Cookbook Authors  I have found my public library to be a fantastic resource to try out vegan cookbooks. When I decide I love a particular book or author, then I buy the book knowing I love the recipes. Here’s a sampling: Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Dana Shultz (great for gluten-free vegans), Collen Patrick-Goudreau, Chloe Coscarelli, Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin.

Books  (or, Vegan 101 Required Reading List) Becoming Vegan by Davis and Melina, Eat Like You Care by Gary L. Francione and Anna Charlton, Mind if I order the Cheeseburger? By Sherry F. Colb, Whole by T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin. So many more …

On the Web  You may be familiar with the big ones like Peta but you may not have discovered a few of these gems:,,,,,

Podcasts  Bearded Vegans, Main Street Vegan, Easy Vegan with JL Fields, Food For Thought

Documentaries Some of these may appeal to you, some not.  You decide! Peaceable Kingdom, Cowspiracy, What the Health, Food, Inc. Vegucated, Forks over Knives, If a Tree Falls, Earthlings, Speciesism, The End of Meat

Products Oatly (my new favorite milk), Gardein frozen foods for meaty goodness, Tofurkey for sandwich making, Field Roast for sausages and cheese, Follow your Heart for mayo, sour cream, vegan eggs and more. This list could take over this page so I’ll leave it at that for now but explore your local market with an open mind.

Dining Out Vegans can easily eat out anywhere! There are many misconceptions about being vegan but one of the biggest is that it’s unbearably limiting.  Beyond an initial learning curve lies a vast world of exciting flavors made even better because they don’t force you to shut down your own sense of compassion for other beings that also wish to enjoy a violence-free life. is a website and app and a great place to search more specifically for vegan offerings in your area.  However, even in a meat-centric establishment, there are ways to kindly and non-obnoxiously ask if something is or can be made vegan with a simple substitution or omission of an ingredient or two. Politeness goes a long way here. Use my “thank you” cards if you wish.

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