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Book Review and Cookbook Giveaway: The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone



To celebrate my 300th post on Patricia’s Wisdom (www.patrciaswisdom.com) I am giving away this delightful lifestyle cook book by celebrity Alicia Silverstone.

I think this book will have great success because:
–    The author is a celebrity, young, and knows how to be in the public eye
–    The book is beautiful to look at and behold
–    The writing inside is perky and casual fun
–    Silverstone makes these lifestyle changes just seem like the next best thing to do
–    The blog that is part of the book’s process is well done and updated with style and content.


“This Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet,” is just that all wrapped up in a stunning package and with a high energy author who walks her talk and knows her “stuff”.

Silverstone likes desserts and supporting the local farmer’s market, restaurants, and animal shelters. She likes feeling great, looking good and researching these lifestyle issues which will assist people in being healthier and the planet healthier.
The Recipes are good and tasty.
Her vegan chocolate cupcakes look light and yummy, and her pizza could bring on drooling!
She does not advocate going cold turkey into this healthy lifestyle she explains how to FLIRT, How to VEGAN, and how to be a SUPERHERO.

The Kind Diet has done much of the research for the reader and the heavy weights are referenced such as Dr. Joel Furhman, Dr. Dean Ornish, and Michael Pollan’s work on Food, Inc.

Not to name drop, but there are lots of celebrity life stylers mentioned in this book too and what they have discovered from making these changes in their lives.

I do have a couple of problems with this book:
–    I believe throwing out one’s microwave oven is not such a good thing, because her research is old news and even as a tool for just reheating the MW cuts energy usage considerably.
–    Although Silverstone’s expenses for food decreased significantly with this regime, she does not follow even more cost cutting savings methods of food preservation techniques for those of us who have long non- gardening seasons.
–    The pictures of her kitchen indicate that she has not added use of electricity, water and natural gas into her earth friendly equations – and one might assume they have not really entered her mind.   And in most households I know the leftovers do not go to the dogs!

The really great news about this book is that I think it will not only be a NEW YORK TIMES best seller, but I think the message will reach the 20, 30 and 40 year olds and a number of them will get involved in a bigger effort than even before.  Getting the word out & about and getting folks to make these changes is really what is at stake and I think this beautiful entry will have great success.

I almost did not write this book review because Alicia Silverstone and Michael Pollan were on Oprah right before the Olympics; then changed my mind.

So how do you win this book?    Write a great comment on this post ….And March 8, 2010 I will pick a winner – easy as that!
Looking forward to your comments….

Other Posts you might enjoy reading:
Casy Dogs Gnocchi with Spicy Vodka Tomato Cream Sauce
Animal Vegetable Miracle
Agenda for a New Economy
Cleaning Up My Act
Flow for Love of Water (no reading here: you can watch this documentary for free)

32 Responses to “Book Review and Cookbook Giveaway: The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone”

  1. Tess The Bold Life Says:

    Wow Patrica I don’t know how you come up with such great stuff. I love the name of the book, The Kind Diet! Do we all need to treat ourselves and the earth a little more kindly or what? I’m drooling over the vegan cupcakes and was just thinking could I actually do a Vegan diet myself when my husband has no interest? Hmmm…nice book review and almost 300 posts. I bow down to you!

  2. Talon Says:

    Congratulations on your 300th post, Patricia. It seems that the book would be a great jumping off point for learning to eat and life healthier and simpler.
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..Torture (Fiction: Short Story) =-.

  3. Talon Says:

    oops…I mean “live” not life!

  4. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. so good to read – but 300 of them = well done and a big pat on the back, along with a chocolate cup-cake or two .. the book sounds interesting reading .. just glad I only cook for me! Actually no – I love cooking and would love an Aga ..

    I was interested one day watching tv when they were discussing the best inventions ever .. – and a 30ish model type styled lady .. said a microwave – I thought – oh yes .. you haven’t lived very long – what did we all do without microwaves for the other 13,980 years of existence???

    I’m not keen on microwaves .. and only use my small one (freebie from my Ma years ago) to defrost things! Occasionally I add …

    Eating healthier, buying healthier, doing everything healthier will benefit us all .. I shall have a drink of tap water .. it’s next to me – I need it now! Go well – Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Alpha, Treacle, Beta, Dogger, Snow – what do they mean to you? =-.

  5. Davina Says:

    Congrats on your 300th post Patricia!

