I have always been a big reader. My actual time spent reading varies a lot depending on other priorities, but I am never without a book (or two) to read when I have the chance. As my passion for food, health, and veganism has grown over the past few years, so has the amount of books I’ve read related to these subjects.
I like reading a wide variety of books across different genres. Even when I’m getting overlapping information, I appreciate the different writing styles and perspectives. For the most part, only the books in the ‘Vegan’ category promote a plant-based, vegetarian, or vegan diet. Obviously, what we like to read is largely subjective. You probably won’t like all my suggestions, but I hope you can find something here you can enjoy, learn from, and be inspired by. This is simply my opinion.
I already have a huge list of books related to these subjects that I’d like to read, but if you have any suggestions for me, I’d love to hear them! I’d also love to hear your thoughts on any of the books on my list.
I actually only own a couple of these books. I was able to borrow all of these from my city’s public library! Most of the films are available through the library, on Netflix and/or Films For Action.
Vegan & Promoting A Plant-Based Whole Foods Diet
Becoming Vegan: The Complete Guide to Adopting A Healthy Plant-Based Diet – Brenda Davis RD and Vesanto Melina MS RD
The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications For Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-term Health – T. Colin Campbell PhD and Thomas M. Campbell MD (www.thechinastudy.com)
Eating Animals – Jonathan Safran Foer
Healthy At 100: The Scientifically Proven Secrets of the World’s Healthiest and Longest-Lived Peoples – John Robbins (This book discusses the health benefits of a plant-based diet, but also covers a lot about the effects of exercise, love, and spirit on aging.)
Undiet: Eat Your Way to Vibrant Health – Meghan Telpner
The Vegan’s Daily Companion: 365 Days of Inspiration for Cooking, Eating, and Living Compassionately – Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
Vegan Freak: Being Vegan In a Non-Vegan World – Bob and Jenna Torres
Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition – T. Colin Campbell PhD and Howard Jacobson PhD
The Botany of Desire: A Plants-Eye View of the World – Michael Pollan
Culinary Intelligence: The Art of Eating Healthy (and Really Well) – Peter Kaminsky
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto – Michael Pollan
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals – Michael Pollan
Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals – Hal Herzog
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life – Barbara Kingsolver, with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver
Cooking For Gracie: The Making of a Parent From Scratch – Keith Dixon
Hungry Monkey: A Food-loving Father’s Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater – Matthew Amster-Burton
Life, On the Line: A Chef’s Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat – Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas
My Life In France – Julia Child with Alex Prud’Homme
The Book of Salt – Monique Truong
The Kitchen Daughter – Jael McHenry
General Healthy Living
Confessions of an Eco-Shopper: The True Story of One Woman’s Mission to Go Green – Kate Lock
Not Just A Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of The Beauty Industry – Stacy Malkan