The Best Resources for Vegans

We’ve selected some of the most useful resources for vegans and aspiring vegans alike. Including: the best books on animal ethics, the best plant-based cookbooks, the best documentaries and the best vegan podcasts.


Animal Liberation

by Peter Singer

Singer’s seminal work is considered the bible of the animal rights movement by many.

Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows

by Melanie Joy PhD

Melanie Joy breaks down speciesism and debunks the myth that carnism is normal, natural and necessary.

Eating Animals

by Jonathan Safran Foer

An up close and personal account of Foer’s journey from omnivore to committed vegetarian.

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Books on nutrition

How Not To Die

by Michael Greger MD

Michael Greger examines the leading causes of death and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can help prevent them.

The China Study

by T Colin Campbell PhD & Thomas M Campbell MD

The China Study is the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and disease.

Recipe books

Isa Does It

by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Recipes, tips, and strategies for easy, delicious vegan meals every day of the week, from America’s bestselling vegan cookbook author.

Deliciously Ella

by Ella Woodward

Incredibly healthy and delicious plant-based and gluten-free recipes from the unstoppable Ella.

Vegan 100

by Gaz Oakley

Tempted to try your hand at vegan food but don’t know where to start? Gaz Oakley has you covered with 100 incredible recipes.

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Vegan guides

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Mini fact sheet: Vitamin B12

Mini factsheet: Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 helps make red blood cells and keeps our nervous system healthy. If you lack vitamin B12 you could suffer from vitamin B12 anaemia – your red blood cells aren’t able to carry oxygen around your body properly.


Mini factsheet: Chicken and red meat

Chicken has become the most popular choice in the UK, the so-called healthy option – but is it?

Mini fact sheet Soya

Mini factsheet: Soya

No other plant divides opinions like soya – some consider it healthy and versatile, others say it is harmful and should be avoided. What are the facts?

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News Sites

Plant Based News

Plant Based News is a mission led, multi-award-winning resource creating awareness about ethical consumerism, sustainability and the plant-based lifestyle.


The ultimate source for all things vegan including business news, recipes, fashion, interviews and more.

Sentient Media

Sentient Media is a nonprofit journalism organization that seeks to create transparency around the role of animals in our daily lives—from food to companionship to laboratory test subjects.

Documentaries: focus on animals

Hogwood: A Modern Horror Story

You are invited to follow our intrepid group of undercover investigators as they expose shocking atrocities inside Hogwood farm. The conspiracy unfolds as we fight against some of the most powerful players in the animal agriculture industry. This is a gripping tale of negligence, greed and inaction, and our unrelenting fight to help the pigs trapped in Hogwood farm.

The Ghosts in Our Machine

Award-winning, must-see documentary that illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world. Through the heart and photographic lens of animal rights photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur, audiences become intimately familiar with a cast of non-human animals.


Regarded as one of the most powerful animal rights films ever made, Earthlings documents humanity’s use of animals as pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and for scientific research.


Simon Amstell’s mockumentary imagines a vegan future where a former meat-eating society is dealing with its collective guilt. Funny, witty and thought-provoking, definitely a great film to share with others.


Blackfish tells the heart-breaking story of Tilikum, an orca held captive at Seaworld, and addresses the issue of keeping wild animals imprisoned in captivity.

The Animal People

Produced by Joaquin Phoenix, The Animal People documents a group of activists known as Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) as they battle to take down one of the world’s largest animal testing corporations.

Documentaries: focus on environment


Touted as the film environmental organizations don’t want you to see, Cowspiracy reveals the dark secrets of animal agriculture.


Follow Ali Tabrizi as he embarks on a journey to discover the impact humans are having on the sea and what can be done about it.

Documentaries: focus on health

The Game Changers

Think you need to eat meat to be a high-performance athlete? Think again. James Wilks travels the world on a quest for the truth about meat, protein, and strength, calling on a number of hugely successful vegan sportspeople along the way.

What the Health

From the makers of Cowspiracy, What the Health exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick.

Forks Over Knives

A film that has made many people go vegan. Researchers explore the possibility that people changing their diets from animal-based to plant-based can help eliminate or control diseases like cancer and diabetes.

Films with a vegan message


After Babe steals your heart, you’ll never want to eat meat again. In fact, the film convinced its star, James Cromwell, to go vegan.

Chicken Run

Join Rocky, a rooster, and Ginger, a chicken, as they plan their escape from a chicken farm after learning that the farmer is plotting to have them killed.

Fantastic Mr Fox

This awesome animation tells the story of Mr Fox’s battle with his human neighbours who view him and his family and friends as pests.


A gentle giant and the girl who raised her are caught in the crossfire between animal activism, corporate greed and scientific ethics.

Speeches and talks

Juliet Gellatley: Hogwood Talk at Vegan Campout 2019

Juliet Gellatley: Facing Up To What Our Diet Means for All Life

Melanie Joy PhD: Towards Rational, Authentic Food Choices

Ed Winters: Every Argument Against Veganism

Philip Wollen: Animals Should Be Off the Menu

Joaquin Phoenix: Oscar Speech 2020

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YouTubers to follow

Viva logo


Viva! is a vegan non-profit organization which campaigns to end animal suffering, improve our health, protect the environment and bring fairness to the world’s poor by helping people stop eating animals and animal products.

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The Cranky Vegan

Rethinking the strategies & tactics of the grassroots animal rights movement.

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Earthling Ed

Ed Winters is a vegan educator, public speaker and content creator, widely known for his viral debates, speeches, and video essays.

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Pick Up Limes

Welcome foodies, minimalists, travellers and all beautiful souls. Get inspired or find a calm and relaxing space with the collection of videos that help to nourish the cells and the soul.

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NUTRITIONFACTS.ORG is a strictly non-commercial, science-based public service provided by Dr. Michael Greger, bringing you free updates on the latest in nutrition research via bite-sized videos

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YouTube foodies

Rachel Ama

Join Rachel Ama’s journey #LivingThatVeganLife as she curates a growing insider’s guide cherry-picking the best-loved natural beauty products, tips & tricks whilst sharing her amazing vegan recipes and food reviews!

Cheap Lazy Vegan

How to live a cheap lazy vegan lifestyle!!! Join me, whether you are a vegan, a vegan enthusiast, a vegetarian, a non-vegan interested in a more sustainable and ethical lifestyle…. whoever you may be 🙂

Avant-Garde Vegan

I worked as a professional chef for a number of years before going vegan 5 years ago. Using my culinary knowledge I will be bringing you unique & exciting vegan recipes every Sunday.


The Viva! Podcast

Together, co-hosts Helen and Faye have got you covered with the latest vegan news, the best celebrity and thought-leader interviews, expert vegan advice and more than a few laughs as well.

Our Hen House

Our Hen House is a central clearinghouse for all kinds of ideas on how you can make change for animals. Featuring interviews with a wide range of inspirational vegans inclusing Viva!’s own Juliet Gellatley.

The Bearded Vegans

Join the friendly duo of Paul and Andy every week for a discussion about all things vegan including news, reviews, interviews and issues within the vegan community.

The Chickpeeps

Join us as we explore and discuss the dilemmas faced by vegans in our quest to be more compassionate towards animals.

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