There are hundreds of books related to veganism in print. Here are the very best vegan books on every subject.
Newly-Released Vegan Books
A detailed look at one of the strongest reasons to consider a vegan diet: the link between our food choices and climate change.
Nourish: The Definitive Plant-Based Nutrition Guide for Families, by Reshma Shah MD, MPH & Brenda Davis, RD
The essential guide to vegan nutrition for the entire family. Includes strategies for ensuring healthful eating and excellent nutrition during childhood and adolescence.
Healthy at Last, by Eric Adams
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams spent decades suffering from advanced diabetes. Here, he details the plant-based diet plan that finally turned his health around.
Why Vegan? by Peter Singer
A compilation of nearly fifty years of Singer’s writing on various topics related to vegan diets. Spans everything from factory farming to COVID-19. This is some of the most important vegan-oriented writing in print, all gathered into one convenient volume.
We are the Weather, by Jonathan Safran Foer
In 2010, Jonathan Safran Foer released Eating Animals, which quickly became the decade’s most influential book documenting the injustices of factory farming. Now he returns to shine the light on the connection between animal farming and climate change.
Compassionate Food Choices
Books Exposing the Injustices of Animal Agribusiness
If you’re already thinking about going vegan, reading a book or two on the topic may well seal the deal. Plus, there’s no better time than right at the very start of your transition to become deeply informed about food politics. Be wary about what you read, since unreliable pro-vegan and anti-vegan information abounds. The following books offer excellent and authoritative research on the topics of factory farming, food politics, and vegan lifestyles.
The End of Animal Farming, by Jacy Reese
Lays out a vision for ridding the planet of factory farming and animal agribusiness, focusing on strategies proven to make a difference.
Project Animal Farm, by Sonia Faruqi
An incredibly thorough investigation into the myriad ethical failings surrounding animal agribusiness. Faruqi is a gifted writer and skilled investigative reporter. She applies her economics expertise to create an insightful analysis of an industry that consistently puts profits before compassion.
Esther the Wonder Pig, by Jenkins, Walter, & Crane
The softest and most entertaining possible entry-point into exploring the issues related to factory farming and food politics. Ricky Gervais calls this book, “Funny, moving, and heartwarming. The greatest love story ever told between two men and their pig.”
Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer
Renowned novelist Jonathan Safran Foer took two years away from fiction in order to research and write this extraordinary book examining animal agribusiness. Fair, nuanced, and deeply-informed at every turn, this book reveals the ethical implications of factory farming.
The CAFO Reader, by David Imhoff
An anthology of dozens of essays by the leading critics of animal agribusiness. Offers in-depth coverage of every major topic pertaining to meat, milk, and egg production.
Animal Liberation, by Peter Singer
First released in 1975, this title is today regarded as the book that launched the modern animal protection movement. In 2009, Singer thoroughly updated this classic with new information regarding factory farming. This revised book also relates the key animal rights victories won over the past four decades. If you want an introduction to the rigorous thinking supporting animal protection, there’s no better place to start.
Best Vegan Books for Transitioning Your Diet
Going vegan is ten times easier if you’ve got the help and advice of somebody who’s been doing it for years. These books will make it easy to complete the transition.
But I Could Never Go Vegan! by Christy Turner
If you want help going vegan and can only buy one book, this is our top pick. It’s got loads of helpful advice plus more than 100 easy recipes that are perfect for getting started. Gorgeous full-color photography throughout.
The Ultimate Vegan Guide, by Erik Marcus
From the publisher of Vegan.com, a comprehensive yet entertaining guide to every aspect of becoming vegan—from shopping to cooking to nutrition to budget and gourmet dining. The book’s first two chapters offer a well-informed introduction to the ethical, environmental, and health advantages of being vegan. You can buy the Kindle edition of this book for just 99¢.
Easy Vegan Starter Cookbooks
Start with the Easiest Vegan Cookbook You Can Find
The very first vegan cookbook you should exclusively feature quick and easy recipes suitable for preparing every day. Once you master the basics of easy vegan cooking, you can branch out to explore new cuisines. There are hundreds of vegan cookbooks in print, covering every type of food imaginable. We’ve collected the very best for our recommended vegan cookbooks page. But before you buy any of the books featured there, make sure you pick out one of the essential titles featured below.
