Vegan Resources: Favourite Books, Documentaries, Videos, Podcasts and Website to Help Inform and Inspire on Your Vegan Journey

Every single day on Instagram and in real life, I hear from multiple people who are in the process of or who are interested in going vegan. Word really is getting out that plant-based living is best for our planet, our own health and, of course, the animals!! If you’re just diving into the topic and would like a place to start reading and watching, consider these short videos, documentaries, websites, books and recipe blogs to help gather evidence-based facts. We’ve whittled this list down and chosen the best of the best pieces of media so you can rest assured you’re getting good information that’s also easy to consume.

My top tip for going vegan is not a great cookbook or a list of favourite meat and dairy alternatives…it’s understanding “the why”. Learn what’s happening to animals and you will never want to support the meat and dairy industries again. You will be so motivated to find alternatives and make those diet changes, the transition will feel easy. You’ll be excited to find dairy-free creamer alternatives for your coffee, meaty veggie patties for burger night and vegan cheese that is just as salty and smooth as the cow version. There is a vegan alternatives to absolutely every animal products. I promise…you will never regret going vegan. If you’re like me, you’ll only wish you’d done it sooner!

This list was originally created by my friend Zach of The Juice Truck, who would send it to friends and fam looking for info and inspo. I’ve added to it and will continue to add as new awesome content becomes available. If you have any suggestions please email me (erin at itstodiefor dot ca).


Dairy is Scary

James Aspey – Wake up Call

Dr. Melanie Joy – The Secret Reason We Eat Meat

We Animals – Family Dairy

Earthling Ed – You Will Never Look At Your Life The Same Way Again

What’s Wrong With EggsGary Yourofsky – The Most Important Spech You Will Ever Hear 

Damian Mander – Modern Warrior

Plant Based News – Vegan 2018

Erin Ireland – Is There a Bias In Our Food Media?


VegNews Magazine

Cowspiracy Facts

Vegan Starter Kit


Plant Based News

Plant Proof

People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals

Mercy For AnimalsChallenge 22

Vegan Health (Pregnancy, Infants & Children)


Eating right can save the world

Veganism can save the environment 

Avoiding meat and dairy single biggest way to reduce your impact on the earthThe rise of veganism

Why your business should go vegan 



 The Game Changers

What The Health

Eating You Alive



The Cove



Food Matters

Forks Over Knives

The End of Meat

Eating Animals

The Ghosts In Our Machine

Speciesism, The Movie



The Rich Roll Podcast
No Meat Athlete Radio
Plant Proof
Generation V Podcast with Nimai Delgado
The Chickpeeps
Deliciously Ella: The Podcast
The Live Planted PodcastOur Hen HousePodship: Earth

Recommended Episodes
Rich Roll with Dr. Neal Barnard – On the power of nutrition to prevent and reverse heart disease, diabetes and alzheimer’s 
Rich Roll with Garth Davis – Our misplaced obsession with protein
Rich Roll with Dr. Melanie Joy – On going beyond carnism: why we love dogs, eat pigs and wear cows
Plant Proof featuring Dr. Michael Greger – On how to avoid heart disease with healthy nutrition
Rich Roll with Bruce Friedrich – On innovating the future of food
Rich Roll with Nathan Runkle – The power of compassion to make a difference
Rich Roll with Nimai Delgado – On vegan gains, training pains and changing the game
Rich Roll with Dotsie Bausch- On defying age and championing compassion
Yoga Girl with James Aspey – Peace, Love and Veganism
The Ezra Klein Show with Bruce Friedrich – How technology will reduce animal suffering


Project Animal Farm
How Not to Die
The China Study
Ishmael Eating Animals
Diet For A New America
Beyond Beliefs
Why we Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows
Mercy For Animals
Finding Ultra
Animal Liberation by Peter Singer
Eternal Treblinka
The World Peace Diet
The Animal Rights Debate
Eat Like You Care
How To Create A Vegan World
The Proof in the plants
Fiber Fueled

Instagram Accounts to Follow

Follow all these accounts and you’ll be vegan in 24 hours 😉 Who did we miss? (Note: this list is a work in progress!)

@amysorrano @animalrevenge @anonymousforthevoiceless @badassvegan @carlytaylor269 @cowspiracy @daniellebelardomd
@domzthompson @drpamela.rd @earthlinged @earthners @earthyandy @erinireland @easyanimalfree @happyandhealthy96 @happyskinkitchen @hotforfood @iamdavidhcarter @inthesoulshine @jamesaspey @joey_carbstrong @johnjosephcromag @joshua.entis @thekindestplate @leahdoellinger @livekindlyco @dr.matthewnagra @mercyforanimals @minimalistbaker @moby @nutrition_facts_org @peta @plant_proof @plantbasednews @plantbasedvancouver @richroll @tal__gilboa @that_vegan_couple @thehappyherd @the.jackedivist @thesavemovement @vancouverchickensave @veg_md @vegancommunity @vegnews @weanimals @whoisjoanne

Cookbooks & Recipe Blogs

My favourite are starred. Is your favourite not on this list? Let me know!
The Art of Plant-Based Cheesemaking
Chloe Flavor
Everyday Cooking by Minimalist Baker
The First Mess
The Homemade Vegan Pantry Hot for Food Vegan Comfort Classics
Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz
My New Roots
Oh She Glows by Angela Liddon
The Plant Power Way
The Plant Power Italia
Plant Powered Families by Dreena Burton
Raw Food/Real World
Raw. Vegan. Not Gross.
Rawsome Vegan Baking by Emily Von Euw*
Smith and Daughters
Thrive Energy Cookbook
The Thrive Diet
Thrive Energy Cookbook
This Cheese is Nuts
Thug Kitchen
Vegan 100
Vegan For Everybody by America’s Test Kitchen
The Wicked Healthy Cookbook

Recipe Blogs
Hot For Food
Minimalist Baker
This Rawsome Vegan Life
Vegan Richa’s Everyday Kitchen