Following are resources that we hope you will find helpful. They offer information on a variety of issues related to carnism and veganism.
Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism by Melanie Joy, Ph.D., Ed.M.
Social psychologist Dr. Melanie Joy explores the many ways we learn to disconnect from our natural empathy for farmed animals and end up acting against our own interests and the interests of others. She describes carnism, the belief system that conditions us to eat certain animals and not others.
The 30-Day Vegan Challenge: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Cleaner, Getting Leaner, and Living Compassionately by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau gives you the tools you need to make the vegan transition — healthfully, joyfully, and deliciously — in this one-stop, comprehensive guide available both online and in print. Includes recipes.
The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Plant-Based Nutrition by Julieanna Hever, M.S., R.D., C.P.T.
This book explains how to eat a healthful vegan diet. It is straightforward, comprehensive, and addresses a wide range of concerns, including nutrition for children and athletes. Includes recipes.
The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health by T. Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell II, Howard Lyman, and John Robbins
This book examines more than 350 variables of health and nutrition, with surveys from 6,500 adults in more than 2,500 counties across China and Taiwan, and conclusively demonstrates the link between eating animals and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Sistah Vegan: Food, Identity, Health, and Society: Black Female Vegans Speak by A. Breeze Harper
A series of narratives, critical essays, poems, and reflections from a diverse community of North American, black-identified vegans.
Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, and Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.S. Meat Industry by Gail A. Eisnitz
Explores the impact of unprecedented changes in the meatpacking industry over the past 25 years — particularly industry consolidation, increased line speeds, and deregulation — on workers, animals, and consumers.
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, M.D.
Based on the groundbreaking 20-year study by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, preeminent researcher and clinician, this book demonstrates how a plant-based diet can not only prevent and stop the progression of heart disease but also reverse its effects. Includes more than 150 recipes.
Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life by Brendan Brazier and Hugh Jackman
As one of several professional athletes on a plant-based diet, Brendan Brazier researched and developed this easy-to-follow program to enhance his performance as an elite endurance competitor. Features a 12-week meal plan, more than 100 recipes, and a complementary exercise plan to empower athletes.
The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World by John Robbins
Examines the negative health effects of eating genetically modified foods and carnistic products of all kinds, exposes the dangers inherent in factory farming, and advocates a vegan diet.
Animal Liberation by Peter Singer
Considered a primer on animal rights, this book is an excellent resource for anyone interested in the philosophical underpinnings of animal liberation theory.
That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals: A Book About Vegans, Vegetarians, and All Living Things by Ruby Roth
This children’s book uses colorful artwork and lively text to introduce vegetarianism and veganism to early readers (ages 6 to 10).
Vegan Is Love: Having Heart and Taking Action by Ruby Roth
This book introduces young readers to veganism as a lifestyle of compassion and action, and illustrates how our daily choices ripple out locally and globally, conveying what we can do to protect animals, the environment, and people across the world.
‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey
A children’s book (ages 4 to 8) in which kids save turkeys. This story of eight baby turkeys unfolds as eight children embark on a Thanksgiving field trip that will change their lives forever.
Our Farm: By the Animals of Farm Sanctuary by Maya Gottfried
With poems based on real animals from Farm Sanctuary, readers can meet Maya the cow, J.D. the piglet, Hilda the sheep, and a dozen more animals. Master watercolorist Robert Rahway Zakanitch provides a portrait that captures the essence of each creature. Together, the poems and paintings add up to a picture of life on the friendliest farm around.
How to Eat Like a Vegetarian Even If You Never Want to Be One: More Than 250 Shortcuts, Strategies, and Simple Solutions by Patti Breitman and Carol J. Adams
This little book is a great guide for anyone interested in preparing and enjoying vegan food, with tips on simple ways to make animal-free meals, lists and charts on nutrition and ingredients, and a host of practical resources for healthful eating.
Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero
More than 250 vegan recipes with absolutely no “soy cheese” this or “store-bought veggie burgers” that. Many recipes were written for everyday meals, the kind of chow you can whip up any night of the week with your pantry staples and some seasonal produce. You can also trust it when you’re looking for an extravagant spread to impress, say, your in-laws or the mayor of your town when she stops by.
