Book Review & Giveaway: Alicia Silverstone’s “The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide To Feeling Great, Losing Weight, And Saving The Planet”.


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Let me just say right up front that I am not a vegetarian; not even close. But I do my best to eat as well as I can, and the meat I do consume is almost always organic and from sustainable sources. That all being said, when I was offered a chance to check out Alicia Silverstone’s new book “The Kind Diet” I jumped at the chance because I had heard such great things about it already. A friend of mine runs a site dedicated to skin care called My Skin Affair, and landed an interview with Alicia about her book and Ecotools, an earth-friendly line of make up brushes and cosmetic bags she is involved with. I will post a snippet of it a little later, along with a link so you can read the entire interview. But for now, back to the book…

I have only had it for a few weeks now, but I have already tried several of the recipes – and have been more than pleased with how they turned out. Alicia is a Vegan and doesn’t eat meat or animal products, so many of the recipes had meat and/or dairy replacements in them such as seitan, tofu, or vegan cheddar cheese…not items often found in my house! But I did my best to follow some of the recipes to the letter and I have to tell you that they were incredibly good. One of my favorites was the Eggplant Chana Masala, which has onions, cloves, curry, cumin, eggplant, chickpeas, tomatoes, vegetarian chili and cilantro. While the recipe said it was for 8 people, I only got 2 meals out of it. Guess I was really hungry and thoroughly enjoyed it!

The book also talks about “kind” foods versus processed stuff, getting fit, activism, and even has a section about pets. Overall it’s a great book that is not just for vegetarians or vegans – after all, this meat-eater got a lot out of it too. Good stuff, and I recommend you check it out.

And finally, a segment from the interview I mentioned earlier:

On Ecotools: Alicia, a passionate animal welfare and environmental activist, has joined forces with the enormously successful eco-conscious brand to show that style and respect for the earth go hand-in-hand. Getting gorgeous, going green, and giving back is what Ecotools is all about. All of the bags in the Ecotools by Alicia Silverstone cosmetic bag collection are made with a natural hemp material and have a recycled PET lining. When I asked Alicia about Ecotools she said “I’m excited about how beautiful it is”. I’ve seen the Ecotools brushes and the cosmetic bags and they are absolutely lovely.

Click over to My Skin Affair if you want to read the rest of Alicia’s interview.

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Now, about that giveaway…the publisher has graciously offered a copy of the book for one lucky reader, and this is how we are going to do this. The giveaway will be open until Saturday morning at 7:30am MST (48 hours from now), and here are the rules and how to enter:

– To enter, please leave a comment (with a valid email address, so we can contact you) as to why you would like to win the book
Only one entry per person. Period. Please don’t try to use different email addresses, etc, as the IP numbers will be checked.
– Entries must be from residents within the continental U.S.
– Book will be sent directly from the publisher to a valid address via their choice of shippers
– Winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries received

Good luck everyone! And if you don’t win, I still suggest you check the book out – it’s great.

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  1. This is such a coincidence! I was at the bookstore earlier this week checking into Alicia’s new book. I didn’t have much time to go through page by page but it looked amazing! I am a new vegetarian (almost a year now) and have found it to help with my digestive issues. In addition it has given me more energy and I feel better about what I put into my body. I haven’t made the vegan leap but this book would really help. The recipes seem easy enough and totally appetizing. I would also like to read about her story in choosing a vegan diet and how it has helped her.

  2. I would like to win this book to learn how to take better care of myself, my family, God’s creatures and the earth. I have started incorporating into my life ideas I’ve learned from The Good Human. We’ve become such a “ME” society; we need to change!

  3. We are a dairy free house, which can be challenging. The book would be a great resource. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  4. I would like to win this book because the recipes seem amazing and I would love to try them and add the cookbook to my sparse shelf of vegan cookbooks.
    Thanks for the chance!

  5. I’d love this book because I’ve been a vegetarian for nearly 20 years, but I’m still overweight due to not eating right. I need to be healthy, inside and out. Alicia is doing it right, mind body and spirit, and I know that this book will help me get on track. Thanks!

  6. Sweet! I’d love this book because I’ve been a vegetarian for about 3 years. I’m looking for new recipes and have contemplated going vegan. I’m hoping this book will give me the motivation to actually go vegan. Thanks so much!

  7. I really wish this wouldn’t have gotten the “diet book” status. Because really… I’m done with all of that, as we all should be I think. Why not just let it be about a better way of living and being a part of the planet? A book about how eating earth and animal friendly meals improves your overall health? I am hoping that it’s mostly that type of book. I’m inspired by anybody that has chosen the vegetarian lifestyle but in awe of somebody who has really embraced being a vegan diet. It gives me something to strive for. I hope I win because I’d love to see what kind of recipes she has to offer.

  8. I would LOVE this book because I’ve been a guilt-ridden lacto-ovo vegetarian for the last 23 years, and have never had the guts to go vegan. Mostly this is because I’m married to a carnivore. He happens to be quite open minded when it comes to food, so I know that the great sounding recipes in this book might help us meet halfway when it comes to our meals.

  9. I’d love the book. My husband and I just started going vegan for health reasons. Before, my husband was VERY carnivorous but felt that he was healthy, he just wanted to continue to stay healthy and figured he’d try going vegan for a while. Now he can’t believe how good he feels! I was a flexitarian, eating very little meat and some animal products but even I noticed a big difference. If you’d told us even a year ago that we’d be promoting veganism we would have told you you were nuts, but I really recommend people try it at least once for a few weeks.

  10. Honestly? As a former vegetarian, eating meat the way you do, I have 2 favorite veggie cookbooks. I want to see if Ms. Silverstone has any recipes that can measure up to my favorites! 😉

  11. I’ve been a flip-flopping vegan/vegetarian for the last few years. I’d love to win the book and read her thoughts about exercise, the food we eat and how to feel better about what we consume.

  12. I am looking to eat more vegetarian and even vegan meals to improve my health. Anything that can help me out is welcome!

  13. Six months ago I decided to stop eating meat because of it’s impact on the environment (as well as a host of other reasons). I am always looking for new meat-free recipes to try. I have heard this book is wonderful, and would love to win it!

  14. I would love this book to liven up my parents meals! They are rarely meat eaters, preferring to eat vegetarian for the last several years. I love eating with them, and think this might bring some fresh new meals to the table.

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