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Veganism: Eating Consciously
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Resources for Active and Aspiring Vegans

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The resources within this guide focus on the many questions people have regarding veganism - the elimination of the consumption of any animal products, including meat, eggs, and dairy. Included are sections covering individuals' reasons for becoming vegan, vegan nutrition, vegan cookbooks, and resources on the vegan movement, past and present. Organizations and websites provide additional information.


Background History

Isn't Veganism Just Some New Fad?

Cultural encyclopedia of vegetarianism. Edited by Margaret Puskar-Pasewicz. Santa Barbara, CA, Greenwood, c2010. 290 p.
   Bibliography: p. 269-273.
   TX392.C85 2010 <SciRR>

Iacobbo, Karen, and Michael Iacobbo. Vegetarians and vegans in America today. Westport, CT, Praeger Publishers, 2006. 201 p.
   Bibliography: p. 187-196.
   TX392.I234 2006

Marcus, Erik. Meat market: animals, ethics, & money. Boston, Brio Press, c2005. 273 p.
   Bibliography: p. 237-261.
   HV4764.M22 2005

Maurer, Donna. Vegetarianism: movement or moment? Philadelphia, Temple University Press, c2002. 192 p.
   Bibliography: p. 183-186.
   TX392.M417 2002

Spencer, Colin. Vegetarianism: a history. New York, Four Walls Eight Windows, 2002. 384 p.
   Bibliography: p. 367-371.
   TX392.S722 2002

Stuart, Tristram. The bloodless revolution: a cultural history of vegetarianism from 1600 to modern times. New York, W. W. Norton & Company, 2007. 628 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TX392.S86 2007 <SciRR>

What Do Different Religions Have to Say about Vegetarianism and Veganism?

All Religions

Call to compassion: reflections on animal advocacy from the world's religions. Edited by Lisa Kemmerer and Anthony J. Nocella II. New York, Lantern Books, 2011. 303 p.
   Bibliography: p. 271-294.
   BL439.C35 2011


Food and Judaism. Edited by Leonard J. Greenspoon, Ronald A. Simkins, Gerald Shapiro. Omaha, NE, Creighton University Press; Lincoln, Distributed by the University of Nebraska Press, c2005. 345 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   BM710.F62 2005

Schwartz, Richard H. Judaism and vegetarianism. New and rev. ed. New York, Lantern Books, c2001. 230 p.
   Bibliography: p. 215-221.
   BM538.V43S38 2001


Scully, Matthew. Dominion: the power of man, the suffering of animals, and the call to mercy. New York, St. Martin's Press, 2002. 434 p.
   Bibliography: p. 399-421.
   HV4708.S38 2002

Webb, Stephen H. Good eating. Grand Rapids, MI, Brazos Press, c2001. 272 p.
   Bibliography: p. 265-270.
   BR115.N87W43 2001

Wennberg, Robert N. God, humans, and animals: an invitation to enlarge our moral universe. Grand Rapids, MI, William B. Eerdmans Pub., c2003. 358 p.
   Bibliography: p. 342-354.
   BT746.W46 2003

Young, Richard A. Is God a vegetarian? Christianity, vegetarianism, and animal rights. Chicago, Open Court, c1999. 187 p.
   Bibliography: p. 178-180.
   BT749.Y68 1999

General Spirituality and Veganism

Freedman, Jeffrey M. Why I am vegan. Tikkun, v. 18, May/June 2003: 83-84.
   Bibliography: p. 379.
   DS101.T54, vol. 18, 2003


Making the Choice to be Vegan

The Animal Rights Debate

The Animal ethics reader. Edited by Susan J. Armstrong and Richard G. Botzler. 2nd ed. London, New York, Routledge, 2008. 646 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   HV4708.A548 2008 <SciRR>

Cohen, Carl, and Tom Regan. The animal rights debate. Lanham, MD, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, c2001. 323 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   HV4711.C63 2001 <SciRR>

Food for thought: the debate over eating meat. Edited by Steve F. Sapontzis. Amherst, NY, Prometheus Books, 2004. 382 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TX392.F63 2004

The Rights of animals. Edited by Debra A. Miller. Detroit, Greenhaven Press, c2009. 212 p.
   Bibliography: p. 195-200.
   HV4708.R543 2009

Vegetarianism. Edited by Debra A. Miller. Detroit, Greenhaven Press, c2010. 205 p.
   Bibliography: p. 189-194.
   TX392.V442 2010

How Are Animals Used in Our Society? Why Do Vegans Avoid Supporting These Practices?

