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Vegan Book List

Updated: May 26, 2022

I am a book worm, but one of my main goals this year is to read the books I already have on my shelf. I thought I would review some of the books I have read for you and add ones to the wish list as I learn of them, by genre. I think vegan books are an integral part of my advocacy and psychological self-care.



  • Animal Liberation – Peter Singer

  • The Jungle – Upton Sinclair

  • Animal Farm – George Orwell


  • How Not To Die – Michael Gregor

  • Proteinaholic – Garth Davis

  • The China Study – T. Colin Thomas & Thomas M. Campell


  • Cowspiracy – Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn

  • Plastic Ocean – Capt. Charles Moore

  • Waste Not – Erin Rhodes


  • The Ethics of What We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter – Peter Singer and Jim Mason

I read this a few years ago. Peter Singer explores the diets of three American families; the first exemplifies the standard meat-and-potatoes diet sourced from the local supermarket, occasionally eating fast food and drinking Coke and beer. The second family is concerned about its health, buying fresh, locally grown vegetables, calling themselves ‘caring carnivores’, eating meat from animals raised to humane standards. The third family is vegan: nothing they eat comes from an animal and wherever possible they buy organic. Peter and Jim trace back the origins of the food purchased in a standard shop by each family and discuss the ethical implications on other humans, non-human animals and the environment. A very informative read, I recall learning a lot about organics and fairtrade.

  • Eating Animals – Jonathan San Foer

I read this about a year ago and got absolutely absorbed in it on the bus to and from work each day. I had never read anything that encompassed philosophy, literature, science, undercover detective work, folklore, pop culture and family traditions into a holistic discussion about eating animals. It really opened my eyes to different perspective sand was so beautifully poetic to read.

  • Reasons for Hope – Jane Goodall


  • Why we Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows – Melanie Joy

I started reading this over Christmas and couldn’t put it down once I picked it up. Melanie applies basic and advanced psychology to explain her theory of carnism. Carnism provides an understanding of how we numb ourselves to our natural empathy for farm animals through carnistic beliefs, such as we love some animals but eat others. Being a social psychologist, there is an emphasis on social justice and change. A wonderful read.

  • Living Among Meat Eaters – Carol J Adams

I started reading this recently after attending a vegan advocacy workshop and realising I had some symptoms of secondary traumatic stress and that my interactions with others were being affected by this. Carol has a beautifully direct way of empowering the reader without being dogmatic. This book provided me with healthier perspective of almost every significant relationship in my life and practical tools for my vegan toolbox, of which perhaps the golden rule is a blanket rule of not discussing food choices whist eating.

  • The Sexual Politics of Meat – Carol J Adams

  • The Inner Art of Vegetarianism – Carol J. Adams

  • When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals – Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and Susan McCarthy

  • Beast: What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good and Evil – Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Yoga and Spirituality

  • Yoga and Veganism: The Diet of Enlightenment– Sharon Gannon

I was required to read this book as part of my Jivamukti Yoga teacher training. Sharon Ji eloquently describes how five of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras have implications for the modern treatment of animals. According to Sharon Ji, the co-founder of the Jivamukti Yoga method, vegetarianism is the single most important yogic practice and in itself a path to enlightenment.

  • The Jivamukti Yoga Book – Sharon Gannon and David Life

  • Cats and Dogs are People too – Sharon Gannon

  • The World Peace Diet – Will Tuttle

  • The Compassionate Animal: The Yoga of the Extended Circle of Compassion – Barbara Gardner


  • Natural Harry – Harriet Birrell

  • Forks Over Knives: The Cookbook

  • Simple Recipes for Joy – Sharon Gannon

Please comment below on your favourite vegan reads or any I could be adding to my list!

Happy reading,

Meg x


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