Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is—whether its victim is human or animal —we cannot expect things to be much better in this world. We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing we set back the progress of humanity.

          —Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, 1962.

  • Vegan recipe books on Amazon.
    Also see our Recipe page for links to sites with tens of thousands of vegan recipes.

  • WHOLE - Rethinking the Science of Nutrition, T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., 2013.

    In 2005, Dr. T. Colin Campbell?s The China Study — backed by the most extensive study of nutrition ever conducted and bolstered by dozens of additional studies and cases — gave us a simple but powerful answer: The key to good health is nutrition. By adopting a diet based on whole, plant-based food you can reduce your risk of degenerative diseases like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. The China Study told us what to eat and provided the revolutionary, scientific proof for this answer.

    Dr. Campbell?s upcoming book, Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition, to be released by BenBella Books in May 2013, picks up where The China Study left off. Whole chronicles scientific reductionism and reveals the ?wholistic? workings of nutrition, starting at the cellular level and working its way up to the entire organism.

    Because our current health system and practices are unsustainable, the public has more power of influence than ever before. Change is finally within our reach. We now know that most heart attacks and strokes, cancers and unnecessary deaths are preventable through nutrition, and we can choose wisely what we put into our mouths every day. Whole is an extraordinary tool that shows us how to free our bodies, minds and our planet from the economic disparity and biological logic that is making us sicker and poorer than ever before. It is a journey into cutting-edge nutrition, led by one of the masters of the science.

  • Power Foods for the Brain: An Effective 3-Step Plan to Protect Your Mind and Strengthen Your Memory, Neal Barnard, MD., 2013.

    Could your breakfast or lunch be harming your memory?

    Are you missing out on the foods that could prevent Alzheimer's disease?

    Everyone knows good nutrition supports your overall health, but few realize that certain foods-power foods-can protect your brain and optimize its function, and even dramatically reduce your risk of Alzheimer's Disease. Now, New York Times bestselling author, clinical researcher and health advocate Dr. Neal Barnard has gathered the most up-to-date research and created a groundbreaking program that can strengthen your memory and protect your brain's health.

    In this effective 3-step plan Dr. Barnard reveals which foods to increase in your diet and which to avoid, and shows you specific exercises and supplements that can make a difference. It will not only help boost brain health, but it can also reduce your risk of Alzheimer's disease, stroke, and other less serious malfunctions such as low energy, poor sleep patterns, irritability, and lack of focus.

  • Veganist, by New York Times Best Selling Author, Kathy Freston, 2012.

    Not until her thirties did [Kathy Freston] embrace the lifestyle of a veganist--someone who eats a plant-based diet not just for their own personal well-being, but for the whole web of benefits it brings to our ecosystem and beyond. Kathy's shift toward this new life was gradual--she leaned into it--but the impact was profound. Now Kathy shows us how to lean into the veganist life. Effortless weight loss, reversal of disease, environmental responsibility, spiritual awakening--these are just a few of the ten profound changes that can be achieved through a gentle switch in food choices.

    Filled with compelling facts, stories of people who have improved their weight and health conditions as a result of making the switch, and Q&As with the leading medical researchers, Veganist concludes with a step-by-step practical guide to becoming a veganist?easily and gradually. It is an accessible, optimistic, and illuminating book that will change the way you eat forever. No less delicious, still hearty and satisfying--just better for you and for all.

  • Becoming Vegan: The Complete Guide to Adopting a Healthy Plant-Based Diet
    "How a vegan diet can protect against cancer, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses, getting all the protein you need without meat, meeting your needs for calcium without dairy products, what vegans need to know about B12, why good fats are vital to healthy and how to get them, balanced diets for infants, children, and seniors, pregnancy and breast-feeding tips for vegan moms, considerations for overweight, underweight, and eating disorders, achieving peak performance as a vegan athlete, how to deal gracefully with a non vegan world." -Amazon description.

  • The China Study
    The science is clear. The results are unmistakable.

    Change your diet and dramatically reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

    Respected nutrition and health researcher, Dr. T. Colin Campbell reveals the truth behind special interest groups, government entities and scientists that have taken Americans down a deadly path

  • The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World
    First published in 2001, The Food Revolution is still one of the most frequently cited and talked about books of the food-politics revolution. It was one of the very first books to discuss the negative health effects of eating genetically modified foods and animal products of all kinds, to expose the dangers inherent in our factory farming system, and to advocate a complete plant-based diet.

  • Breaking The Food Seduction
    If sweets and high-fat foods are sabotaging your efforts to lose weight and get healthy, Dr. Neal Barnard has the solution to conquering your food addictions. Backed up by scientific research, Breaking the Food Seduction explains that your biochemistry, not your lack of willpower, is the problem. Dr. Barnard reveals the simple dietary and lifestyle changes that can break the stubborn cycle of cravings and make you free to choose healthy and tasty foods that can help to you lose weight, lower cholesterol, and improve your overall health.

    Featuring a 3-week kickstart plan and 100 delicious, satisfying recipes

  • Engine 2 Diet
    Lose weight, lower cholesterol, significantly reduce the risk of disease, and become physically fit?in just 4 weeks. Go plant-strong!