Plant Over Processed, by Andrea Hannemann
One of the most popular vegan cookbooks, and a perfect first title since it’s geared toward easy-to-make meals. Beautifully presented out laid out, with inspiring introductory text and gorgeous food photography throughout. A superb index can help you locate the recipes you want both by recipe type and by the ingredients you have on hand.
Oh She Glows for Dinner, by Angela Liddon
If it’s dinner recipes you’re seeking, this cookbook is probably your best choice. An excellent pick for your second cookbook, after getting the Plant Over Processed book above. At 352 pages in hardcover, this title provides a lot of value for the money and is something you’ll turn to again and again.
Fast Easy Cheap Vegan, by Sam Turnbull
Before moving on to explore the countless niches within vegan cooking, it’s wise to purchase a couple cookbooks specializing in quick and easy recipes. Sam’s new cookbook is one of the best possible choices. A great value. This is a comprehensive yet inexpensive title published by Random House. No corners are cut here when it comes to gorgeous food photography and overall quality.
Vegan for Everybody, by America’s Test Kitchen
When you’re ready to explore serious higher-end vegan recipes, this extraordinary title by America’s Test Kitchen sets the gold standard. Features clearly written and rigorously tested recipes coupled with professional photography. An unrivaled reference cookbook for impressive meals you’ll be proud to serve to guests.
Nutrition and Health
Expert Advice on Vegan Nutrition
Just as it’s possible to get into trouble on an omnivorous diet, a vegan diet has potential pitfalls of its own. Fortunately, most of these hazards are easily avoided if you have the right information. These terrific books will show you how to construct a well-planned, healthful, and satisfying vegan diet.
Vegan For Life, by Jack Norris & Virginia Messina
What was already hands down the #1 book on vegan nutrition has received a comprehensive update for 2020. A great many vegans fall prey to easily-avoided nutrition mistakes. This book will teach you how to cover all your bases.
Plant-Based Sports Nutrition, by Larson-Meyer & Ruscigno
Hands down the most comprehensive guide to vegan fitness, for both casual enthusiasts and competitive athletes. This book will enable you to make food choices that optimally fuel your body for enhanced athletic performance.
The Plant-Based Athlete, by Frazier & Cheeke
A nutrition-focused approach to enhancing fitness and athletic performance. Incorporates tips and anecdotes provided by dozens of top vegan athletes.
Vegan for Her, by Messina & Fields
A thorough guide to women’s nutrition for vegans. Covers all the topics you’d expect, including pregnancy, nursing, menopause, osteoporosis. Also features expert advice on nutrients of special interest to women like calcium and iron.
Never Too Late to Go Vegan, by Adams, Breitman, & Messina
Since the vegan population is disproportionately young, the vegan literature skews to a youthful audience as well. This may be the only vegan book written specifically to an older audience. And it’s got a wealth of nutrition information of special interest to everyone middle-aged and up.
A plant-based diet is the easiest and most potent way to shrink your planetary footprint.
A vegan diet enables you to drastically cut greenhouse gases, protect wildlife, and preserve the oceans. It also minimizes the amount of land needed to grow your food. These books look at both the well-established and not-so-obvious environmental advantages of embracing a plant-based diet.
Dead Zone: Where the Wild Things Were, by Philip Lymbery
Britain’s leading factory farm opponent offers a evenhanded look at the staggering environmental costs of intensive animal farming. Lymbery shows how raising billions of animals for food has decimated ecosystems and pushed numerous species around the world to the brink of extinction.
Eat for the Planet, by Nil Zacharias & Gene Stone
This book brings together the numerous powerful environmental reasons to embrace a vegan diet. Also features inspiring and helpful advice for transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle.
Food Is the Solution: What to Eat to Save the World, by Matthew Prescott
Begins with a comprehensive and up-to-date 50 page introduction to the environmental advantages of a vegan diet. Also features 80 vegan recipes for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and desserts. Hardcover with full-color printing throughout.
Fitness and Sports
Vegan Diets are Great for Strength, Bodybuilding, and Endurance
A vegan diet is compatible with most casual and serious fitness regimens. Whether you’re looking to bulk up, run the Iron Man, or just lose those last ten pounds, there’s a vegan fitness book that’s perfect for you. Match your vegan diet to an appropriate fitness or training program with one of these great titles:
Finding Ultra, by Rich Roll
One of the fittest humans alive, Rich Roll tells his story of embracing veganism while adopting an extreme fitness lifestyle. Roll once completed five different Ironman triathlons in Hawaii in the space of just one week.