    Sounds like a great book and very generous of you to be giving a copy away. May the best commenter win :-)

    Please exclude me from the draw for this book though; I’ve got a huge collection and somebody else could benefit more than I. Currently… I’m off the wagon where dieting is concerned. All hell has broke loose.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..Book Review: WordPress Defender =-.

  6. Dot Says:

    Congratulations on another blogging milestone!

    You almost didn’t review it because she was on Oprah? Well, who watches Oprah anyway? 😉 Sounds like an interesting book for those who want to be trendy.

  7. Patricia Says:

    I am just enjoying life and while healing doing a huge amount of reading in the areas of healing. It is a lovely book and very helpful for those wanting to get started on life style changes. I believe it will reach a larger audience than I can and that is important to me.
    I eat vegan and my husband eats Gluten Free….and he often nibbles from my choices….I could make these vegan cupcakes with GF flour too….many are adaptable.

    As I said one of my conflicts with the book is that we have a much shorter growing season than Silverstone and she does not write about storage or preserving. But it is a beautiful book and having the blog makes it very contemporary. This book would make a great gift too.

    Yes I believe doing things healthier and kinder will benefit the whole planet and I hope you were able to link to the free documentary about water I put up? It is quite amazing

    Thank you for the words of congratulations and the new about page is up and running – Thank you for your excellent editing. I also just received a small grant for my “good works” and I think it was from our good metaphor work and the change in my energy/visualizing levels. I am just going to put com mentor’s names in the hat and draw one out….I will leave you out of the hat part per your request!

    Well if she was on Oprah she will sell a million copies in short order – she did need my help :) More interesting book for those who want to be healthy and earth friendly….I just think she will reach a bigger audience – such as my 24 year old who loves celebrity stuff and nothing from dear old mom!

  8. Patricia Says:

    “she did NOT need my help” Wow am I leaving out stuff today?
    must need a brownie!
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Book Review and Cookbook Giveaway: The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone =-.

  9. J.D. Meier Says:

    Congrats on 300!

    300 is a great number (and I liked the movie 😉

    > “This Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet”
    That’s a nice and punchy promise.
    .-= J.D. Meier´s last blog ..Getting Results the Agile Way – The Book on Getting Results =-.

  10. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    What a great name – the kind diet. Off to tweet this one. :)
    .-= vered | blogger for hire´s last blog ..Ten Things I’ve Learned After Two Years of Blogging =-.

  11. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    Also… congrats!
    .-= vered | blogger for hire´s last blog ..Ten Things I’ve Learned After Two Years of Blogging =-.

  12. Patricia Says:

    It is a stunning book and I think it will get the message out – the recipes are tasty and she suggests specific products so life does not have to make too dramatic a change

    Thank you for the tweet…and the good words….It is a pretty neat book and blog …..I so enjoyed your 2 year blogging post and am still working on SEO – keywords is stumping me.

  13. Chris Edgar Says:

    If it works, that sounds like quite an accomplishment to me, bringing together eating for both weight loss and environmental friendliness. Thanks for the recommendation.

  14. Patricia Says:

    I think this book works and will get the message out to a wider audience than I could…that is the most important part to me.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Book Review and Cookbook Giveaway: The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone =-.

  15. Barb Hartsook Says:

    Hey — congratulations on a mile marker — er, three-mile marker?

    A nice party gift you’re giving away. I like J.D.’s word: The book title is a punchy promise. :)
    .-= Barb Hartsook´s last blog ..Learning Changes Us… or Does It? =-.

  16. Patricia Says:

    Thank you it almost passed me by. It is really a great book and makes a nice gift indeed – the blog attached is saying that it is working for lots of folks and they like the presentation.

  17. Quinn Says:

    300 Kudos back at you PW.

  18. Patricia Says:

    Thanks Quinn :)

  19. Cee Says:

    I have been eager to read this, but there are 69 holds on the first copy returned of 7 total copies at my local library. As every library patron is entitled to a book for 3 weeks, and can leave their book on hold for at least a week — I’m thinking it will be about 3 years before I’ll get my hands on a copy. 😉

    This is a great review. It makes me all the more eager to read this book! I also have my eye on the book Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway!

  20. Patricia Says:

    This is a beautiful book indeed and I am happy to be offering it as a give away – I know the frustration of waiting for the Library List to whittle down.
    Thank you for your kind words. I have just put your name into the HAT….and will see who my neighbor draws out of it on Sunday night. I will post the winner on Monday….