Adams, Carol J. The sexual politics of meat: a feminist-vegetarian critical theory. New York, London, Continuum, c2010. 330 p.
   Bibliography: p. 289-316.
   HV4708.A25 2010

Dawn, Karen. Thanking the monkey: rethinking the way we treat animals. New York, Harper; Enfield, Distributed by Publishers Group UK, c2008. 386 p.
   Bibliography: p. 354-371.
   HV4708.D383 2008

Eisnitz, Gail A. Slaughterhouse: the shocking story of greed, neglect, and inhumane treatment inside the U.S. meat industry. Amherst, NY, Prometheus Books, 2007, c1997. 328 p.
   TS1963.E37 2007

Foer, Jonathan Safran. Eating animals. New York, Little, Brown and Company, 2009. 341 p.
   Bibliography: p. 271-331.
   TX392.F58 2010

Lovenheim, Peter. Portrait of a burger as a young calf: the true story of one man, two cows and the feeding of a nation. New York, Harmony Books, c2002. 272 p.
   Bibliography: p. 263-264.
   SF196.U5L68 2002

Masson, J. Moussaieff. The face on your plate: the truth about food. New York, W. W. Norton & Co., c2009. 288 p.
   Bibliography: p. 247-264.
   TX371.M37 2009

Nobis, Nathan. Vegetarianism and virtue: does consequentialism demand too little? Social theory and practice, v. 28, Jan. 2002: 135-156.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   H1.S63, vol. 28, 2002 FT MEADE

Regan, Tom. Empty cages: facing the challenge of animal rights. Lanham, MD, Rowman & Littlefield, c2004. 229 p.
   Bibliography: p. 203-219.
   HV4764.R44 2004

Robbins, John. The food revolution: how your diet can help save your life and our world. Berkeley, CA, Conari Press, c2001. 449 p.
   Bibliography: p. 399-442.
   TX371.R63 2001

Singer, Peter, and Jim Mason. The way we eat: why our food choices matter. Emmaus, PA, Rodale; New York, Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, c2006. 328 p.
   Bibliography: p. 302-324.
   TX357.S527 2006 <SciRR>

Williams, Erin E., and Margo DeMello. Why animals matter: the case for animal protection. Amherst, NY, Prometheus Books, 2007. 420 p.
   Bibliography: p. 399-401.
   HV4764.W55 2007

Is Veganism More Environmentally Friendly than Other Diets?

Baroni, L., and others. Evaluating the environmental impact of various dietary patterns combined with different food production systems. European journal of clinical nutrition, v. 61, Feb. 2007: 279-286.
   Bibliography: p. 285-286.
   QP141.A1E86, vol. 61, 2007

Steinfeld, Henning, and others. Livestock's long shadow: environmental issues and options. Rome, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2006. 390 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   SF140.E25S744 2006


Vegan Living

Inspiration, Motivation, and Guidance

Adams, Carol J. Living among meat eaters: the vegetarians’ survival handbook. 2nd ed. Brooklyn, Lantern Books, 2009. 324 p.
   Bibliography: p. 312-313.
   TX392.A4137 2009

Elliott, Melisser. The vegan girl’s guide to life: cruelty-free crafts, recipes, beauty secrets, and more. New York, Skyhorse Pub., c2010. 220 p.
   TX392.E476 2010

Newkirk, Ingrid. Making kind choices: everyday ways to enhance your life through earth- and animal-friendly living. New York, St. Martin’s Griffin, 2005. 472 p.
   Bibliography: p. 407-464.
   HV4708.N48 2005

