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Northwest VEG is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Portland, OR that works to educate and encourage people to make vegan choices for a healthy, sustainable, and compassionate world.


Becoming Vegan: The Complete Guide to Adopting a Healthy, Plant-Based Diet
By Brenda Davis & Vesanto Melina (2000)
Everything you want to know about the nutritional aspects of adopting a vegan diet.

The New Becoming Vegetarian: The Essential Guide to a Health Vegetarian Diet
By Vesanto Melina & Brenda Davis (2003)
All the nutritional aspects of adopting a vegetarian diet.

A Basic Course in Vegetarian & Vegan Nutrition
By George Eisman (2006)
Learn all the basics about veg nutrition, from protein & iron to minerals & fatty acids.

Eat Right, Live Longer
By Dr. Neal Barnard, founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)(1997)
Shows how a vegan diet can contribute to longevity, strength, and vitality.

Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes
By Dr. Neal Barnard (2007)
Diet has a huge impact on diabetes.

The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter’s 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan That Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds
By Rip Esselstyn (2009)
A whole foods diet plan by former athlete-turned firefighter (and son of famed health expert Dr. Caldwell B. Essylsten).

The Thrive Diet: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life
By Brendan Brazier (2008)
A long-term eating plan based on whole foods, especially for the sports-minded.

The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted & the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health
By Dr. T. Colin Campbell & Thomas M. Campbell (2005)
"This exhaustive presentation of the findings from the China Study conclusively demonstrates the link between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer."

Healthy at 100: The Scientifically-Proven Secrets of the World's Healthiest & Longest-Lived Peoples
By John Robbins (2006)
Explores 4 cultures that have healthy, long-lived elders and extrapolates what they're doing that works, and how we can do it, too.


The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life & Our World
by John Robbins (2001)
Robbins has some great info on the connection between what we eat and how it affects our environment.

Livestock's Long Shadow: Environmental Issues and Options
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization 2006. A highly-documented major report by the United Nations on the environmental problems created by the livestock industry.
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Six Arguments for a Greener Diet
by Michael Jacobsen and the staff at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (2006)

Various Eco-Fiction by Ashland Creek Press

Animal Issues

Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals (2010)
Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals & the Nature of Feeling Good (2007)
By Jonathan Balcombe
What do animals feel? What do they think? The author uses scientific evidence and anecdotes to demonstrate how animals experience the world in a variety of ways.

The Ten Trusts: What We Must Do to Care for the Animals We Love
By Jane Goodall and Mark Bekoff (2003 ed.)
Offers "a prescriptive conservation plan designed to protect animals as well as help educate people about the importance of saving both animals and the environment."

When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals
By Jeffrey M. Masson (1996)
Animals do have emotions, and there is plenty of evidence. Masson shares numerous well-documented examples.

An Unnatural Order: Roots of Our Destruction of Nature
By Jim Mason (2005 ed.)
A plea for a total rethinking of our relationship to the animal world.

Animal Liberation
By Peter Singer (2001 ed.)
Singer is often credit with being a major catalyst for the animal rights movement. This book uses farmed animals and animal experimentation to explore animal rights through a utilitarian perspective.

The Case for Animal Rights
by Tom Regan (1983, 1985,2004)
Regan's view is that each of us, including animals, has a life that matters to us, and thus should have the right not to be treated just as the means to someone else's ends.

Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals & the Holocaust
By Charles Patterson (2002 ed.)
"Describes disturbing parallels between how the Nazis treated their victims and how modern society treats animals."

Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals & the Call to Mercy
By Matthew Scully (2003)
Explores a wide spectrum of views on the uses of animals by humans and calls for more humane treatment.

The Dreaded Comparison: Human and Animal Slavery
By Marjorie Spiegel (1997 ed.)
An "in-depth exploration of the similarities between the violence humans have wrought against other humans and our culture's treatment of animals." The Inner World of Farm Animals: Their Amazing Social, Emotional, and Intellectual Capabilities
By Amy Hatkoff (2009)
Combines the latest research with surprising stories about the minds of farm animals.

