How to Go Vegan
If you are new to the vegan lifestyle and would like to learn how to go vegan and the benefits of making the change, here are the top educational resources I recommend:
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking environmental documentary that uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today.
Forks over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.
What the Health is the groundbreaking follow-up film from the creators of the award-winning documentary Cowspiracy. It uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases – and investigates why the nation’s leading health organizations don’t want us to know about it.
Earthlings is a documentary film about humankind's total dependence on animals for economic purposes. Presented in five chapters (pets, food, clothing, entertainment and scientific research), the film is narrated by Joaquin Phoenix and features music by Moby.
Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer is a very thorough book examining animal agribusiness that reveals the ethical implications of factory farming.
The World Peace Diet by Will Tuttle presents the outlines of a more empowering understanding of our world, based on the comprehending the far-reaching implications of our food choices.
Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows by Melanie Joy offers an absorbing look at why and how humans can so wholeheartedly devote ourselves to certain animals and then allow others to suffer needlessly, especially those slaughtered for our consumption.
The 30-Day Vegan Challenge by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau holds your hand every step of the way as you try out the vegan lifestyle for 30 days, giving you the tools, resources, and recipes you need to make the vegan transition.
The Plant-Based Journey by Lani Muelrath offers a positive, non-judgmental approach and provides the support you need to make your transition into eating plant-based a fun and (ful)filling experience.
Isa Does It by Isa Chandra Moskowitz is my go-to recipe book. It includes recipes, tips, and strategies for easy, delicious vegan meals every day of the week, from America's bestselling vegan cookbook author.
Food for Thought has been running for more than 10 years. This podcast by Colleen Patrick Goudreau covers all aspects of living healthfully and compassionately.
Main Street Vegan is hosted by Victoria Moran, who interviews vegans from all walks of life who are doing exciting things to grow the vegan movement.
The Bearded Vegans moves beyond the basic Vegan 101 and creates more nuanced discussions for the seasoned vegan.
Vegan Warrior Princesses Attack is a podcast with in-depth, unapologetic discussions of vegan issues and other intersectional social justice issues by two modern day vegan warrior princesses, Callie and Nichole.
The Brownble Podcast teaches you how to cook the foods you love, vegan style, gives you tons of inspiration for your daily meals, supports on your vegan journey, and helps you make peace with food and improve your relationship with it.
ModVegan posts videos discussing animal rights, minimalism, sustainability, futurism and technology. The channel was born out of a desire to redesign vegan living for a new era and explore how veganism can move forward.
Bite Size Vegan is veganism simplified. The host, Emily, delivers vegan education in the form of “vegan nugget” videos with loads of information distilled down to fast, power-packed bites.
A Privileged Vegan is hosted by Marine, who makes videos about pro-intersectional justice, always making sure that humans and other animals are a part of that conversation.
The Lost Lemurian is a channel by Karyn Jane, who makes videos about veganism, spirituality, travel, environmentalism, and a zero waste lifestyle. She aims to help the world become a kinder place, and her motto is, "Just be kind; it's not hard".
Brownble also has a YouTube channel in addition to their podcast, blog and membership program. On the channel, you’ll find Vegan cooking and lifestyle tips, vegan recipes and all the support you need on your plant-based journey.
Plant Based Bride is a channel hosted by Elizabeth Turnbull, a young Canadian woman who makes videos about veganism, minimalism, and vegan and cruelty-free beauty.
Wondering if a vegan diet would improve your health? HealthLabs.com offers a "Should I Be Vegan?" panel that tests for common animal-derived food allergies.
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Mention that you heard about them from The Nomadic Vegan when you call, and you'll get 25% off whichever test you choose.
Wondering where to find a particular vegan food, clothing item or nutritional supplement? The websites below are great resources that will help you find what you are looking for online.
