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Books

Another dinner is possible by Isy & Mike

More than a vegan cookbook, Another dinner is possible is full of essays on food politics and practical food matters, such as cooking on a large scale, and vegan parenting. This book had me at, 'During the Ethiopian famine in the 1980s, clapped-out rock stars resuscitated their careers raising money for aid, while more grain was exported from the country for livestock feed than was provided for food aid'.

Recipes are written in chatty, informal language, dotted with tips and suggestions for getting the most out of your food. The book is ring-bound on matte paper and just begging for pencil annotations and sticky note bookmarks (my copy is a much-loved mess). There are no photos, but don't let that put you off. How often does your finished result look like the one in the book anyway? Two years into veganism, this is still the first cook book I reach for when I want easy, foolproof, and tasty grub (i.e. always!).

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

'Eating Animals is Jonathan Safran Foer's eye-opening account of where meat comes from'.
I was still vegetarian when I read this, and wanted an insight into current factory farming practices. Eating Animals gave me that, as well as plenty of food for thought around our attitudes to meat and its central place in our lives, and the lives of the people whose job is to provide it. Jonathan's book is America-centric but animal industries aren't a lot different over here, though I'm sure someone will email me and explain how our cages are an inch wider or something! Eating Animals isn't a preachy book written by an activist; it reads like a regular chap's exploration of where the red stuff comes from and what that really means.

The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Campbell II, MD

An accessible read for non-sciencey folk, The China Study is the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted. The book examines why incidents of obesity, heart disease, cancer and other degenerative diseases are higher in countries whose populations consume high levels of animal protein and fat. You won't find lengthy descriptions of factory farms or recipes for vegan cupcakes, just objective modern nutritional science that points to the need to adopt a plant-based diet for the sake of our health. As someone - like many - who became vegetarian and then vegan because of concerns over animal welfare, it was fascinating to discover just how impressively healthy a plant-based diet is. To say it felt like discovering a bonus side to veganism is a colossal understatement. Find out why being vegan isn't just the best thing you can do for animals.

The Food Revolution by John Robbins

'How your diet can help save your life and our world'. Echoing themes from The China Study, vegan John turns his eye to modern food production at large. Animal farming is covered in detail but the book also looks at genetic modification, the environmental implications of modern food production, and the insanity that is the modern diet. Written in passionate and compelling language, here's more reasons to become - or stay - vegan.

Meat by Joseph D'Lacey

Not essential, this, or one for those with weak stomachs, but a book that has a special place on my shelf. Around three years ago this book made me vegetarian. But it's not an examination of animal rights or an insight into the life of a butcher. Meat is a work of fiction, a horror novel. Bear with me...

It's set in a post-apocalyptic future where some humans are farmed for their meat and milk for other humans to eat. The concept fascinated and horrified me and got me thinking about the lives of farmed animals in a new way, shifting my perspective. My line of thought led me back to my childhood memories of life on the farm and the cruelty inherent in the system, cruelty that's considered normal if considered at all. An unlikely trigger point for a lifestyle change, but Meat got me thinking about the lives of the animals I ate for the first time, so it had to go on the list. Even if you now think I'm bonkers.

Websites

Vegan Society - 'The Vegan Society is the world's original Vegan Society. The founders of The Vegan Society were the inventors of the word 'vegan'. The Vegan Society was established in 1944 in England. Promoting ways of living free from animal products for the benefit of people, animals and the environment.'
The Vegan Society do lots of important advocacy work. Please support them.
Also see their guide to vegan living, full of tips and advice for making the switch smoothly.

Viva! - 'Through popular campaigns, solid research, undercover exposés and effective media skills we have brought the reality of modern farming into people's living rooms. We have enlightened millions, shocked most and changed the diets of many. You can help with these successes.'
A charity that was a big influence on me as I became vegan and a vital source of news and information today. Well worth your support.

Viva! Health - 'Viva! Health (formerly The Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation) is a registered charity. It was set up to monitor and to explain the increasing amount of scientific research linking diet to health – providing accurate information on which to make informed choices.'
Nutritional information for the layperson. Learn about what's really in the food we eat, read up on the findings of nutritional studies, and discover what's best for your body.

Vegetarian Recipe Club - Despite the name, this is an all-vegan recipe collection from Viva! I've tried a few to great success: their Yorkshire pudding recipe worked a treat.

Nutrition Facts - Plant-based nutrition and the latest unbiased research, presented in snappy videos and accessible posts from the brilliant Dr. Michael Greger.

Vegan Starter Kit

Podcasts

I listen to all of these regularly for interviews, news, and views from warm, engaging and intelligent vegan presenters.

Team Earthlings

Red Radio

Big Fat Vegan Radio

Films

Earthlings - Popularly know as 'the vegan maker'. I thought I'd seen it all, having grown up on various farms, but this film shocked and upset me. Take it from me, this isn't select footage from 'bad farms'. I think it's important not to spend too much time lingering on films like this and looking at nasty photos of slaughter houses - we all know pigs aren't plants - but it's important to take a deep breath and learn the truth of it before you dust yourself off and find strength in being an ambassador for change. Ignorance isn't bliss, and all that. Watch Earthlings online for free.

Vegucated - '...Vegucated follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Lured by tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover the hidden sides of animal agriculture...'
An accessible and friendly film that isn't militant or preachy, and one that - from what I've heard - seems to be quite persuasive in encouraging similar 6-week experiments in meat eaters. Lays out all the main arguments for adopting a plant-based diet, especially useful for those who may never have considered the issues before.

Forks over knives - Examining the link between animal-based diets and a multitude of health problems, and how a wholefoods, plant-based diet can prevent and reverse these ailments. The power of plant-based nutrition is another compelling reason to adopt veganism.

And...

My other website, Being gay is okay. Completely unrelated to veganism, but I'm proud of it. It's been going for 13 years and offers information and advice to gay, lesbian, bisexual and unsure under twenty-fives. Loads of unique content and a regularly updated problem page.

Another ex fatty - Blog about my weight loss and recent tummy tuck surgery. Featuring many practical tips for losing weight, based on my own battle with the flab and success in losing nine stone.