RECOMMENDED READING
For New Vegans or Vegan-Curious People

a list of recommended films is available at the bottom of the page


For more information refer to our book catalog. Our listing of Bestselling Books complete with shopping cart is coming soon. Meanwhile these books and videos can be ordered by mail, phone, or fax. AVS members receive 20% discount on all books.

Great Simple Cookbooks
The 4-INGREDIENT VEGAN: Easy, Quick, and Delicious
Maribeth Abrams with Anne Dinshah. Contrary to daunting recipes with many steps and long lists, this book creates delicious dishes with four ingredients. The cooking is simple, enjoyable, and memorable for readers with limited time, space, or skills. 2010, 159pp 8x9¼” $14.95.
APPLES, BEAN DIP, & CARROT CAKE: Kids! Teach Yourself to Cook
Anne and Freya Dinshah. Teaches easy delicious healthful recipes for real food, not packaged mixes or sugar-loaded desserts. Kids show recipes with simple illustrated steps. For ages 4 to 12. Adults love it too! Gluten-free options available by request or download pdf AmericanVegan.org/ABC/ABC. Full-color photos throughout. 2012, 160pp 8½x11” $24.95.
HEALTHY HEARTY HELPINGS
Anne Dinshah. For vegan survival at college, for hearty eaters, for people who don't like to cook but love to eat. Nearly 100 very simple recipes. 1999, 128pp 6x9" Otabind lie-flat $8.95.
NEW FAVORITES: Redesigned Recipes for Your Health
Brook Katz. Cuisine master's recreations of classic international dishes that you have come to love—working them into the healthier and guilt-free vegan pattern. 2000, 224pp 5x8" $10.00
The VEGAN KITCHEN
Freya Dinshah. This timeless classic is believed to be the first U.S. cookbook to use Vegan in the title in 1965. Vegan food variety, equipment, shopping, salads, main dishes, vegetables, breads/crackers, soups, desserts and party treats, etc. Vegan cheeses, milks, creams, ice creams, shakes, spreads; tofu items. 300+ recipes; 4 weeks' menus—simple to gourmet; 13th ed./2d prtg.1997/2004, 96pp 8½x11" Otabind lie-flat $9.95.
VIRGIN VEGAN: The Meatless Guide to Pleasing Your Palate
Linda Long. Clear, comprehensive and practical advice and cookbook; great for new vegans. Most ingredients easy to find. Full-color photos, 2013, 160pp 5¾ x 8¾” hard $19.99.



The Best Books on Health and Nutrition
21-DAY WEIGHT LOSS KICKSTART: Boost Metabolism, Lower Cholesterol, and Dramatically Improve Your Health
Neal D. Barnard, MD. Menu and recipes by Jason Wyrick. Research that is cutting-edge with tasty recipes and an easy eating plan. 2011, 363pp 6x9¼” hard $25.99.
BECOMING VEGAN EXPRESS EDITION: The Everyday Guide to Plant-based Nutrition
Brenda Davis RD and Vesanto Melina MS RD. Confidently construct your nutritionally-balanced vegan diet. 2013, 287pp 7x10” $19.95.
BY ANY GREENS NECESSARY: A Revolutionary Guide for Black Women Who Want to Eat Great, Get Healthy, Lose Weight, and Look Phat
Tracye Lynn McQuirter, MPH. Concise discussion of the following topics: nutrition and weight loss, the politics of food, animal cruelty, and transitioning to a vegan diet with special attention to African-American health concerns. 2010, 238pp 5½x8½” $14.95
The CHINA STUDY: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-term Health
T. Colin Campbell, PhD, with Thomas M. Campbell II. Landmark, long-term studies in China show unmistakable evidence of values of plant-based human diet. A “must read” for anyone concerned about personal responsibility for own health. 2005, 417pp 6x9” $16.95
The ENGINE 2 DIET: The Texas Firefighter’s 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan that Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds
Rip Esselstyn. The health plan a champion triathlete and firefighter convinced his comrades and friends to test—with spectacular results. Recipes and exercises included. 2009, 273pp 6¼x9¼" hard $24.99.
MY BEEF WITH MEAT: The Healthiest Argument for Eating a Plant-Strong Diet
Rip Esselstyn. Lots of information handy for new vegans. Recipes from Jane Esselstyn and friends. 2013, 16pp full-color photos, 287pp 6x9” hard $25.00
NEVER TOO LATE TO GO VEGAN: The Over-50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet
Carol J. Adams, Patti Breitman, and Virginia Messina. MPH, RD. An uplifting guide filled with inspiration and passion for the healthy vegan lifestyle. 2014, 368pp 6¼x8½” $16.95.
The PILLARS of HEALTH: Your Foundation for Lifelong Wellness
John Pierre. Physical, mental, and philosophical approach to well-being in a fun guide for an energetic and fulfilling life. 2013 227pp 6x9” hard $25.95.
The VEGAN DIET: As Chronic Disease Prevention
Kerrie K. Saunders, PhD. Overwhelming benefits; know and live by these principles. 2003, 243pp 5¼x8¼" $15.00.