Patrick-Goudreau, Colleen. Vegan’s daily companion: 365 days of inspiration for cooking, eating, and living compassionately. Beverly, MA, Quarry Books, c2011. 320 p.
   Bibliography: p. 312-313.
   TX837.P3378 2011

Shaberman, Ben A. The vegan monologues: collected essays. Baltimore, MD, Apprentice House, 2009. 115 p.
   PN6165.S457 2009

Stepaniak, Joanne. The vegan sourcebook. 2nd ed. Los Angeles, Lowell House, c2000. 352 p.
   Bibliography: p. 333-342.
   TX392.S73 2000

Torres, Bob, and Jenna Torres. Vegan freak: being vegan in a non-vegan world: version 2.0, revised, expanded, and updated. 2nd ed. Oakland, CA, PM; London, Distributed by Turnaround, c2010. 222 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TX392.T687 2010

Raising Vegan Kids

Newkirk, Ingrid. 50 awesome ways kids can help animals: fun and easy ways to be a kind kid. Rev. and updated ed. Boston, Warner Books, 2006. 278 p.
   HV4708.N494 2006

Roth, Ruby. That’s why we don’t eat animals: a book about vegans, vegetarians, and all living things. Berkeley, CA, North Atlantic Books, c2009. 1 v. (unpaged)
   TX392.R74 2009
   Suitable to introduce older children to veganism.

Stepaniak, Joanne, and Vesanto Melina. Raising vegetarian children: a guide to good health and family harmony. Chicago, Contemporary Books, c2003. 381 p.
   Bibliography: p. 363-370.
   RJ206.S835 2003



Do People Need to Eat Meat and Drink Milk to Be Healthy? Can a Vegan Diet Provide Nutrition and Even Be Healthier than an Omnivorous One?

Barnard, Neal D., and Robyn Webb. The get healthy, go vegan cookbook. Philadelphia, Da Capo Life Long, 2010.
226 p.    TX837.B295 2010

Campbell, T. Colin, and Thomas M. Campbell II. The China study: the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted and the startling implications for diet, weight loss and long-term health. Dallas, BenBella Books, 2005.
417 p.    Bibliography: p. 369-404.
   RA784.C235 2005

Duyff, Roberta Larson. The vegetarian way. In her American Dietetic Association complete food and nutrition guide. 3rd ed., rev. and updated. Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley & Sons, c2006. p. 504-522.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   RA784.D89 2006

Fraser, Gary E. Diet, life expectancy, and chronic disease: studies of Seventh-Day Adventists and other vegetarians. Oxford, New York, Oxford University Press, 2003. 371 p.
   Bibliography: p. 315-361.
   RM236.F736 2003

Key, Timothy J., Paul N. Appleby, and Magdalena S. Rosell. Health effects of vegetarian and vegan diets. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, v. 65, Feb. 2006: 35-41.
   Bibliography: p. 39-41.
   TX501.N9, vol. 65, 2006

Mangels, Reed. Weight control the vegan way. Vegetarian journal, v. 25, Jan./Feb. 2006: 6-11.

Moskowitz, Isa Chandra, and Matthew Ruscigno. Appetite for reduction: 125 fast & filling low-fat vegan recipes. Cambridge, MA, Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2011. 290 p.
   TX837.M744 2011

Nestle, Marion. What to eat. New York, North Point Press, 2006. 611 p.
   Bibliography: p. 533-587.
   RA784.N46 2006 <SciRR>

Rosell, M., and others. Weight gain over 5 years in 21,966 meat-eating, fish-eating, vegetarian, and vegan men and women in EPIC-Oxford. International journal of obesity, v. 30, Sept. 2006: 1389-1396.
   Bibliography: p. 1395-1396.
   RC628.I49, vol. 30, 2006

Saunders, Kerrie. The vegan diet as chronic disease prevention: evidence supporting the new four food groups. New York, Lantern Books, 2003. 243 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   RM236.S355 2003

Vegetarian nutrition. Edited by Joan Sabaté in collaboration with Rosemary Ratzin-Turner. Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press, c2001. 551 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   RM236.V43 2001 <SciRR>

Are Vegan Diets Healthy for Kids?

