Reading is another resource that I find to be inspiring and beneficial to the importance of the vegan movement. The impacts of animal agriculture, animal abuse, our health, vegan recipes, and the environment are the topics that have inspired myself to make the transition. I wanted to share with you some books that I have read and I will update this list as I find more that I resonate with to help spread awareness.
Love is the Only Solution by Supreme Master Ching Hai
Written by international best-selling author, spiritual teacher, humanitarian and artist, Supreme Master Ching Hai, elucidates on the current situation in the world with regards to pandemics, climate change, conflicts and natural disasters. Furthermore, she explains the causes as well as the solutions.
Through love for the animals, love for nature, each other, our families and even our enemies, we can create an Eden on Earth. The energy of LOVE will have a protective effect that will not only heal the planet but also elevate its inhabitants to higher state of consciousness. She goes on to urge us to turn our love into action to protect the meek, voiceless animals as well as all those who are in need."Love can flourish or be destroyed even, though the essence of love can never be destroyed. There are deeds that can nourish love, there are deeds that can make love wither and die. I mean physical love. I mean the love in this realm. There are deeds that can make love grow, there are deeds that can make love diminish. We must cherish, treasure love if we find it. Support it. We have to support it with our thoughts and speech and actions."
This one in particular is special to me as it touches on the importance of loving all beings in a unique way that brings a nuance perspective on todays topics and problems we face. It focuses on environmental topics, being vegan, meditation, and love being the solution for various problems.
The Essential Vegan Toolkit by Sara Botero
An illustrated guidebook with everything you need to know to go vegan for good! This is great for anyone interested in becoming vegan with all the information needed to start. Sara Botero (activist and artist), explains the many reasons to make this change-including animal welfare, our health, and the environment-and gives loads of practical advice on nutrition, diet, and meal options. The book features sections on meat alternatives that supply all the nutrients we need, baking and drinking tips, and suggestions for vegan clothing, makeup, cleaning, traveling, and activism. Written and illustrated with passion and expertise, and wise about the etiquette of living vegan in a non-vegan world, Botero inspires us to extend our compassion to every living creature.
This was one of the first books I read upon making the conscious decision to become actively vegan. From the wide-range of information, to the amazing illustrations and art work; This was a book is a perfect place to begin.
Becoming Vegan: The Complete Reference on Plant-Based Nutrition by Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina
The completely revised edition of a seminal classic offers fresh insights on the treatment of animals in food production and other industries, the latest findings on the health benefits of a vegan diet, expanded information on phytochemicals, and a thoroughly updated food guide.They discuss the latest findings on: using plant foods to protect against cancer, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses; obtaining essential protein without meat, eggs, or dairy products; discovering "good" fats and where to find them; meeting dietary needs for calcium without dairy products; understanding the importance of vitamin B12; designing balanced vegan diets for infants, children, and seniors; and making the most of vegan pregnancy and breast-feeding.
Native Foods Celebration Cookbook by Lead Writer-Lauren Neuschel,
Co-Writer-Sammy Caiola, Co-owner-Andrew Mcginty
This restaurant chain created a cookbook filled with delicious vegan recipes to celebrate every month of the year! "We truly believe we can change the world with one simple tool: our forks." Their journey began in 1994 when one passionate chef with a commitment to animal welfare opened the first Native Foods Café in Palm Springs, California. With locations sprouting throughout the country, there goal is to change the way people think about food.
I have made many recipes from this cookbook and they have all been so delicious! They are well explained, easy to follow, and separated by month/occasion, making it perfect to plan this meals out for festivities and to celebrate cruelty-free feasts with loved ones.
Why Vegan?: Eating Ethically by Peter Singer
Even before the publication of his seminal Animal Liberation in 1975, Peter Singer, one of the greatest moral philosophers of our time, unflinchingly challenged the ethics of eating animals. Now, in Why Vegan?, Singer brings together the most consequential essays of his career to make this devastating case against our failure to confront what we are doing to animals, to public health, and to our planet.
Spanning more than five decades of writing on the systemic mistreatment of animals, Why Vegan? features a topical new introduction, along with nine other essays, including: “An Ethical Way of Treating Chickens?,” which opens our eyes to the lives of the birds who end up on so many plates—and to the lives of their parents; “If Fish Could Scream,” an essay exposing the utter indifference of commercial fishing practices to the experiences of the sentient beings they scoop from the oceans in such unimaginably vast numbers; “The Case for Going Vegan,” in which Singer assembles his most powerful case for boycotting the animal production industry; And most recently, in the introduction to this book and in “The Two Dark Sides of COVID-19,” Singer points to a new reason for avoiding meat: the role eating animals has played, and will play, in pandemics past, present, and future.
Why Vegan? asserts that human tyranny over animals is a wrong comparable to racism and sexism. The book ultimately becomes an urgent call to reframe our lives in order to redeem ourselves and alter the calamitous trajectory of our imperiled planet. This publication provides decades of knowledge and experience in regards to animal welfare and how this has bled into our current day and how it will continue to do so without change.
Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
Faced with the prospect of being unable to explain why we eat some animals and not others, Foer set out to explore the origins of many eating traditions and the fictions involved with creating them. Traveling to the darkest corners of our dining habits, Foer raises the unspoken question behind every fish we eat, every chicken we fry, and every burger we grill.
A must-read for anyone who cares about building a more humane and healthy world, Eating Animals is a book that, in the words of the Los Angeles Times, places Jonathan Safran Foer "at the table with our greatest philosophers."
How Not to Die by Michael Greger
The vast majority of premature deaths can be prevented through simple changes in diet and lifestyle. In How Not to Die, Dr. Michael Greger, the internationally-renowned nutrition expert, physician, and founder of NutritionFacts.org, examines the fifteen top causes of premature death in America-heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson's, high blood pressure, and more-and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches, freeing us to live healthier lives.
The simple truth is that most doctors are good at treating acute illnesses but bad at preventing chronic disease. The fifteen leading causes of death claim the lives of 1.6 million Americans annually. This doesn't have to be the case. By following Dr. Greger's advice, all of it backed up by strong scientific evidence, you will learn which foods to eat and which lifestyle changes to make to live longer.
With timeless amounts of information regarding nutrition and a plant-based lifestyle, this book is perfect for targeting prevention from disease and health problems by what we consume and the lifestyle we choose to live.
Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows by Melanie Joy
Social psychologist Melanie Joy explores the many ways we numb ourselves and disconnect from our natural empathy for farmed animals. In Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows Joy investigates factory farming, exposing how cruelly the animals are treated, the hazards that meatpacking workers face, and the environmental impact of raising 10 billion animals for food each year. Controversial and challenging, this book will change the way you think about food forever.