The Imperfect Vegan

Making a difference on a (mostly) plant-based diet

Non-Fiction - Social Issues
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 10/17/2023
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Author Biography

Cat White is a TEDx speaker, an imperfect vegan, and a passionate advocate for our planet. In addition to being as vegan as she can be, she contributes to this global challenge by researching, writing and speaking to inspire others who want to make a difference, too. She has an optimistic belief in the power of humanity.

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Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite

After a personal decision to do her part by significantly reducing animal-based choices, Cat White wrote about her feelings on veganism in her book, The Imperfect Vegan. White details the reason for her "mostly vegan" approach, citing statistics on climate change. Expressed in three parts, the author exposes the ill effects and exploitation within the animal industry, helps relieve some stressors and complaints involved with converting to veganism, and issues a call to action with a list of resources.

Cat White's book is filled with eye-opening evidence and a powerfully convincing argument! She dispenses an array of useful information informally, without putting too much pressure on readers. White delivers the facts she has researched and encourages readers to become "imperfect vegans", people who make conscious decisions to lower the damage they contribute to the planet's climate. The author professes she is not an "animal lover", but she raises concerns about the treatment of animals and the effects cattle farming has on the environment. White covers some taboo topics, like slaughterhouses and the results society and the media have on meat-based decisions, and she addresses each vitamin and mineral associated with meat consumption while proposing an equally—if not better—source in plants. She hopes to inspire scores of people to contribute to the effort, reducing the current generation's impact on the environment. I'm just one step away from veganism, and this book motivated me to join her cause! Readers who are ready to reduce their impact on the developing climate crisis will enjoy The Imperfect Vegan.

Carmen Tenorio

In The Imperfect Vegan, author Cat White's main reason for becoming vegan is the environmental impact of this choice. Part 1 of this book expounds on the fact that the animal industry is one of the top two largest producers of greenhouse gasses in the world which makes it a major contributor to environmental destruction. Part 2 helps us understand the factors and challenges that we need to face when shifting to a vegan lifestyle. Part 3 gives the reader several tactics and suggestions that can help one come up with a practical way of showing others the advantages of becoming plant-based. From being educated and discerning the truth to one's slow but sure transition to veganism to joining support communities are discussed along with knowing your reasons for being vegan. There is a call to be a lighthouse by planting the seed for change to make people think differently. At the end of the book, the author lists her favorite resources that give the essentials and everything important in the vegan lifestyle, including a QR code for food ideas and recipes.

The Imperfect Vegan is like a starter kit but written in a more humane and non-judgmental manner for those who want to go plant-based but are worried and conscious about their imperfections. Cat White uses a soothing, positive, and realistic approach backed up by scientific evidence and rigorously gathered data and research. The book arms the reader with strong reasoning, solid examples, and insightful wisdom so that becoming a vegan is a result of an informed and personal choice. The world is an imbalanced place and expecting a uniform standard of veganism is simply unrealistic. There are a lot of "wannabes" who want to convert to being plant-based and using tones of inclusion, empathy, and respect is the least we can do to avoid alienating each other. The journey to veganism can be so nuanced, but with consistency, collective action, and the pressure of our transitioning consumption patterns, a vegan option may be the default of the future. Highly recommended for those who want to be and are into the plant-based lifestyle.

Emma Megan

People turn to veganism because of their compassion for animals, the health benefits, the meat industry, and animal farming's environmental impact. They are concerned about climate change or want to prevent animal exploitation in factory farms, slaughterhouses, and research laboratories. In her book The Imperfect Vegan, Cat White uncovers what's so bad about the animal industry and the marketing and myths that still make us believe that eating animals is normal, good for us, and done ethically. Cat shares her vegan transition story and other people's stories to prove that going vegan isn't an easy decision to make and maintain in our society. Still, it can make all the difference in your life. This book offers advice and information on the health benefits of a varied plant-based diet for our personal health and the planet to support a plant-based transition and help us reduce our demand on the animal industry.

The Imperfect Vegan by Cat White is a well-researched and well-written book about animal exploitation and who's responsible, the beliefs that have allowed all forms of animal exploitation to continue, animal vs. plant protein, and how to be the best vegan you can be. It's a must-have as it shows in detail how animals are mistreated and abused, how the meat and fishing industries are destroying the ocean's ecosystem, and the simple and practical action steps toward making a difference. It discusses extreme and unpredictable weather events. Everyone—vegan and non-vegan alike—who cares about our fate and the planet should read this book. It offers advice to support your plant-based transition and shows that a plant-based diet is better overall for the planet's health.