Want To Know More About the Plant-based Vegan Diet?

Are you vegan, vegetarian, or transitioning to the plant-based diet? If you’re new to this diet and lifestyle, or you want to find for yourself, or refer newbies to the best information and resources, then I have what I believe is the ultimate plant-based resource guide.

Here is a list of my recommended books, recipe books, websites, blogs and podcasts; including a roll-call of world–renowned doctors and researchers who are the leading authorities on the benefits of a plant based diet:

Book List

Dr Neal BarnardDr Neal Barnard – an American physician, author, clinical researcher, and founding president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), an international network of physicians, scientists, and laypeople who promote preventive medicine, conduct clinical research, and promote higher standards in research. As of 2013, he is an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Books by Dr Neal Barnard, M D:

Breaking the Food Seduction

The Cheese-Trap

NEW 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart

Dr Neal Barnard’s Program For Reversing Diabetes

Power Foods for the Brain: An effective 3-step Plan to Protect Your Mind and Strengthen Your Memory

Food for Life: How the New Four Food Groups Can Save Your Life

The Get Healthy Go Vegan Cookbook: 125 Easy and Delicious Recipes to Jump-Start Weight Loss and Help You Feel Great

Foods That Cause You to Lose Weight: The Negative Calorie Effect 

Turn off the Fat Genes

Breaking the Food Seduction

A Physician’s Slimming Guide

The Power of Your Plate


Dr Dean OrnishDr Dean Ornish – is a physician and president and founder of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California, as well as Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

Books by Dr Dean Ornish, M D:

The Spectrum – A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better, Live Longer, Lose Weight, and Gain Health

Eat More, Weigh Less

Dr Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease

Everyday Cooking with Dr Dean Ornish


Dr Joel FuhrmanDr Joel Fuhrman – is a NY Times best-selling author and nutritional researcher who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. He is an internationally recognized expert on nutrition and natural healing, and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows including the Dr. Oz show, the Today Show, Good Morning America, and Live with Kelly.

Books by Dr Joel Fuhrman, M D:

The End of Heart Disease: The Eat to Live Plan to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease

Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Revised Edition

Eat to Live Cookbook: 200 Delicious Nutrient-Rich Recipes for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Reversing Disease, and Lifelong Health

The End of Dieting: How to Live for Life

The End of Diabetes: The Eat to Live Plan to Prevent and Reverse Diabetes

Eat for Health

Fasting and Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor’s Program for Conquering Disease

Super Immunity


Dr McDougallDr John McDougall — is an American-Irish physician and author whose philosophy is that degenerative disease can be prevented and treated with a low–fat, whole foods, plant–based/vegan diet — especially one based on starches such as potatoes, rice, and corn — which excludes all animal foods and added vegetable oils.

Books by Dr John McDougall, M D:

The Starch Solution: Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good!

Dr. McDougall’s Digestive Tune-Up

The McDougall Quick & Easy Cookbook

The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss

The New McDougall Cookbook

The McDougall Program


T Colin CampbellDr T Colin Campbell – for more than 40 years, Dr. T. Colin Campbell has been at the forefront of nutrition research. His legacy, the China Project, is the most comprehensive study of health and nutrition ever conducted. He is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University.

Books by Dr T Colin Campbell:

Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition

The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health

The Low-Carb Fraud


Dr Thomas CampbellDr Thomas Campbell – In addition to being medical director of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, Dr. Campbell co-founder and clinical director of the University of Rochester Program for Nutrition in Medicine. The UR Program for Nutrition in Medicine is a groundbreaking, clinically-oriented approach to prevention and treatment through diet and lifestyle changes. A board certified family physician, he also sees patients part time in an traditional primary care practice in Rochester, NY.

Books by Dr Thomas Campbell, MD:

The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health (co-authored with his father, Dr T Colin Campbell)

The Campbell Plan: The Simple Way to Lose Weight and Reverse Illness, Using The China Study’s Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet


Dr Caldwell EsselstynDr Caldwell Esselstyn – is an American surgeon and former Olympic rowing champion. He is a leading proponent in the field of plant-based diets and starred in the 2011 American documentary, Forks Over Knives.

Books by Dr Caldwell Esselstyn, M D (and family):

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure

The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook: Over 125 Delicious, Life-Changing, Plant-Based Recipes – by Anne Esselstyn and Jane Esselstyn


Dr Joel KahnDr Joel Kahn – America’s Holistic Heart Doctor. Joel Kahn, MD, serves as Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Wayne State University School of Medicine and is Director of Cardiac Wellness at Michigan Healthcare Professionals. Dr Kahn is a devoted athlete, vegan and yoga practitioner.

