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By Jada Bharata Dasa
Spiritual Guides has produced a new up-to-date, extremely detailed book called USA Vegetarian Restaurants and Natural Food Stores that lists vegetarian restaurants and natural food store all over America. It is an up-to-date 668 pages guide with over 2,500 detailed listings by city and state. It especially emphasizes are the various Govinda’s and devotee restaurants around the country.
The book discusses a wide variety of subjects including: spiritual reason for being a vegetarian, vegan and vegetarian web sites, health benefits of being a vegetarian, disadvantages of eating meat, organic produce information, vegetarian nutritional considerations, what to look out for in various cuisines (dishes that contain meat products), ingredients that may be derived from meat, and warnings about apparent vegetarian ingredients that aren’t.
Much of the same information is found on the Spiritual Guides’ web site Vegetarian-Restaurants.net (www.vegetarian-restaurants.net). It has a section of the spiritual reasons to be vegetarian taken from Srila Prabhupada’s books. The site has a detailed (over 170) up-to-date set of web links to Vaishnava and Hare Krishna web sites and a list of over 150 vegetarian, green, and environmentally friendly businesses with descriptions of what is sold on these sites.
Restaurant information includes: type of cuisine, opening hours, price range, sample menu, comments about the restaurants, directions to many places, web site address for many places, whether a place is formal or casual, and which credit cards are accepted.
The information about natural food stores lists whether they have a café, deli, bakery, juice bar, salad bar, or organic produce section. All restaurants and natural food stores have been called, so at the time of printing all listed places were open.
The book is available from the Vegetarian-Restaurants.net web site at www.vegetarian-restaurants.net, Torchlight Publishing, BTG Mail-order (www.krishna.com), Krishna Culture, and from temple bookstores for the retail price of $19.95.
If you have any comments please contact me. One devotee contacted me about a Hare Krishna restaurant that he opened, which I immediately put on the web site. In the end result, the most important things about this book and web site is to give people a chance to take prasadam.
© CHAKRA 25 October 2002
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