How to Travel as a Vegan
BOOKS BY WENDY WERNETH
I wrote these books because, when I became vegan and started looking for information about vegan travel, I couldn't find any resources like this anywhere. My favorite childhood author once said, "If you don't see the book you want on the shelf, write it". So I did.
Find out how to travel anywhere and get the most out of your travels as a vegan and enjoy some delicious vegan meals along the way. Download for free here.
More Vegan Travel Resources
The Vegan Passport. This handy smartphone app includes a full explanation in 79 languages of what vegans do and do not eat. It's also available as a paperback phrasebook that can be ordered from the Vegan Society website.
HappyCow App. Search for vegan, vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants in your destination with this very useful app (or on the HappyCow website). You can use the app to research your destination in advance using the "Trip" feature, or just see the options nearest you once you arrive. You can also contribute to the directory by adding new restaurants you discover or reviewing the ones already listed.
SafetyWing is the world's first travel medical insurance for digital nomads made by digital nomads. Choose your start date, and it automatically extends until you cancel, unless you choose an end date. There is no cap on the duration of a trip. Worldwide travel medical coverage at just $37 per 4 weeks is a great deal.
Vegan Xpress App lists all the vegan items available at many American chain restaurants and fast food outlets. If you’re traveling in the United States, it’s very helpful. In addition to the menu guide, there’s also a food guide that lists accidentally vegan candies, cookies and other snack foods available in grocery stores, convenience stores, gas stations, etc.
Green Earth Travel. This travel agency run by longtime vegan and seasoned world traveler Donna Zeigfinger focuses on vegan, vegetarian and eco-travel. The agency specializes in organizing individualized excursions, including volunteer vacation packages and adventure travel trips that leave a light footprint on the earth.
Veg Jaunts and Journeys organizes activity-packed, reasonably-priced vegan group tours to destinations in the United States and Europe. Some of the tours are timed to coincide with vegan festivals, such as Vegan Summerfest in Berlin. In 2018, I will be personally leading their tours to Italy and Portugal.
Vegan Travel Club offers vegan tours to destinations that include southern Italy, New York City, and Peru. The tours are accompanied by well-known vegan chefs, bloggers, and activists, such as Matt Frazier of No Meat Athlete and Julieanna Hever, aka the Plant-Based Dietitian.
VegVoyages organizes off-the-beaten-path vegan adventure tours in Asian destinations, including India, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, and Indonesia. Tour participants have the chance to taste unique regional and local home-cooked dishes that are not typically found on restaurant menus.
Vegan Food Tours offers culinary day tours in London, Barcelona and Amsterdam that focus on vegan versions of the authentic cuisine of each city. From rich and creamy Dutch pralines in Amsterdam to a full English breakfast in London to paella in Barcelona, this is the perfect way to show your friends and family that vegan food is much more than carrot sticks and lettuce. Get a 10% discount on any tour by using the promo code GOVEGAN2017.
The Essential Vegan Travel Guide by Caitlin Galer-Unti is a useful book that shows you how to research and locate vegan-friendly (or vegetarian, raw, or gluten-free) fare in any city. Beyond the food, the book offers hints for connecting with local vegans, choosing a place to stay, packing, and traveling (and keeping the peace) with non-vegan companions.
Vegan Trip Planner. Caitlin Galer-Unti, author of The Essential Vegan Travel Guide, also offers a vegan trip planning service where she creates a customized dining itinerary for your trip. Each itinerary contains vegan-friendly eating options that are near your accommodation and the major attractions, as well as activities and vegan events, all laid out on a handy downloadable map.
Epic Animal Quest is a social enterprise run by a world-traveling family that works with animal shelters and sanctuaries around the world to directly help the animals and raise awareness. If you want to know about vegan family travel, they have lots of info to share.
Viva Glam Magazine has a helpful vegan guide to dining out. The tips in the guide apply both when you're dining out in your own home town and when you're traveling.
Veggie Hotels lists vegetarian and vegan hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses in more than 60 countries worldwide. Check their special offers for deals on yoga retreats, vegan cooking courses, and other events.
