This year was filled with several wonderful book releases from many talented vegan authors. Though this list is certainly not comprehensive, here are a few Tofu Reader favorite titles from 2021!
Bear Boy by Justin Barker
Bear Boy is an inspiring coming-of-age work about Justin Barker’s mission to rescue two neglected bears from a defunct zoo. Barker’s writing is filled with passion, vulnerability, and a lot of very relatable teen angst. Follow Barker as he navigates being a queer kid at the forefront of an animal rights campaign.
Broke Vegan by Saskia Sidey
Vibrantly colorful and concisely written, Broke Vegan by Saskia Sidey is easily one of the best vegan cookbooks to come out in recent years. Sidey’s recipes are fun, straightforward, and attainable for almost any skill level. Personally, I recommend giving the sweet potato quesadillas a try!
Earthlings: The Beginning by Ray Star
Earthlings: The Beginning by Ray Star is the first in a soon-to-come trilogy of cli-fi young adult novels. Set in a dystopian future in which humans have become subservient to non-human animals, the fate of humanity rests with one supernaturally gifted teenage girl: Peridot Watkins. Star’s writing is fast-paced, wholly engaging, and I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.
Feeding the Soul (Because It’s My Business) by Tabitha Brown
Feeding the Soul (Because It’s My Business) is as charming and wholesome as Tabitha Brown’s social media presence. A mixture of memoir, inspirational coaching, and easy vegan recipes, this book was an absolute comfort to read. There’s a good reason that Brown has been dubbed “America’s Mom”.
Kind by Gretchen Primack
Perhaps one of my favorite poetry collections to come out this decade, Kind is a wonderful read for all – whether you’re an adept reader of verse or not. Primack’s writing is vivid and absolutely beautiful. Though poetry tends to be intimidating for many readers, rest assured that you are in good hands with Gretchen Primack.
Saving Animals: A Future Activist’s Guide by Catherine Kelaher
Saving Animals: A Future Activist’s Guide contains valuable advocacy advice, case studies from around the globe, and a beautiful overview of the current state of the animal rights movement. A highly accessible must-read for all current and aspiring animal activists.
The Way of the Rabbit by Mark Hawthorne
Mark Hawthorne’s The Way of the Rabbit is a tribute to an undoubtedly complex, and often undervalued, animal. I knew almost nothing about rabbits before I began this book. Yet, Hawthorne writes with wit and charm, making his fact-laden text easily digestible for even a novice like me.