Maternal-fetal nutrition during pregnancy and lactation. Edited by Michael E. Symonds and Margaret M. Ramsay. Cambridge, Eng., New York, Cambridge University Press, c2010. 208 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   RG559.M365 2010 <SciRR>

Sabaté, Joan, and Michelle Wien. Vegetarian diets and childhood obesity prevention. American journal of clinical nutrition, v. 91, May 2010: 1525S-1529S.
   Bibliography: p. 1529S.
   RC584.A5, vol. 91, 2010

Stepaniak, Joanne, and Vesanto Melina. Raising vegetarian children: a guide to good health and family harmony. Chicago, Contemporary Books, c2003. 381 p.
   See especially “Nourishing our children”: p. 121- 230.
   Bibliography: p. 363-370.
   RJ206.S835 2003


Vegan Cooking

You're VEGAN? What Do You Eat - Cardboard?

Vegan Cookbooks

Long, Linda. Great chefs cook vegan. Layton, UT, Gibbs Smith, 2008. 272 p.
   TX837.L625 2008

Moskowitz, Isa Chandra. Vegan brunch: homestyle recipes worth waking up for–from asparagus omelets to pumpkin pancakes. Cambridge, MA, Da Capo Life Long, 2009. 240 p.
   TX837.M745 2009

Moskowitz, Isa Chandra. Vegan with a vengeance: over 150 delicious, cheap, animal-free recipes that rock. New York, Marlowe & Co., c2005. 258 p.
   TX837.M75 2005

Moskowitz, Isa Chandra, and Terry Hope Romero. Veganomicon: the ultimate vegan cookbook. New York, Marlowe & Co., Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2007. 298 p.
   TX837.M754 2007

Patrick-Goudreau, Colleen. The vegan table: 200 unforgettable recipes for entertaining every guest at every occasion. Beverly, MA, Fair Winds Press, 2009. 304 p.
   TX837.P338 2009

Sass, Lorna J. The new vegan cookbook: innovative vegetarian recipes free of dairy, eggs, and cholesterol. San Francisco, Chronicle Books, c2001. 112 p.
   TX837.S2655 2001

Simpson, Alicia C. Quick and easy vegan celebrations: festive menus and 130 great-tasting recipes that give every vegan a reason to celebrate all year. New York, Experiment, LLC, 2010. 267 p.
   Not yet in LC

Steen, Celine, and Joni-Marie Newman. 500 vegan recipes: an amazing variety of delicious recipes, from chilis and casseroles to crumbles, crisps, and cookies. Beverly, MA, Fair Winds Press, 2009. 512 p.
   TX837.S735 2009

Ulm, Lauren. Vegan yum yum: decadent (but doable) animal-free recipes for entertaining & everyday. Deerfield Beach, FL, Health Communications, c2009. 290 p.
   TX837.U45 2009

Vegetarian times: everything vegan. Edited by Mary Margaret Chappell. Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley & Sons, c2011.
352 p.
   TX837.V42715 2011

Do Vegans Skip Dessert?

Moskowitz, Isa Chandra, and Terry Hope Romero. Vegan cupcakes take over the world: 75 dairy-free recipes for cupcakes that rule. New York, Marlowe, c2006. 168 p.
   TX771.M7885 2006

Patrick-Goudreau, Colleen. The joy of vegan baking: the compassionate cook’s traditional treats and sinful sweets. Beverly, MA, Fair Winds Press, c2007. 288 p.
   Bibliography: p. 270-272.
   TX837.P337 2007

Torro, Wheeler del. The vegan scoop: 150 recipes for dairy-free ice cream that tastes better than the "real" thing. Beverly, MA, Fair Winds Press, 2009. 240 p.
   TX795.T67 2009

How Can I Be Vegan and Cook Traditional Ethnic Food?

