Considering veganism? Or just want an interesting, thought provoking read. Get a cup of tea and put your feet up, because these 11 books will make you ponder everything, answer some questions and inevitably create more, as you consider the journey to veganism. These books also make a perfect gift for family and friends, vegan or not!

11 Insightful Books For People Considering Veganism


1. How To Not Die by Dr. Michael Greger

how not to die book

This is quite possibly the most comprehensive nutrition book ever written, that delves into how premature death and illness can be prevented through dietary, and lifestyle intervention. Dr. Greger’s advice is backed up by extensive scientific research and will educate you about which foods to eat, and which lifestyle changes to make, to lead a long and healthy life.

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2. Diet For A New America: How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness, and the Future of Life on Earth by John Robbins

This new edition of a classic is said to have awakened the conscience of the nation. John Robbins explores the dependence of animals within the food system and the inhumane conditions of animal agriculture. This book also challenges the ingrained belief that meat consumption is necessary for health, and is so eloquently written that you will be putting pumpkin, not pork, in the oven for a Sunday roast.

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3. May All Be Fed: Diet For A New World by John Robbins

By the same author this book explores how by changing the way we eat, we make a significant different to our bodies and the world around us. The book debunks the global food distribution imbalance addressing how some people have too much and some people have too little. We learn how to make the right food choices to make a difference by reading May All Be Fed, hence the title.

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4. Becoming Vegan: The Complete Guide to Adopting a Healthy Plant-Based Diet by Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina

The co-authors, who also wrote ‘Becoming Vegetarian’, released this book to explore the benefits of a fully vegan diet. The book provides the latest information on vegan FAQ’s, transition advice, nutritional advice and lifestyle areas. Also, the book provides support and guidance on how to live kindly, as a graceful vegan, in a non-vegan world.

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5. The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Thomas Campbell

In this book, the qualified and experienced authors clearly detail the connection between animal product consumption and the worldwide health epidemic. This is not your average diet book however, as the authors provide insightful advice and guidance for sufferers of cancer, heart disease, obesity and more. The China Study has even been recognised the The New York Times as “Grand Prix of epidemiology”. 

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6. The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World by John Robbins

After initial publication in 2001, this book is still very relevant, and is one of the most cited and discussed books within food-politics. This book was one of the first of it’s kind, in that it discusses both the positive and negative health impacts of GMO and animal food consumption. It also exposes the dangers within factory farming and advocates for a plant-based lifestyle.

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7. World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony by Will Tuttle

“The World Peace Diet suggests how we as a species might move our consciousness forward so that we can be more free, more intelligent, more loving, and happier in the choices we make.” In other words, this book, written by Will Tuttle, Ph.D., dives deep into the spiritual side of health, peace, and how our food choices can be made to improve the meta-physical side of health.

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8. Animal Liberation by Peter Singer

It could be easily justified that this book single-handedly started a revolution. The author released this ground-breaking work which awakened the world to worldwide animal abuse within agriculture and animal testing procedures. In response to these environmental, social and moral challenges, Peter Singer offers humane solutions in his persuasive appeal.

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9. Thanking the Monkey by Karen Dawn

This book makes readers seriously re-think they way we treat animals. This book covers everything from how animals are used as commodities, animal testing, activism, pets and more. Despite the title, this book takes a fun and light-hearted approach to sensitive topics, with funny cartoons and images making it a light-hearted Christmas gift with a thought provoking message.

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10. Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows by Melanie Joy

Dr. Melanie Joy is popular, for good reason. A successful social psychologist and a great author this ‘introduction to carnism’ contains ground-breaking work that will challenge the way you think about food forever. The book investigates factory farming, animal cruelty, slaughterhouse worker hazards and environmental detriments as a result of animal product production.

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11. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

Eating Animals Book

When author, Jonathan Safran Foer was faced with needing to answer the argument of why we eat some animals but not others, he set out to write his enlightening, relevant book that is part report and part memoir. From the origins of traditions, and the fiction that creates them, to investigating the deepest corners of our dining habits, this book will leave you questioning every piece of meat. According to the Los Angeles Times, this book “puts you at the table with our greatest philosophers”.

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Do you have a favourite vegan inspired book? Tell us about it in the comments below and what was your favourite concept?


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