I’m not going to lie here; I am totally a book hoarder. We had to buy a bookshelf for our kitchen area because we were overflowed with cooking and gardening books.
As an excuse, I’ll say that every time I am curious about something, I usually end up buying a book on it. Which is good right?
When I contemplated going vegan, I bought many books and read them with a lot of interest. Over time I accumulated quite a lot of recipe books and also more “veganism theory” books. However, if I had to throw all my books away, and only keep three on this subject (oh dear! How awful would that be!), here are the volumes I would keep.
- Vegan for Her or Vegan for Life (oh my, I already start cheating and give you two books instead of just one!) – This book is great if you are considering going vegan because it will give you all the information you need on how to properly nourish yourself without creating imbalances. Vegan for Life is more general and tackles children, women, men and old age, whereas Vegan for Her is specific to women and goes through the different phases of a woman’s life. And yes, protein will be addressed…
- The China Study – If you are interested in looking at health benefits of veganism, and love statistics and tables, this book will satisfy your thirst for information. I also like that they included sample meal plans and recipes too. And, this book is mentioned almost everywhere in the vegan world, so you might as well go back to the source.
- Isa Does It – This book is packed with great recipes for all meals and occasions. The flavours are unique and varied. However, what I like most about this book is that the recipes are full-proofed and very easy to make: the ingredients are clear and accessible, and the steps are very well explained. If you wanted to invest in only one cooking book, this would be the one I’d recommend.
I hope this will help you make your trip to your local library or bookstore easier and clearer. I remember being stuck in front of tons of books without really knowing which one was best. As a result, I ended up buying way more than what I needed at the time. Seriously, I think these three are a great place to start and should keep you busy for a few months!
Let me know if you have other suggestions!