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Woofie 08-22-2011 10:42 AM

I thought it would be a good idea to buy some books about veganism to get me started... for life, essentially. I'm not looking for recipe books, by the way, just books about becoming vegan. What are some good possibilities?

izjustagirl 08-22-2011 11:30 AM

Hi Woofie...What I would recommend is perhaps books on compassionate living, maybe a peek at Buddhist outlooks on life. Examining, & perhaps changing, your perception on the value of all life might make being vegan an easier journey for you. Good luck!

Almeria 08-22-2011 11:38 AM

It would be so awesome if there was a stickied thread with book reviews.

vincent 08-22-2011 11:51 AM

I have "Vegan Nutrition" by Gill Langley, i also have "Plant Based Nutrition and Health" by Stephen Walsh. Both of these are reference books and are not stuffed full of recipes. Both are very handy to have though.

SwissMiss 08-22-2011 01:57 PM

'Becoming Vegan' is very useful about nutrition aspects of it.
'The Food Revolution' my favorite book so far.
'THe CHina Study' is also very interesting.

I also read a lot about Buddhism and Jainism.

Bright Bird 08-22-2011 05:03 PM

The book "Eating Animals" was an interesting read, but I didn't think it was anything groundbreaking. It was more focused on the animals than just health (which I liked) and had some pretty good moments. I also remember seeing a book at one of the stores here about the history of veganism, but I can't recall the exact name or who wrote it.

xplan303ex 08-22-2011 07:40 PM

Eternal Treblinka by Charles Patterson
The Case for Animal Rights by Tom Regan

Dave_Kari 08-22-2011 10:17 PM

I am reading Diet For A New America by John Robbins. Very inspiring

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earthwhispers 08-22-2011 10:19 PM

The China Study and Diet For a New America are my two personal favorites.

JerseyVegan 08-23-2011 04:27 AM

Hi Woofie - Not sure what type of book you are looking for (other than the fact that you don't want a cookbook), but i got an email alert from Amazon about a book being released today, in fact, called "The 30-Day Vegan Challenge: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Cleaner, Getting Leaner, and Living Compassionately" by
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. This may be a good "get-started" type of book for you. I have one of the author's cookbooks ("The Vegan Table") and its really good. I also know a lot of people listen to her podcasts.

In any event, here is some info on the book from Amazon:

"Whether you want to improve your overall health, shed a few pounds, demonstrate your compassion for animals, or help the environment, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau holds your hand every step of the way, giving you the tools you need to make the vegan transition—healthfully, joyfully, and deliciously. In this one-stop, comprehensive guide, Patrick-Goudreau:

• debunks common nutrition myths and explains the best sources of such nutrients as calcium, protein, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids
• helps you become a savvy shopper, restock your kitchen, read labels, and prepare nutrient-rich meals without feeling overwhelmed
• offers practical strategies for eating out, traveling, hosting holiday gatherings, and attending social events
• empowers you to experience the tangible and intangible benefits of living a healthful, compassionate life "

Good luck!

Dave_Kari 08-23-2011 08:39 AM

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Originally Posted by EarthWhispers View Post

The China Study and Diet For a New America are my two personal favorites.

I'm with Earth, those books are so good. You can learn a lot from both

greenalex 08-25-2011 09:21 AM

I just finished reading "Vegan Freak: Being Vegan in a Non-Vegan World, 2nd Edition", by Bob Torres and Jenna Torres.

runnerveggie 08-25-2011 09:25 AM

Vegan For Life is a good book for up-to-date nutritional information.

Dave in MPLS 08-25-2011 09:45 AM

Living Among Meat Eaters by Carol Adams is really good. Currently OOP, but you can pick up a used copy on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Living-Among-M...4290352&sr=8-1

See if you can guess which of the reviews on Amazon were written by meat eaters!

Deuce1968 11-08-2011 03:48 PM

As embarrassing as it may sound (I say it out loud and I cringe anyway) but my introduction to veganism was Skinny ******* by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
But since then I have read Diet for a New America & Food Revolution by John Robbins; Vegan Freak by Bob & Jenna Torres, and I am reading Erik Marcus' A Vegan History 1944-2010 right now.
On my kindle already and waiting are
Becoming Vegan by Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina
The China Study by T. Colin Campbell
and a few others but they have recipes so they are technically cookbooks.

Happy reading

bronzebed 11-08-2011 05:22 PM

Becoming Vegan is a great starter book.

Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating by Erik Marcus is also great. Very fast read.

If you want to go a little more advanced, I love anything by Gary Francione. Animals as Persons was quite good. He's very much an abolitionist though, just in case you don't happen to lean that way.

bronzebed 11-08-2011 05:25 PM

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Originally Posted by greenalex View Post

I just finished reading "Vegan Freak: Being Vegan in a Non-Vegan World, 2nd Edition", by Bob Torres and Jenna Torres.

Been meaning to get that since I loved their podcasts. I'm just worried that it might be a little too basic for me at this point. What did you think of it?

tempestphoenix 11-08-2011 07:03 PM

[QUOTE=Deuce1968;3032683]As embarrassing as it may sound (I say it out loud and I cringe anyway) but my introduction to veganism was Skinny ******* by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin]

Hey you're not alone! A while ago I read Skinny ***** and that was my intro too! I am dead embarrassed, but then I ordered Vegan Freak. Got to start somewhere!

Deuce1968 11-09-2011 07:08 AM

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Originally Posted by bronzebed View Post

Been meaning to get that since I loved their podcasts. I'm just worried that it might be a little too basic for me at this point. What did you think of it?

I liked it but I am new to this.
It is a relatively common sense approach to handling family and friends on the subject of being a freaky vegan type. If you are blessed with vegan friends then you probably already know most of it.
I enjoyed the appendices more than the actual book; they were chock full of helpful links for vegan goods from cookbooks to shoes and clothing.
My biggest worry in rural Utah was how to get vegan friendly goods. This book helped out in that department.

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Originally Posted by tempestphoenix View Post

Hey you're not alone! A while ago I read Skinny ***** and that was my intro too! I am dead embarrassed, but then I ordered Vegan Freak. Got to start somewhere!

The book overall was a good intro but the cheesy faux-macho BS was over the top. Even tho I grew up in Utah, I am far from a prude (I even watched SLC Punk when I was a kid :-) ) I don't care who you are, male or female, the use of the f-word has it's place and in a book written for men by two women just comes across as pandering. I could just picture them both sitting around with exaggerated slouching, sniffing loudly, crotch grabbing and farting, looking at each other so surprised, proclaiming "Boys are so gross!" then giggling ever so jr. high schoolishly.
"A" for effort but "D-" on delivery
But they got my $10 and it was a good place to start. It was the first book to actually get me thinking about giving up meat. It took me another year and a bit to do it. It wasn't til I saw this You Tube video http://youtu.be/es6U00LMmC4 by Gary Yourofsky that I actually gave up meat.

Mia82 11-09-2011 07:15 AM

I thoroughly enjoyed Alicia Silverstone's The Kind Diet while I was becoming vegan, it broke down the whole process so that it felt more accessible.

bronzebed 11-09-2011 12:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Deuce1968 View Post

I liked it but I am new to this.
It is a relatively common sense approach to handling family and friends on the subject of being a freaky vegan type. If you are blessed with vegan friends then you probably already know most of it.
I enjoyed the appendices more than the actual book; they were chock full of helpful links for vegan goods from cookbooks to shoes and clothing.
My biggest worry in rural Utah was how to get vegan friendly goods. This book helped out in that department.

Thanks for the info, that was helpful.

newask 11-12-2011 06:11 AM

The China Study was my first


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