Post Punk Kitchen
Veganomicon author Isa Chandra Moskowitz’ comprehensive website, offering a wide variety of recipes, a forum and blog, and more.
The Conscious Cook: Delicious Meatless Recipes That Will Change the Way You Eat by Tal Ronnen
The Conscious Cook shows readers that avoiding the health risks and ethical dilemmas of eating meat and dairy does not mean sacrificing taste and appetite. This is not a cookbook of sprouts and tofu burgers but of mouth-watering, hearty meals that keep the protein at the center of your plate. Includes 75 original recipe to please fussy foodies and the most dedicated of carnivores.
Vegan Planet: 400 Irresistible Recipes with Fantastic Flavors from Home and Around the World by Robin Robertson
Four hundred irresistible recipes in this comprehensive guide make it easy to nourish your body as well as your taste buds!
Vegan Vittles: Down-Home Cooking for Everyone by Jo Stepaniak and the people and critters of Farm Sanctuary
From homemade veggie “meats” and uncheeses to scrumptious egg and dairy substitutes, Vegan Vittles’ 100+ recipes are without pretense, ranging from hearty, home-style American to ethnic and elegant. Written in conjunction with Farm Sanctuary staff members, Vegan Vittles provides valuable information about modern “food animal” production, and effective actions you can take on behalf of the animals.
Food Allergy Survival Guide: Surviving and Thriving with Food Allergies and Sensitivities by Vesanto Melina, Dina Aronson, and Jo Stepaniak
Three leading authorities in dietetics and vegan cooking explain how to understand food allergies and sensitivities, avoid foods and ingredients that trigger reactions, maintain a healthy intestinal boundary, understand the latest food labeling regulations, and create menus that meet your nutritional needs. More than 100 recipes included.
VegNews: Excellent magazine offering a wide range of delicious vegan recipes and providing up-to-date information on vegan foods and products, travel, and health.
Earthlings is an award-winning documentary about the suffering of animals for food, fashion, pets, entertainment, and medical research. It is considered by many the most persuasive documentary ever made.
Forks Over Knives is an award-winning documentary that examines the claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by eating a whole-food, plant-based diet.
Websites and Organizations
NutritionFacts.org: One of the most comprehensive and reliable sources of nutrition information. Renowned medical expert Dr. Michael Greger presents a wealth of information in short and easy to understand video segments.
Farm Sanctuary: The largest farmed animal protection organization in the U.S., Farm Sanctuary works to end cruelty to farmed animals through rescue, education, and advocacy efforts. Visiting a shelter offers a powerful way to connect with farmed animals.
Pangea: Extensive resource on everything vegan, including groceries, shoes, clothing, and personal hygiene products.
VegWeb: Excellent resource for vegan recipes.
The Vegan Mom: Site includes blogs, reviews of children’s books, and general support for moms raising their children vegan.
A Well-Fed World: A hunger relief and animal protection organization that supports and works with vegan feeding programs, sustainable farming, animal sanctuaries, humane education, and advocacy campaigns in the United States and globally.
Dr. Jonathan Balcombe: Dr. Balcombe is a leading expert on animal behavior and offers books, articles, a blog, and presentations to help raise awareness of animal consciousness.
Dr. McDougall: Dr. McDougall's website offers a wealth of information on medicine, health, and wellness. Dr. McDougall is a leading researcher and medical practitioner and he offers excellent programs to help prevent and treat disease and promote healthful living.
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: PCRM is an organization of top medical practitioners and this site includes a wealth of information on the prevention and treatment of disease through healthful eating, as well as a vegetarian starter kit.
Farm Animal Rights Movement: FARM is an animal rights organization that offers a variety of resources for new and seasoned vegans, including a vegan starter kit and information in Spanish. FARM also runs a number of excellent campaigns.
Mercy for Animals: Mercy for Animals is an award-winning investigative organization that provides undercover video footage exposing the truth of animal agriculture.
Institute for Humane Education (IHE)
The Institute for Humane Education is an educational non-profit institution. IHE trains humane educators and promotes education that fosters knowledge and provides tools that promote integrity, wisdom, and compassion to create a healthy, just society.