Vegan Welcome is a side project run by Veggie Hotels that focuses specifically on vegan and vegan-friendly accommodation.
Vegan Travel is a non-profit community-run site where vegans can come together from around the world to share their passion for travel and adventure. Anyone can join the community and ask questions in the forums, review restaurants, and upload blog posts about their own vegan travels.
AirBnB is a community marketplace where people can list, discover and book unique accommodations around the world. There are many benefits to staying in an apartment or other local accommodation rather than a hotel when traveling. One is that you’ll have access to a kitchen, so if you’re tired of eating out at every meal, or just want to save money, you can cook for yourself. If you create an account with this link you will get a $40 credit towards your first stay.
VegVisits is basically a veggie version of AirBnB. The database is much smaller, but the advantage is that you can book accommodation with a vegetarian or vegan host who can offer local insight into the vegan scene, or even just rent out their kitchen for a few hours if you want to prepare your own food. And if you just can’t get going in the morning without a green smoothie, you can even narrow your search according to the kitchen appliances available and search for a place with a blender!
Kindred Spirits is a directory that connects vegans and vegetarians who are interested in house sitting or house swapping. House sitting can be a great way to save on accommodation costs while traveling. In many cases, house sitting duties also involve pet sitting, so this option is best for people who like to be around animals.
Todo Vegano. This bilingual (English and Spanish) website contains a directory of vegan and vegan-friendly places to eat throughout all of Latin America. It also lists events, such as vegan cooking classes.
Country-Specific Vegan Cooking and Travel Resources
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ChinesePod. A language learning podcast and website with lots of great learning tools, including a video course on Chinese pronunciation. Nomadic Vegan readers can even get $50 off an annual premium subscription with the promo code: VEGANPOD.
The Chinese Vegan Kitchen. A cookbook by Donna Klein with more than 225 easy but authentic vegan Chinese recipes you can prepare in your own kitchen.
China Sichuan Food. A recipe blog by Elaine Luo, who grew up in Sichuan and shares recipes from all over China. Vegan recipes are tagged for easy reference.
The China Study. A bestselling book by T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D, that explains in layman's terms the results of the most comprehensive nutrition study ever conducted.
The Hutong. A culture exchange center in Beijing that offers culinary market tours and cooking classes, many of which are vegan-friendly.
Teff Love: Adventures in Vegan Ethiopian Cooking. A cookbook of vegan Ethiopian recipes by Kittee Berns.
Mesob Across America: Ethiopian Food in the U.S.A. A book written by Harry Kloman that takes an in-depth look at the history and culture of food in Ethiopia and also explores how Ethiopian restaurants emerged in the US. Kloman also keeps a blog on Ethiopian food.
Emahoy Hannah's Facebook page. A page run by an Ethiopian nun who lives in a monastery in southern Florida maintains an updated list of the fasting dates each year.
Yasou: A Magical Fusion of Greek & Middle Eastern Vegan Cuisine. A recipe book by Miriam Sorrell, who has Greek, Turkish, and Maltese origins.
Bamboo Vegan. An all-vegan shop in the center of Athens that sells a wide range of vegan cooking ingredients and packaged, ready-to-eat foods, as well as fresh baked goods. They also have an online shop.
Culinary Backstreets. A tour company that offers culinary walks in about a dozen cities around the world. On request, they can offer a completely vegan version of their tour through Istanbul's historic district of Beyoğlu.
Kartepe Farm Animal Sanctuary. An animal sanctuary located about 100 kilometers from Istanbul where visitors and volunteers are welcome. Also in Kartepe is the
Raw Gourmets International Culinary Arts and Hospitality Institute. A cooking school run by Turkey's top raw chef, Mehmet Ak. The Institute teaches classes and workshops and also offers accommodation.
The Turkish Vegan and Vegetarian Association. Their website is only in Turkish, but you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about local vegan events.
