Veganism is the most misunderstood diet and lifestyle around, which means that regardless of your reasons for switching to a vegan lifestyle, you will be misunderstood more often than not.
Away from misconceptions and what other people perceive the vegan diet to be, sticking to a strict vegan diet might end up being the toughest thing you ever do – which is why having a guide can be invaluable.
Finding the right resources that will help you along the way with how to manage your daily nutrients and meal planning is how we are able to thrive on a vegan diet.
There is a myth going around that veganism means not getting all the nutrients, particularly proteins, needed by the body. But for the sake of clarity, we bring you this informational guide with some of the best vegan books.
These books are for everyone who’s decided to embrace the compassionate vegan lifestyle, as well as the individuals interested in learning more and in transitioning into veganism.
The books mentioned here are also intended to offer more information and inspiration throughout your vegan journey.
So, whether you are looking for facts, great vegan recipes, or persuasive arguments, these books have all that. We’ll also introduce you to some of the best vegan cookbooks that we have personally used, and change the way you prepare your meals forever!
1. Eating Animals – Jonathan Safran Foer
Written by the best-selling author Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals is a thought-provoking book that takes you through the social, cultural, and economic roots of meat-eating.
This is well-researched and well-investigated information about the modern factory farming of animals while also sharing tales from his childhood. This book has turned many celebrities vegan.
Thanks to the content and the writing style adopted by Foer, this book has been dubbed a must-read for anyone who’s striving towards the adoption of a healthier, kinder lifestyle.
The book Eating Animals was turned into a documentary in 2018 by Foer’s narrator and co-producer, Natalie Portman.
2. How Not to Die – Dr. Michael Greger
Dr. Greger is an internationally renowned nutrition expert, physician and the founder of NutrititionFacts.org.
This book reveals the most groundbreaking scientific evidence proving that lifestyle and nutrition could, in some cases, outweigh the medical approaches applied in both the treatment and the reversal of diseases.
In his book, Dr. Greger examines the 15 leading causes of premature deaths in the US, as well as their underlying causes.Dr. Greger offers health and lifestyle advice, all backed by scientific research, on how different foods affect health, and which foods people should eat, and the lifestyle changes people need in order to live longer.
3. The China Study – Dr. T. Colin Campbell
If you are looking for one of the most comprehensive books on nutritional studies, then The China Study is a good place for you to start.
In his book, Dr. Colin Campbell demonstrates the direct connection between the modern animal-based diet, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes; even as the obesity rate continues to climb amongst western societies and the rest of the world.
As a result of the in-depth content shared in this book, The New York Times describes The China Study as one of the most comprehensive studies to show the relationship between the risks of developing disease and diet, and the benefits plant-based foods.
4. The Face on Your Plate: The Truth About Food – Jeffry Moussaieff Masson
The Face on Your Plate is easily one of the most insightful books on veganism.
In this book, Masson examines the different ethical questions that are attached to meat-eating while evaluating the impact of our choices on our morals.
Masson has a psychology background, and in his book, he investigates how the power of denial prevents us from recognizing how the meat on our plates was once a living, breathing animal.
5. The Plant-Based Journey – Lani Muelrath
A Step by Step Guide for Transitioning to a Healthy Lifestyle and Achieving Your Ideal Weight
If you are new to the vegan world, this book is the vegan game plan for newbies as it offers detailed insights on how to achieve your weight goals with a plant-based lifestyle.
In this book, Lani not only lays out all the foundation of the plant-based diet in an accessible and fun way, but she also delivers step-by-step guides to help newbies with the transition to a fully plant-based lifestyle.
Besides providing the basics of veganism, the book also offers tips on meal plans, vegan recipes, as well as pantry organization tips and how to eat vegan when out on social events.
In addition to recipes and tips for transitioning to the vegan lifestyle, Lani’s book also features an entire chapter that is dedicated to the challenges faced by individuals who are new to veganism.
This chapter is dubbed ‘Mastering Strength of Mind, and thanks to Lani’s advice and help, you will receive all the help you need to make the transition to the plant-based diet.
6. Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook – Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero
If you are looking for help with vegan recipes, you might like this vegan cookbook.
With over 250 recipes for the most delicious plant-based food ideas, this book promises to satisfy your vegan diet. There are also some great options for the die-hard meat-eater looking for plant-based options.
7. The Forks Over Knives Plan
Developed by Dr. Alona Pulde and Dr. Matthew Lederman, this book sheds light on veganism while outlining their journey to the discovery of all the life-saving benefits of only eating whole, plant-based foods.
Through their discoveries, these two authors have sparked a huge health revolution, particularly with their well-known documentary.
To put all the knowledge shared into action, they came up with the book The Forks Over Knives Plan. It offers a clear and an easy step-by-step meal makeover plan that would help you get started on the path to the plant-based diet and lifestyle.
You have vegan recipes, shopping lists, meal plans, as well as tips on how to stock the refrigerator. More importantly, this book offers tips on how to overcome any potential meat-cravings!
8. Animal Liberation – Peter Singer
Written over a decade ago, this book by Peter Singer seeks to raise awareness on the importance of animals and animals’ welfare, while also encouraging the adoption of veganism.
Looking at the content in this book, Animal Liberation is as relevant today, as it was over a decade ago, and has been described as ‘the bible’ for all matters regarding animal liberation.
The book delves deep into animal rights, both on a philosophical and on a psychological level, sparking a huge wave of animal activism in the process. This book is also the inspiration behind PETA, founded by Ingrid Newkirk.
Animal Liberation further depicts the graphic scenes of animal suffering and animal cruelty, a phenomenon that is rife in the world of animal farming and laboratories around the world.
At the end of the day, this thought-provoking book will change your perceptions forever about meat-eating. And, it could be the one single factor that will keep you focused whilst on your vegan lifestyle journey.
9. Millennial Vegan – Casey Taft
Whilst the vegan movement can be traced all the way back, at least 2,000 years ago, most of today’s vegan population is made up of millennials and the younger generations aged between 15 and 34years.
The millennials are becoming increasingly aware of animal compassion,
The Millennial Vegan offers insightful and helpful advice on veganism in social situations while offering ideas on everyday advocacy for animal compassion and veganism.
The book also offers advice on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and how to help the younger and older generations become more aware and conscious of animal cruelty and what they can do to reduce the hurt and cruelty faced by the animals.
10. The Essential Vegan Travel Guide – Caitlin Galer-Unti
Traveling is fun until you realize that the city you’re out to have fun in doesn’t have too many vegan eating out options. We’ve all been in that situation of wondering where the heck to finding meatless options.
But thanks to this book, you will have some super helpful insider tips on how to enjoy delicious vegan meals away from home. This book is a must-have for traveling vegans as it shares tips and tricks for making your plant-based trip more memorable.
This book has some great tips on finding the best places to eat and how to approach and talk to waiters in foreign lands about your vegan requirements. You will also learn how to make emergency vegan meals in your hotel room, making your meat-free travels stress free and fun.
11. The Mindful Vegan – Lani Muelrath
This is the second book on Veganism by Lani Muelrath, which teaches you how to be a more mindful vegan.
In this book, Lani shows you how to find good health, peace, balance, and happiness in only 30 days, all through living a vegan lifestyle.
To get you there, Lani takes you through the challenges around finding the best vegan meals and food in general, but also informing you about practicing mindfulness and learning how to adopt this thinking into your everyday life.
The book will also teach you meditation techniques and, most importantly, tips for navigating uncomfortable conversations around and about veganism and animal cruelty.
12. Plant-Based Cookbook
This book offers comprehensive insights into veganism by looking at the health benefits of a plant-based diet. You have everything from main course options to smoothies and everything else in between. This Plant-Based Cookbook could be exactly what you need if you are looking for more recipe ideas and inspiration to help you.
There are many other wonderful books out there to help and educate you on your vegan journey. We wanted to share the ones with you that we have personally bought and tried that have helped us with our transitioning to a vegan diet.