Books

These books are just a fraction of the vast range of books available on Vegetarianism.

The books featured are available for online purchase at Amazon.com. Most of them are also available in our local bookstores, in particularly Kinokuniya(Orchard) and Borders. You can place an order with them as well should they not carry the particular book you need. Our national libraries do carry some of the books as well.

  1. Eating Animals
    by Jonathan Safran Foer

Reviews/Descriptions:
Jonathan Safran Foer was an on-off vegetarian till the impending birth of his son led him on a journey, spiraling down the rabbit hole of factory farming and inhumane slaughter, to truly understand what kind of food he would be feeding his newborn. The vivid, mostly first-hand descriptions of the factory farm behind-the-scenes form a powerful basis for a balanced, reasonable presentation of arguments against meat.
 

Foer explores the issue beyond the oft-repeated animal cruelty argument. He explores the insidious effects of factory farming on our health. He explores the chilling link between unhygienic, cruel farming conditions and rapidly evolving virus strains such as the H1N1. He explores issues close to our hearts: the cultural dimension so invisibly yet powerfully attached to a simple family meal - a dimension that tugs at our hearts and makes it so difficult to give up meat for some.
 

This is the book that made Academy Award winner Natalie Portman turn vegan, and it's a book you shouldn't read if you want to continue eating animals. That is how deep the rabbit hole goes, and you need to be willing to pursue this mind-blowing book to its very end.


  1. Chicken: The Dangerous Transformation of America's Favorite Food
    by Steven Striffler

Reviews/Descriptions:
Based on the author’s own experiences inside a poultry processing plant, Chicken: The Dangerous Transformation of America's Favorite Food by Steven Striffler, offers a powerful indictment of our industrial food system, showing how the process of bringing chicken to the dinner table is unhealthy for all concerned, from chicken, to farmer to factory worker to consumer.


  1. New Asian Traditions Vegetarian Cookbook
    by Susan Amy, Kiran Narain, George Jacobs

Reviews/Descriptions:
This is Vegetarian Society (Singapore)’s first cookbook. It features more than 60 recipes from Singapore and around the world. Unique features of the book are the stories that go with each dish and all the information about vegetarianism. However, maybe the best thing about the book are the fantastic, mouthwatering photos of the dishes.

 


 

  1. Lafcadio: The lion that shot back
    by Shel Silverstein, published 1978, by HarperCollins

 

Reviews/Descriptions:
Shel Silverstein is a well-known author of children's book, including poetry collections. Lafcadio is the name of a young lion in Africa who learns how to shoot, becomes the world's greatest shooter and, as the title suggests, applies his talents to keeping the jungle safe from hunters. Lafcadio is lured to the city to perform his shooting tricks. He becomes world-famous and adopts a human lifestyle. However, he grows bored with that way of living and wants to go back to Africa. The human who lured Lafcadio to the city tries to convince him that what he needs to do to add some spice to his life is to go lion hunting in Africa. I won't spoil the ending for you.

The book is said to be appropriate for 9-12 year olds, but the themes are certainly relevant to older audiences. The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books called it, "A most amusing book, written in an easy, mildly mad style.&quotLafcadio, like his fellow lions, is not a vegetarian. However, the book's satirical look at hunting will appeal to many vegetarians. The Giving Tree is another book by Silverstein with a strongly pro-environment message.

 


  1. Incident at Hawk's Hill
    by Allan W. Eckert, published 1971, by Little, Brown: Boston.

     

 

 

Reviews/Descriptions:
This exciting book tells the story of Ben, a six-year-old boy, growing up on a farm in western Canada in the 19th century. Ben is different. Although six-years-old, he's more the size of a three-year-old, but what's magic about the child is his fascination about and special relationship with animals. Shunning the company of his fellow humans, Ben much prefers to spend his time following and very skilfully mimicking the movements and sounds of the animals on and around the farm. And the animals, rather than running away or attacking this small child, accept him.

Ben's behaviours cause concern among his kindly family members and not necessarily good-natured curiosity among their neighbours. Without giving away too much of the plot, one day Ben wanders further from home than usual and is lost and injured in a storm. His family and neighbours search for him for days, but can't find him. Where is he? Can his special relationship with animals come to his rescue? Go to the National Library and borrow this multimillion-selling book to find the answers.

