This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but rather a collection of the best resources about veganism and vegetarianism. There’s plenty here to get you started and I encourage you to send me suggestions for new resources if you have any favorites not mentioned here.
Table of Contents
- Beginner’s Guides
- Reasons for Going Veg
- Ethical/Animal Rights
- Recipe Sources
- Restaurant Guides
- Blogs and Podcasts
- Animal Rights Blogs
- Food Blogs
- Other Vegetarian-Themed Blogs
- Miscellaneous Sites
- Living Vegetarian
- PCRM’s Vegetarian Starter Kit
Good health-related info for those ditching meat.
The “Whys and Hows of Vegetarian Eating,” by Compassion Over Killing.
- Vegan Starter Guide (PDF)
Friends of Animals’ starter brochure
- Vegetarian Starter Kit
A great primer from PETA.
- Why Vegan/Try Vegetarian
One of the best introductions, from Vegan Outreach. Also, request a free copy of their free starter kits.
Reasons for Going Veg
Not all of these religions outright endorse vegetarianism and, as you can imagine, there’s always debate amongst adherents. The links below will give you a good overview of various religions’ view of vegetarianism. For further reading, The International Vegetarian Union has even more information available and Rynn Berry’s Food of the Gods has been recommended (though I haven’t read it myself, yet). The Wikipedia also has a good rundown of reglious beliefs with regards to vegetarianism.
- Cat-Tea Corner’s Vegan Recipes
- Compassionate Cooks
- Fat Free Vegan Recipes
- FATFREE: The Low Fat Vegetarian Recipe Archive
- Food Network
- International Veg’n Union
- Nava Atlas’ VegKitchen.com
Nava Atlas has written a number of great family-friendly vegetarian cookbooks. Her site features many of them and her monthly e-mail list is also well worth joining.
- Post Punk Kitchen
A kick ass site run by Isa and Terry. They also do a public access show of the same name. There’s an especially useful guide to vegan baking.
- Vegan Cooking
A large collection of vegan recipes (mostly from alt.food.vegan) with the ability to comment on any recipe and search by ingredient.
- Vegetarian Resource Group
- Stumptown Vegans
Reviews of Portland restaurants.
- SuperVegan NYC Vegan Restaurant Guide
An absolutely amazing and essential resource for anyone living in or visiting New York. This is how restaurant guides should be done.
- Vegan Friendly
Reviews of NYC restaurants
- Veggie Substitution Blog
Restaurant reviews from Massachusetts. How come I always have to copy-and-paste “Massachusetts”?
Probably the best nationwide guide for vegetarian restaurants.
- Behind the Mask
A documentary on the direct action side of the movement.
- Meet Your Meat
PETA’s well-known introduction to the wonderful world of factory farm cruelty.
- Peaceable Kingdom
This one’s essential… it’s incredibly moving but also manages to give you hope that you can make a difference amidst all the pain and suffering.
- The Animals Film
- The Witness
- Wegman’s Cruelty
- Compassion Over Killing
- Compassionate Action for Animals
- Compassionate Consumers
Producers of the Wegman’s Cruelty video.
- Farm Sanctuary
- Friends of Animals
- Humane Society of the United States
- In Defense of Animals
- Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary
Farm animal sanctuary in Poolesville, MD.
- Vegan Outreach
- Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary
Based in Woodstock, NY.
- Cosmo’s Vegan Shoppe
- Food Fight Grocery
Whole wheat, vegan baking mixes. Good food from good people.
- Herbivore Clothing
Veggie-themed clothing that doesn’t suck. They also publish the fine Herbivore Magazine.
- Moo Shoes
Vegan shoes galore.
- Veg Blog Amazon store
Affiliate link. Tosses a little change my way.
- Vegan Essentials
One of the original web-based vegan stores.
Blogs and Podcasts
So much info, it’s dizzying.