Veg Voyages. A vegan tour company that runs a number of different vegan tours to India, ranging in length from 8 to 16 days.
Veggie Hotels. A hotel directory that lists more than 70 hotels, resorts, and other accommodation options in India that serve only vegetarian food in their restaurants. Those that have been recommended as being particularly vegan-friendly include Shreyas Retreat in Bangalore, Erandia Marari Ayurveda Beach Resort in Kerala, and Kairali Ayurvedic Healing Village, also in Kerala.
Holy Cow! Vegan Recipes. A recipe blog by Vaishali, who is of Indian origin and lives in Washington, D.C. The blog includes more than 800 vegan recipes, both Indian and from other cuisines.
Vegan Richa's Indian Kitchen. A recipe book by popular vegan blogger and recipe developer Richa Hingle.
The Indian Vegan Kitchen: More Than 150 Quick and Healthy Homestyle Recipes. A cookbook by renowned nutritionist and cooking instructor Madhu Gadia. The book contains no photos, but lots of recipes.
Vegan Indian Cooking: 140 Simple and Healthy Vegan Recipes. A recipe book by Anupy Singla. This one has fewer recipes than Gadia's but is illustrated with color photographs throughout.
Italy for Veggie Lovers. My upcoming book showcasing vegan Italian food, to be released in 2018. Sign up here to get advance access to the first chapter (coming soon!) and be notified as soon as the book is published.
Vegano Italiano: 150 Vegan Recipes from the Italian Table. A recipe book by Rosalba Gioffré. The Italian version is available now, whereas the English version will be released in August 2017.
Nonna's Italian Kitchen: Delicious Home-Style Vegan Cuisine. A recipe book by vegan cooking expert Bryanna Clark Grogan, who presents regional Italian dishes and also delves into Italy's food history.
Vegan Italiano: Meat-free, Egg-free, Dairy-free Dishes from Sun-Drenched Italy A cookbook by Donna Klein that focuses on whole foods and does not call for any meat or dairy substitutes.
Vegan Travel Club (formerly Vegano Italiano Tours). A vegan tour company that runs tours to southern Italy, accompanied by vegan celebrities such as vegan cheesemaker Miyoko Schinner.
Veg Jaunts and Journeys and I will be collaborating in 2018 to offer you a vegan tour of Italy. I will be leading this tour personally, and together we will visit the charming cities of Roma, Bologna and Lucca and discover the delicious vegan treasures of Italian cuisine.
The Lotus and the Artichoke ¡Mexico!. A cookbook written and illustrated by Justin P. Moore, who combines stories of his own travels in Mexico with recipes that he learned from local cooks or concocted on his own from local ingredients while living in the Mexican seaside town of Lo de Marcos.
Vegan Mexico: Soul-Satisfying Regional Recipes from Tamales to Tostadas. A recipe book by Jason Wyrick that offers a deeper look into the history and traditions of Mexican cooking, along with authentic regional recipes like "Oaxacan Black Beans" and "Sonoran Machaca Burritos".
Vegan Tacos: Authentic and Inspired Recipes for Mexico's Favorite Street Food. Also by Jason Wyrick, this book is devoted exclusively to Mexico's favorite antojito - the taco.
¡Salud! Vegan Mexican Cookbook: 150 Mouthwatering Recipes from Tamales to Churros. A new book by Eddie Garza, who combines innovative cooking techniques with traditional Mexican staples, creating recipes that are both delicious and healthy.
The Taco Cleanse: The Tortilla-Based Diet Proven to Change Your Life. A tongue-in-cheek parody of all the detoxes and cleanses on the market these days. The book contains 75 vegan taco recipes.
Viva Vegan!: 200 Authentic and Fabulous Recipes for Latin Food Lovers. A recipe book by Terry Hope Romero that covers every aspect of Latin cooking across the Americas, including a number of Mexican recipes.
