If you are new to veganism, this is an exciting time in your life! Whether you were drawn to veganism for animal rights, health or the environment (or all three!), it may take some time for you to figure things out and find your way. What will you eat? How will you avoid wearing leather goods? How will you explain your decision to family and friends? Be patient with yourself and trust us, everything will fall into place.

There are many resources available to inform and guide you in this journey. The VegFest London committee members have assembled here some of our top picks…the films, websites, podcasts and books that stand out for us because they inspire and influence us and give us a deeper understanding of the breadth and depth of veganism’s significance. Some resources simply make our day-to-day lives easier and more enjoyable (think awesome vegan recipes).

We’ve divided them into four categories: Learn & Be Inspired, Vegan Starter Kits, Fun & Fabulous Food, and Beauty & Fashion. The list barely scratches the surface of all that’s available…so it is perhaps merely a starting point for your exploration. We wish you an amazing journey. We're rooting for you!


Vegan Organizations

Mercy for Animals

Animal Ethics

Vegan Philosophy

Eat Like You Care (book)

The Case for Animal Rights (book)

Puppies, Pigs, And People: Eating Meat and Marginal Cases (essay)

Animal Sanctuaries

Farm Sanctuaries in Ontario

Karuna Lane Sanctuary

Critical / Social Justice/Activism Organizations

Food Is Power

Sistah Vegan

Afro Vegan Society

Anonymous for the Voiceless

The Save Movement

For Answering All the Questions You’ll be Asked by Friends & Family When You Go Vegan (and Answering Your Own Questions Too)

The Animal Rights FAQ  

Carnism Debunked

Your Vegan Fallacy Is

Books & Websites about Plant-based Nutrition and Health

See London Public Library vegan books.

How Not to Die

Nutrition Facts

Becoming Vegan

Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness

Thrive Fitness: The Vegan-Based Training Program for Maximum Strength, Health, and Fitness

Children’s Books

That's Why We Don't Eat Animals: A Book About Vegans, Vegetarians, and All Living Things

Vegan is Love: Having Heart & Taking Action

V Is for Vegan: The ABCs of Being Kind

Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids

Blogs & Magazines

Brown Vegan

Accessible Vegan Adventures

T.O.F.U. Magazine

Chick Pea Magazine

LAIKA Magazine

Veg News


The Livegan Podcast

The Bearded Vegans Podcast

Our Hen House Podcast

Main Street Vegan Podcast

Nutrition Facts Podcast

Easy Vegan with JL Fields

Documentary Films


On Netflix (and elsewhere):

·         What the Health

·         Forks Over Knives

·         Food Choices

·         Food Inc.

·         Cowspiracy


Vegan Cookbooks & Recipe Websites

Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed

Hot for Food Vegan Comfort Classics: 101 Recipes to Feed Your Face

Oh She Glows (we like the app too)

Forks Over Knives Recipe App

Sweet Potato Soul

Fuss-Free Vegan: 101 Everyday Comfort Food Favorites Veganized

Vegan Everyday: 500 Delicious Recipes

Plant Powered Families

Minimalist Baker

Eating Out or On the Road

Refer to our blog posts Firmly Rooted: Celebrating London’s Established Vegan Eateries ,New Places to Eat Green in the Forest City Area and Vegan Travel Hacks.

Happy Cow

Alcoholic Beverages

Barnivore (vegan beer, wine and liquor guide)

Online Vegan Food and Supplies

Vegan Supplies (filter for vegan)


African American Vegan Starter Guide

PETA Vegan Starter Kit

PCRM Vegetarian Starter Kit

Veganuary Vegan Starter Kit


Beauty Products

Learn about and look for the Leaping Bunny and Cruelty-Free product label logos.

Vegan Beauty Review

Purdy Natural (lots of vegan products)

Kat Von D Beauty


Matt & Natt

Pixie Mood

Moo Shoes

Nice Shoes