Best Vegan Books and Cookbooks

Posted by on March 3, 2021 | Permalink

We might be stuck indoors, but that doesn’t mean we can’t travel to distant lands. Books allow us to experience places, cuisines, and ways of thinking that make us feel like we’re discovering a whole new world – even while we’re practising social distancing because of the coronavirus.

Now is the perfect moment to ramp up your vegan cooking or expand your knowledge of animal rights issues – let’s use this time to educate ourselves and make the world a better place for humans and other animals.

Here are some of our top reads that provide insight into the world of vegan living and animal advocacy.

General Cooking

  • Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed by Bryant Terry
  • The China Study All-Star Collection: Whole Food, Plant-Based Recipes From Your Favorite Vegan Chefs by LeAnne Campbell
  • Chloe’s Kitchen: 125 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Making the Food You Love the Vegan Way by Chloe Coscarelli
  • Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen: 150 Pizzas, Pastas, Pestos, Risottos, & Lots of Creamy Italian Classics by Chloe Coscarelli
  • The Forks Over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet by Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman
  • Happy Herbivore Light & Lean: Over 150 Low-Calorie Recipes With Workout Plans for Looking and Feeling Great by Lindsay S Nixon
  • BOSH!: Simple Recipes * Amazing Food * All Plants by BOSH
  • The Homemade Vegan by Joanne O’Connell
  • Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
  • Keep It Vegan: Over 100 Simple, Healthy & Delicious Dishes by Áine Carlin
  • The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow From the Inside Out by Angela Liddon
  • Omari McQueen’s Best Bites Cookbook by Omari McQueen
  • Thug Kitchen 101: Fast as F*ck by Thug Kitchen
  • Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

Budget Cooking

  • 15 Minute Vegan on a Budget: Fast, Modern Vegan Food That Costs Less by Katy Beskow
  •  Easy Vegan: Simple Recipes for Healthy Eating by Ryland Peters & Small
  • PETA’s Vegan College Cookbook: 275 Easy, Cheap, and Delicious Recipes to Keep You Vegan at School by PETA
  • Vegan on the Cheap: Great Recipes and Simple Strategies That Save You Time and Money by Robin Robertson
  • What Vegans Eat: Over 100 Simply Delicious Dishes by Brett Cobley

Sweet Treats

  • Crazy Easy Vegan Desserts: 75 Fast, Simple, Over-the-Top Treats That Will Rock Your World! by Heather Saffer
  • Easy as Vegan Pie: One-of-a-Kind Sweet and Savory Slices by Hannah Kaminsky
  • Ms Cupcake: The Naughtiest Vegan Cakes in Town by Mellissa Morgan
  • Vegan Cakes and Other Bakes by Jérôme Eckmeier and Daniela Lais
  • Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes That Rule by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

Vegan Health

  • The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health (Revised and Expanded Edition) by T Colin Campbell
  • Diet for a New America: How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Your Happiness, and the Future of Life on Earth by John Robbins
  • The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World by John Robbins
  • How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by Michael Greger
  • Meatonomics: How the Rigged Economics of Meat and Dairy Make You Consume Too Much – and How to Eat Better, Live Longer, and Spend Smarter by David Robinson Simon
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Search for a Perfect Meal in a Fast-Food World by Michael Pollan
  • The Plant-Based Journey: A Step-by-Step Guide for Transitioning to a Healthy Lifestyle and Achieving Your Ideal Weight by Lani Muelrath
  • Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure by Caldwell B Esselstyn
  • The Starch Solution: Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good! by John McDougall
  • Vegan for Life: Everything You Need to Know to Be Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet by Jack Norris and Virginia Messina
  • Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition by T Colin Campbell with Howard Jacobson

Vegan Living

  • Veggie Hotels: The Joy of Vegetarian Vacations by teNeues Publishing UK Ltd
  • Vegan Style by Sascha Camilli
  • The Essential Vegan Travel Guide by Caitlin Galer-Unti
  • How to Be Vegan by Elizabeth Castoria
  • The Vegan Way: 21 Days to a Happier, Healthier, Plant-Based Lifestyle That Will Transform Your Home, Your Diet and You by Jackie Day
  • The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet by Alicia Silverstone
  • The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning by Alicia Silverstone
  • Making Kind Choices: Everyday Ways to Enhance Your Life Through Earth- and Animal-Friendly Living by Ingrid Newkirk
  • The Mindful Vegan: A 30-Day Plan for Finding Health, Balance, Peace, and Happiness by Lani Muelrath
  • Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
  • Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World by Kathy Freston

Compassion, Animal Rights, and Activism

AnimalKind

  • Animalkind: Remarkable Discoveries About Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion by Ingrid Newkirk
  • Animal Liberation by Peter Singer
  • Change of Heart: What Psychology Can Teach Us About Spreading Social Change by Nick Cooney
  • Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Free the Animals: The Amazing True Story of the Animal Liberation Front in North America by Ingrid Newkirk
  • Last Chain on Billie: How One Extraordinary Elephant Escaped the Big Top by Carol Bradley
  • Mercy for Animals: One Man’s Quest to Inspire Compassion and Improve the Lives of Farm Animals by Nathan Runkle with Gene Stone
  • Millennial Vegan: Tips for Navigating Relationships, Wellness and Everyday Life as a Young Animal Advocate by Casey T Taft
  • One Can Make a Difference: How Simple Actions Can Change the World by Ingrid Newkirk with Jane Ratcliffe
  • The PETA Practical Guide to Animal Rights: Simple Acts of Kindness to Help Animals in Trouble by Ingrid Newkirk
  • We Animals by Jo-Anne McArthur
  • Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows by Melanie Joy

For Kids

  • Benji Bean Sprout Doesn’t Eat Meat by Sarah Rudy
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  • Care for Our Worldby Karen Robbins
  • Charlotte’s Web by EB White
  • Sprig the Rescue Pigby Leslie Crawford
  • That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals: A Book About Vegans, Vegetarians, and All Living Things by Ruby Roth
  • V Is for Vegan: The ABCs of Being Kind by Ruby Roth
  • Vegan Is Love: Having Heart and Taking Action by Ruby Roth

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