Plant Based Books You Must Read

Note: this page has been updated in December 2018.

Don’t you want to improve the quality of your life by learning about the plant-based lifestyle?

There are many physicians who would argue that the obesity situation in this country is primarily due to processed foods, and most likely they are correct based on much of the leading research that is being conducted in this area. People are too busy and most families have a very confusing and conflicting schedule because of all of the activities they are involved with the resulting problem is that people feel as though they don’t have the time to cook a proper meal. The end result is a quick fix at one of the major fast food chains.

When embarking on a plant-based lifestyle it often helps to educate yourself as much as possible. One way of doing this is to read a number of plant-based books. There are many different schools of thought when it comes to plant-based diets. Some people believe eating a plant-based diet high in fruit is the answer, others believe in focusing on vegetables, and some focus on starch. It can be confusing, but the truth is, whichever way of eating that works for you as long as it’s plant-based will be something that makes you feel better and get healthier.

Maybe vegan or vegetarian is too difficult to start all at once. Have you considered removing sugar and processed foods from your diet? Today could be the day to Start! Below are some reference books that are an excellent choice to get you thinking of making a lifestyle change.

China Study – This book is by Thomas M. Campbell II is a book that gets most people started on the path of eating plant-based. That is because The China Study is one of many studies that show how eating plant-based is not only optimal for health for humans but it’s simple to do, and great for the environment too. If you want to know more about the politics behind why we have certain ideas about nutrition The China Study answers those questions clearly. You’ll be surprised and shocked at what you learn. This is a revised edition and is a classic when it comes to books on plant-based nutrition! A must have.

Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health – Gene Stone, with forwards by T.Colin Campbell and Caldwell B. Esselstyn is the book version of the fascinating documentary of the same name. The book explains how a very simple change from the standard diet that is most known in the world to eat whole food, plant-based diet can make all the difference in your health. People have reversed heart disease and saved their own lives because of the idea of adding in more plants crowding out the unhealthy animal products and processed foods that most people consume today.

Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition – Another entry with T. Colin Campbell’s name on it, this book has Howard Jacobson who is also a health educator and ecological gardener as a contributor. You’ll learn more about the profit motive behind our current conventional wisdom regarding nutrition. Reading this will help you realize even more than eating plant-based is the way toward health and that advice to the contrary is all about making more money and not about promoting health.


My Beef with Meat: The Healthiest Argument for Eating a Plant-Strong Diet
The Healthiest Argument for Eating a Plant-Strong Diet – Plus 140 New Engine 2 Recipes – This entry by Rip Esselstyn gives you more to go on including wonderful recipes to help you make the transition to eating a plant-based whole foods diet easily. The book is funny, engaging, and a good read. You’ll salivate over the recipes and wonder why you didn’t think of this sooner. Getting to eat such wonderful food while also getting and staying healthy is a dream come true for most. This book will help you make it.

The Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet
Rip Esselstyn has released and is presenting a powerful, accelerated new Engine 2 program that promises staggering results in record time. In just one week on THE ENGINE 2 SEVEN-DAY RESCUE DIET, readers can expect to:
• Lose weight (up to 14 pounds)
• Lower total cholesterol (by 32 points on average)
• Drop LDL cholesterol (by 22 points on average)
• Lower triglycerides (by 75 points on average)
• Lower blood pressure by an average of 10/5 points.
THE ENGINE 2 SEVEN-DAY RESCUE DIET will show that all it takes is seven days to see incredible and motivating results!

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease
This is a fascinating book and one of my favorites. The research is based on the groundbreaking results of his twenty-year nutritional study, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn illustrates that a plant-based, oil-free diet can not only prevent the progression of heart disease but can also reverse its effects.
The proof lies in the incredible outcomes for patients who have followed Dr. Esselstyn’s program, including a number of patients in his original study who had been told by their cardiologists that they had less than a year to live. Within months of starting the program, all Dr. Esselstyn’s patients began to improve dramatically, and twenty years later, they remain free of symptoms.


Grab a copy of these books and get started on your new lifestyle Journey.

Get started with these books and before you know it, if you follow the advice contained, you’ll be healthier and virtually eliminate your chances of dying from foodborne illnesses like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.

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