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15 Innovative Vegan Books For Beginners 2019

Learn about veganism and begin your vegan journey right here!

The vegan lifestyle might look difficult to get into before trying, but it’s all about your approach.
Reading these useful and friendly guides on how to get started will definitely help out your transition to a lifestyle that’s better for you and our planet.

#1 Go Vegan by Victoria Simmons

Go Vegan by Victoria Simmons
Who suggested this book?
The Go Vegan by Victoria Simmons was recommended by Stefanie Almond from Hope & Love Radio. You can find out more about Stefanie Almond here or read their book recommendation below.

This book discusses how to switch to a vegan diet, how to get the proper nutrients needed to maintain balance and also discuses animal cruelty. It current, easy to use and just a wonderful tool to have when wanting to become vegan.

#2 The Skeptical Vegan by Eric C. Lindstrom

The Skeptical Vegan by Eric C. Lindstrom
Who suggested this book?
The The Skeptical Vegan by Eric C. Lindstrom was recommended by Dane Kolbaba from Denver Party Ride. You can find out more about Dane Kolbaba here or read their book recommendation below.

A hilarious read on one person’s journey to becoming a vegan delivered with razor sharp wit that will be enjoyed by vegans and the vegan-curious alike — and it may be just what the curious need to make that change!

A lot of books out there about veganism are penned by women, so The Skeptical Vegan may be a fresh take from the male perspective (how eating a lot of meat is manly) for many people. Lindstrom talks about lifestyle and social challenges as well as covers topics from food, nutrition, and recipes.

#3 Vegans Save the World by Alice Alvarez

Vegans Save the World by Alice Alvarez
Who suggested this book?
The Vegans Save the World by Alice Alvarez was recommended by Brenda Knight from Mango Publishing. You can find out more about Brenda Knight here or read their book recommendation below.

Millions of people have turned to a plant-based diet for the sake of both themselves and the planet. Now, tens of thousands of people have put down their knives in favor of a vegan or vegetarian diet for weight loss or to control blood pressure and cholesterol.

Author Alice Mary Alvrez shares her journey from not-so-healthy carnivore to urban homesteader who turned her health around and contributes to a healthier planet as well. This utterly unique vegan cookbook offers over 100 easy-to-make vegan recipes and many basic woman eco-warrior and plant-powered cook recipes. Alvrez shares her green-living methods and cooking techniques as well as sage advice about food and nutrition.

As instructive as it is inspiring, this book is brimming with excellent information about avoiding unhealthy food additives and the importance of eating clean and getting educated about your diet. Eating your veggies is essential to good health, especially for families and children. Growing the organic veggies you eat is even better!

#4 Plant-Powered Cooking by Alice Mary Alvrez

Plant-Powered Cooking by Alice Mary Alvrez
Who suggested this book?
The Plant-Powered Cooking by Alice Mary Alvrez was recommended by Brenda Knight from Mango Publishing. You can find out more about Brenda Knight here or read their book recommendation below.

Cooking for a plant-based diet is the single biggest trend in the culinary world and for very good reasons. It can lead to improved health, better weight management, proven reversal of heart disease and other chronic issues, a happier wallet-and it’s oh-so-much better for the planet, too. Organic gardener, environmentalist, and pop-up chef Alice Mary Alvrez wants to make it as easy as possible to reduce your footprint, grow and eat fabulous organic vegetables, and maintain a planet-positive, animal-friendly lifestyle.

As she says, I like to make it so simple that it’s brain-free so you don’t even have to think about it anymore, you fall in love with a healthier and greener way of life. Her book Plant-Powered Cooking is simply brimming with brilliant ideas you can use from tips for growing your own food (even if you have a hard time keeping houseplants alive), shopping and cooking techniques for every mealtime, and even low-labor secrets for harvesting and canning the bounty from your own garden.

Begin with small changes such as Meat-free Mondays, then eliminate all meat out of your diet and replace it with beautiful food grown by your own hand. With Alice Alvrez’s Plant-Powered Cooking, you and your family will be living the good life.

