13 Vegan Books You Need to Read

Whether you’re a fully-fledged vegan or want to live more ethically, these are the best vegan books to challenge how you eat and think forever.

From practical guides to gripping exposés, each will help widen your perspective, empower you with information and help you live a more compassionate lifestyle.

1. How to go Vegan by Veganuary

Our ultimate ‘how-to’ book proves that going vegan can be easy and stress-free. As well as exploring the many reasons why people opt for a vegan lifestyle, this book is jam-packed with practical tips and advice.

Covering everything from eating out and cooking at home to shopping and dealing with difficult questions, it will give you the tools you need to adopt a more ethical lifestyle.

How to Go Vegan New Edition

2. This is Vegan Propaganda by Ed Winters

Vegan educator Ed Winters (aka Earthling Ed) is known for his thought-provoking videos and talks, and this groundbreaking book is no different.

He explores the modern factory farming industries and their marketing tactics, the psychology behind people’s actions and why we perceive some animals as food and others as companions.

This is Vegan Propaganda
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3. Not as Nature Intended by Rich Hardy

Described as a ‘007 of the animal world,’ award-winning investigative journalist Rich Hardy finds ways to meet the industries responsible for the lives and deaths of the billions of animals used to feed, clothe and entertain us.

Using a hidden camera, he discovers the daily cruelty that goes on behind closed doors and exposes us to the shocking truth behind these animal trades through a compelling and penetrating narrative.

Not As Nature Intended

4. How to Love Animals in a Human-Shaped World by Henry Mance

The UK is a nation of animal lovers…or so we thought. In his thought-provoking and detailed book, Henry Mance explores our ‘love’ for animals in the age of factory farming, climate crisis and pandemics.

This informative, eye-opening book takes us on a journey that asks whether there is a fairer way to treat animals, as well as exploring ethical dilemmas around hunting, visiting zoos and pet ownership.

How to Love Animals in a Human-Shaped World is a must-read for vegans and non-vegans.

How to Love Animals

5. Think Like a Vegan by Emilia A. Leese

Whether you’ve participated in Veganuary for the first time or you’re interested in the many facets of veganism, this book is sure to answer all your questions.

Covering everything from topics such as honey and organic meat to how veganism is linked to other social movements, this book offers a great introduction to all things vegan.

Think Like a Vegan

6. Once Upon a Time We Ate Animals: The Future of Food by Roanne van Voorst

Sometimes it’s all too easy to feel hopeless and that our actions don’t change anything. However, a huge shift towards plant-based eating is underway and Once Upon a Time We Ate Animals allows us to feel hopeful about a future without factory farming.

Instead of looking to the future, anthropologist Roanne Van Voorst creates a compelling narrative by looking to the past for us to imagine a world where animals aren’t exploited for food and other products used by humans.

Once Upon a Time We Ate Animals

7. Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows by Melanie Joy

Melanie Joy is an animal rights icon and psychologist who is interested in the belief system and psychology behind why people eat meat. (She also has a vegan podcast.)

In this book, she explores why it is that some people think it’s okay to eat some animals and not others, a phenomenon she calls Carnism, and gives examples of real, powerful portrayals of human behaviour.

If you’re interested in eating a plant-based diet but still feeling tempted by products you would rather avoid, read this book and you’ll understand why!

Carnism Book

8. Nourish by Reshma Shah MD, MPH and Brenda Davis RD

This vegan book is a complete nutrition guide for families that would like to eat more plant-based food. It’s evidence-based, practical and loaded with the information and tools you need to raise a healthy vegan family.

It covers nutrition specifics across all the stages of childhood, from pregnancy and breastfeeding all the way through to adolescence. It also features delicious recipes, including quick meals that can fit around a busy schedule.

Nourish Book

9. The Art Of Compassion by Leigh Sanders

The Art of Compassion is the first book of its kind – a collection of heart-warming and awakening vegan art from 80 artists around the globe.

Through the power of visual and literary art, this book aims to expose the plight of animals, empower animal rights activists and inspire the compassionate lifestyle of veganism.

Plus, all the profits go to Veganuary, so you’ll be supporting the work we do when you purchase a copy!

Art of Compassion Book

10. Gwen the Rescue Hen by Leslie Crawford and jessica goodall

This is a fantastic vegan book for kids (and their grown-ups) to enjoy. It’s about a quick-witted hen who manages to escape from a tiny cage on a factory farm after a fierce tornado hits the farm.

It’s a feel-good, ‘coming-of-chicken’ book that inspires children to show compassion for farmed animals.

Gwen the Rescue Hen

11. Animal Liberation by Peter Singer

Originally published in 1975, Animal Liberation is widely considered within the animal rights movement to be the founding philosophical statement of its ideas.

The book has been responsible for the awakening of millions to the grim realities of ‘speciesism,’ a term that was popularised by this book.

The philosopher argues that the interests of animals should be considered because of their ability to experience suffering and has inspired many people to become activists.

Animal Liberation Book

12. How Not to Die by Michael Greger MD, FACLM and Gene Stone

Dr Greger is an internationally renowned nutrition expert and the founder of NutritionFacts.org. Throughout this book, he examines the top fifteen causes of premature death in the US and reveals ground-breaking scientific evidence into their underlying causes.

He offers practical advice and tips on the foods that can prevent and reverse disease, all backed up by scientific research. Dr Greger is passionate about nutrition, food safety, and public health issues and all the proceeds he receives from his books, DVDs, and speaking engagements are donated to charity.

How Not to Die

13. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

In order to reduce the risk of pandemics for ourselves, our gaze needs to turn to the health of animals. Eating Animals is described as the most original and urgent book about food written in this century.

It will change the way you think about and eat meat for good. Part-memoir, part-investigative report, this is the book that is renowned for turning countless celebrities vegan and is a must-read for anyone striving towards a more compassionate way of living.

Eating Animals Book


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