Reviews by Health Professionals

Reviews by Medical Doctors, Research Scientists, and Registered Dietitians

Becoming Raw Reviews 

“Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina do an outstanding job of nutrition research, bringing readers the most accurate and up-to-date information. Their books are a must-read for anyone with an interest in raw food and/or vegan diets.
A raw vegan diet is to average dietary patterns what the summit of Mount Everest is to an average hill-an ascent to potentially exhilarating and life-changing heights, fraught with hazard. The health benefits of a judicious raw diet are apt to be considerable, while a reckless approach could be equally harmful. In typical Davis and Melina fashion, Becoming Raw is thorough, thoughtful, practical, and balanced. It is, in fact, the gold standard on the topic. If the rarefied terrain of a raw vegan diet calls out to you, Davis and Melina are the best Sherpas in the business; don’t make the trek without them!”Becoming Raw 140
David L. Katz, MD, Director, Prevention Research Ctr., Yale University School of Medicine, Nutrition Columnist, O, the “Oprah Magazine”

“Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina do an outstanding job of nutrition research, bringing readers the most accurate and up-to-date information.”
T. Colin Campbell, PHD, Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry, Cornell University, author of “The China Study” 

Becoming Raw is an excellent resource for anyone interested in understanding the relationship between food and health. It is one of few books that covers raw, plant-based nutrition from a peer-reviewed scientific perspective, yet presents the concepts in a manner accessible to the general public. This book will be at the top of our list of suggested readings.”
Drs. Karin and Rick Dina, D.C., Instructors of the Science of Raw Food Nutrition courses, Living Light Culinary Arts Institute 

Becoming Vegan Reviews                

Becoming Vegan 140“I suggest you buy Becoming Vegan  by Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina. It’s a terrific book that will answer all your questions.”
David L Katz, MD. Oprah magazine 

“Every so often a book comes along that you feel should be on every vegan’s bookshelf (and probably every vegetarian’s too).  Becoming Vegan is one such book.  Written by two Canadian dietitians, Becoming Vegan is a comprehensive and authoritative guide to vegan nutrition.
Paul Appleby, researcher and statistician in The Oxford Study and The EPIC study, Oxford, England

Becoming Vegan is packed, virtually packed with useful information. Congratulations to Brenda and to you for a terrific job.”
Louise Lambert Lagacé, Registered Dietitian, Montreal 

Brenda Davis, the American Dietetic Association’s Vegetarian Nutrition Chair, and Vesanto Melina have written an out-standing guide to vegan diets.  Becoming Vegan begins with a look at the history of the vegan movement, goes on to thoroughly cover basic nutrition topics for vegans, provides a vegan food guide, and discusses topics like overweight, eating disorders, and the vegan athlete.  It ends with an excellent chapter on vegan diplomacy and vegan resources.  Davis and Melina, who previously worked together on Becoming Vegetarian, have written a book that will appeal to both health care professionals and educated lay-people.
Many complex issues, including lipid metabolism and the stages of vitamin B-12 deficiency are clearly explained using a variety of techniques to great advantage.  The book features a number of  tables, bulleted points, sidebars, and boxed bulletins to simplify information and to reinforce points made in the text.  Case studies also give the reader very practical, useful help.  While some of the information presented may be over-the-head of the beginning vegan with no nutrition background, the tables and summary points could be easily used by even a beginner to understand the more important issues.
The tone of the book is both humorous and serious.  Humor is used to add life to the sometimes ponderous topic of vegetarian nutrition while the discussion of eating disorders is done so sensitively that I know that I will refer to this chapter again and again.
Nutrition professionals can rely on this book as a credible source of information for themselves and for their clients.
I highly recommend Becoming Vegan to health care professionals, vegans, and those interested in moving towards a more plant-based diet.”
Reed Mangels, PhD, RD, author of The Everything Vegan Pregnancy Book 

Becoming Vegetarian and The New Becoming Vegetarian Reviews

“Few books on vegetarian nutrition are as comprehensive and accurate as Becoming Vegetarian…  It would be a valuable addition to the bookshelf of all dietetics professionals and other health care providers who work with vegetarian or near-vegetarian clients.”
Journal of the American Dietetic Association (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)

Becoming Vegetarian 140 New Becoming Vegetarian140Becoming Vegetarian is subtitled The Complete Guide to Adopting a Healthy Vegetarian Diet, which is a good description of this book. The authors – who are all registered dietitians – provide a comprehensive but readable guide to vegetarian nutrition. The first chapters cover the origins of vegetarianism and the health effects of vegetarian diets, while the main part of the book describes human nutrient requirements and explains how these can be met by a vegetarian or vegan diet. The book finishes with 40 pages of recipes, all of which are vegan or have a vegan version described.  The advice is sensible and up-to-date and the book is a valuable addition to the literature on vegetarian nutrition. It is reassuring to read clear advice on the necessity for a dietary source of vitamin B12, together with lists of foods that do supply vitamin B12. Other important advice, which is not often found in books on vegetarian nutrition, is the need to include plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids (the class of fats found also in oily fish).”
Dr. Tim Key (of ‘The Oxford / EPIC Study), Oxford, England