Friday, June 29, 2007

No More Bull! The Mad Cowboy Targets America's Worst Enemy: Our Diets

Author: Howard F. Lyman with Glen Merzer and Joanna Samorow-Merzer

First line: As a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show in April 1996, I tried to warn consumers of the very real risk that Mad Cow disease would come to American.

Why you should read this book: You may recall that Lyman and Winfrey were subsequently sued by the Texas cattle industry, and that the judicial system upheld his right to make such claims, which have since been proven correct. A fourth-generation cattle rancher turned vegan organic farmer, Lyman credits his diet, adopted after fifty years of eating meat, for his exceptional health and vitality, and his aim in this book is to convince the reader of the dangers of animal-based proteins. The first hundred pages comprise arguments, based on scientific exploration, for veganism and against the consumption of animal products, while the bulk of the book is devoted to over a hundred vegan recipes written by dozen of chefs and nutritionists.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You're not even willing to reduce your meat intake; you have a large, financial interest in the cattle industry and you don't think the nation's health crisis should interfere with your profits.

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