#5 A Bright Clean Mind by Camille DeAngelis

A Bright Clean Mind by Camille DeAngelis
Who suggested this book?
The A Bright Clean Mind by Camille DeAngelis was recommended by Brenda Knight from Mango Publishing. You can find out more about Brenda Knight here or read their book recommendation below.

Camille believes that creative hobbies and habits reinvigorate one’s primary work. But she knits, sews, embroiders, and bakes for the pleasure of it, too. Her productivity and brain power have been remarkable since going vegan seven years ago, and even more importantly, she no longer feels any of the frustration or uncertainty artists tend to accept as part of the creative process. Because we live in a culture in which the eating and wearing of animals is taken for granted, we rarely recognize our limiting meat-centric mindset.

But if we can employ our imagination to create worlds from scratch, we can surely use our imaginative power to envision a new way of seeing ourselves in relation to the animals we eat. On the other side of this brain transformation is a lifestyle that is ideal for our own health and emotional well-being and is much more environmentally sustainable. A Bright Clean Mind is perfect for every creative suffering from brain fog. In this book, you will discover the effect your diet may be having on your creativity and mood, examples of how going vegan is basically giving yourself brain food, and ways to incorporate a vegan diet into your busy life.

#6 Eat Real to Heal by Nicolette Richer

Eat Real to Heal by Nicolette Richer
Who suggested this book?
The Eat Real to Heal by Nicolette Richer was recommended by Brenda Knight from Mango Publishing. You can find out more about Brenda Knight here or read their book recommendation below.

If you want to feel active, clear-minded. and strong enough to fight off disease, it all starts with the food you put into your body. Focusing on diet, nutrition, and meditation, Eat Real to Heal teaches you how to power up your immune system and give yourself the best possible chance at beating chronic diseases like diabetes, arthritis, acne, psoriasis, fibromyalgia, and even cancer. Learn how to create and follow a meal plan that utilizes nutritious, vegan recipes, made with pure and organic ingredients, that are quick, easy, and delicious!

Also learn about juicing, managing stress, detoxifying your home, breathing exercises and yoga that connect you with your body, and Gerson Therapy. If you’ve been diagnosed with a serious or a non-life-threatening illness, you’re in remission, or you’re just looking to feel better this book is for you! The easy-to-follow advice and instructions in Eat Real to Heal will get you feeling vibrant, strong, and energized, and give you the best possible chance at preventing and beating all kinds of chronic diseases!

#7 Becoming Vegetarian by Mary Donovan

Becoming Vegetarian by Mary Donovan
Who suggested this book?
The Becoming Vegetarian by Mary Donovan was recommended by Dan DeFigio from Iron Ring Publishing. You can find out more about Dan DeFigio here or read their book recommendation below.

Become a vegetarian, step by step!

If you want to improve your health with a vegetarian or vegan diet, you will be thrilled with this cookbook. You don’t have to live on salads alone! You will be amazed at the variety of delicious recipes and variations, both vegan and vegetarian, that you’ll find in Becoming Vegetarian.

This cookbook is designed to introduce beginners who are looking for guidance, inspiration, and recipe ideas to the vegetarian lifestyle. The meals in this cookbook have been carefully crafted ensure you’re getting the right nutrients. The introduction explains the different types of vegetarian eating, and the health benefits of a plant-based diet. Important nutrition concerns are addressed, and you’ll learn step-by-step everything you’ll need to do to adopt a vegetarian diet.

If you fear that cooking vegetarian meals is hard, you’re in for a treat! The recipes in this book are explained step by step, so there’s no way to do it wrong. Stick to these delicious recipes, and your family and guests will be impressed by your new culinary skills!

#8 Becoming Vegan by Brenda Davis

Becoming Vegan by Brenda Davis
Who suggested this book?
The Becoming Vegan by Brenda Davis was recommended by Bree Sheree from Bree’s Vegan Life. You can find out more about Bree Sheree here or read their book recommendation below.