  21. Kay Lilland Says:

    Don’t put my name in the Hat for the book, please.
    Could not resist telling you that I considered taking your word for it that Alicia Silverstone is a celebrity..then I googled to learn why she is a celeb. Oh! that’s why! My, my I am once again out of touch with the mainstream and the trends….nothing new. ..no shame in being on the fringe and the edges. Havasu is so remote, living here is a statement in itself about fringe.
    Hugs to all, trendy and otherwise.
    P.S. 300 posts!?! I still have a lot of reading to do to be current with you.

  22. Jannie Funster Says:

    Wow, sounds like a whole life experience, as well as a book.
    I ADORE Alicia Silverstone as an actress. “Blast From The Past” is one of my favorite favorite movies.

    Wow, and sounds like Cee has one busy library!!

    Happy 300th!!

    Please keep me “out of the hat” too, only because I am already indebted to your huge generosity!!

    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..The Blog Party (a poem) =-.

  23. Sara Says:


    Congratulations on your 300th post. That’s quite an achievement:~)

    Like others, I really like the title of this book. While I was never that fond of Alicia Silverstone, I might be mightly fond of her vegan chocolate cupcakes:~) I also like Alicia’s step program into veganism. I am definitely a “flirt,” but then I always WAS!!!

    Good luck with the contest:~)

  24. Patricia Says:

    I just barely knew who she was myself, but I have been doing a lot of reading on food and self healing and I think she will have a more powerful presence and move people more than any of my 300 posts so far. Thanks for coming on by.

    It is a pretty amazing beautiful book, and whereas I would like everyone to watch Flow: for the love of water, and Food, INC…I actually think she will have a greater impact than those DVDs….the blog site is good too.

    Thank you, Having to slow down right now has made me appreciate the 300 more!
    Her food is good and her information very good and I had to ask my kiddos who she was at first, but the book is part of the research I have been doing to heal myself and it is good – yummy

  25. nik Says:

    Congratulations on #300!
    I first heard about this cookbook a few days ago when I read the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine’s list of Best and Worst Cookbooks of the Decade. This is one of only 7 “Best” that they chose. My dad is recovering from a quad heart bypass so I’ve been trying to persuade him to go vegan after a lifetime of all-too-hearty Italian food. He’s not big on the vegan thing (he teases me about my chick pea addiction all the time) but judging by the reviews for this book and the PCRM “Best” award, I think I can get him to try at least a few of the recipes. The moroccan couscous with saffron recipe on Alicia’s website looks so good…who could resist!
    Thanks for all your hard work and for the inspirational blog. Cheers!

  26. Patricia Says:

    Welcome and thank you for the cheery words. I just heard about this cookbooks award. I think it is well deserved.
    I have cooked Dean Ornish’s food for several bypass recovery folks and I know it is hard to help folks make a change. These recipes are quite yummy and step into the process – some great pasta dishes too. I have enjoyed the blog recipes too and comments there. Good luck to you – Father’s are worth the effort :)

  27. Tony Single Says:

    Congrats for reaching the grand old age of 300, Patricia! How do you do it? :)

    I’m not really into cooking but I know my lovely wife would want to know about this upcoming book. She has some of Jamie Oliver’s books and uses them extensively, so she’s a bit of a cooking freak… which is lucky for me. 😛
    .-= Tony Single´s last blog ..In the Wildwood Air =-.

  28. Patricia Says:

    This book would make a lovely gift for someone who likes to cook and for a partner who loves to eat :) I will put your name in the hat

  29. Barbara Swafford Says:

    Hi Patricia,

    300 posts? That’s awesome. Can you believe it? You’re a blogging star.

    The cookbook sounds wonderful. If I don’t win, I’ll have to check it out in the bookstore. Yummy!
    .-= Barbara Swafford´s last blog ..Books or Blogs? =-.

  30. Patricia Says:

    putting your name in the hat….it is yummy and very pc….and it just won another award for healthy… Sunday is coming up..

  31. KathySmothers Says:

    I have been toying with this type of diet for awhile now. A little here a little there. This book
    “The Kind Diet” is inspiring to get off the fence and take the plung into the deep end. Thank you for this review and your observations. Can’t wait to get started!

  32. Patricia Says:

    Kathy Smothers
    Thank you for coming on by, welcome, and commenting. I think this book will have a good impact and too make the transitions easier. Her recipes are quite yummy. I was happy to share it.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Embracing This Change =-.