These books to help you go vegan, make it fun and easy, rather than bog you down with boring tomes and upsetting images. They cover the basics like new ingredients to find in shops, simple recipes to get you started, and cover questions like how to break the news to family and friends, and how to eat when in restaurants or travelling. All contain useful information on the reasons why people are giving up animal foods (and anything made from animal like leather, silk, fur, wool or shearling).
If growing your own food, see make your garden safe for pets. Also read 72 Reasons to Be Vegan, to help you ward off serious disease, enjoy delicious veggie burgers, save money and have glowing skin. This upbeat book is the book that tells you why, rather than how.
The Essential Vegan Toolkit
The Essential Vegan Toolkit is an illustrated guide to a plant-based lifestyle. Find tips on nutrition and food, clothing and cosmetics, cleaning and travel. Also includes advice on vegan etiquette, living in a ‘non-vegan world’. Writing with passion and expertise, this book brings a wealth of non-preachy information.
A Guide to Living Plantfully
Living Plantfully is a complete guide of wellness wisdom, acquired over 20 years of journalistic experience, and drawing on the advice and experience of trusted experts in food, health, gardening and sustainability. Find ideas, recipes and simple tips to live a more plant-based life.
The book is divided into three sections: growing, cooking and living. With colourful facts and figures, you’ll find quick-read box outs, clever tips and little nuggets of plant-based wisdom from chefs, nutritionists, wellness experts, bloggers and sustainability heroes. An informed and accessible guide to help you save money, be healthy, live longer, connect with nature and be more socially responsible. Lindsay Harrad is an editor and writer who spent years writing for plant-based magazines. She is in training to become a qualified nutritional therapist.
An Easy Guide to a Plant-Based Life
Vegan Living is a beautiful book by an animal welfare campaigner. Ondine Sherman (who founded Voiceless), shares her knowledge, lessons, tips and tricks, with effective tools and answers to a host of common questions, on making the switch.
The VegNews Guide to Being a Fabulous Vegan is by one of the world’s top vegan magazines. From food to cool shoes to a leather-free sofa, Jasmin Singer and her team bust all the myths to live a plant-based lifestyle. Includes 30 easy recipes, to get you started.
How to Go Vegan is a super book by the founders of Veganuary. It covers the reasons (animal welfare, planet, health), how to read labels, how to stock your cupboards, easy replacement, eating out and travel, along with meal plans and simple recipes.
How to Live Vegan is by the BOSH boys, who have several best-selling cookbooks and became the first presenters of a vegan TV show in the UK. As well as helpful info (should you be eating avocados, is it okay to wear an old leather belt and what do you do if offered a glass of non-vegan wine?), obviously there are recipes too!
How to Be Vegan & Keep Your Friends covers going out to dinner, staying in friends, knowing what to cook and having to socialise in a world of carnivores. You can go about your life without compromises, excuses or apologies, armed with 50 beginner recipes.
Awakenings: A Guide to Living a Vegan Lifestyle is a beautiful guide to everything from the food that you eat to the shoes on your feet, to the clothes in your wardrobe and the contents of your make-up bag. Whether vegan for moral, ethical or environmental reasons, Lucy demystifies how to live a holistic vegan life with simple tips and beautiful images, perfect for anyone looking to reduce their environmental impact, and make ethical choices that don’t impact on animals.
Lucy Watson is a former reality TV star from the series Made in Chelsea, who is the writer of two best-selling vegan cookbooks and a creator of her own vegan jewellery brand.
Teens are the future, so these books offer recipe books for the next generation. Learning to cook as a teen also sets them up for independence from fast food joints and ready-meals for life.
Vegan Cookbook for Teens offers an introduction to plant-based eating, with a breakdown of key nutrients that vegans need to include in their diets. These recipes are designed for teens, yet feature wholefood ingredients that don’t sacrifice flavour. There are also tips to become a better chef with basic cooking techniques, advice for staying safe in the kitchen, and how to fix common mistakes.
- Buffalo Chickpea Wraps
- No-Cheese Quesadillas
- Easy Mac n Cheesy
- Roasted Beet Salad
- Easy Burrito Bowls with Cauliflower Rice
- Sweet Potato Pancakes
- Oven-Roasted Breakfast Potatoes
- Cheeseburger Eggrolls
- Cream Cheese Wontons
Be More Vegan is the young person’s guide to going plant-based. You’ll learn the reasons to go vegan (environmental, animal welfare, health) in clear and simple language, and find answers to questions on nutrition and ethics, plus bang-up-to-date info on the best ingredients, substitutions and food hacks. Plus there are over 50 recipes for every situation, from lunchbox staples to midweek meals, to snacks and cakes and desserts.
