Books and Reference

Recommended reading on veganism, climate breakdown, animal rights, veganics, permaculture, nutrition, diet, health and scholarly articles on green issues and environmentalism.

Gristle: From Factory Farms to Food Safety (Thinking Twice About the Meat We Eat): By Moby
Created by multi-platinum musician (and famous vegan) Moby, this book brings together ten of the world’s leading foodies, doctors, policymakers, business leaders, and activists. Together, they offer a smart and succinct collection of essays that will change the way you think about meat.
The Face on Your Plate: The Truth About Food: Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
In this revelatory work, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson shows how food affects our moral selves, our health, and the environment. It raises questions to make us conscious of the decisions behind every bite we take: What effect does eating animals have on our land, waters, even global warming?
The China Study: T. Colin Campbell PhD
The China Study examines the connection between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer and the source of nutritional confusion produced by powerful lobbies, government entities, and opportunistic scientists. The China Study is hailed as one of the most important books about diet and health ever written.
Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer
Written by bestselling author Jonathan Safran Foer, this book delves into the cultural, social and economic roots of meat-eating. Foer contrasts a thorough investigation into modern-day factory farming with tales of his childhood. In doing so, the author presents an anthropological take on the way that humans try to justify eating meat.
HOW NOT TO DIE: Michael Greger, M.D.
The vast majority of premature deaths can be prevented through simple changes in diet and lifestyle. In How Not to Die, Dr. Michael Greger, the internationally-recognized lecturer, physician, and founder of, examines the fifteen top causes of death in America—heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson’s, high blood pressure, and more—and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches, freeing us to live healthier lives.
Becoming Vegan: Brenda Davis
First published in 2000, and updated with the Comprehensive Edition in 2014, it’s widely regarded as one of the best-researched books on plant-based nutrition. Not only does Becoming Vegan detail all the ways a vegan lifestyle helps animals and our environment; it presents study after study supporting the countless health benefits of whole, plant-based foods.
The Garden of Vegan: Cleve West
There was a time when garden designer Cleve West thought making a garden was a frivolous pursuit for the privileged. Two things changed his mind: designing a garden for a hospital and adopting a vegan lifestyle. Cleve’s transition to veganism was a profound and varied learning experience.