Going vegan can be challenging in the beginning, so having good resources can be really helpful along the way. Becoming Vegan is the perfect book for anyone just starting out with veganism because the authors are registered dieticians and they lay out all the nutritional information you need to know. Some beginners may be concerned about how to obtain certain nutrients on a vegan diet, and this book covers it all. Becoming Vegan also starts out with information on animal cruelty and the effect that animal agriculture has on the environment, so this book will allow new vegans to see the benefits of veganism from multiple angles.

#9 Forks over Knives by Gene Stone

Forks over Knives by Gene Stone
Who suggested this book?
The Forks over Knives by Gene Stone was recommended by Zlatko Bijelic from Tako Agency. You can find out more about Zlatko Bijelic here or read their book recommendation below.

Forks over Knives is a great book that lays out information in a way that a regular person (who might just be introduced or heard over veganism) can understand. This book connects the dots based on factual information. There is also a Netflix documentary for this as well, intuitive, and easy to comprehend the information they give you. I always phrase like this: They put the information on the table, and you can pick up what you want, no pressure.

#10 Whole by T. Colin Campbell

Whole by T. Colin Campbell
Who suggested this book?
The Whole by T. Colin Campbell was recommended by Dahlia Marin from Married to Health. You can find out more about Dahlia Marin here or read their book recommendation below.

I love this book as it speaks to the benefits of eating more whole, unprocessed plant foods, presenting the nutrition science behind why. I love understanding what, but also why things are recommended and this book nails the ‘why’.

#11 Plant Powered Families by Dreena Burton

Plant Powered Families by Dreena Burton
Who suggested this book?
The Plant Powered Families by Dreena Burton was recommended by Dahlia Marin from Married to Health. You can find out more about Dahlia Marin here or read their book recommendation below.

This book contains over 100 delicious family-friendly whole food plant based recipes to get everyone in the family eating more plants.

#12 Happy Healthy Gut by Jennifer Browne

Happy Healthy Gut by Jennifer Browne
Who suggested this book?
The Happy Healthy Gut by Jennifer Browne was recommended by Dahlia Marin from Married to Health. You can find out more about Dahlia Marin here or read their book recommendation below.

I love the author’s explanation of healthy bowel function, the difference between irregular and regular gas & bloating, and how a plant based diet can help.

#13 Proteinaholic by Dr. Garth Davis

Proteinaholic by Dr. Garth Davis
Who suggested this book?
The Proteinaholic by Dr. Garth Davis was recommended by Dahlia Marin from Married to Health. You can find out more about Dahlia Marin here or read their book recommendation below.

In a culture OBSESSED with protein, weight loss, and aesthetics, Dr. Davis provides a fabulous breakdown of why the science behind the long-term health implications that come along with ingesting high amounts of protein for weight loss.

#14 The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids by Ruby Roth

The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids by Ruby Roth
Who suggested this book?
The The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids by Ruby Roth was recommended by Dahlia Marin from Married to Health. You can find out more about Dahlia Marin here or read their book recommendation below.

Roth put together a wonderful collection of whole food plant based recipes to get kids excited about eating plants, while empowering them with the information to understand why each ingredient is healthy. It is a favorite of my 4.5 year old daughter, who picks the book for inspo when asking for a snack or while packing her lunch.

#15 Sweet, Savory, and Free by Debbie Adler

Sweet, Savory, and Free by Debbie Adler
Who suggested this book?
The Sweet, Savory, and Free by Debbie Adler was recommended by Dahlia Marin from Married to Health. You can find out more about Dahlia Marin here or read their book recommendation below.

This book is wonderful for those attempting to transition into a plant based lifestyle, but live with food allergies, sensitivities, or restrictions. Her meal ideas are unique, flavorful, and inspiring.


Who contributed to this article?

Stefanie Almond from Hope & Love Radio

Dane Kolbaba from Denver Party Ride

Brenda Knight from Mango Publishing

Dan DeFigio from Iron Ring Publishing

Bree Sheree from Bree’s Vegan Life

Zlatko Bijelic from Tako Agency

Dahlia Marin from Married to Health

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