1. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
This is a must read for everyone, vegetarian or not! When Jonathan became a father he wanted the best for his child. He asked himself, Why do we eat animals? And would we eat them if we knew how they got on our dinner plates? His quest for animals led him to visiting factory farms in the middle of the night and delving into the fictions we use to justify our eating habits. He discusses everything: genetic manipulation, animal shit and how it is an environmental disaster, animal suffering, the slaughter process, health risks, and the agricultural methods. He doesn’t preach and is not one-sided. He visits humane farms and discusses humane practices.
2. Veganist by Kathy Freston
Freston wasn’t born a vegan. She admits that she grew up on chicken-fried steak, ribs, and milkshakes. It wasn’t until she was in her thirties that she adopted a plant-based diet. She believes people should become vegan for their personal well-being and to benefit the environment. The path she took to becoming a vegan was very gradual. She can help anyone ease into the veganist life. Freston discusses the benefits of veganism including weight loss, disease reversal, environmental responsibility and spiritual awakening. She includes expert commentary and real life success stories.
3. The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone
Silverstone shares her insights that encouraged her to become vegan. She also outlines the spectacular benefits of adopting a plant-based diet, including weight loss, clear skin, energy and smooth digestion. She explains how meat, fish, milk and cheese are the culprits behind escalating rates of disease and the cause of permanent damage to the environment. Silverstone introduces delicious food and shows how to cover every nutritional base, from protein to calcium and beyond. She understands that people cannot switch to a vegan diet straight away and that there needs to be a transition. Therefore, the book encompasses three levels, from flirting with veganism to becoming a true vegan to becoming a superhero which relies predominantly on grains and vegetables.