This is by no means an exhaustive list, but I’ve found all of the resources below to be extremely helpful in my own vegan journey. I will update this list over time as I find new things to share with y’all!

Books – General 

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism by Melanie Joy

Animal Liberation by Peter Singer

Books – Health

Vegan for Life by Jack Noriss and Virgina Messina

How to Not Die by Michael Greger MD and Gene Stone

The China Study by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell

Cookbooks

The Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Vegan with a Vengeance by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Teff Love by Kittee Berns

Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine by Bryant Terry

Viva Vegan!: 200 Authentic and Fabulous Recipes for Latin Food Lovers by Terry Hope Romero

Vegan Casseroles: Pasta Bakes, Gratins, Pot Pies, and More by Julie Hasson

The Taco Cleanse: The Tortilla-Based Diet Proven to Change Your Life by Wes Allison, Stephanie Bogdanich, Molly R. Frisinger, and Jessica Morris

Thug Kitchen by Matt Holloway and Michelle Davis

 

Earthlings (You can view this online, so I’ve linked to it. Watch at your own risk. I could only get through about 30 minutes, and I cried the whole time. This documentary is what convinced me to officially take the plunge into veganism, and it is worth exploring, but it is very graphic).

Blackfish (Available on Netflix)

More Than Honey (Available on Netflix)

The Ghosts in Our Machine (Available on Netflix)

Cowspiracy (Available on Netflix)

Forks Over Knives (Available on Amazon)

Breakfast

Appetizers

Sides

Entrées – Quick & Easy

These recipes have simple instructions and can be prepared in under an hour. These are my go-tos when I’m craving a relaxed evening after a busy day at work.

Entrées – Medium Difficulty

These recipes are  little more involved than the ones above, but are still relatively straight forward. These usually take anywhere from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours to make, usually because of bake times. A few require you to soak cashews for 8 hours in advance, but if you forget to do that (which I always do), you can always just boil them for 15 minutes to achieve the same results.

Entrées – More Involved & Elaborate

These recipes take some time, have several moving parts, and use unique ingredients. For the recipes with seitan, you can either make your own seitan at home, or you can buy it. Whole Foods and other health food stores have it with the other meat substitutes, and sometimes you can find it at regular grocery stores near the tofu. Seitan is inexpensive to make, but it can be time consuming and a little tricky to pull off. A vegan right of passage is to prepare it incorrectly, resulting in a brain-like texture. We’ve all been there, so don’t feel bad if you mess it up. If you want to experiment, Isa Chandra has really good, versatile seitan recipe. You can find it here.