Books by Dr Joel Kahn, M D:

The Whole Heart Solution

Dead Execs Don’t Get Bonuses: The Ultimate Guide to Survive Your Career with a Healthy Heart

The Plant-Based Solution – A Vegan Cardiologist’s Plan to Save Your Life and the Planet


Dr Michael GregerDr Michael Greger – internationally-renowned nutrition expert, physician, and founder of the wildly popular plant-based nutrition information resource NutritionFacts.org.

Books by Dr Michael Greger, M D:

How Not To Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease

How Not to Die Cookbook

Carbophobia: The Scary Truth about America’s Low-Carb Craze

Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching


Dr Garth DavisDr Garth Davis – is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Davis is a recognized expert in initial bariatric procedures as well as revisional bariatric surgery, and is frequently asked to give lectures to both patient and physician audiences alike. Dr Davis is also a passionate advocate of the vegan plant-based diet and an accomplished athlete, with multiple marathons and an Ironman triathlon under his belt.

Books by Dr Garth Davis, M D:

Proteinaholic: How Our Obsession with Meat is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It


Dr Michael KlaperDr Michael Klaper – is an acclaimed physician, author and radio personality. Dr Klaper has been a sought-out expert in natural health and nutrition for more than 35 years. Dr. Klaper serves as Director of the Institute of Nutrition Education and Research. He has also served as a member of the Nutrition Task Force of the American Medical Student Association, and as an advisor to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (N.A.S.A.)

Books by Dr Michael Klaper, M D:

Veganism: Pure and Simple

Pregnancy, Children and the Vegan Diet


Julieanna HeverJulieanna Hever – is a Plant-Based Registered Dietitian and ACE-Certified Personal Trainer. Also known as The Plant-Based Dietitian, Julieanna is a passionate advocate of the miracles associated with following a whole food, plant–based diet — the established effects of which provide positive healthful benefits.

Books by Julieanna Hever:

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking (co–authored with Beverly Lynn Bennett)

The Vegiterranean Diet: The New and Improved Mediterranean Eating Plan–with Deliciously Satisfying Vegan Recipes for Optimal Health


Rip EsselstynRip Esselstyn — a former firefighter and triathlete, is an American health activist and food writer.

Books by Rip Esselstyn:

The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter’s 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan That Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds

My Beef with Meat: The Healthiest Argument for Eating a Plant-Strong Diet–Plus 140 New Engine 2 Recipes

The Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet: Eat Plants, Lose Weight, Save Your Health


Lani MuelrathLani Muelrath — an award-winning teacher, transition strategist, fitness expert and dietary coach Lani Muelrath, M.A., CGFI, CPBN, FNS has been on her own plant-based journey for more than 40 years and has helped thousands of clients lose weight and live more healthy and plant-filled lives.

Books by Lani Muelrath:

The Plant-Based Journey: A Step-by-Step Guide for Transitioning to a Healthy Lifestyle and Achieving Your Ideal Weight

Fit Quickies: 5-Minute, Targeted Body-Shaping Workouts

The Mindful Vegan: A 30-Day Plan for Finding Health, Balance, Peace, and Happiness


R Freedman and K BarnouinSkinny Bitch – is a diet book and book series written by Rory Freedman, a former modeling agent and Kim Barnouin, a former model.

Books by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin:

Skinny Bitch: A No-Nonsense, Tough-Love Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want to Stop Eating Crap and Start Looking Fabulous!

Skinny Bitch in the Kitch: Kick-Ass Recipes for Hungry Girls Who Want to Stop Cooking Crap (and Start Looking Hot!)

Skinny Bitch Bun in the Oven: A Gutsy Guide to Becoming One Hot (and Healthy) Mother!

Skinny Bitch Book of Vegan Swaps (by Kim Barnouin)

Skinny Bitchin’: A “Get Off Your Ass” Journal to Help You Change Your Life, Achieve Your Goals, and Rock Your World! (by Rory Freedman)


Victoria MoranVictoria Moran — is an American author and speaker. She has written a number of books specializing in both spirituality and veganism.

