For those who already practice a vegan diet and lifestyle, it never hurts to pick up a new book to see what is changing (or not changing) about being a vegan. New stories, opinions, and ideas come about constantly. Are you looking for a new read? If so, there might find some new titles on our list.
If you’re curious about the vegan lifestyle and would like to start practicing it, then any of the books below should be on your “must read” list.
From cookbooks to guides and memoirs from those who have embraced this lifestyle for quite a few years, we highlight all of the best vegan books that you should be sure to read.
Cookbooks seem to dominate the vegan category, but it’s not all about the recipes.
There are some truly inspiring success stories about living a vegan lifestyle as well as some heart-wrenching tales that shed more light on animal cruelty.
It is important that you approach the word “vegan” from all sides, so we suggest you pick at least one book from the following categories.
Memoir. True stories are an inspiration and can help undecided vegans determine if it is the right type lifestyle for them.
One of the best vegan books on our list is a memoir (which we will discuss in the “Review” section), but if you’ve already read it, we also recommend Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer.
Guide. There are plenty of guides available when it comes to practicing a vegan lifestyle, so if you’re a complete newbie, we recommend that you start there.
Philosophical. Great for both newbies and seasoned vegans, a philosophical book that discusses a particular theory or investigates veganism will always help enlighten your mind and allow you to see it from a different viewpoint.
Look for books that were written by a reliable author with extensive knowledge about a topic, as some authors are more qualified to discuss theories than others are.
Cookbook. We can’t forget the recipes! We didn’t want to include a full list of only recipe books, so to offer you a good variety, we did leave plenty of cookbooks off the list.
Angela knows a lot about food, especially since she used to suffer from an eating disorder. She started out by blogging (her website is called Oh She Glows), and her stories quickly spread across the globe.
The reason she started writing down recipes was to convince her better half that eating healthy was cool, and considering that she had no experience cooking, her recipe creations were pretty impressive in the beginning.
The collection you will find in this cookbook is a result of all Angela’s hard work. You’ll find plenty of tasty plant-based recipes (accompanied by mouthwatering food photography).
We really like how personable Angela is and her unique approach to cooking with plants only.
Vegan or not, this cookbook has recipes that everyone can enjoy, and some of them just might convert the carnivores over to the vegan side!
Tales from a vegan runner – that’s what you get in Eat and Run by the legendary Scott Jurek.
The fact that he is a world-famous athlete who practices a vegan lifestyle is very impressive, and his motivating memoir will inspire you as a vegan. Those pondering the vegan lifestyle will be equally as inspired.
The book has a little bit of everything, including recipes, advice from Scott, and stories about his life. Runners gravitate toward this book, but vegans do, too, since Scott shows the world that you don’t need animal-derived protein to be a star.
It is a fairly light read, and Scott’s style is very personable and relatable.
The book has 288 pages, so grab a copy to read on your lunch break or during your next long flight.
This book is a mixture of memoir and philosophy. John Robbins discusses his ideas about global warming, cruelty to animals, genetically modified foods, feeding the hungry and how to live healthier and longer.
After reading this, we can see that a borderline vegan who is not quite sure about the vegan lifestyle would appreciate the eye-opening information presented in the book.
Some of the descriptions are rather harsh, so don’t expect the same type of memoir that Scott Jurek wrote. At times, it can feel a bit long winded, and there are quite a few studies highlighted in the text, but overall it is still a good read.
You can tell that John is knowledgeable about the topics he discusses and the facts yielded by his research back that up. It is absolutely a great read for those thinking about becoming a vegan!