Has broad appeal for teens and adults interested in plant-based cooking.

BE MORE VEGAN

THE YOUNG PERSON'S GUIDE TO GOING (A BIT MORE) PLANT-BASED!

A food consultant, health coach, and blogger offers resources for a vegan diet.

This cookbook outlines the basics of veganism—a lifestyle that eschews the use of animal products—and includes a short overview of animal welfare and environmental motives behind this choice. Webster focuses on the benefits of making more mindful rather than perfect decisions, i.e., being “more vegan” as opposed to an all-or-nothing approach. Advice on nutrition, suggestions for food substitutions, a list of pantry essentials, and brief basic cooking tips precede the recipe section. From soups to pasta to curries, these plant-based dishes (containing no meat, eggs, or dairy) cover a range of tempting options for all tastes, and each recipe is accompanied by a bright, colorful photo. No boring salads to be seen here: The creative selections include a harissa falafel burger, hoisin jackfruit burritos, and millionaire’s shortbread for dessert. While the instructions are clear, some recipes are more advanced; homemade sauces and dressings abound, and many recipes require a food processor. A glossary includes useful terms, explanations of cooking techniques and less-familiar ingredients, and recommendations for further reading and resources. The bright, clean design with cheerful graphics in shades of pink, green, and blue help make this an inviting read. Those seeking in-depth reasons for going vegan will not be sated, but for anyone already interested in this topic, this is a fine choice.

Has broad appeal for teens and adults interested in plant-based cooking. (index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)

Pub Date: July 15, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-78312-661-3

Page Count: 128

Publisher: Welbeck Children's

Review Posted Online: June 11, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2021

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Small but mighty necessary reading.

THE NEW QUEER CONSCIENCE

From the Pocket Change Collective series

A miniature manifesto for radical queer acceptance that weaves together the personal and political.

Eli, a cis gay white Jewish man, uses his own identities and experiences to frame and acknowledge his perspective. In the prologue, Eli compares the global Jewish community to the global queer community, noting, “We don’t always get it right, but the importance of showing up for other Jews has been carved into the DNA of what it means to be Jewish. It is my dream that queer people develop the same ideology—what I like to call a Global Queer Conscience.” He details his own isolating experiences as a queer adolescent in an Orthodox Jewish community and reflects on how he and so many others would have benefitted from a robust and supportive queer community. The rest of the book outlines 10 principles based on the belief that an expectation of mutual care and concern across various other dimensions of identity can be integrated into queer community values. Eli’s prose is clear, straightforward, and powerful. While he makes some choices that may be divisive—for example, using the initialism LGBTQIAA+ which includes “ally”—he always makes clear those are his personal choices and that the language is ever evolving.

Small but mighty necessary reading. (resources) (Nonfiction. 14-18)

Pub Date: June 2, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-593-09368-9

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Penguin Workshop

Review Posted Online: March 29, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2020

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CONTINUUM

From the Pocket Change Collective series

Deaf, trans artist Man meditates on his journey and identity in this brief memoir.

Growing up in conservative central Pennsylvania was tough for the 21-year-old Deaf, genderqueer, pansexual, and biracial (Chinese/White Jewish) author. He describes his gender and sexual identity, his experiences of racism and ableism, and his desire to use his visibility as a YouTube personality, model, and actor to help other young people like him. He is open and vulnerable throughout, even choosing to reveal his birth name. Man shares his experiences of becoming deaf as a small child and at times feeling ostracized from the Deaf community but not how he arrived at his current Deaf identity. His description of his gender-identity development occasionally slips into a well-worn pink-and-blue binary. The text is accompanied and transcended by the author’s own intriguing, expressionistic line drawings. However, Man ultimately falls short of truly insightful reflection or analysis, offering a mostly surface-level account of his life that will likely not be compelling to readers who are not already fans. While his visibility and success as someone whose life represents multiple marginalized identities are valuable in themselves, this heartfelt personal chronicle would have benefited from deeper introspection.

Best enjoyed by preexisting fans of the author. (Memoir. 12-18)

Pub Date: June 1, 2021

ISBN: 978-0-593-22348-2

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Penguin Workshop

Review Posted Online: March 25, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2021

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