Robert D. Shepherd
Slaughterhouse by Gail Eiznitz.
Windy Lynn Brown
The China Study…the most comprehensive study ever conducted on nutrition.
Victoria V Fiore
The China Study
If I didn’t know better, I’d recommend The Face On Your Plate”by Jeffrey Moussaief Masson; I like his engaging tone. But I’ve heard more people cite Skinny Bitch as the book them made then go vegan than anything else, so I have to go with the odds, at least from my limited experience. Granted, different books appeal to different people. In real life, I would take a much more individualized approach.
A lot of vegans will disagree with me, but Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. It has been criticized as a soft sell and because he even praises the efforts of small more “humane” family farms. But he makes you think and really consider your choices. His book is an honest, brutal look at factory farms. But much of the reading is relatively easy, unlike harder hitting books that make you cringe the whole way through. I picked my copy up at the airport on the way to a Hawaiian vacation. In retrospect that was not the best vacation reading as I found much of it very upsetting. Towards the end of the book he includes an interview with a slaughterhouse worker that tells the story of killing a pig. He decided to torture it first and cut off it’s snout with his knife. The pig went wild, screaming & running around the killing floor. After a few minutes the stunned beast stopped, so the man grabbed a handful of brine and rubbed it into the wound and then jammed a fistful into the pig’s rectum. I sobbed when I read this, can’t write about it without tears. It breaks my heart that people can be so cruel. If that doesn’t make you reconsider your food choices then I don’t know what will.
Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Dreaded Comparison by Marjorie Spiegel.
It depends on the person. The Sexual Politics of Meat by Carol J. Adams did it for me, but (unfortumately) I don’t think the feminist angle is a good hook for a lot of people.
I guess it depends on their personality/what drives them, but Slaughterhouse by Gail Eisnitz did it for me!
Ann Marie Simard
That would definitely be The World Peace Diet: Eating for spiritual health and social harmony by Will Tuttle.
Mad Cowboy by Howard Lyman. (the ex cattle rancher who was the guy who educated Oprah on the issues and eventually landed her in court fighting against the cattle industry in TX.)
I vote for Eating Animals as well. It made me go vegan after being vegetarian for 8 years. 🙂
Eating Animals. Looking forward to other comments.
Vegan Freak by Torres & Torres.
Eating Animals because it’s objective, it examines the subject from every angle, it’s intelligent yet doesn’t blind you with science, it’s full of facts still not too gruesome…. Very good book.
Erin Noel Grennan
Without question, Eating Animals. Changed everything for me.
Maura Manfredi Philipps
I would say The World Peace Diet, although it is very hard for some to get through. That being said I would say Skinny Bitch.
It would also depend on who I was talking with. If they are for health reasons then I would recommend The China Study. Skinny Bitch, though I never read it, I have heard many people say that is what made them think about what they were eating. I also liked that Eating Animals gets to you when you are a parent because that is why he said he wrote his book and looked deeper into why he was eating what he was eating.
Gary Francione’s Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog?
Jessica Eli Sharpe
Thrive by Brendan Brazier- talks about how optimal a vegan diet is for athletes.
It’s not a book, but I recommend the YouTube video by Gary Yourofsky called ‘The Best Speech You Will Ever Hear.’ It covers the whole spectrum of being vegan in a powerfully compelling hour-long presentation. I’ve made positive steps with a few people, by saying if I had one wish for my friends and family, it would be to have them see this video. Then they watch it because they know it means that much to me.
Skinny Bitch…really good book, funny and explains why to go vegan and gives food suggestions.
Shane Michael G
It depends greatly on the non-vegan. You have to assess the person carefully and choose wisely. I always seem to get stuck with the people who have no empathy for other species, and then I break out the health info, mostly Jane Plant, The China Study, and Esselstyn, or if the person is fitness-conscious, maybe Brendan Brazier or Robert Cheeke, maybe also mentioning peeps like Mac Danzig, Mike Mahler, and Rob Bigwood while I’m at it. But if the person has a soul, a video or book on the torture that is the life of a farm animal is likely to be most effective, coupled with a starter kit or something brief explaining that it’s easy to go veg.
Skinny Bitch started me on my vegan path.
Food Revolution by John Robbins. It’s an easy read and covers all bases. John Robbins is good for beginners, I think. (His earlier books, Diet for a New America or Food Revolution. Not the later ones where he seems to be okay with happy meat.)
Earthlings documentary and Eating Animals. Got me over the line.
It would depend on the person. I’ve had a lot of athletes recently telling me that they need more protein, so I recommend Thrive by Brendan Brazier and/or Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn Jr. ut then the other day, I had someone who’s been a Vegan but isn’t feeling healthy. She wasn’t following any particular plan, so I recommended Vegan Cooking for One: Over 150 simple and appetizing meals by Leah Leneman because it has weekly shopping lists, and a whole plan for her.
Gwendolyn Ⓥ Mathers
Personally found Face On Your Plate the most compelling and covered more aspects than just factory farming. It also included Fish, which is so often forgotten.
I would go with Becoming Vegan by Brenda Davis & Vesanto Melina. I know a few people who are interested in veganism, but just think it would be too hard. Too hard to get the necessary nutrients, too hard to go out to eat, etc. I think this book does a fantastic job of explaining what you need, how much you need, how to get it and why you’ll be healthier as a vegan. It’s detailed and comprehensive, yet still accessible. It’s definitely the one I’d recommend!
I’d give them a copy of Vegan With a Vengeance and offer to pop by later on to make some of the recipes together.
Diet for a New America by John Robbins.
Joan Ozelis Calpin
Slaughterhouse by Gail Eisnitz
If it’s a girl, Skinny Bitch. A great first time read for brand new peeps. Send them to Colleen Patrick Goudreau podcasts asap. The China Study if they want to really know about nutrition.
The World Peace Diet by Will Tuttle
I like Vegan Freak: Being Vegan In A Non-Vegan World by Bob Torres. It includes some good points about why we shouldn’t eat or use animals. Also, the authors give some good tips on how to handle challenging conversations with others and how to eat out on a vegan diet.
Why We Love Dogs Wat Pigs and Wear Cows by Dr. Melanie Joy.
Slaughterhouse by Gail Eisnitz.
Slaughterhouse. Shows how the industry affects the individuals who work in the factory farms
The World Peace Diet, not only because it converted me, but also because it is inspirational. More than educating, it is empowering.
Steven Todd Smith
Skinny Bitch/Bastard (by Rory Freedman & Kim Bardouin) worked on me, and it’s worked on a few non-vegan friends whom I’ve given the book, too. It can put some people off though because of the style of writing – as long as the person can take a little criticism and laugh off getting their ass kicked and taking the truth in a nice sucker punch, then definitely this. I think for the thinkers out there, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows (by Melanie Joy) is a great one. If they don’t necessarily connect fully with the health or animal cruelty aspects in whole, but need an intellectual, common sense approach (philosophical, in a way), then this book is an excellent read. The China Study is great for the scientific, statistical mind, but too heavy for most people – John Robbins’ The Food Revolution, or even Diet for a New America, are thicker reads but much less dense than Campbell’s China Study. They appeal to the emotional, health, political, and compassion platforms for a well-rounded read. Eating Animals (by Jonathan Safran Foer)- I really think it creates a great conversation, and, for any downfalls it might have, it’s a great mainstream, easy read to learn about the horrors of the factory farming system and get the mind thinking about the ethical ramifications of eating meat. (All supplemented by Vegan in 30 Days [by Sarah Taylor], and, hopefully you’ll have a critically thinking, educated and informed non-vegan friend who’s looking to shed the non-!)