Main Street Vegan: Everything You Need to Know to Eat Healthfully and Live Compassionately in the Real World

The Good Karma Diet: Eat Gently, Feel Amazing, Age in Slow Motion


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Recipe Book List

The Plant Power Way: Whole Food Plant-Based Recipes and Guidance for the Whole Family – by Rich Roll and Julie Piatt

Vegan Casseroles – by Julie Hasson

Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen – by Chloe Coscarell

The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook: Over 100 Plant-Sourced Recipes Plus Practical Tips for the Healthiest, Most Compassionate You – by Victoria Moran

Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook – by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food – by Mark Bittman

Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast and Filling Low-Fat Vegan Recipes – by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

The Conscious Cook: Delicious Meatless Recipes That Will Change the Way You Eat – by Tal Ronnen

The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out – by Angela Liddon

Vegan Cooking for Carnivores: Over 125 Recipes So Tasty You Won’t Miss the Meat – by Ellen DeGeneres’ personal chef, Roberto Martin

Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year – by Chef Del Sroufe and his collaborators Julieanna Hever, Judy Micklewright, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, and Darshana Thacker

The Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook: 125 Easy and Delicious Recipes to Jump-Start Weight Loss and Help You Feel Great – by Dr. Neal Barnard and nutritionist Robyn Webb

The China Study Cookbook: Over 120 Whole Food, Plant-Based Recipes – by LeAnne Campbell, daughter of The China Study author T. Colin Campbell, PhD

Laura Theodore’s Vegan-Ease: An Easy Guide to Enjoying a Plant-Based Diet – by Laura Theodore

Jazzy Vegetarian Classics: Vegan Twists on Family Favorites – by Laura Theodore

Plant-Strong: Discover the World’s Healthiest Diet–with 150 Engine 2 Recipes – by Rip Esselstyn

Eating Vegan—On a Budget! – by Jennifer B. Niles

Dippers, Dinners and Desserts  – by Jennifer B. Niles

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Forks Over Knives

Plant-based nutrition and educational videos

Forks Over Knives – examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the so-called “diseases of affluence” that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering yet under-appreciated researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.

Maximum Nutrition- transitioning towards a plant based diet – Dr Michael Greger

To Your Health -is an in-depth study of whole food, plant-based nutrition, debunking the most common myths associated with modern nutrition. Exploring your need for protein, calcium, supplements, metabolism, and other issues, To Your Health provides answers to your biggest questions. Follow Julieanna Hever (a.k.a The Plant-Based Dietitian) as she travels the country to interview the biggest names in the Plant-Based world including Dr. T. Colin Campbell (The China Study), Dr. Joel Fuhrman (Eat to Live), Dr. John McDougall (The McDougall Program), Dr. Neal Barnard (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) and many more.

Cowspiracy Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a ground-breaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. – Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn

What The Health – Filmmaker Kip Andersen uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases, and he investigates why the nation’s leading health organizations doesn’t want people to know about it. What the Health is the groundbreaking follow-up film from the creators of the award-winning documentary Cowspiracy. The film exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick.

What The Health is a surprising, and at times hilarious, investigative documentary that will be an eye-opener for everyone concerned about our nation’s health and how big business influences it.

Saving Myself with a Plant-Based Diet – In “Saving Myself with a Plant-Based Diet” Antonio Ford of A+ Fitness takes the viewer on a tour of GIANT Foods grocery store and provides a comprehensive overview of foods that promote health a healthy body and help prevent heart disease, cancer, and obesity. Be Edutained!!

Eating – 3rd Edition –This award-winning DVD covers a lot of ground very comprehensively – and now has subtitles in Spanish, French, German and English (for the deaf). Among the many highlights are interviews with Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Neil Pinckney, Dr. Ruth Heidrich and Dr. Joseph Crowe. Dr. Crowe and Dr. Esselstyn are from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and know something about heart disease. – Mike Anderson

Fat Sick & Nearly Dead –100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross was at the end of his rope. Tipping the scales at 310 lbs, Joe saw a path laid out before him that wouldn’t end well. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health. With doctors and conventional medicines unable to help long-term, Joe turns to the only option left, the body’s ability to heal itself. He trades in the junk food and hits the road with juicer in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe has one goal in mind: to get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle.

Forks Over Knives Presents The Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue with Rip Esselstyn – Rip Esselstyn

Food, Inc. – lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing how our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. Food, Inc. reveals surprising and often shocking truths about what we eat, how it’s produced and who we have become as a nation. – Eric Schlosser

Earthlings – Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, EARTHLINGS chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit. – Directed by Shaun Monson, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix

Planeat – Where have we gone wrong? Why has the death rate from heart disease and cancer exploded in recent times? Why are the ice caps melting, the oceans dying and the forests being cut down as we produce the food necessary to support our burgeoning populations? Against a backdrop of colorful and delicious food grown by organic farmers and prepared in the kitchens of world-famous chefs, PLANEAT for the first time brings together the ground-breaking studies of three prominent scientists who have made it their life s work to answer these questions. – Dr T Colin Campbell

Vegucated – is an award-winning documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Lured by true tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover the hidden sides of animal agriculture that make them wonder whether solutions offered in films like Food, Inc. go far enough. – Marisa Miller Wolfson, Brian Flegel

Sense and Nonsense in Nutrition: A Look at Today’s Most Common Health Myths In Sense and Nonsense in Nutrition, one of America’s foremost teachers of nutrition and health takes you on a journey of understanding that explores some of the most commonly held beliefs and myths about nutrition.

