Spring has sprung! This is a season of rebirth and growth, and many people use this time to detox, diet to overhaul their diets. With spring fruits and veggies on the verge of ripening, this is the perfect time for people who have been leaning towards veganism to take the plunge. Here’s a list of books that are perfect for new vegans – from cooking and shopping to health and ethics. These books can help answer your questions and keep you motivated.
Main Street Vegan by Victoria Moran This is an excellent book for beginner vegans and people who are “vegan-curious”. VegNews Magazine even called it the “New Vegan Bible”! Victoria covers everything there is to know about veganism, from beans and B12 to shoes and mascara. She squashes all vegan stereotypes and shows how easy vegan living is. Each chapter ends with a recipe, so if you’ve decided to go vegan while reading the book, you can start right away with a delicious, easy to make dish. The chapters in Main Street Vegan are short and easy and they’re all full of wonderful stories and anecdotes from Victoria’s life. She writes with such a warm and friendly voice that I felt as if I was having a conversation with a friend over a cup of tea.
Virgin Vegan by Linda Long Linda wrote Virgin Vegan as a response to be being asked questions about her vegan diet so many times. The book covers the basics on why people go vegan, vegan nutrition, and what vegans do eat. Linda also gives tips on ordering vegan meals in mainstream restaurants and traveling as a vegan. Virgin Vegan is also a cookbook, and it’s jam packed with delicious, easy-to-make recipes and mouthwatering photographs. Even if you’ve been vegan for a while, you’ll probably want to pick this book up to add more yummy dishes to your repertoire.
Quick Fix Vegan by Robin Robertson In my health coaching practice I often hear people say that they don’t have time to cook or they don’t know what to cook to cook as a vegan. Robin solves both of those problems with her book Quick Fix Vegan. All of the recipes in this book take 30 minutes or less to cook and use easy-t0-find ingredients. With dishes like Sloppy Portobellos, Zucchini Frittata and Tempeh with Mellow Mustard Sauce, the recipes in Quick Fix Vegan are creative and flavorful, and will Robin gives tips on how to save time when cooking, and she even includes lists of panty basics and kitchen must-haves. This book is a must-have for those busy weeknights when it seems like there isn’t enough time cook a healthy and delicious meal.
The China Study by T. Colin Campbell If it’s cold hard facts that you’re looking for, The China Study is for you. Now a scientist, T. Colin Campbell was a farm boy who originally set out to find a way to get the most nutrition possible about of the animals we eat. After years of research and study, he concluded that we shouldn’t be eating animals at all. The China Study was the largest nutritional study ever done, and this book is the culmination of it’s findings. T, Colin Campbell explains the connection between nutrition and “diseases of affluence”: heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. The report also examines the source of nutritional confusion produced by powerful lobbies, government entities, and opportunistic scientists.