“My neighborhood doesn’t offer a lot of vegan products”
That's rather misleading. Virtually all of the ingredients in the recipes are available in supermarkets.
Agreed. Though the book does include some more exotic ingredients like Sunsweet Lighter Bake, I think every real grocery store (as opposed to corner market) in the country has ample supplies of tubers, legumes, grains, vegetables, and fruits.
And, honestly, although it might be challenging in the fresh fruits and veggies department, you can often buy non-perishables on-line at Amazon or whatever. Buy a big bag of beans, or three, and keep them on-hand - that's what I do. Beans, rice, other legumes, grains. I wonder if she was thinking about some of the processed vegan foods, like Gardein and such? Yes, those are difficult to find, but not really 100% SS-friendly except in moderation - and not really required. Although, when you have kids, and they're used to SAD, maybe you need to find replacements?
I think someone folks might need to drive or bus for fresh or frozen items, but it shouldn't be too hard. Some folks are just super lazy and don't want to expend any additional energy to make things work. As far as recipes being too hard, or too challenging to find, that's not true at all. I mean, you can literally plop a potato on a plate and cook it in the microwave - or in the oven. You can make rice in a rice cooker, pressure cooker, or on the stove. Beans and lentils the same way. Chop up some onions, garlic, peppers...not that hard. And if you make larger batches and refrigerate them or freeze them, you can have meals for over a week.
It's nice to see The Starch Solution mentioned in the national media, I just wish they'd compare more of the benefits, not just the weight loss side of it.