8 Vegan Nutrition Books You Should Read

The vegan movement can be traced back almost 2000 years, with heaps of scientific research on its health benefits. Here are some of our favourite books from which we have learnt a great deal. These books are not page turning, action-packed thrillers but can help you explore different variations of a plant-based diet, provide additional nutritional information, and also include easy recipes to cook at home. No matter what kind of plant-based eater you are or aspire to be, there’s a little something here for everyone!


The China Study by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell

In a world of contradictory diet trends and misinformation, The China Study clearly explains the confusion. This is not a diet book but one of the most important books written on the impact your diet has on the overall health of individuals, communities and earth. Using a wealth of research and data Campbell demonstrates that a plant based diet can overcome the illnesses associated with the rich diet. The book is divided into easily accessible and understandable sections which is easy to understand. It is recommending a vegan way of eating and convinces many for this diet for a healthy long life.


Eat To Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman

Eat to Live is a powerful compilation of data, research, nutrition information, nutritionally rich meal plans, and lifestyle tips. It features a highly effective but very intense plan for cutting down meat and dairy while trialing a scientifically proven way to lose weight. Dr. Joel Fuhrman's revolutionary six-week plan is simple: the more nutrient-dense food you eat, the less you crave fat, sweets, and high-calorie foods.


Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston Price

A great study demonstrating the importance of whole food nutrition, and the degeneration and destruction that comes from a diet of processed foods. For nearly 10 years, Weston Price and his wife traveled around the world in search of the secret to health. Instead of looking at people dealing with disease, he focused on healthy individuals, and asked a simple question: how they achieved such amazing health. A compendium of ancestral wisdom, Weston Price's book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration is considered to be a masterpiece by many nutritionist.


The Forks over Knives Plan by Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman

After Forks Over Knives, a documentary on life-saving benefits of eating only whole, plant-based foods, helped spark a health revolution, ‘The Forks Over Knives Plan’ provides an easy meal makeover plan to transition you to a plant-forward lifestyle. Expect recipes, tips on how to shop, eat and snack healthily and even how to combat cravings. Rather than concentrating on individual nutrients or macros, The Forks Over Knives Plan places greater importance on variety and abundance.


The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz

It is said to be the most comprehensive guide to do-it-yourself home fermentation ever published. From sauerkraut to yogurt and alcohol, you will have in-depth knowledge and greater understanding and insight of experienced practitioners. The Art of Fermentation is full of practical information on how the processes work; parameters for safety; techniques for effective preservation; troubleshooting; as well as health and nutrition. But keep in mind, there are no recipes.


The Thrive Diet by Brendan Brazier

If you are curious about how a professional Ironman triathlete could thrive with a plant-based diet, this one's for you. The Thrive Diet is about a long-term, sustainable, eating plan that will help you understand why some foods create nutritional stress and how other foods can help eliminate it, giving you a lean body, sharp mind and everlasting energy. Great for fitness enthusiasts as it also includes exercise-specific recipes.


The Vegiterranean Diet by Julieanna Hever

Our love for the Mediterranean diet is proven, and with good reason: it has decades of evidence for being one of the healthiest with lower risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer's. We are quite picky when it comes to the mediterranean food, being from the region but we were quite pleased to read how Julieanna Hever takes the Med to a whole new level! By focusing on whole-plant foods, The Vegiterranean Diet offers comprehensive nutrition info and budget-friendly recipes, flexible meal plans and strategies for overall health.


Wild Food: A Complete Guide for Foragers by Roger Phillips

'I can safely say that if I hadn't picked up this book some twenty years ago, I wouldn't have eaten as well, or even lived as well, as I have. It inspired me then and it inspires me now' said Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstal. While not a book on nutrition, Roger Phillips helps identify hundreds of wild plants that can be found easily around us, with colour photography and a detailed description. You will also find fascinating information on how for centuries these plants have been used as well as including over 100 more modern recipes for delicious food and drinks. From berries, herbs and mushrooms to salad leaves and seaweed, Wild Food: A Complete Guide for Foragers will inspire you to start cooking with nature's free resource.