If you are considering trying a vegan diet, or if you have been vegan for some time but still feel like you want to learn more about this lifestyle that is getting more and more popular, reading books is an easy and reliable way to educate yourself or to get started on the right path.
There is a lot of information available online about veganism, but purchasing and reading at least a book or two is the best way to learn more, and to stay committed to your new lifestyle.
Here is a list of 10 of the best vegan books you need to read.
1. Becoming Vegan by Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina
If you want to become vegan and to stay healthy through the transition, this is one of the best vegan books for starters. The authors are acclaimed dietitians who teach us about the health benefits of a vegan diet, and provide us with the advice and nutritional guidelines we need.
Plant-based nutrition is made easy with a helpful graphic of the vegan plate, and sample menus that will help you get started.
2. The Forks Over Knives Plan by Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman
This is another vegan book that will explain you the benefits of eating plant-based foods, and guide you through an easy transition with helpful tips, step-by-step instructions, and meal plans.
It will also teach you how to stock your refrigerator and your pantry, and how to fight any craving you might have.
3. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
If you care about building a more humane world, but you find it hard to give up on eating meat, this vegan book will help you answer some important questions.
You will learn all about the socio-cultural meanings we attach to certain types of foods, as well as many facts about what is truly going on in the meat and dairy industries.
4. Even Vegans Die: A Practical Guide to Caregiving, Acceptance, and Protecting Your Legacy of Compassion by Carol J. Adams
Even though a plant-based diet can provide us with many health benefits, it doesn’t mean vegans can never get sick.
This book teaches us how we can provide compassionate health care to ourselves and to our loved ones, and how to ensure our advocacy efforts will not die with us.
5. Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism by Melanie Joy
If you have ever wondered why human beings take care of certain animals, and allow others to suffer and to become their meals, this book will help you complete your reflections. This is an excellent book for those who want to immerse themselves in the total vegan lifestyle. Readers learn the importance of eating vegan food, wearing a wardrobe of vegan clothes and shoes, along with making purchases that are vegan-conscious.
The author has coined the term “carnism” to describe why we treat only certain animals with love and compassion, but are not concerned about the fate of others.
6. Never Too Late to Go Vegan: The Over-50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet by Carol J. Adams
This book is a precious resource for anyone who is over 50 years old and wants to go vegan. After all, it’s never too late to change your lifestyle so it will benefit animals and make you healthier.
It will teach you about your unique nutritional needs, and even show you how to veganize your favourite recipes.
7. Vegan With a Vengeance: Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Preparing vegan food doesn’t have to be expensive. This cookbook will show you how you can cook cheap, easy and delicious plant-based meals.
The best thing about this book might be that you don’t have to go to a fancy special store to find the basic and cheap ingredients you will need.
8. Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes by Dreena Burton
If you would like to raise a vegan family, this cookbook will show you how you can do it. This is the perfect vegan book for the whole family to read with serious topics that you can engage your children in.
It will provide you with family-friendly, kid-approved vegan recipes as well as plenty of helpful tips and advice.
9. But I Could Never Go Vegan!: 125 Recipes That Prove You Can Live Without Cheese, It’s Not All Rabbit Food, and Your Friends Will Still Come Over for Dinner by Kristy Turner
If you are not sure you could go vegan, this book is for you. It’s bursting with amazing recipes that will make you forget about your love for cheese.
Easy-to-follow recipes and beautiful photos will make your vegan cooking easier.
10. The Essential Vegan Travel Guide by Caitlin Galer-Unti
This helpful travel guide for vegans will show you how you can find delicious plant-based foods anywhere in the world. Planning a meat-free and stress-free trip has never been easier!
You will also learn how to connect with local vegans no matter where you are going to travel, and how to find and choose a place to stay.