Eat & Run, by Scott Jurek
For many years Jurek held the record for the greatest distance run in 24 hours. A man of supreme willpower, Jurek tells the story of his person transformation. Discover how a kid who hunted his own meat went on to go vegan and become a world-class ultra-endurance runner.
Vegan Fitness for Mortals, by Ellen Jaffe-Jones
Admittedly, reading the stories of people like Rich Roll and Scott Jurek can be intimidating. Here’s the book for vegans who want fitness in moderation, and better health without massive commitment. This book will enable you to bump up your activity a notch while getting the biggest payback for your training time.
No-Meat Athlete, by Frazier & Ruscigno
This highly regarded and relentlessly encouraging book splits the difference between Roll and Jurek’s books and Jaffe’s Vegan Fitness for Mortals. Frazier is an ultramarathoner who takes you through the basics of setting up an effective training program. This book includes solid nutritional advice from Matthew Ruscigno, MPH, RD. Also check out the companion volume: The No-Meat Athlete Cookbook.
Veggie & Animal Activism
How to Step Up Your Advocacy Game
A little reading can make the difference between being a moderately successful vegan advocate, and one who creates change at every turn. Here are the best books to get started.
Ethics Into Action, by Peter Singer
An updated edition of Peter Singer’s biography of Henry Spira, the world’s first massively effective animal rights activist. Singer teaches the lessons that were at the heart of Spira’s successful campaigns.
Striking At the Roots (10th Anniversary Edition), by Mark Hawthorne
The most comprehensive book written on the many forms of animal rights activism. Geared to explaining proven techniques that avoid counterproductive or ill-advised actions. Consider this the anchor book for your animal rights library.
How to Create a Vegan World, by Tobias Leenaert
Strategic thinking on how to engage with omnivores and frame the vegan message in a manner most likely to encourage meaningful change.
Self-Care for Activists, By Erik Marcus
Caring for animals, and working on their behalf, can exact a heavy emotional toll over time. And many activists, though skilled at protecting animals, don’t know how to avoid burnout and recover from trauma. This lengthy essay is available free on Kindle, iBooks, Nook, and Google Play.
Vegan Kids, Pregnancy, and Parenting
Expert Advice Plus Lessons Other Parents Learned the Hard Way
If you have kids or are starting a family, these books can help you enormously. Also, please read our vegan pregnancy guide, which we’ve published online for free. It will help get your baby off to the best possible start in life.
Your Complete Vegan Pregnancy, by Reed Mangels, PhD, RD
This essential book covers everything a future mother needs to know about nutrition, including optimizing your diet both before and during pregnancy. Includes specific nutrition advice for each trimester, plus information to help prepare for labor and delivery. Also includes grocery shopping tips and easy nutritionally balanced recipes.
The Vegucated Family Table, by Wolfson & Delhauer
The first book to go deep on every aspect of feeding babies, toddlers, and young children. This book is put out by a major publisher and features gorgeous photography throughout. Includes strategies to boost the nutrient content of snacks and meals in ways that will entice even picky eaters. Features more than fifty easy recipes covering breakfasts, snacks, soups, healthy drinks, and main courses.
But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan!, by Kristy Turner
A book designed to get your whole family on board to eagerly eating more plant-based meals—this book is so good it even works on husbands! 125 fantastic family-friendly recipes, with enticing full-color food photography throughout.
Big Ideas for Little Ones
If you want to instill compassionate values related to animals and eating, here are some terrific children’s titles worth purchasing.
Where’s the Turkey?, by Caroline Jones
Everyone learns a lesson of compassion during a family Thanksgiving.
That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals, by Ruby Roth
This book gently introduces children to the injustices of animal exploitation in its myriad forms, and the compassionate alternative.
V is for Vegan, by Ruby Roth
Not only does this book teach compassionate food choices, it also introduces children to the fundamentals of good vegan nutrition.
Not a Nugget, by Stephanie Dryer
“Food or Friend?” This book raises the question and affirmatively chooses the latter. Foreword by Farm Sanctuary’s Gene Baur.
Linus the Vegetarian T. Rex, by Robert Neubecker
Kids love dinosaurs, but unfortunately for parents seeking a great vegan children’s book the T. Rex is the biggest, baddest carnivore of them all. Until along came Linus.
Horton Hears a Who!, by Dr. Seuss
No compassionate children’s library is complete without some Dr. Seuss, and this beloved classic has introduced millions of children to empathy and extending compassion to every being, no matter how small.