With clear explanations and a light, humorous delivery, this presentation will clear up confusion about many of today’s most talked-about ideas in nutrition and will change the way you think about your body, your food, and your health! Sense and Nonsense in Nutrition provides common-sense analysis and detailed advice for these frequently misunderstood topics, and more. – Dr Michael Klaper, M D.

Dominion – is a feature-length documentary presenting an uncompromising, damning exploration of the various ways animals are used and abused by humans, particularly in the meat, dairy, egg, clothing and entertainment industries.

Filmed in Australia, ‘Dominion’ combines footage from handheld, hidden, and aerial drone cameras, much of it never seen before, to convey both the terrifying scale of an empire built on secrecy – and the individual stories of its victims.

Focusing on the legal, industry-standard practices that occur all over the world, the film questions the morality and validity of humankind’s dominion over the animal kingdom, advocating not for minor improvements to their welfare but for a deeper conversation about our right to exploit those we deem inferior to ourselves.

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Vegetarian Zen — Vickie Velasquez and Larissa Galenes – Vegetarian Zen is a peaceful place for vegetarians, vegans and the veg–curious to share tips for living a healthy lifestyle.

The Rich Roll Podcast — Rich Roll — ultra-athlete and #1 bestselling author of the inspirational memoir ‘Finding Ultra’ Rich Roll delves deep into all things wellness with some of the brightest and most forward thinking, paradigm busting minds in health, fitness, nutrition, creativity, entrepreneurship & spirituality – including world-class athletes, doctors, nutritionists, authors, entrepreneurs, spiritualists & artists.

Vegcast: The Vegetarian Podcast — Vance Lehmkuhl – The ‘VegCast’ tends to focus on news, news commentary and health issues, rather than advocacy, interviews and music, though these do get thrown in the mix once in a while. If you’re looking for an in-depth, serious exploration of issues affecting vegetarians and vegetarian health, this is the podcast to listen to.

No Meat Athlete Radio — Matt Frazier and Doug Hay — No Meat Athlete Radio aims to inform and inspire plant–based athletes of all kinds (including the veg-curious). Vegetarian and vegan nutrition, training tips, and well-known guests make for an entertaining, informative, no–preach listen.

The Jazzy Vegetarian – Laura Theodore is an award-winning public television personality, vegan chef, radio host, cookbook author and recording artist. Ms. Theodore is author of Laura Theodore’s Vegan-Ease: An Easy Guide to Enjoying a Plant-Based Diet and two previous cookbooks: Jazzy Vegetarian Classics: Vegan Twists on American Family Favorites and Jazzy Vegetarian: Lively Vegan Cuisine Made Easy and Delicious.

Main Street Vegan Podcast – Victoria Moran – Main Street Vegan is a lively hour devoted to your health, well-being, and ways to live lightly and lovingly on planet Earth. Host Victoria Moran will entertain you each week with the latest on the vegan life—it’s not just for celebrities and moguls, but for the guy and gal on Main Street who want to look and feel amazing, eat extraordinary food, help animals, and create a physical body perfectly attuned to spiritual growth. Their guests will range from Unity ministers to vegan authors, activists, physicians, chefs—and even some of those glittery celebs. There’ll be recipes, ideas, ways to go vegan (or “veganward”) at your own pace, and tips for making a difference for animals and the planet at every meal.

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NOTE: This list can’t be 100% complete, and will, sooner or later, need to be updated. Please let me know your favourite recipe or information book, site or resource at: tom@vegnetwork.com.au .

Final note: in case you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed with this information, and are not sure where to start, don’t worry.

Just begin making some small but consistent changes.

Start by trying out some new, healthy plant-based recipes. Have a healthy breakfast to start the day. This might be a fruit and vegetable smoothie, or a bowl of oatmeal porridge with banana and plant milk, or baked beans on whole–wheat toast (no butter!). Try swapping your regular animal-foods for plant-based foods.

Remember, consistent, sustained effort is much more important to change dietary and lifestyle habits. And if you occasionally eat foods you know aren’t vegan, or that aren’t good for you, well, enjoy them as a treat, then go back to your healthy vegan habits — don’t use a lapse to justify reverting back to filling your body with unhealthy, unethical junk.

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To your health and happiness,

Tom Perry


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