Veganism Explained
The 30–DAY VEGAN CHALLENGE: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Cleaner, Getting Leaner, & Living Compassionately
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. The author holds your hand every step of the way, giving you the tools you need to make the vegan transition—healthfully, joyfully, and deliciously. Full-color photos throughout. 2011, 336pp 7½x9¼” $22.00.
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to VEGAN LIVING
Beverly Lynn Bennett and Ray Sammartano. This powerful explanation of veganism explores its many ramifications. Menu and lifestyle choices; the decisions are yours and the resources are here. 2005, 368pp 7½x9½ $18.95.
MAIN STREET VEGAN: Everything You Need to Know to Eat Healthfully and Live Compassionately in the Real World
Victoria Moran with Adair Moran. Adopting a vegan lifestyle is an accessible goal with this handbook. Written not just for the health conscious, but for people from all walks of life. Readers encouraged to go at their own pace, and shown how to retain familiar traditions but in a vegan way. Includes 40 vegan recipes. 2012, 400 pp 5¼x8¼” $16.95.
POWERFUL VEGAN MESSAGES: Out of the Jungle for the Next Generation
H. Jay Dinshah and Anne Dinshah. Jay, the founder of American Vegan Society, eloquently explains ethical reasons for veganism. Anne updates and edits his pioneering writings. Over 40 vegan luminaries tell how they were influenced and inspired by Jay. Together they encourage readers to explore ways to promote positive action in the world towards veganism through “dynamic harmlessness.” 2014, 352pp 6x9” $14.95.



Good Advice for Any Social Situation
DATING VEGANS: Recipes for Relationships
Anne Dinshah. Real people provide useful insights and over 50 suggestive recipes. Sections on philosophy and how to get from the first date to forever. A catalyst for reevaluating your own interactions with other people whether you are the vegan or the other person. How to make delicious vegan meals everyone will love! 2012, 176pp 6x9” $12.95.
MIND IF I ORDER THE CHEESEBURGER? And Other Questions People Ask Vegans
Sherry F. Colb. A great read for vegans and nonvegans alike. 2013, 255pp 6x9” $20.00.



Animal Rights
ANIMAL LIBERATION
Peter Singer. The book that started a revolution (1975). Unrhetorical and unemotional, Singer bases his case on moral positions already widely accepted. 1st Harper Perennial Edition 2009, 356pp 5¼x8" $14.99
EMPTY CAGES: Facing the Challenges of Animal Rights
Prof. Tom Regan. Unmasks the fraudulent rhetoric of “humane treatment” for animals in laboratories, the food chain, etc. Uncompromising argument on behalf of animals’ right to live free of human exploitation. 2004, 229pp 6x9" hard $21.95.



Films
FORKS OVER KNIVES
Lee Fulkerson. Examination of the claim that most degenerative diseases can be controlled, or even reversed, by adopting a vegan diet. Under doctors’ supervision, patients with chronic conditions experience challenges and triumphs on their journeys to health. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn DVD, 2011, 1:36, $25.00.
PEACEABLE KINGDOM: The Journey Home
Tribe of Heart. A unique documentary that blends both the horrors of farmed animal abuse with a humanizing portrayal of people formerly involved in industries that contribute to it. A few brief graphic clips. DVD, 2010, 1 hr.18 mins, $25.00.
VEGUCATED
Marisa Miller Wolfson. Engaging documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks to learn what it’s about. Showcases the rapid and at times comedic evolution they go through in a culture that seems dead set against them changing. DVD, 2011, 1:15, $19.95.