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Plant Based Diet Books 2022: 7 Top Picks from Registered Dietitians

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Are you ready to start a plant based diet, but want to read more about it?

Then check out our post!

You will discover 7 book picks from the nutrition experts: Registered Dietitians!

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What is a Plant Based Diet?

Simply this: a focus on plants at your meals!

Examples of whole foods on this diet include minimally processed vegetables, fruits, legumes, grains, nuts, and seeds.

Following a appropriately planned vegetarian diet (including a vegan diet) with appropriate supplementation may provide certain health benefits. Learn more via “Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Vegetarian Diets” paper here.

But the benefits don’t stop there! In general, a healthy plant based diet may reduce your carbon footprint and the suffering of animals.

Now that we know what a plant based diet is, lets talk about books!

Plant Based Diet Books: The List

Keep in mind that many diet books out there may not be written by doctors or dietitians – or, they might contain cherry picked information.

With that in mind, lets take a look at some Registered Dietitian (nutrition experts) suggestions!

For Those Wanting to Learn About Plant Based Nutrition

Vegan For Life (affiliate link*) – By Jack Norris, RD and Ginny Messina, MPH, RD

“As a vegan registered dietitian, my number one book recommendation is Vegan for Life by vegan RDs Jack Norris and Ginny Messina. I recommend it because it’s evidence-based, to-the-point and practical.

Rather than using sensational health or weight loss claims to convince people to eat vegan, this book provides the straightforward nutrition information vegans need.”
Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN.

Grab the book here (affiliate link*):

Learning About a Plant Based Lifestyle

Eating Animals (affiliate link*)- By Jonathan Safran Foer

“Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer is part animal agriculture industrial complex exposé and part personal deep dive into the morals of eating animals.

The author explores his own complicated history of eating meat and toying with vegetarianism, which forces the reader to question their own principles.

One of my favorite parts of the book is exploring why we cringe at eating some animals we consider friends, but are fine with the large scale slaughter of others for food.

I read this book when I was beginning my own transition to a plant-based diet and I highly recommend it to others who are vegan curious.”
– Kristina Todini, RDN, author at forkintheroad.co, a sustainable food and green living blog.

Grab a copy here (affiliate link*):

Plant Based Diets For Kids

Nourish: The Definitive Plant-Based Nutrition Guide For Families (affiliate link*) – By Reshma Shah, MD, MPH and Brenda Davis, RD

This book is a great resource for parents with plant based children!

It dives into nutrients parents should pay attention to (along with helpful charts), from conception through childhood, and even discusses pregnancy and lactation!

And yes, the book touches on supplements for kids following a plant based eating pattern (as always, talk to your doctor about any major dietary changes or supplements)!

As an added bonus recipes are also included.

I have a plant based daughter, and found this book very helpful!
-Christine Milmine, RDN and owner of Plant Powered You LLC

Link to the book (affiliate link*):

Plant Based Cook Books

Making plant based recipes is a key component to a vegan meal plan!

Discover delicious recipes below (and be aware that there are many free ones online as well)!

1. Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking (affiliate link*) – By: Dana Shultz

If you are looking for a book that helps you save time in the time and effort in the kitchen, check this one out!

This entirely vegan cookbook is unique because:

  • Recipes only require 30 minutes or less to prepare
  • Use only 1 bowl or pot
  • Have 10 or less ingredients
  • Nutrient info on all recipes

“I love all of Minimalist Baker recipes. I find all of her recipes to be easy to follow, straight forward, and taste delicious.”
Elise Harlow, MS, RDN from The Flourished Table.

Link to the Cookbook (affiliate link*):

2. Vegan Without Borders (affiliate link*)- By Robin Robertson

Could this be the most inclusive vegan cookbook yet? This cookbook, written by a previous restaurant chef, features recipes from 20 different countries, and 5 different continents!

If you are vegan looking to expand your culinary skills with diverse cuisines, you’ll want to check this one out.

“I like Robin Robertson’s Vegan Without Borders for authentic recipes from many cuisines.”
Melissa Altman-Traub MS, RDN, LDN

Grab a copy here (affiliate link*):

3. Green Kitchen at Home (affiliate link*) – By David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl

Perhaps you are a vegetarian, or want to transition from a vegetarian to a vegan diet. This book, written by best selling authors contains both!

This cookbook contains stunning photos, with tips on how to make many of the included recipes vegan.

“I enjoy Green Kitchen at Home: Quick and Healthy Vegetarian Food for Every Day, which includes vegan recipes that are easy to prepare. Love the tasty and colorful recipes in this book.”
Jinan Banna, PhD, RD.

Link to the book (affiliate link*):

Helpful Books Geared Toward Registered Dietitians

The Dietitians Guide To Vegetarian Diets (affiliate link*) – By: Reed Mangels, Virginia Messina, and Mark Messina

“I love this book! It answers all of the questions about vegetarian nutrition that a dietitian could have.”
-Ashley Krautkramer, RD, CSOWM, CD, CDCES from the Vegan Bariatric Dietitian

Get the book here (affiliate link*):

What did you think about this list?
Would you like us to review other books in the plant based space, such as the documentary Forks Over Knives, China Study (by Colin Campbell ) and the many books written by Michael Greger?
What are some of your favorite whole food recipes?
Lets us know in the comments below!

And While your here, why not explore our blog? We discuss topics like Intuitive Eating and Veganism as well as Whole Food Plant Based Snack Ideas.
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