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Hi Everyone,
I'm looking for book recommendations are veganism that talk about the benefits of veganism from all angles (health, environment, animal welfare, etc). I've been trying to become vegan for 7 years and I keep going back to eating dairy and eggs. I think part of the problem is that my exploration of veganism started with diet only and I got caught up in a bunch of vegan books that push fro a very specific type of veganism that is very restricted (the no-added-fat diets that McDougall and Barnard advocate) and is really only about health benefits rather than the entire philosophy of veganism. Even books that don't present themselves as vegan (like Campbell's "The China Study" and Pam Popper's books) ultimately advocate this kind of very restricted diet. I have nothing against these books, but I want veganism to be much more than just a diet (and a pretty rigid one at that) for me.

If anyone has any recommendations, that would be great.

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Eating Animals
http://www.amazon.com/Eating-Animal...qid=1420746715&sr=1-1&keywords=Eating+Animals

The Daily Vegan Company
http://www.amazon.com/Vegans-Daily-...0746693&sr=1-1&keywords=Daily+vegan+companion

The Dreaded Comparison
http://www.amazon.com/The-Dreaded-Comparison-Animal-Slavery/dp/0962449334

Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism
http://www.amazon.com/Love-Dogs-Pig...d_sim_b_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=1AEYAGVRM7BYG7BESKVR

The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World
http://www.amazon.com/The-Food-Revo..._sim_b_37?ie=UTF8&refRID=1AEYAGVRM7BYG7BESKVR

Eat Like You Care: An Examination of the Morality of Eating Animals
http://www.amazon.com/Eat-Like-You-..._sim_b_30?ie=UTF8&refRID=0FDEM9KTC8393MZKQ4DC

Eating Animals, the top of the list, is really, really, a GREAT book.
 

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"Sistah Vegan: Food, Identity, Health, and Society: Black Female Vegans Speak"
http://www.amazon.com/Sistah-Vegan-Identity-Health-Society/dp/1590561457

"The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-vegetarian Critical Theory"
http://www.amazon.com/The-Sexual-Politics-Meat-Feminist-vegetarian/dp/1441173285

"Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog?" (abolitionist philosophy on veganism)
http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Animal-Rights-Your-Child/dp/1566396921

"The Dominion of Love: Animal Rights According to the Bible"
http://www.amazon.com/Dominion-Love...20765734&sr=1-1&keywords=the+dominion+of+love

"Animal Liberation: The Definitive Classic of the Animal Movement" (Utilitarian philosophy of veganism)
http://www.amazon.com/Animal-Libera...r=1-1&keywords=animal+liberation+peter+singer
 

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_The Vegan Sourcebook_ is my favorite not-a-health-guide vegan book.
It's also out of print :(. Amazon has a Kindle version, or you can browse a partial preview here. There's like 80 available used on Amazon, too.
 
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Thank you for the suggestions. Some of these might be a bit too political for my taste (I'm more into the ethical part and less the political part), but I bought the Eating Animals for my iPad. I also forgot that I had The Vegan Sourcebook on my bookshelf (I rarely read print books anymore, so I forget what I have) but I dusted it off and will read it. So I'm glad someone reminded me of it :).

Djuna
 

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Let me know what you think of Eating Animals. I found it to be one of the best books on the subject I have read -- and I have read a lot.
 

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"Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home"
http://www.peaceablekingdomfilm.org/

This is not actually a book but a documentary told on a personal level by former farmers turned animal rescuers. What is so refreshing is that these people are not models, not doctors, not diet or health or fitness gurus, not movie stars (the only famous person featured in it is Howard Lyman, a former cattle rancher turned animal activist). They are not after any particular vegan diet. They are just average ordinary people touched by the plight of animals, especially farmed animals, and they share their experiences. It is a very powerful movie. And it is ALL about ethics. There are a few minor graphic scenes but for the most part the movie is more uplifting than anything else and it is far more mellow than other movies like Earthlings. Anyway I just thought I would mention it in case you are interested. A few of the people on there were vegetarians for a while and raised goats and chickens but eventually became totally vegan.
 

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The Pulitzer Prize nominated book "Diet for a New America", by John Robbins, discusses the ethical, health, and environment aspects of livestock raising. For many of us who became vegans in the early 1990s, Mr. Robbins was a powerful inspiration.


John Robbins is different from other vegan diet advocates, because he never casts guilt or shame at people who eat meat. Many videos of him can be found in YouTube.
 
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I posted this a long time ago but wanted to bump it up again since, like an idiot, I posted the same question in a new thread this weekend in the Transitioning To Vegan forum :-(. So hopefully this will help other vegans too.

Great suggestions here!

Djuna
 

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Eating Animals
http://www.amazon.com/Eating-Animal...qid=1420746715&sr=1-1&keywords=Eating+Animals

The Daily Vegan Company
http://www.amazon.com/Vegans-Daily-...0746693&sr=1-1&keywords=Daily+vegan+companion

The Dreaded Comparison
http://www.amazon.com/The-Dreaded-Comparison-Animal-Slavery/dp/0962449334

Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism
http://www.amazon.com/Love-Dogs-Pig...d_sim_b_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=1AEYAGVRM7BYG7BESKVR

The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World
http://www.amazon.com/The-Food-Revo..._sim_b_37?ie=UTF8&refRID=1AEYAGVRM7BYG7BESKVR

Eat Like You Care: An Examination of the Morality of Eating Animals
http://www.amazon.com/Eat-Like-You-..._sim_b_30?ie=UTF8&refRID=0FDEM9KTC8393MZKQ4DC

Eating Animals, the top of the list, is really, really, a GREAT book.
I second the recommendation for Eating Animals. Beautiful book.
 

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I posted this a long time ago but wanted to bump it up again since, like an idiot, I posted the same question in a new thread this weekend in the Transitioning To Vegan forum :-(. So hopefully this will help other vegans too.

Great suggestions here!

Djuna
Oh, I'm glad you bumped this, great topic! Don't worry about starting another thread, it is hard to search in the many, many threads here!! When this occurs what usually happens is the Mods just combine the threads. :)

I love all vegan cookbooks, especially the wordy ones with stories. Isa Chandra writes great ones.
 

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I posted this a long time ago but wanted to bump it up again since, like an idiot, I posted the same question in a new thread this weekend in the Transitioning To Vegan forum :-(. So hopefully this will help other vegans too.

Great suggestions here!

Djuna
Don't feel bad! I don't think any of us can remember everything we post. :) Thanks for bumping up this thread. It's a great resource for others too!
 

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I like the "30 Day Vegan Challenge" by Colleen Patrick Goudreau and "Living the Farm Sanctuary Life" by Gene Baur. Both contain recipes also. The Gene Baur one has lots of pictures of farm animals; Colleen's has lots of pictures of food.
 

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A friend of mine told me to not read "Eating Animals" because the author himself is not vegan and also supports meat slaughter. Is that a wrong interpretation of the author? Thank you!
 

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A friend of mine told me to not read "Eating Animals" because the author himself is not vegan and also supports meat slaughter. Is that a wrong interpretation of the author? Thank you!
I don't think that he is vegan, no, but his book in no way supports slaughter (or the dairy and egg industries.) It is a scathing expose and gorgeously written. You would be missing out if you avoided it simply because the author might not be vegan.
 

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I don't think that he is vegan, no, but his book in no way supports slaughter (or the dairy and egg industries.) It is a scathing expose and gorgeously written. You would be missing out if you avoided it simply because the author might not be vegan.
I asked my friend and he sent me this video where the author tells viewers to buy more responsible meat.


But was this video posted before he wrote his book or afterwards?
 
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