The Pig Who Sang to the Moon: The Emotional World of Farm Animals
By Jeffrey M. Masson (2004 ed.) "From field and barn, to pen and coop, Masson bears witness to the emotions and intelligence[ed] animals, each unique with distinct qualities."

Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect & Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.S. Meat Industry
By Gail Eisnitz (2006 ed.)
An expose of slaughterhouse conditions and their impact on "workers, animals and consumers."

Meat Market: Animals, Ethics & Money
By Erik Marcus (2005)
"Presents a thorough examination of animal agriculture's cruelties and its far-reaching social costs." Marcus also "evaluates where the [animal protection] movement has gone wrong, and how its shortcomings could best be remedied."

Food and Agriculture

Food Politics: How The Food Industry Influences Nutrition And Health
By Marion Nestle, Nutrition Chair at New York University and award winning author. 2002

Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed The World, and Keep Us Safe
Maria Rodale (2010). In this book Maria Rodale contends that agricultural systems globally must move to organic practices to preserve our rapidly deteriorating topsoil. Farming must revert to practices that avoid chemical inputs that poison all forms of life. Fertile soil, with it's high carbon content, helps absorb carbon dioxide, therefore, reducing the impact of global climate change. Fertile soil retains moisture, significantly reducing increasingly-scarce potable water.

Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice In A Time Of Climate Crisis
Vandana Shiva (2008). Vandana Shiva reveals what connects humanity's most urgent crises: food insecurity, peak oil, and climate change. All three must be addressed together. She argues for a return to sustainable agricultural practices and principles, and a world based on self-organization, community, and environmental justice.

Omnivore's Dilemma (2006)
In Defense of Food (2008)
Michael Pollan
Two very popular books by a journalist and omnivore that point out the troubling changes in our food system.

Appetite For Profit
How The Food Industry Undermines Our Health And How To Fight Back
By Michele Simon, Public Health Attorney. 2006

Food Fight: The Inside Story of the Food Industry, America's Obesity Crisis, and What We Can Do About It
By Kelly Brownell and Katherine Battle Horgen, academics with the Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders. 2003

Food Fight: The Citizen's Guide To A Food And Farm Bill
By Daniel Imhoff, Executive Director of Watershed Media, award winning author and publisher. 2007

Fast Food Nation
Eric Schlosser

Communication and Action

How to Win Friends & Influence People
By Dale Carnegie (1998)
How can you express ideas, assume leadership & arouse enthusiasm among others? How do you win people to your way of thinking & help them change without causing resentment? Use these tips for success in business to be successful in your activism.

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
By Malcolm Gladwell (2002)
Little changes can have big effects, and through the word of "connectors," "mavens" and "salesmen," can help change the world.

Don't Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values & Frame the Debate
By George Lakoff (2004)
A primer on the power of language and framing the debate in American politics. Apply the concepts here to reframing issues for veg activism.

The Animal Activist's Handbook: Maximizing Our Positive Impact in Today's World
By Matt Ball and Bruce Friedrich

Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism
By Mark Hawthorne (2008)
Views on all sides of animal activism.

Closing The Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty
By Mark Winne, former Executive Director of the Hartford Food system in Hartford, Connecticut 2008.

Appetite For Profit: How The Food Industry Undermines Our Health And How To Fight Back
By Michele Simon, Public Health Attorney. 2006.

Strategic Action for Animals: A Handbook on Strategic Movement Building, Organizing, and Activism for Animal Liberation
By Dr. Melanie Joy

Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time
By Paul Rogat Loeb

Meat Market
By Erik Marcus (2005)


How It All Vegan!
By Tanya Barnard and Sarah Kramer (1999)
A fun cookbook that shows how easily vegan fare can be amazing, delicious, and good for your health.

Vegan with a Vengeance: Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes that Rock
By Isa Chandra Moskowitz (2005)
Looking for fun (i.e., not especially healthy) vegan food? Check this out!

The Peaceful Palate: Fine Vegetarian Cuisine
By Jennifer Raymond (1996)
Tons of tasty recipes designed for optimum health, plus sections on protein myths and facts, calcium, cutting the fat, equipping your kitchen, and more.