 


 

  1. Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy
    by Matthew Scully, published 2002, by St. Martin's Press: New York

Reviews/Descriptions:
A book advocating animal welfare written by a person who until earlier this year was a senior speechwriter for U.S. President George W. Bush? Strange, but true. A former journalist, Matthew Scully investigated factory farming and other areas of meat production and brings out the logical inconsistencies used to defend this industry.

The book supports animal welfare not by championing animal rights but by arguing that the superiority of humans demands that we treat animals mercifully. In the book's introduction, Scully states, "We are called to treat them (animals) with kindness, not because they have rights or power or some claim to equality, but in a sense because they don'tbecause they all stand unequal and powerless before us."

 


  1. Speciesism
    by Joan Dunayer

Reviews/Descriptions:
Defining speciesism as "a failure, in attitude or practice, to accord any nonhuman being equal consideration and respect,&quotJoan Dunayer compellingly critiques speciesism both outside and inside the animal rights movement. With bold originality, she examines philosophy, law, and activism in terms of three categories: “old-speciesists&rdquolimit rights to humans“new-speciesists&rdquoadvocate rights for relatively few nonhumans, those who seem most human-likenonspeciesists advocate basic rights, such as rights to life and liberty, for all sentient beings. Uniquely egalitarian, Speciesism outlines nonspeciesist thought, law, and action.

 


  1. Animal equality: Language and liberation.
    by Joan Dunayer

Reviews/Descriptions:
The first book on language and non-human oppression, ANIMAL EQUALITY shows that deceptive, biased words sustain injustice toward non-human animals. Speciesism, the failure to accord other animals equal consideration and respect, survives through misunderstanding and ignorance. Compelling evidence of non-human thought and emotion debunks language that characterises other animals as unreasoning or insensitive. This book shows that speciesism pervades our language. Book Explores Speciesism and Language

 


  1. Food For thought
    by Adam Moledina

Reviews/Descriptions:
Food For Thought, written by local author Adam Moledina, has already sold thousands of copies in Singapore and abroad. The book shows with graphic words and photos the inch-by-inch torture our animals undergo and how, to bring cheap food to people's tables, we continue to perfect a food production system that brings extreme suffering and degradation to the animals caught in its grip. Upon encountering this clearly written book, each sincere reader faces the stunning questions: "What right do I have to inflict so much suffering on other creatures?""Does my subsistence really call for all that?&quotThe final decision, of course, is the readers to take.
Price: $5.00
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  1. Diet for a New America
    by John Robbins

Reviews/Descriptions:
Vegetarian Times magazine
From the outset of reading this volume I was enthralled. The book is a pleasure to read, as engrossing as the most exciting novel. Yet this is no novel. It deals directly with the most important personal issues and decisions of our lives. When I finished reading Diet for a New America, I knew that in my hands lay one of the most profound studies ever written of how our eating habits affect our lives, and indeed all of life on our planet . . . If you read only one book this year, let it be this one.

 


  1. The Food Revolution
    by John Robbins

Reviews/Descriptions:
"John Robbins has done it again! Another brilliant, mind-altering, paradigm-shifting, lifestyle-changing, heart-expanding book from the most powerfully sane man I know. The Food Revolution will change your life and the lives of those you love. Thoughtful, penetrating, impeccably researched, it will make you laugh, then cry, then pass it on to your loved ones."�Marianne Williamson, author of A Return to Love

 


  1. Mad Cowboy : Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat
    by Howard F. Lyman

Reviews/Descriptions:
Former cattle rancher Howard Lyman is well aware of what goes into our livestock -- high doses of pesticides, growth hormone, and the ground-up remains of other animals. Along the way, Lyman learned even more about the alarming dangers associated with eating meat. Here he blasts through the propaganda of the beef and dairy industries (and the government agencies that often protect them) and exposes an animal-based diet as the primary cause of cancer, heart disease, and obesity in this country. Mad Cowboy is both an inspirational story of personal transformation and a convincing call to action for a plant-based diet -- for the good of the planet and the health of us all

 


  1. Fast Food Nation
    by Eric Schlosser

Reviews/Descriptions:
Schlosser This myth-shattering book tells the story of America and the world's infatuation with fast food. In a meticulously researched and powerfully argued account, Eric visits the labs where scientists re-create the smell and taste of everythingtalks to the workers at abattoirsexplain where the meat comes from and what is in itand looks at the way the fast food industry is transforming our landscape, economy, workforce and culture....both funny and terrifying. "The grisliest description of fast food ever written&quotDaily Telegraph

 

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  1. Animal Liberation
    by Peter Singer

Reviews/Descriptions:
Animal Liberation is the revised and updated edition of the definitive animal liberation text, that reports that although many of the abuses of the past have decreased, serious new offenses have taken their place. This book is a must for serious readers.

