Top Vegan Books That Should Be in Your Library

Our Top Favorite Vegan Books

Whether you are a brand new vegan or a seasoned plant-based veteran, there are some crucial books that should definitely be in your library that go over the philosophy of veganism, the truth about animal cruelty, and health. I want to give you a list of the top  vegans books you should keep in your library.

I personally own all of these books and constantly use them as a source during my many endless debates with non-vegans. I guarantee you anyone that reads all of these books will be more compassionate and better equipped to discuss the many benefits that come with a plant-based diet.

In case you know someone who is vegan or is looking to get into the lifestyle, this reading list works great as both a gift or as a resource of information. Let’s begin!



How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease

By Michael Greger

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Dr. Michael Greger examines the top 15 killers in America from a health perspective including heart disease, caner, and diabetes. He masterfully explains how so many of these diseases are preventable through a plant-based diet.

Why I love this book: It brings home the point that being a vegan is not only morally sound but tremendously healthy for the soul and body



Meat Is for Pussies: A How-to Guide for Dudes Who Want to Get Fit, Kick Ass, and Take Names

By John Joseph

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Punk Rocker and triathlete John Joseph conveys a message to men – you do not have to eat  meat to be manly. He goes over the health and moral aspects of veganism and talks about his personal experience. He also provides a cool recipe and exercise guide in the end.

Why I love this book: John Joseph was the first vegan influencer I came across when entering the lifestyle. His New York City accent and aggressiveness sold me on the concept that veganism can be for both hippies and regular everyday men.



Eating Animals

By Jonathan Foer

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Best selling author Jonathan Foer explores the facts, fictions, and traditions of how we consume and use animals. This is a solid book on truly opening your eyes to the uncomfortably trusts of factory animal farming. 

Why I love this book: He goes over what “organic” and cage-free” actually means when it comes to the welfare of animals.



Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism

By Melanie Joy, PhD

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Dr. Joy tackles the reasoning behind peoples love for certain animals such as dogs, and complete indifference to other animals like cows and pigs. She depicts a fact-based argument displaying the high level intelligence and sensitity associated with so many animals that we eat and wear. It really makes you re-think buying another animal product again. 

Why I love this book: This was the first book I read when I was going vegan. It was so powerful for my wife and I that anytime we meet someone open to veganism, we send them this book.



The Cheese Trap: How Breaking a Surprising Addiction Will Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Get Healthy

By Neal D Barnard MD FACC

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Dr. Neal Barnard goes over the consumption of cheese, it’s addictive features, and all of the unhealthy aspects of this food product. You will realize cheese is one of the weirdest foods we’ve made as a staple of the American diet and really has no business being on our plates.

Why I love this book: Before I was vegan, I was a vegetarian for one year. Cheese was such an addictive product for me to give up like it is with so many transitioning vegans. Dr. Barnard breaks down beautifully why that is the case.

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