11 Vegan Books To Read This Summer

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Come summer and some of us would be happy lying down on the beach {or pool} entranced by a book rather than kayaking with friends or playing frisbee. For others summer means the stifling heat in the metro, being ever so close to people’s armpits on the commute into work. In a situation like this, a good read is the only savior.

Whether you are a hardcore vegan, new into a vegan lifestyle, just curious about a plant-based diet, or you think you can never be a vegan, reading books on veganism is a must this season. After all, what do you have to lose by reading about what veganism entails and expanding your horizons?

Everyone has their own taste when it comes to reading and no one-size fits all approach. That’s why we’ve snuck in the best vegan books for your reading pleasure. From fun vegan fiction, superhero fantasies and vegan dating guide to vegan wellness and nutrition and busting the falsehood people harbor in their mind about this amazing lifestyle – we’ve covered it all.

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1 Beef

Author: Mat Blackwell

Who doesn’t love a futuristic world, especially when it involves putting an end to the meat industry {every vegan’s dreams}? Beef is a clever sci-fi romance novel set in the future where animal agriculture is abolished, killing animals for food is unthinkable of and teleportation is a reality. Written by Mat Blackwell, who doesn’t like the ‘vegan’ label yet lives a cruelty-free life, this brilliant piece explores environment and ethics – a love story where the lead character is living the perfect life with his beautiful wife and daughter yet falls in love with another woman.

What we love most about Beef is despite being based on a vegan theme it’s not preachy, cloying or mundane and has a carefully crafted storyline with sensitivity, wicked humor, twisty turns and a satisfying ending. This is one of the best vegan books that will have you on the edge of your seat in no time.

Beef, click here to buy

2 Vegan Love

Author: Maya Gottfried

The dating world as we know it, with all the swipe right dating apps and cringe-worthy meet ups, is hard enough but throw being vegan into the mix and it gets a whole lot more challenging. Maya Gottfried provides guidance to us hopeless romantics on how to overcome the difficulties when your love interest can’t give up his steak. Going cruelty-free need not mean alienating potential partners or long-term lovers but based on experience, Maya talks you through the dating game all the way up to the wedding day.

A fun read that’s suited for the beach at a time where you are checking out the talent behind your chic bamboo sunglasses.

Vegan Love: Dating and Partnering for the Cruelty-Free Gal, with Fashion, Makeup & Wedding Tips, click here to buy

3 The Green and the Red

Author: Armand Chauvel

Romantic novels without the cheese is perfect for that heart-warming read we all know and love, but when paired with deception and lies, the rose-tinted novel glasses are broken and reality sets in. The Green and The Red follows Léa, an idealistic owner and chef of a vegetarian restaurant struggling in a small French town in Brittany and Mathieu, a carnivorous marketing director of the town’s biggest pork producer. A rom-com with a deceitful twist that will have you hooked!

The Green and the Red: A Novel, click here to buy

4 Eating Animals

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer

If you are vegan, this read will remind you why you are, if you aren’t, it’ll make you question why you’re not. “Eating Animals is a riveting exposure; which presents the gut-wrenching truth about the price paid by the environment, the government, the Third World and the animals themselves in order to put meat on our tables more quickly and conveniently than ever before”, the book brief says it all.

Worry not, it’s not a daunting dark read. It the perfect balance of humour and informed rationalism, which gives this read a novelistic twist that provides a fresh and open look into the debate behind eating meat. Not just for vegetarians and vegans, but for anyone who is concerned about the ramifications and significance of their chosen lifestyle, a true page-turner that will get you asking questions.

Eating Animals, click here to buy

5 Skinny Bitch in Love

Author: Kim Barnouin

When you need to slow down, unwind or get over that painful break-up, nothing is better than a good chick-flick, especially one that’s all about love and dating and full of relatable humour.

This novel follows Clementine Cooper, a vegan chef with big dreams. Things take an ugly turn in her life when an influential food critic discovers dairy in her butternut squash ravioli with garlic sage sauce. However, Clem knows how to turn lemons into delicious, cruelty-free lemonade cupcakes and launches the Skinny Bitch Cooking School in hopes of opening her own café. Unfortunate for her, on the first day of class, sexy millionaire restaurateur Zach Jeffries puts a fork in her idea with his own plans for the space—a steakhouse. Could dating one of the most eligible bachelors in the city—and a meat-eater—be as bad for Clem as high-fructose corn syrup?

This fun light read will have you giggling whilst you sip Mai Tai’s by the pool.

