The China Study, Whole and a Future Book Page

Today’s Daily Prompt is to: Tell us about the last book you read (Why did you choose it? Would you recommend it?). Daily Prompt: Bookworm

Since the last book I read completely relates to the subjects of this blog, and was fantastic, I thought this would be a good time to share it with you (and maybe some others that don’t follow One Small Vegan).

The last book that I read was Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition by T. Colin Campbell and Howard Jacobsen and just like Campbell’s previous book (with his son  Thomas M. Campbell) The China Study, I would absolutely recommend this book to everyone.

I choose to read this book because I loved The China Study, so was very eager to read anything else by Campbell. I already knew from other sources that a whole food plant-based diet is healthy for humans, animals, and the earth as a whole, but the information given in The China Study still managed to blow me away, especially in regards to the way in which a plant-based diet effects cancer growth. I am also amazed at Campbell’s ability, shown in both books, to explain very scientific information in a way I think almost everyone could read and comprehend, all the while making the book enjoyable to read.

“In The China Study, T. Colin Campbell (alongside his son, Thomas M. Campbell) revolutionized the way we think about our food with the evidence that a whole food, plant-based diet is the healthiest way to eat. Now, in Whole, he explains the science behind that evidence, the ways our current scientific paradigm ignores the fascinating complexity of the human body, and why, if we have such overwhelming evidence that everything we think we know about nutrition is wrong, our eating habits haven’t changed.

Whole is an eye-opening, paradigm-changing journey through cutting-edge thinking on nutrition, a scientific tour de force with powerful implications for our health and for our world.” (from the book jacket)

I really think (and wish) that everyone should read both of these books! Please check them out! The links above go to the books on amazon, where you can also view the table of contents, and quite extensive excerpts from both books.

I also wanted to let you know that I’m currently working on putting together a ‘book recommendations’ page for One Small Vegan. I am a total bookworm, and in the past couple years have almost exclusively been reading books related to food, health, animal rights, and veganism. I also love fiction and memoirs about food and cooking, even when they have nothing to do with veganism or health. I’m not sure at this point if I’ll be writing anything about the past books I’ve read (I’ve kept a list for years), but I will be placing the books into categories and providing links. Once I’ve got the page up it will also be an ongoing thing, possibly with book review posts in the future, as I have an ever-growing list of books I’d like to read, related to the topics I mentioned above.

Have you read The China Study and/or Whole? What did you think?

Do you have any favourite books related to health, food, cooking, animal rights, or veganism? I’m always looking for new ones to add to my list!

Was there a particular book, or books, that opened your eyes to a different way of eating?
I’ve mentioned in my About Me page that reading Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer was what initially got me thinking about making the transition from vegetarian to vegan and that as soon as I bought and browsed through Veganomicon, I knew that I could do it, and did.


11 thoughts on “The China Study, Whole and a Future Book Page

    • Which one would you recommend to read first? Are there lots of references to The China Study in Whole? Does Whole update much of the China Study data?
      Thank you!

      • Oups sorry, didn’t want to answer you!
        Anyway, there are millions of soy-free burger recipes all around the web! Go and take a look on great blogs such Vegan Richa, The Flaming Vegan, Including Cake or My New Roots, or some vegan recipes aggregator!

      • I would definitely read The China Study first. Whole doesn’t really update the China Study data, but it does expand on why the whole foods plant-based diet recommended is optimal. Whole also delves into why the data and the recommendations of The China Study are largely ignored and disregarded by our society, health care system, government, media etc.

    • I’m not sure about any soy-free veggie burger brands, as I rarely buy veggie burgers anymore. I prefer to make my own with combinations of grains, beans, veggies, and wheat gluten. My Baked Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers ( are soy-free if you use coconut aminos or another liquid in place of the soy sauce. Same with these Chickpea Cutlets ( which you can add whatever flavours you prefer to. I also really like these Southwest Quinoa Burgers ( My Burgers Pinterest board ( also has lots of vegan burger ideas, and none that I know of are soy-based.
      It may take some getting used to but it is entirely possible to eat a vegan soy-free diet. I don’t actually eat that much soy, and most of my recipes are soy-free or could easily be made soy-free. A lot (but not all) processed vegan meat substitutes are soy-based, but there are alternatives and a lot of great recipes out there to make awesome soy-free vegan food!
      Good luck and thanks for your comment!

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  2. I love the China Study! It’s actually what prompted me to go vegan. I actually had cancer and a few years later was more interested in my health and how to become & stay healthy and after reading the book, I decided to nix any form of animal protein.
    I really love the Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone – it’s a wonderful book and her great personality shines through.
    Crazy, Sexy Cancer by Kris Carr is a good one (the Crazy, Sexy, Diet is good too!).
    Must Have Been Something I Ate by Peggy Kotsopoulos is great too.
    Happy reading =)

  3. I really loved reading the china study – even though it took me AGES to get through it. Looking forward to getting a hold of ‘whole’ and reading that too. You’re right – he really does have a way of explaining information in a very basic way. That’s a great ability to have.
    I’m currently reading “the food revolution” – OH MY GOODNESS! i want the whole world to read that book – its fantastic!
    I would love to see a book page! 🙂

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