5 Books We Read when we went VEGAN

When we first went vegan we read a few different books in order to learn more about the reasons behind veganism. I'm not saying that these are your best resources for veganism but these are the ones that we read when we first started. We read these back in 2010 so there are many more books out there now that are more up to date in terms of the research they cite but you can still get a lot out of these books. Plus these books are not just full of information, they are also entertaining.


1. Skinny Bitch (OR Skinny Bastard). This is a pretty ridiculous book series that basically fat shames you into going vegan but there is a lot of useful information in there. I think that they have your best interests at heart though. I guess as long as you aren't super sensitive to your weight and this book doesn't cause you to develop an eating disorder as a result, then this might be just what you need.

2. How It All Vegan. This is a great vegan starter guide/cookbook. It is written by Tanya Bernard and Sarah Kramer. Sarah Kramer is from Victoria BC so we are biased that we like this book, maybe. This book isn't that big but it covers everything that you need to know to be vegan. It tells the author's stories, explains what veganism is, has recipes for sauce, starters, baking, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, household products, health/beauty products, and explains tricky animals ingredients that are commonly found in stuff we eat or use. Also, they use simple ingredients that are easy to find in any store or supermarket.

3.Eating Animals. This is strangely not a vegan book. The author explores the repercussions of eating animals and does a lot of great journalism on animal agriculture. Spoiler Alert! The guy decides just to go Lacto-Ovo vegetarian at the end which is surprising because all of the evidence in this book is what made me go vegan. He wrote the book, I read the book and somehow we came to a different conclusion. He talks about the environment, animal slaughter, free range, grass fed beef, overfishing and bycatch. Good research and journalism. He also pokes a lot of holes in the ethical justifications for eating animal products put forward by author Michael Pollen in his book such as the Omnivore's Dilemma.

4. Vegan Freak. This book is good and it has a lot of useful tips for going vegan and staying vegan but I always make fun of it because they suggest that you should get rid of everything that you own that isn't vegan while I prefer the use it until it wears out idea. Although, if you wear a fur coat or leather jacket then you are for sure going to get some flak from other vegans or non-vegans calling you out for being a hypocrite. Full disclosure, I have a wallet made out of leather that I haven't got rid of yet because it hasn't worn out. I do feel a little awkward whenever I go to pay at a vegan restaurant and then pull out my leather wallet but maybe no one notices.


5. The Kind Diet. This is a cookbook was written by Alicia Silverstone the actress best know for Clueless I believe. She's vegan (still?) and she made a cookbook that has a lot of cool recipes. The only complaint I would make about the book is that she is the kind of vegan that uses all kinds of weird ingredients which is pretty intimidating to someone starting out and I think there is a myth that in order to be vegan you have to make these really complicated recipes. That is also where the idea that being vegan is expensive comes from because often the complicated recipes with many exotic ingredients are the ones that cost your wallet the most aside from the packaged vegan junk food. We all know that rice and beans and veggies and tofu are cheap.



Those are five of the book we read when we went vegan. We hope you check them out and enjoy them. Otherwise, there are many other books out there on veganism that are great as well. We still have a bunch we need to read. It's always great to educate yourself and get the most up to date information possible. We would encourage everyone looking into veganism to educate themselves and listen to science-based advice on how to live life as a healthy vegan.

If reading isn't your thing you can watch the Top 5 Must See Vegan/Animal Documentaries.


Comments

  1. What is a lacto-ovo vegetarian? A vegetarian eats eggs and dairy, so that term never makes sense to me-haha! How strange that he decided not to go vegan after writing a book that touts veganism. I need to read it just out of curiosity. Thank you for the suggestions. :)

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    1. I know right? How did he not come to the conclusion not to be vegan?

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  2. I actually haven't read any of these, but I've heard other people say they have, especially Skinny Bitch and The Kind Diet. I'll refer people to this post when they ask me for book recommendations.

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    1. Thank you! I hope people are find this post useful! Skinny Bitch is a really easy read for those who aren't into reading. The Kind Diet is a great recipe book as well as being informative on the vegan lifestyle.

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  3. I've heard great things about all of these books. I remember seeing How It All Vegan at a restaurant I used to work at, and would flip through it occasionally. It seemed like such a great resource. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. How it all vegan, is a really great cookbook. We have had it for 8 years and still use it often.

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