my eyes to some great new foods and recipes.

Alicia is Vegan and while I understand the thought of giving up meat and dairy can sound blasphemous to some, Alicia shares information in her book that will help you make healthier food choices regardless if you live Vegan or not. 


My motivation in purchasing this book was to discover new recipes to feed Audrey (who has dairy sensitivities) without neglecting her the nutrients that dairy offers. In reading, I also found myself learning even more about the power of foods like beans, whole grains like brown rice and quinoa, and alternatives to recipes that call for butter + chocolate chips.


There are some wonderful recipes that you must try. So far, we're especially loving the Hearty Pinto Bean Stew pg 170 + Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups pg. 183. And look at those cupcakes! Can't wait to try those.

What about you? Have you read The Kind Diet? If so, what did you think?

22 comments:

  1. This looks interesting. I am a vegetarian and always love finding new recipe books .. will have to check it out :)

    Fiks*d

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  2. I heard Alicia talk about her book on The View awhile back. I wasn't really sure what to think about it, but you have inspired me to check it out! I'm not a vegan, or even a vegetarian for that matter, but I'm learning how to eat and cook healthier and think this could definitely help!

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  3. AMAZING book! I loved it :)

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  4. I bought this book right around New Years. I'm not vegan but am vegetarian and thought it couldn't hurt to inject some vegan recipes now and again. I find the book inspires me to try new vegan recipes...which makes me feel better about what I put in my body!!!

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  5. It has been on my to-read list for a few months now. I recently found out I am allergic to eggs, milk and wheat and am always looking for recipes that avoid those item. I'll have to check it out from the library!

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  6. Another interesting book (aside from "The Vegetarian Myth") is "Nourishing Traditions" by Sally Falon. They both provide good opposing viewpoints for vegan/vegetarian diets...and are good books to read for anyone on a food discovery journey. Cheers to good health!

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  7. I've been vegan for a year and a half and I love all those recipes! I've never felt so healthy and energetic in my life!

    p.s. those peanut butter cups will change your life!

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  8. I haven't tried The Kind Diet, but I used to do the vegetarian thing. It just didn't ultimately suit me. Nowadays we find that it's a good thing we like cooking because I'm now allergic to nuts (they're in everything). I also don't really get along with dairy, so maybe I should give the book a try.

    I really just wanted to comment that quinoa is awesome!♥

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  9. Switching to whole grains and alternatives to meat really opened up my eyes to a new world. This cookbook sounds really good. Enjoy your culinary adventures.

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  10. There are alternatives to recipes that use butter and chocolate chips? No way! ;) Just kidding. I could definitely use a reset in my thinking about food. Thanks for the reccomendation!

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  11. I saw Alicia on Oprah promoting this book and I was intrigued. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  12. oh, I love this book! Alicias awesome!

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  13. This is a really great book! I have made lots of the recipes and they have been yummy! My kids even loved it! I think we'd like to incorporate 2-3 vegan meals a week into our routine!

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  14. I read The Kind Diet a year or so ago. It's amazing, and I often go back to it for motivation. It's inspired me to cook less often with meat and to think about what is in our food.

    Have you read "The Omnivore's Dilema" or "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle"? They are both fantastic food books that I'm sure you would enjoy.

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  15. Check out simplehealthytasty.blogspot.com Great healthy family friendly recipes. I think you'll enjoy it.

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  16. That cupcake looks delicious! The book sounds like a keeper -- as a part of a mostly gluten-free family (my brother has celiac disease) we've grown into foods like quinoa. The interesting thing about being mostly gluten-free, as we're discovering that natural, "forgotten" ingredients are some of our favorites.

    Have a lovely day!
    --Hannah

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  17. I saw her on Oprah...Food Inc was also featured which is such an eye opener. Another great vegetarian recipe blog is greenkitchenstories.com. The beet "burgers" are amazing!

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  18. I haven't read the whole book but my friend lent this to me to look at. I like that she gives you healthy options without pushing Veganism which I enjoyed. My friend who lent it to me is trying to become vegan. I was raw/vegan for almost two years and then went off it for many reasons. I still like a lot of raw and vegan recipes though. I thought some of her recipes looked divine but haven't tried them yet.

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  19. Looks awesome!!! Love your blog...now following :)

    swirlsofhappy.blogspot.com

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  20. I read this book and loved the new info and how it opened my mind to a new perspective on food and eating. It is a positive view instead of so many of the limiting negative "diet" books floating around. The recipes look yummy too! I have a few marked to try soon...

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  21. wow, you were the brave one and posted it out it out there, I thought it was fascinated that nourishing traditions was mentioned as well as the omnivores dilema and Animal, vegetable mineral. I'm reading the last one right now and have read the other two, they are very good for balancing out all views like she said because there's a different story on every side and for that matter for every body. I've had some new interesting thoughts the last couple of weeks, we should get together sometime

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