If you are interested in considering becoming vegan or adding more vegan food to your diet I encourage you to do your own research. These books and movies (affiliate links included) are packed with information about how veganism is a compassionate choice for the animals, the Earth and your own body.
The China Study – T. Colin Campbell’s well researched and scientific book is what ultimately caused me to become a vegan. I learned to cook vegan food from Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, but was still eating cheese when I went out to restaurants. Once I read this incredible book there was no looking back. If you are only going to read one book about moving to a vegan diet, make it this one.
Living the Farm Sanctuary Life – Gene Baur runs one of my favorite organizations, Farm Sanctuary. This book reminds us that our fellow animals are each individual beings with unique personalities and stories. His message is gentle and compassionate, but incredibly effective.
The Food Revolution – John Robbins book was the first book regarding veganism that I ever read. I was fascinated by his personal story and the way he outlines how veganism benefits the planet, our own health and the animals.
Mad Cowboy – Howard Lyman is a former cattle rancher who became a vegan. He is the infamous activist who was with Oprah when she said she would never eat another burger (and then got sued by the cattle industry). This book details his move from running a cattle ranch to becoming a vegan. It is a fantastic story.
Fork Over Knives – While I don’t think veganism is a panacea that guarantees perfect health, I do believe that many health issues can be improved with a vegan diet. This film highlights the work of T. Colin Campbell and Caldwell Esselstyn. They have done extensive studies showing that a low fat, plant based diet can reverse many chronic health problems.
Becoming Vegan – This book go-to resource for solid nutrition information regarding veganism. Brenda Davis and Vensanto Melina have packed a ton of research and information into the book. There are sections on raising vegan children,including information on underweight children, teens etc, that I refer back to frequently.
Food Inc – A fantastic movie that will open your eyes about how are food is produced. You will learn about the suffering of both animals and farmers in our current food system.
The Lean – Kathy Freston’s book is perfect if you are considering veganism, but not ready to jump in all the way yet. There is solid information provided in this book about why you should consider veganism and then the small changes you can add to your diet on a daily basis to lean into veganism.
Skinny Bitch – Rory Freeman & Kim Barnoiun wrote this no-holds-barred book about becoming vegan almost ten years ago. It will make you laugh out loud – as long as you don’t mind swearing (which I don’t). I love that there are many types of books to appeal to the wide variety of people interested in learning more about being vegan.
Crazy Sexy Diet – Kris Carr is a wellness pioneer who received a terminal cancer diagnosis 10+ years ago. In this book she shares her dietary plan that she feels keeps her well mentally, physically and spiritually. She offers a 21 day plan for trying out a whole foods, vegan diet.