    How the Engine 2 Diet Came to Life

    As a world-class triathlete turned firefighter, Rip Esselstyn was used to responding to emergencies. When he learned that one of his fellow Engine 2 firefighters in Austin, Texas was in dire physical condition with a dangerously high cholesterol level of 344, he sprang into action and motivated the entire Engine 2 firehouse to join together in plant-strong solidarity to help save the life of their friend.

  • Meatonomics
    MEATONOMICS is the first book to explore the unseen economic forces that drive our animal food system, and the strange ways these forces affect our spending, eating, health, prosperity, and longevity. Among other things, consumers have largely lost the ability to decide for ourselves what - and how much - to eat. Instead, those decisions are made for us by meat and dairy producers who control our buying choices with artificially low prices, misleading messaging, and heavy control over legislation and regulation. Learn what makes this bizarre system tick and how it can be fixed. (Conari Press, 2013.) More…

  • Whitewash: The Disturbing Truth About Cow's Milk and Your Health
    North Americans are some of the least healthy people on Earth. Despite advanced medical care and one of the highest standards of living in the world, one in three Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, and 50 percent of US children are overweight. This crisis in personal health is largely the result of chronically poor dietary and lifestyle choices. In Whitewash, nutritionist Dr. Joseph Keon unveils how North Americans unwittingly sabotage their health every day by drinking milk, and he shows that our obsession with calcium is unwarranted. Citing scientific literature, Whitewash builds an unassailable case that not only is milk unnecessary for human health, its inclusion in the diet may increase the risk of serious diseases including:
    • Prostate, breast, and ovarian cancers
    • Osteoporosis
    • Diabetes
    • Vascular disease

  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition
    For the first time in history, we are overfed and undernourished. Health care is a disaster, where we lose billions of dollars a year supporting disease symptom management. People are sicker and fatter then ever before, and ironically, we have the most access to healthful food and medical care. Although the reasons surrounding these issues may be complex, the solution is simple, It all comes down to the food on your plate.

    Check it out from the Washoe County Library.

  • If you can't take one more day of self-loathing, you're ready to hear the truth: You cannot keep shoveling the same crap into your mouth every day and expect to lose weight.

    Authors Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin are your new smart-mouthed girlfriends who won't mince words and will finally tell you the truth about what you're feeding yourself. And they'll guide you on making intelligent and educated decisions about food. They may be bitches, but they are skinny bitches. And you'll be one too-after you get with the program and start eating right.

    Rory Freedman, a former agent for Ford Models, is a self-taught know-it-all.

    Kim Barnouin is a former model who holds a Masters of Science degree in Holistic Nutrition.

    They have successfully counseled models, actors, athletes, and other professionals using the Skinny Bitch method. They both live in Los Angeles.

  • Diet For a Small Planet
    Here again is the extraordinary bestselling book that taught America the social and personal significance of a new way of eating—one that remains a complete guide for eating well in the new millennium. Featuring: simple rules for a healthy diet; a streamlined, easy-to-use format; delicious food combinations of protein-rich meals without meat; hundreds of wonderful recipes, and much more.

    Sharing her personal evolution and how this groundbreaking book changed her own life, world-renowned food expert Frances Moore Lappé offers an all-new, even more fascinating philosophy on changing yourself—and the world—by changing the way you eat.

    • Simple rules for a healthy diet
    • Streamlined, easy-to-use format
    • Food combinations that make delicious, protein-rich meals without meat
    • Indispensable kitchen hints—a comprehensive reference guide for planning and preparing meals and snacks
    • Hundreds of wonderful recipes

  • The Lucky Ones - My Passionate Fight For Farm Animals
    by Jenny Brown, Founder of Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, 2012.

  • Eat To Live, Joel Fuhrman, MD.
    Book about losing weight through a plant-based diet has a lot of information for anyone wishing to maintain their weight as well.

  • Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows
    Carnism is the invisible belief system, or ideology, that conditions people to eat certain animals. Carnism is essentially the opposite of veganism; "carn" means "flesh" or "of the flesh" and "ism" denotes a belief system. Most people view eating animals as a given, rather than a choice; in meat-eating cultures around the world people typically don’t think about why they find the flesh of some animals disgusting and the flesh of other animals appetizing, or why they eat any animals at all. But when eating animals is not a necessity for survival, as is the case in much of the world today, it is a choice - and choices always stem from beliefs.

  • A Mother's Tale
    Short-story that turned the web-developer into a vegan at heart at 13 during "light summer reading."

    From an anthology titled, "Eco-Fiction," — "A collection of short stories that reveals man's position in the Environmental Crisis."

  • Animal Factory by David Kirby
    People who read this book will do so because factory farming just isn't right. It isn't right to place more farm animals on land than the land can honestly be expected to support. It isn't right for anyone to degrade the value of neighboring residential property, especially when he himself is not willing to live on site and raise his own family next to his CAFO. It isn't right to destroy the value of native resources by contaminating them with huge amounts of manure, manure that can be a blessing on farmland where it can be reasonably utilized. It isn't right to steal opportunity from family farms while polluting both markets and the environment with their special brand of excess.

    But it happens.

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