Decolonize Your Diet: Plant-Based Mexican-American Recipes for Health and Healing. A lacto-ovo vegetarian cookbook by Luz Calvo and Catriona Rueda Esquibel, who encourage Mexicans to ditch the fast food and return to their own culture's food roots for both physical health and spiritual fulfillment.
Dora's Table. A recipe blog run by a Mexican woman named Dora who creates vegan Mexican recipes that stay true to traditional and regional Mexican cuisine. Dora has also written an ebook called Vegan Tamales Unwrapped.
One Arab Vegan. A blog run by Nada, who shares plant-based recipes inspired by Middle Eastern flavors and also writes about what it's like to be a vegan in the Arab world.
Chef in Disguise. A blog by Sawsan, who shares authentic Middle Eastern recipes and offers a glimpse into her life as a woman in the Middle East. Sawsan's blog does include non-vegan recipes, but she tags all of her vegan recipes so they are easy to find.
A Lebanese Feast of Vegetables, Pulses, Herbs and Spices. A vegetarian and mostly vegan recipe book by Mona Hamadeh, who grew up in Lebanon and now lives in England.
Vegetarian Dishes from Across the Middle East. A recently reprinted cookbook from 1983 that includes 250 authentic recipes that showcase the vibrant flavors and the healthy variety of plant-based Middle Eastern cooking.
Tel Aviv Vegan Food Tour takes you inside the booming vegan culture of Tel Aviv, Israel and helps you navigate the wide selection of vegan options there.
Marrakech Day Trips. A tour company that offers a number of short day trips to sights in and around Marrakech, as well as longer desert tours lasting for up to four days. They understand veganism and can cater for vegan travelers.
Experience it Tours. A US-based tour company that runs multi-day tours to Morocco and Tunisia and is also very aware of the needs of vegan travelers.
Vegetarian Tagines & Couscous: 60 Delicious Recipes for Moroccan One-Pot Cooking. A vegetarian recipe book by Ghillie Basan that includes many variations on Morocco's two most popular dishes - tajine and couscous. If you substitute the smen with olive oil or another plant-based oil, then most of the recipes are vegan.
Vegetarian Table: North Africa. A beautifully illustrated recipe book by Kitty Morse that includes vegetarian and vegan recipes from all the Maghreb countries, including many from Morocco.
Dinners and Dreams. A blog created by Nisrine Merzouki, a vegetarian Moroccan woman living in the United States. You will find recipes for vegan Moroccan dishes as well as other types of food on her blog.
May Kaidee's Thai Vegetarian and Vegan Cookbook. A recipe book by vegetarian restaurateur and cooking instructor May Kaidee, who owns a chain of vegetarian restaurants in Thailand, Cambodia, and New York City. Cooking classes are also offered at the restaurant locations in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
The Best of Vegetarian Thai Food. A cookbook of vegetarian Thai recipes by Sisamon Kongpan. It includes recipes for snacks, soups, one-plate dishes, salads, and mains.
Eating Thai Food. A blog written by Mark Wiens. While Mark is not vegan or vegetarian, he did complete a one-month vegetarian challenge while living in Bangkok, and during that time he wrote every day about all the different vegetarian dishes he ate there. Those daily blog posts are a great source of info on the types of veggie foods available in Thailand.
Vegan Food Quest. A vegan travel blog that focuses mostly on Southeast Asia and includes vegan destination guides covering Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Koh Kood.
Vegan Vietnam - a great source of information about where to find delicious vegan food in Vietnam, including destination guides to specific towns and cities, as well as more general cultural tips.
Vegan Food Quest - a vegan travel blog that focuses mostly on Southeast Asia and includes vegan destination guides for Ho Chi Minh City, Hội An, Côn Đảo and Nha Trang.
Karma Waters is a vegan restaurant with branches in Hoi An and Danang, and they also run one-day vegan tours that include a homestay on the Cham Islands and an organic vegetable village tour.