Literature of the Vegetarian Variety

For your consideration…

Thirty-nine Reasons Why I am a Vegetarian   Published in Philadelphia in 1903 by the “Vegetarian Society of America,” Thirty-nine Reasons Why I Am a Vegetarian sold initially as a twelve-page paperback for just 10 cents. It was entered in the Library of Congress the same year.

The China Study   One of the most comprehensive nutritional studies ever conducted, T. Colin Campbell’s and Thomas M. Campbell II’s The China Study is a classic in the vegan world. A compilation of facts and findings on how eating a plant-based diet reduces the risk of cancer, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.

Diet for a New America   In Diet for a New America, John Robbins exposes the horrors of America’s factory farms, detailing everything from how our society became “protein obsessed” to debunking a variety of myths surrounding what we eat.

Eating Animals   Often known as the book that made notable celebrities go veg, Eating Animals captures the stories behind our eating habits. Investigations of factory farming, tales from his childhood, philosophical musings, and scientific evidence all abound in Jonathan Safran Foer’s page-turning dissection of the way we eat.

The Bond   Wayne Pacelle, CEO and president of The Humane Society of the United States, writes about our relationship with animals in his debut book. Though recently published, The Bond has become an instant must-read for anyone interested in ethical veganism and animal protection.

Mad Cowboy   Cattle rancher-turned-vegetarian Howard Lyman not only outlines why he went veg, but also uncovers the dangers of the cattle and dairy industry from an insider perspective. Initially a proponent for chemical farming techniques, Wayne realized the errors in his ways, and along with co-author Glen Merzer wrote Mad Cowboy as a wake-up call for Americans to think more carefully about the food they consume.

The Jungle   While Upton Sinclair’s book focuses on the story of a Lithuanian immigrant who comes to America to fulfill his dreams of wealth and opportunity, it is also well-known for its depiction of the early 20th century meatpacking industry. The novel—written over one hundred years ago—was also partly responsible for the initiation of the Federal Meat Inspection Act of 1906.

 Animal Liberation   Peter Singer’s watershed work debuted in 1975 and has inspired countless people to adopt a vegan diet since then. Based in utilitarian philosophy, the book is often credited with starting the modern animal-rights movement.

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