Veganism for Beginners Part 1: Books and Documentaries

Being anew vegan myself, I wanted to create a post that other curious vegans could use as a reference for different sources of information and inspiration in their own journeys. If you’re new to veganism or just curious about it, I believe that educating yourself first is the most important step you can take. Learning how our food is produced, the inhumane way the animals are treated, the affect it has on our health and the planet is life changing. 

     There are countless references of vegan material from documentaries, cookbooks, articles, books, websites and so much more, I couldn’t possibly list them all.  I have used many of these in my own journey and they have opened my world, validated my decisions to become vegan, they helped me connect with others around the world, and helped me feel less alone in my own journey.

     I have found many of these through my local library and social media platforms. I have watched all of these documentaries and new ones are coming out all the time. I have cried over many of them. They continue to inspire me and have taught me to have more compassion than I ever thought was possible.

     The library is also a great place to find books on veganism and cookbooks for free also.  There are countless blogs online of others and their journeys. I have checked out so many and have listed some of my favorites below.

     So here’s my master list of inspiration, feel free to add your favorites in the comments if I missed any!

Movies and Documentaries: 


Forks Over Knives

Food, Inc

Hungry For Change

The Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue

Vegan: Everyday Stories

Food Choices



Live and Let Live

Food Choices

Food Matters

Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days


Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

How To Go Vegan: The why, the how, and everything you need to make going vegan easy by Veganuary

Going Vegan: The Complete Guide to Making a Healthy Transition to a Plant-Based Lifestyle by Joni Marie Newman and Gerrie Adams

Going vegan: a healthy guide to making the switch
by Rau and Dana Meachen

Vegan Freak: being vegan in a non-vegan world by Torres, Bob.


Vegan Cooking for Carnivores by Roberto Martin

Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

Raw the Uncook Book by Juliano and Erika Lenkert

Peace & parsnips: adventurous vegan cooking for everyone by Watson, Lee, 1978-

Forks Over Knives The Cookbook by Del Sroufe

The Conscious Cook by Tal Ronnen

Chloe’s Kitchen by Chloe Coscarelli

Mayim’s Vegan Table by Mayim Bialik

The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone

Modern Vegan Baking: The Ultimate Resource for Sweet and Savory Baked Goods by Gretchen Price

15 Minute Vegan: Fast, Modern Vegan Cooking
by Katy Beskow and Dan Jones

Betty Goes Vegan: 500 Classic Recipes for the Modern Family
by Dan Shannon and Annie Shannon

Minimalist Baker Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz

Happy Cow Cookbook Recipes from Top Rated Vegan Restaurants Around the World by Eric Brent and Glen Merzer

Ripe from around here: a vegan guide to local and sustainable eating (no matter where you live) by Steele, Jae.

Raw. Vegan. Not Gross.: All Vegan and Mostly Raw Recipes for People Who Love to Eatby Laura Miller