 


  1. The Vegetarian Way
    by Virginia Messina, MPH, RD and Mark Messina, Ph.D.

Reviews/Descriptions:
The Vegetarian Way is the vegetarian bible. It is an authoritative, comprehensive, single-source reference book for the growing number of people who are embracing a vegetarian diet, as well as for more than 12 million Americans who are already committed vegetarians. This book will prove to be extremely useful in understanding why other people become vegetarians, how such a diet affects certain illnesses, how to address the special needs of infants, children, teenagers, pregnant women, athletes, and how to start planning and preparing vegetarian meals.

 


  1. Becoming Vegetarian: The Complete Guide to Adopting a Healthy
    Vegetarian Diet

    by Vesanto Melina, Brenda Davis, Victoria Harrison

Reviews/Descriptions:
Journal of The American Dietetic Assoc. May 1996
"Few books on vegetarian nutrition are as comprehensive and accurate as Becoming Vegetarian..." (Journal of The American Dietetic Assoc. May 1996)

 


  1. Food for Life
    by Neal Barnard, M.D.

Reviews/Descriptions:
Book Description:Citing overwhelming medical evidence previously downplayed by powerful lobby groups, Dr. Barnard reveals why a diet based on the new four food groups (grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits) will sharply decrease the risk of cancer and heart disease and dramatically increase life expectancy. He also unveils a 21-day program for a smooth transition to the new way of eating healthfully.

 


  1. The McDougall Program for a Healthy Heart : A Life-Saving Approach to
    Preventing and Treating Heart Disease

    by Mary McDougall, John A., M.D. McDougall

Reviews/Descriptions:
This breakthrough book offers readers sound advice thousands of people have learned at the McDougall Program at St. Helena Hospital in the Napa Valley of California. Combining step-by-step diet, exercise, and lifestyle recommendations, it is designed to bring about dramatic health improvements in just two months. A life-saver for patients who have already suffered a heart attack or been diagnosed with heart disease, it is equally valuable as an authoritative guide to prevention.

 


  1. Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease : The Only
    System Scientifically Proven to Reverse Heart Disease Without Drugs or
    Surgery

    by Dean Ornish

Reviews/Descriptions:
Dr. Dean Ornish is the first clinician to offer documented proof that heart disease can be halted, or even reversed, simply by changing your lifestyle. Based on his internationally acclaimed scientific study, which has now been ongoing for years, Dr. Ornish's program has yielded amazing results. The program takes you beyond the pure physical side of health care to include the psychological, emtional and spiritual aspects so vital for healing. This book can inspire you to open your heart to a longer, better, happier life.

 


  1. The Vegan Sourcebook
    by Joanne Stepaniak, M.S.ED.

Reviews/Descriptions:
"The most comprehensive account of veganism seen to date."-Tom Regan, Ph.D.

 


  1. Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating, Revised Edition
    by Erik Marcus

Reviews/Descriptions:
In this book, you will find the latest information about how what you eat affects your health, the environment, and the existence of the animals who share this planet. Vegan explains clearly how simple but significant the switch to an all-plant diet can be. Adding weight to Marcus's own arguments are in-depth discussions of ground-breaking work byinternationally respected experts such as T. Collin Campbell, Ph.D.

 


  1. The Vegetarian Sports Nutrition Guide : Peak Performance for Everyone
    from Beginners to Gold Medalists

    by Lisa Dorfman

Reviews/Descriptions:
This book combines the unique demands of sports with the vegetarian diet. Registered dietitian and elite vegetarian athlete Lisa Dorfman provides step-by-step information on how to exercise, train, and compete at your best by eating a plant-based diet. She reveals how to customize a nutrition program to a specific sport and how to calculate a personal dietary plan for training and competition. In addition, The Vegetarian Sports Nutrition Guide reveals the training secrets and recipes from seventeen Olympic and world-class athletes competing in a variety of sports. Includes vegetarian recipes, menus, food guides, and cooking tips.