Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Revenge of the Vegetarian by Jim Tilberry (Book Review)

It has been a while since I've sat here in the living room and just laughed enough to catch the attention of the family, but I did that while reading through Revenge of the Vegetarian by Jim Tilberry with Patricia Van Winkle.  So if you are a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian, read on... this book is for you if you need a laugh!

In this book, Jim covers a ton of information (some of the topics typically missed by other books)on vegetarianism, and he does it with humor... namely: 10 Great Reasons to Become a Vegetarian, What You Can Eat on a Vegetarian Diet, Veg Speak, Coming Out, Dead Vegetarians Speak Beyond the Grave, Quitting Meat, Answers to Questions from Vegetarians, Psycho Vegetarian, Converted Carnivores, Respect My Tofu, The Veggie Diary, Gift Buying for Vegetarians, Social Situations, Vegetarian Olympics, Vegetarian Zodiac, The Veggie Rap, Rise of the Vegocrats, What is Your V.Q.?, and A Look Ahead.

Honestly, one of the best parts of the book aside from the actual information is the humor.  It is done in such a way as to be highly entertaining and witty while imparting information.  For example, number two in 10 Great Reasons to become a Vegetarian says:
2. You get to choose the restaurant where you eat when out with friends. If someone picks a restaurant you don't like, in your whiniest voice say "But it's not vegetarian-friendly! There's nothing I can eat there."  The others in your group will relent and go with your choice.  Caveat: You may find that you're never invited to dinnar again by these same friends.
And the fun doesn't stop there, every single page is packed with Vegetarian tid-bits surrounded by witty humor.  I found Randy's Veggie Diary (page 40+) to be a hilarious read as he tried to become a vegetarian after Jim talked him into trying it.  A few trips to White Castle, Chicken Wings, Pepperoni, and Bacon all become challenges in his not-so-successful week.  I also loved The Veggie Rap, where Jim takes a look at the possible reasons why vegetables are less-appreciated - so true - all 7 examples made me shake my head with a smile.

So, there is a lot of fun to be had in this book, and I can say that I really think Vegetarians need to read it simply for the fun of it.  The tongue-in-cheek humor was a lot of fun to read, and should lighten the mood of just about anyone!

PS - the ink drawings are pretty funny too!

Revenge of the Vegetarian: A Humorous Spin on the World of Vegetarianism
by Jim Tilberry with Patricia Van Winkle
70 pages ~ $11.95 Available on Amazon
Non-Fiction / Lifestyle / Vegetarian / Humor

Edition Reviewed: Paperback - Review copy received courtesy of the author in coordination with a Karma Media Review Campaign!

About the Book: From Amazon
Written by a passionate vegetarian, "Revenge of the Vegetarian" is an amusing, irreverent, and often hilarious book that covers a range of topics about vegetarianism and the meat-eating culture. The author has his tongue firmly planted in cheek, while taking humorous jabs at a variety of easy targets. Get a silly lesson on how to deal with meat eaters in social situations. Read surprisingly funny interviews with famous dead vegetarians such as Gandhi, Socrates, and Ben Franklin. You'll even get a comical look at how the English language would change if an overly zealous vegetarian politician got his way. The book also poses a lot of "what ifs." What if there was a "Vegetarian Olympics"? What if vegetarians ruled the country? And what would a vegetarian horoscope tell you about your future? Also you'll learn some laughable techniques meat eaters can use to more easily quit their carnivorous habit. "Revenge" pokes fun at vegetarians, vegans, liberals and conservatives. But it pokes the most fun at meat eaters. This short entertaining book is ideal for any vegetarian or vegetarian wannabe with a sense of humor. Some adult language. Not appropriate for children.

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 *Disclosure: I received samples in exchange for my honest review in participation with this campaign. I am an Amazon Associate.

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