Niki’s other book My Vegan Year offers seasonal recipes for young chefs. There are 50 fun simple recipes, plus tips for each season, from party finger food to growing your own veg (see toxic plants to avoid near pets).
Unleash Your Brand of Gorgeousness!
Rebel Beauty for Teens is a lovely book for your vegan teen. In a world immersed in visual media, teen girls are under pressure to achieve unattainable physical perfection. This book is about girls developing a good relationship with themselves, and knowing that kindness and compassion are more important.
This beautifully illustrated book will empower the young women of tomorrow, with the skills and knowledge to shift their inner narrative, develop self-esteen and build confidence in who they are, as opposed to how they look.
Where to Find Support for Teen Vegans
Are you a teen vegan, or someone in the flushes of youth, and up for making a difference? Sometimes it can feel lonely being the sole vegan in a tribe, but no worries, here are some places to offer support and hope and friendship. Even if you don’t live local, you can connect online.
- Vegan Society Teen Hub where you can find easy recipes, join up (for discounts at health stores and online shops), find recipes and read the stories of inspiring young vegans. You can also share tips and have your questions answered in return.
- Brownble (online cooking courses) has a great post on how to be a vegan teen. Also check out the lovely blog Vegan Teen with info on everything from recipes to where to find vegan shoes. And watch this video on how to get your parents to let you go vegan!
- YEA offers a week or more of interactive activities like visits to animal sanctuaries (virtual for now), yoga, cooking, poetry and gardening, plus evening events and hang-out time with new friends.
Young Vegans (UK) is an online store, founded by people just like you. It offers free shipping for orders over £40 and covers all areas of the UK. It stocks all the student favourites like pizza, pie and beer (!) but do look out for items to avoid palm oil, to protect orangutans. A lot of the items are made in their own London kitchen, for unique items you won’t find elsewhere. This wonderful outfit has already started two shops including London Vegan Pizza Shop, has sold food to hundreds of thousands of people at music festivals, been on TV, and created local jobs. Brazilian founder Carla (above) began the company after being depressed, having been fired from a job at a youth hotel. She is now blazing the trail for black-owned female businesses that make a difference.
Be More Vegan is the ultimate guide for young people to follow the plant-based lifestyle. It answers questions on nutrition and ethics, and gives bang-up-to-date info on the best vegan ingredients, substitutions and food hacks.The 50 recipes include:
- Oat Pots
- Pecan Pie Granola
- Sweet Morning Banana Pancakes
- Pesto Pasta Salads
- Creamy Sweet Potato Soup
- Loaded Tofu Fajitas
- Harissa Falafel Burgers
- Hoisin Jackfruit Burritos
- Super Summer Rolls
- Gooey Caramel Choc Pots
- Carrot Cake Mug Cake
- Millionaire’s Shortbread
A Seasonal Guide to Going Vegan
My Vegan Year is filled with helpful advice and inspiration on how to cut down on (or cut out) meat and dairy, as well as the latest nutrition information to ensure young readers have all the important info at their fingertips, free from disinformation and waffle. Starting in spring, this book shows how to make amazing vegan food in every season. There are 50 fun simple recipes and tips like how to grow your own veg (see how to make your garden safe for pets) and party food.
Beautiful Books for Young Vegans
These beautiful books for young vegans are not about nutrition or food, more about living the vegan lifestyle (no preachiness and ideal for little vegans who perhaps are asked to justify their lifestyle to friends and other families).
The Vegan Alphabet Book joins Tofu & Tempeh to learn the alphabet, vegan style! The book includes a bonus audiobook download, read by the author Esther, who is founder of In Vegans We Trust (a protected online community for vegan individuals and businesses).
We All Love is a book for little compassionate vegans. It explores the earliest stages of empathy and where we learn to recognise the things we have in common. By finding our similiarites, we can begin to have conversations on how to live a compassionate life.
I Am Not Food! is a simple yet powerful illustrated children’s board book, written poetically from the perspective of various animals – who explain why they are not food. Author Abioseh Cole is a poet, animal welfare activist, teacher and hip-hop artist who has won numerous poetry slams and taught poetry workshops.
V is for Vegan: The ABCs of Being Kind is a guide to a compassionate lifestyle, presenting the basics of animal welfare and the vegan lifestyle in an easy-to-understand and teachable format. Through memorable rhymes and charming illustrations, Ruby introduces children to the major food groups, and broader concepts of animal welfare and the planet. Combining laughter and learning, this book will boost the confidence of vegan children about to enter school, and help adults explain their ethical worldview, in a way that young children will understand. Ruby Roth used to be a kindergarten teacher, and began writing and illustrating books, after so many children would ask about her vegan lifestyle.