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#1 Old 01-30-2007, 08:37 PM
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Hey guys my name is Ben. I have just recently decided to change my way of living and become vegan. Sorry if someone has already posted this, but I was wondering if anyone has any good books for someone who is a new vegan? Thanks for the help.
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#2 Old 01-30-2007, 09:17 PM
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A lot of great info. GOod luck om your journey.
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#3 Old 01-30-2007, 11:06 PM
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Becoming vegan

I only heard good things about this book.
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#4 Old 01-31-2007, 07:31 AM
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You aren't the Ben that I know who wants to be veggie are you?

Don't know where you're from if you aren't but Out of This World where I work (which has shops in Leeds, York, Nottingham and Newcastle) sells some books on vegan cooking...I don't know how much information and help they have about actually converting though...I really should check as I'm trying to make the transition!
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#5 Old 01-31-2007, 12:15 PM
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For a cookbook I would recommend The Garden of Vegan by Sarah Kramer and Tanya Barnard. They also have cowritten another vegan cookbook and Sarah has a new one out that she wrote herself.

The Garden of Vegan has a section in the front with headings like Health Questions and Food Questions .

Example: under the heading "Food Questions" it says:

I'm allergic to soy. What can I replace it with?

We're so sorry to hear that! Soy is a staple product for most vegans. If you're looking to add a "meaty" texture to your dishes, try making seitan (pg. 208) and using it in place of soy. If it is protein that you need, it's easy to make complete proteins. Just combine beans with brown rice, corn, nuts, seeds or wheat. Or combine brown rice with beans, nuts seeds or wheat. Not only is quinoa high in protein but it's delicious, too!

And there is an extensive list of "Vegan no-nos" in the appendix.


Keratin Protein from the ground-up horns, hooves, feathers, quills and hair of various animals. In hair rinses, shampoos, permanent wave solutions.

Alternatives: almond oil, soy protein, amla oil (from the fruit of an Indian tree), human hair from salons. Rosemary and nettle give body and strength to hair.

And if your looking for vegan philosophical ideas I love this short little writeup on this site:

The word ahimsa is often translated as nonviolence in the West, but the principle, which literally means "non-harming," has a broader meaning. Ahimsa involves an active stance to reduce the amount of harm going on in the world with a dynamic compassion for all life and, at this point in time, the whole living planet. Ahimsa is acting from an empathetic identification born of a reverence for life that affects every facet of our existence. It involves a personal responsibility to work for the well-being of all sentient creatures. Ahimsa is a practice that strives for less and less disorder and pain in the world, as we do our best to live with increasing harmony, compassion, and Love. In this way we also decrease the vrittis (thought activity) of the mind.

A vegan way of life (no flesh foods, eggs, dairy, leather, or other animal by-products) actively creates six aspects of ahimsa:

(1) compassion and non-cruelty toward animals

(2) preserving the Earth and its ecology

(3) feeding the hungry

(4) preserving human life

(5) preservation of personal health

(6) inspiring peace

To join a vegan group you can check out this site:

And on the same site there is an extensive question and answer section:

Question 14: Don't the animals we use have a happier life since they are fed and protected?

The questioner makes two assumptions here. First, that happiness or

contentment accrues from being fed and protected, and second, that

the animals are, in fact, fed and protected. Both of these premises can

be questioned.

Certainly the animals are fed; after all, they must be fattened for

consumption. It is very difficult to see any way that, say,

factory-farmed chickens are "protected". They are not protected from

mutilation, because they are painfully debeaked. They are not protected

from psychological distress, because they are crowded together in

unnatural conditions. And finally, they are not protected from predation,

because they are slaughtered and eaten by humans.

We can also question the notion that happiness accrues from feeding

and protection alone. The Roman galley slaves were fed and protected

from the elements; nevertheless, they would presumably trade their

condition for one of greater uncertainty to obtain happiness. The same

can be said of the slaves of earlier America.

Finally, an ethical argument is relevant here. Consider again the

couple of question 13. They will feed and protect their infant up to

the point at which they consume it. We would not accept this as a

justification. Why should we accept it for the chicken?
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#6 Old 02-04-2007, 05:42 AM
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I've been vegetarian for 3 years, vegan for 1. I'm currently reading Diet For A New America by John Robbins and I'm still learning a lot of things I didn't know before.

It kind of rambles a lot but for the most part its a fantastic read.
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#7 Old 02-04-2007, 07:36 AM
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Hi, Ben! Congrats for wanting to go vegan!

Becoming Vegan is an awesome book. I've read the entire thing; it has a lot of great information and helpful tables. It shows you the sources of the important vitamins/minerals/nutrients, sample menu plans, and lots of other stuff.
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#8 Old 02-04-2007, 07:48 AM
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I really liked Being Vegetarian for Dummies and Vegetarian Cooking for Dummies. They helped answer a lot of questions for me. One of my favorite cookbooks is 1000 Vegetarian Recipes by Carol Gelles.
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I have to put in another recommendation for Being Vegan by Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina. I would also recommend Being Vegan by Joanne Stepaniuk.

For cookbooks, I would highly recommend Vegan with A Venegance!

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavanto

'May everyone everywhere be happy
May the whole world be joyous'
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#10 Old 02-04-2007, 06:01 PM
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Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat by Howard Lyman
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#11 Old 08-11-2009, 01:42 PM
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