Here is a list of some of my favourite resources for whole food plant-based living. This list is constantly evolving as I make new discoveries. If you have any treasures you’d like to share, please comment below!
(For even more, see my guest post on That Mom Blog about Plant-Based eating in Hamilton.)
Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes, by Dreena Burton – A fabulous cookbook full of delicious, family-tested recipes. It also includes a lot of information related to vegan kids (nutritional requirements, school lunches, picky eaters).
Fast & Easy Vegan Cookbook: 100 Mouth-Watering Recipes for Time-Crunched Vegans, by JL Fields – A cookbook for those who want good vegan meals fast. JL Fields is one of my favourite cookbook authors, be sure to check out her other books!
The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Vegan Recipes To Glow From The Inside Out, by Angela Liddon – Beautifully photographed, mouth-watering recipes.
The UnDiet Cookbook: 130 Gluten-Free Recipes for a Healthy and Awesome Life: Plant-Based Meals with Options for Any Diet, by Meghan Telpner – A follow-up to her first book, UnDiet: Eat Your Way to Vibrant Health, these recipes focus on whole foods. Meghan has reversed her intestinal disease through diet and she shares what she eats. All recipes are gluten-free, most are vegan, but she provides options for the others if you want to remove the animal products. Lots of nut-free recipes and options too. My favourite so far is the Zucchini Hummus
Books about Being Plant-Powered
Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition, by Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT and Raymond J. Cronise – Don’t be offended by the title, this is a very accessable, info-packed guide with a good selection of recipes.
Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition: The Complete Reference on Plant-Based Nutrition or Becoming Vegan (Express Edition), by Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina – Written by a registered nurse, this is the go-to guide for all nutritional questions regarding a plant-based diet.
How Not to Die, by Michael Greger, MD – This heavily researched book is by the creator of nutritionfacts.org. The first half of the book focuses on the 15 leading causes of death in the U.S. and details how a plant-based diet can reduce the risk or even reverse these diseases. The second half details 15 foods that should be in everyone’s diet. Fascinating reading and great info to help you back up the health reasons for choosing this way of eating.
Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer – Not for the faint of heart, this book examines in detail humankind’s practice of eating animals. It is worth reading just to learn about fish. You will never look at them the same way again. Reading this book was the pivotal experience for me. I could no longer rationalize eating meat any longer.
Main Street Vegan: Everything You Need to Know to Eat Healthfully and Live Compassionately in the Real World, by Victoria Moran – An easy-to-read guide for the plant-powered newbie. Simple recipes and good info from the lovely Victoria, who has been vegan for 30+ years and is an obesity survivor. She also has a blog and podcasts on her website.
Get Your Questions Answered
NutritionFacts.org – This site is lead by Dr. Michael Greger and run by a team of researchers who comb through studies to provide evidence-based information on a wide variety of health issues. Watch the latest videos (all videos have written transcripts if you prefer to read) or browse by topic. Citations are included if you want to read the research for yourself.
Mic the Vegan – Fast-paced and punchy videos using research to debunk and myth-bust.
Democracy Coffee House – Locke Street, Hamilton– vegan with gluten-free options
Bliss Kitchen – Waterdown – vegan
Lettuce Love Cafe – Burlington – vegan and gluten-free
Veggie Fest Hamilton – Ancaster, yearly in May – Hamilton’s vegetarian, vegan, and raw food festival