Andoh, Elizabeth. Kansha: celebrating Japan’s vegan & vegetarian traditions. Berkeley, CA, Ten Speed Press, c2010. 296 p.
   TX724.5.J3A525 2010

Gadia, Madhu. The Indian vegan kitchen: more than 150 quick and healthy homestyle recipes. New York, Perigee Book, 2009. 225 p.
   TX837.G28 2009

Klein, Donna. Vegan Italiano: meat-free, egg-free, dairy-free dishes from the sun-drenched regions of Italy. New York, Home Books, 2006. 171 p.
   TX837.K548 2006

Reinfeld, Mark, and Bo Rinaldi. Vegan fusion world cuisine: extraordinary recipes & timeless wisdom from the celebrated Blossoming Lotus restaurants. New York, Beaufort Books, 2007. 243 p.
   TX837.R45 2007

Romero, Terry Hope. Viva vegan! 200 authentic and fabulous recipes for Latin food lovers. Cambridge, MA, Da Capo/Life Long, c2010. 285 p.
   TX837.R787 2010

Terry, Bryant. Vegan soul kitchen: fresh, healthy, and creative African American cuisine. Cambridge, MA, Da Capo Press, 2009. 223 p.
   Bibliography: p. 201-202.
   TX837.T434 2009

Is it More Expensive to Eat Vegan?

Nelson, Gail. Rising food prices: what’s a vegan to do? Vegetarian journal, v. 28, Jan./Mar. 2009: 28-30.

Robertson, Robin. Vegan on the cheap: great recipes and simple strategies that save you time and money. Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley, c2010. 258 p.
   TX837.R6252 201


I Don’t Have Time to Cook Vegan!

Grant, Amanda. Fresh & fast vegan pleasures: more than 140 delicious, creative recipes to nourish aspiring and devoted vegans. New York, Marlowe, c2002. 230 p.
   TX837.G6736 2002

Reinfeld, Mark, and Jennifer Murray. The 30-minute vegan: over 175 quick, delicious, and healthy recipes for everyday cooking. Cambridge, MA, Da Capo Lifelong, 2009. 348 p.
   Bibliography: p. 323-332.
   TX837.R446 2009

Reinfeld, Mark, and Jennifer Murray. The 30 minute vegan’s taste of the East: 150 Asian-inspired recipes–from soba noodles to summer rolls. Cambridge, MA, Da Capo Press, 2010. 266 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TX837.R448 2010

Vegan Cooking for the Family

Gentry, Ann. Vegan family meals: real food for everyone. Kansas City, MO, Andrews McMeel Pub., LLC, 2011. 258 p.
   Not yet in LC

McCann, Jennifer. Vegan lunch box: 130 amazing, animal-free lunches kids and grown-ups will love! Cambridge, MA, Da Capo Lifelong, 2008. 280 p.
   Bibliography: p. 261-263.
   TX837.M463 2008

McCarthy, Brian P. The vegan family cookbook. New York, Lantern Books, 2006. 300 p.
   TX837.M2368 2006

Vegan Cooking for Busy Students

PETA’s vegan college cookbook: 275 easy, cheap, and delicious recipes to keep you vegan at school. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals with Starza Kolman and Marta Holmberg. Naperville, IL, Sourcebooks, Inc., 2009. 336 p.    TX837.P5133 2009

Raymond, Carole. Student’s go vegan cookbook: over 135 quick, easy, cheap, and tasty vegan recipes. New York, Three Rivers Press, c2006. 225 p.
   Bibliography: p. 217-218.
   TX837.R3792 2006

More Information


Mercy for Animals
   Provides videos and photos about society’s use and abuse of animals, as well as opportunities to thwart these practices.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
   The largest animal rights organization in the world, PETA provides information on vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, activism, and news.

   A vegetarian lifestyle magazine that posts articles both online and in a bi-monthly printed magazine.

Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group (American Dietetic Association)
   Contains scholarly articles on vegan and vegetarian nutrition.

The Vegetarian Resource Group
   Provides research and articles on vegan and vegetarian nutrition and lifestyle. VRG also prints the Vegetarian Journal four times per year.

Compiled by Vatina McLaurin, SRS Intern, July 2011.

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