Skinny Bitch in Love, click here to buy

6 Meat Is For Pussies

Author: John Joseph

The testosteroned version of Skinny Bitch {not the one above but the original Skinny Bitch by the same author}, Meat Is For Pussies is straightforward, blunt, captivating and super entertaining. A How-To Guide for Dudes Who Want to Get Fit, Kick Ass, and Take Names, as the sub-title reads, touches all the important reasons for adopting a vegan diet. It talks about the detrimental health impact of animal products, problems with the food industry, shares information about training, weight lifting, fitness tips and even includes some ‘badass recipes’.

The book busts the misconceptions that plant-eaters can’t be strong or athletic and the author’s tattoo-covered biceps support the truth as he is walking the talk. His story of transitioning from a hard core eat-eater to a vegan is will compel you to think about your lifestyle choices and is inspiring.

Meat is For Pussies: A How-To Guide for Dudes Who Want to Get Fit, Kick Ass, and Take Names, click here to buy

7  The Adventures of Vivian Sharpe, Vegan Superhero

Author: Marla Rose

Who doesn’t love a superhero novel? This vegan superhero novel is entertaining and enlightening and a perfect read for adults and teens alike.

The ordinary decision of a teenager to eat a ham sandwich takes an unexpected turn – an exuberant pig spirit enters her life informing her that she will now have superpowers and she’s about to change the world.

It’s a refreshing teen story that deals with real-world issues rather than the teenage lusty angst, or commonplace teenage dystopia that most from this genre deals with.

You’ll struggle to put it down, making it the perfect way to pass the time on the plane journey.

The Adventures of Vivian Sharpe – Vegan Superhero, click here to buy

8 The Awareness

Author: Gene Stone

This fiction compels you to change the way you think about animals in an extraordinarily gripping story that’s entertaining, emotional and thought-provoking at the same time. It touches on the animal-human relationships through a story that makes you see the world from an animal’s perspective – how humankind affects other kinds. The book takes you to a time where tables have turned and the animals have come together to rise to war against humankind. It’s a story of a circus elephant, a factory farmed pig, a bear from Canadian Rockies and a dog with a loving New York based human family who realize how humans exploit them – use them for entertainment, eat them, hunt them, and imprison them. Would animals grant humans mercy?

Loved by vegans and non-vegans alike we assure you that you’ll be hooked till the end, and the book won’t fail to get your compassionate side out of you.

The Awareness, click here to buy

9 To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World

Author: Lucy Siegle

Fashion is a love for most girls and vegans have the added awareness of what they will and won’t add to their latest handbag, shoe and wardrobe collection. To help you think more into what you buy and how to buy both ethically and eco-friendly, Lucy Siegle’s expose on the fashion industry and examination of the inhumane and environmentally devastating story behind the clothes we so casually buy and wear, will have you re-thinking your Saturday shopping visits to Primark.

We think every woman must read this book – vegan or not!

To Die for: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World?, click here to buy

10 No Impact Man

Author: Colin Beavan

Everyone wants to minimise their impact on the world but no one wants to do so more than this guilty liberal who finally snaps and swears off plastic, goes organic, becomes a bicycle nut, turns off his power, and generally becomes a tree-hugging lunatic who tries to save the polar bears and the rest of the planet from environmental catastrophe. All of this occurs whilst dragging his baby daughter and Prada-wearing, Four Seasons–loving wife along for the ride. This engaging page turner looks at one man’s decision to put his money where his mouth is and go off the grid for one year—while still living in New York City—to see if it’s possible to make no net impact on the environment.

You’ll walk away from this read re-evaluating how you can realistically live a more “eco-effective” life.

No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process, click here to buy

11  How Not to Die

Author: Michael Greger

A New York Time Bestseller, this spectacular read delves into the benefits of plant-based diet and throws light on dangers of consuming animal products in an elegant and powerful style that’s backed with research and facts while providing scientifically-proven nutritional advice. The book provides simple nutritional advice on how to beat the most common diseases and living longer with the right diet. This book is perfect for anyone interested in living well and want to avoid heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes with simple dietary choices.

It’s a perfect read for anyone interested in living well and want to avoid heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes with simple dietary choices.

How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease, click here to buy

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Written by Shannon Blanks
Shannon is a 22 year old vegan living in London who regularly spends her weekends on cooking courses, visiting the latest vegan hotspots or strolling around food markets. She has a love for reading in parks on sunny days and as a typical northern lass loves pie, mash and gravy

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