Going vegan means, first and foremost, becoming conscious of our power to choose. As consumers, we should strive to make choices that not only enrich our lives, but also contribute to the well-being of our planet and all its creatures.
Delicious plant-based foods and cruelty-free items are no longer luxuries but viable options that can make a positive difference both for the environment and in our personal stories.
This guide is a collection of vegan resources, books, websites and blogs that will equip you with all the information you need for a smooth transition to a vegan lifestyle. Use it to create a way of living that’s both thoughtful and fulfilling, and don’t forget to share it with your friends!
How To Go Vegan Guides
The short one: How to Start a Vegan Lifestyle: A Step-by-Step Guide to Help You Go Vegan the Right Way. Written by yours truly, this step-by-step guide is a concise introduction to veganism, from its values and benefits to practical advice on how to make the switch as easy and fulfilling as possible. The guide is structured into eight actionable bite-size steps that outline a gradual approach to going vegan, with a special emphasis on the power of awareness and personal motivation.
The long one: Erik Marcus’ Ultimate Vegan Guide: Compassionate Living Without Sacrifice (first edition). When I found this little gem of an e-book, I actually screamed with delight. Beautifully written, easy to read and very informative, Marcus’ guide starts with a quick exploration of why on Earth would anyone go vegan and then goes on to address every single aspect of veganism, from cooking and nutrition all the way to mindset and outreach. This is an extremely useful guide so, if you’re up for spending a few hours learning the ins and outs of veganism, you should definitely check it out.
Education: Books and Documentaries on Food
Author | Jonathan Safran Foer
Book Synopsis | Eating Animals is a compelling mixture of research, science, philosophy, and literature framed in a very personal and relatable context. Written with unbiased honesty and wit, the book explores everything food-related, from the intelligence level of our most popular meat providers to how we justify our eating habits and the gut-wrenching realities of industrial farming.
Read It To |Gain a different perspective on our relationship with food.
Author | Michael Pollan
Book Synopsis | The Omnivore’s Dilemma is an eye-opening investigation of our everyday food choices. Using well-researched information and an engaging narrative, Michael Pollan takes his readers on a journey from farm to table, explaining how the food we eat is grown and produced, how it affects us, and who are the real beneficiaries of the modern food industry.
Read It To |Learn more about our food choices and their social, environmental, and economic impact.
Author | John Robbins
Book Synopsis |The Food Revolution is one of the most frequently quoted and talked about books of the food-politics revolution. Citing statistics and research studies, the author argues that adopting a plant-based diet is the key to good health and longevity, and the best way to stop global warming, alleviate famine and prevent cruelty to animals.
Read It To | Understand how food, particularly meat and GMOs, impact our health and the world around us.
Author | Michael Greger, MD
Book Synopsis | How Not To Die is written by dr. Michael Greger, the internationally-renowned nutrition expert and the founder of NutritionFacts.org. With a strong scientific base but fast-paced and easy to read, the book discusses how to use diet to prevent the fifteen top causes of premature death and details the health benefits of twelve foods we should consume every day.
Read It To | Learn how to improve your diet and prolong your life using science-based advice and nutritional information.
Author | T. Colin Campbell, PHD, and Thomas M. Campbell II, MD
Book Synopsis | The China Study is the most comprehensive study ever conducted on the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease. Educational, thought-provoking and controversial according to some, the book details the connection between nutrition and several illnesses and examines the source of nutritional confusion produced by powerful organizations and opportunistic scientists.
Read It To | Understand the link between food and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Food, Inc. is a cinematic investigation of the American food industry, revealing some surprising truths about what we eat and how it’s produced. Examining the nation’s food supply, the Oscar-nominated documentary explains how the corporate-controlled agribusiness produces food that is unhealthy, in a way that is environmentally harmful and abusive of both animals and employees.
Forks Over Knives is a documentary film that examines the idea of food used as medicine. Featuring renowned physicians and nutrition specialists such as John McDougall, Caldwell Esselstyn, and T. Colin Campbell, among others, the film advocates a low-fat, whole-food, plant-based diet as the best way to avoid or reverse certain degenerative diseases, including diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
Vegucated is a light-hearted documentary that follows the stories of three meat-and-cheese-loving people who agree to go vegan for six weeks. “Part sociological experiment and part adventure comedy”, the film addresses topics such as the origins of omnivorism and the various benefits of plant-based diets, the disconnect between farm animals and the consumption of meat, and the resistance some of us feel towards veganism and vegetarianism.
Vegan Nutrition Books and Websites
Vegan Nutrition Books
Vegan Nutrition Websites
VeganHealth.org is a website run by Jack Norris, a registered dietitian who specializes in vegan nutrition. The site takes a no-frill scientific approach to highlight the health benefits of veganism, offering clear, evidence-based nutritional guidance to those switching to a plant-based diet.
NutritionFacts.org – Michael Greger, MD
Vegan Cooking & Recipes: Cookbooks, Blogs & Websites
Best Vegan Cookbooks for Beginners
Best-Selling & Most Popular Vegan Cookbooks
Vegan Cooking Blogs & Websites*
Vegan Lifestyle Blogs & Websites
Vegan Online Stores
Vegan Grocery Online Shops
Vegan Essentials (US and International)
Pangea – The Vegan Store (US and International)
Vegan Cuts (US and International)
iHerb (US and international)
Live Superfoods (US and International)
The Raw Food World (US and International)
Sunfood Superfoods (US and International)
The Green Polka Dot Box (US only)
Rabbit Food Grocery (US only)
Shop Vegan (UK)