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5 Must-Read Plant-Based Diet Books

Megan Huylo
January 17th, 2013

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Living in New York City, I like to have a book with me at all times. You just never know when you’re going to get stuck underground on the subway and all of a sudden have some serious time to kill. Over the years, I’ve rapidly burned through a lot of titles this way, most of which – surprise, surprise – are dedicated to plant-based diets. Below are my top 5 must-read plant-based diet books that I recommend to anyone interested in learning more about the subject.

5. Yoga and Vegetarianism

Written by Sharon Gannon, co-founder of the esteemed Jivamukti Yoga School, Yoga and Vegetarianism delves into the spiritual practice of yoga and how vegetarianism fits into the equation. A must read for any yoga practitioner looking to deepen his or her spiritual practice. Buy >>

4. Forks Over Knives

Yes, there’s also a documentary, but I happened to really enjoy reading the book. Edited by Gene Stone with forewords by Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, the book explores the health benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet and how making the switch could very well save our lives. Buy >>

3. Food Revolution

Food Revolution is written from the very unique perspective of John Robbins. Robbins, as in Baskin-Robbins, walked away from the family business and what could have been a life of luxury, all in the name of health and the environment. His story is inspiring and a must-read. Buy >>

2. Eating Animals

Jonathan Safran Foer’s first-hand account of his struggle with vegetarianism will make you both laugh and cry. It’s an entertaining read written in a fashion that everyone can relate to. Buy >>

1. The China Study

The research discussed in this plant-based diet book by Dr. T. Colin Campbell will blow your mind. That’s all I’m going to say. Buy >>

What are YOUR favorite books for healthy eating?

Megan Huylo
Wellness Buff and Yogi
Megan has always been consumed with thoughts of food, but it wasn't until she was diagnosed with cancer as a kid that she began to think about the connection between food and health. She's currently in culinary school pursuing her love of everything edible and focusing on healthy, whole foods cuisine. Stop by her food and lifestyle blog at Have questions? Comment here or email Megan. Megan is the author of the Beyond the Yoga Mat blog on
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