Marin County author Patti Breitman and two co-authors have written a new book Never Too Late to Go Vegan. The book is designed as a resource for people over-50 who are interested in becoming vegan. It’s written for people who have the wisdom to understand the health, compassion for animals and environmental aspects of veganism, but haven’t discovered them yet. And it’s written for people who are currently vegan and want a better understanding – or some fabulous recipe ideas. The authors address the issue of change.
Change may be scary and challenging, but we’ve seen that before. We haven’t gotten to where we are in life without change.
We wrote this book to reassure you, bust your notions of what aging looks like, show you how to prepare scrumptious foods, and help you rediscover one of the most precious, life-affirming parts of yourself. We hope it will be a successful introduction to a lifestyle that brings you renewed energy, better health, a new sense of purpose, and a new experience of power to affect change. This is what it has done for us and for countless others who choose a vegan way of life.
Patti is passionate about helping everyone to become vegan – for whatever reason they choose. She sees veganism as “a big tent,” that includes people who have different reasons for becoming vegan – for animal kindness, for health, for the environmental impact – and different ways of eating. She believes that even going vegan for one meal a day or one day a week is a move towards kindness and health.
A large crowd turned out at Book Passage last Saturday to hear the highly energetic, funny and enthusiastic Patti read from and discuss her book. The crowd was so large, and Patti is such an enthusiastic speaker, the store sold out of her book. It was great to see so many people interested in finding out about this life-changing lifestyle.
Beyond scrumptious recipes and time-saving food tips, Never Too Late to Go Vegan will support you in your veganism by focusing on physical changes, cultural stereotypes, nutritional needs, and social issues that are specific to people in their fifties, sixties, seventies and beyond.
The authors address vegan myths like it’s too hard, or expensive, or vegans don’t get enough protein. They address, honestly, the impact of meat eating on the environment, hunger and animals – and why phrases like humanely raised and free range are deceptive feel-good messages designed to ease the meat eater’s conscience.
One chapter focuses on the vegan as caregiver for a loved one or close friend in a crisis or who needs long-term caregiving. If the person needing care is you and you are vegan, the authors provide empowering information about what to ask for from your caregiver or in assisted living or other care facilities.
Sprinkled throughout the book are the stories of vegans over 50 , along with personal reflections from Patti and the co-authors about how they became vegan, how they share it with others, and what’s in their homes and fridges.
I haven’t had a chance to read all of the recipes, but there are some wonderful suggestions for “veganizing” familiar recipes and making simple, delicious vegan meals. One suggestion, from the book, is to cook large pots of rice and beans at the beginning of the week and then use the recipes for different spice combinations – Chinese, Indian, Creole and others – to mix with the rice and beans and have a different taste every day.
I love the title of the book’s Preface – With Age, Wisdom; with Wisdom, Vegan. Becoming vegan is a natural progression for those of us who are concerned about our health, the health of the world and all of its sentient beings.
You can read more about Patti in this article from the Marin Independent Journal.
More information about the book can be found at www.nevertoolatetogovegan.com