Best Books of 2010
Publisher Joseph Connelly offers his Top 10 list of 2010's most influential non-cookbook books.
This year proved outstanding for intelligently designed and thought-provoking additions to the growing body of literature that point us in the direction of a vegan ideal, while further blurring the line between “us” and “them.” The following 10 books, published between November 2009 and October 2010, made the biggest splash, touching on subjects from factory farming and food politics to both the emotions and morals of companion and wild animals. Of course your opinions may vary. If the book that most opened your eyes in the past 12 months is missing, leave a comment below with the title and author.
Animal Camp by Kathy Stevens
The second book by Catskill Animal Sanctuary’s founder is a stocking stuffer for sure, a light read that still packs punch with wonderfully heartwarming and entertaining stories of the lucky animals who found refuge in Upstate New York.
Gristle edited by Moby and Miyun Park
Ten essays deal with 10 problems of factory farming. An eye-opener, Gristle expands the argument for a veg planet beyond ethics, health, and global warming.
Meat is for Pussies by John Joseph
This testosterone-filled version of Skinny Bitch is the male meatless manifesto. In the year of the vegan man, Joseph pushed the envelope further than any.
The New Good Life by John Robbins
The acclaimed author offers a semi-autobiographical account of his financial losses due to the Bernie Madoff scandal, then segues into a how-to guide to living better with less during the current global economic downturn—or anytime.
On a Dollar a Day: One Couple’s Unexpected Adventures in Eating in America by Christopher Greenslate and Kerri Leonard
A young San Diego couple experiments with nourishing themselves each day on far less than a cup o’ Starbucks. An interesting and informative quick read.
Second Nature by Jonathan Balcombe, PhD
Along with Wild Justice (below), Balcombe’s Second Nature adds to the building tsunami of scholarly science which leaves those who insist that animals don’t possess emotions in the same club as those of think evolution is a theory.
The Sexual Politics of Meat (20th Anniversary Edition) by Carol J. Adams
Since it turned 20 in 2010, and was re-released, this book belongs on any Top 10 list. Adams’ magnum opus not only ages well, it gets better and more relevant with the passage of time.
Whitewash: The Disturbing Truth About Cow’s Milk and Your Health by Joseph Keon
Whitewash is by far the best book written on the subject of dairy. It's as convincing as Diet for a New America or The China Study, and should be required reading for all.
Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows by Melanie Joy, PhD
Joy coins a new word, “carnism,” that roughly translates as “the hidden ideology that both hides yet reinforces that eating some animals is OK.” Why We Love Pigs proposes that giving a name to an aberrant behavior is the first step toward dismantling it.
Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals by Marc Bekoff, PhD and Jessica Pierce
Bekoff and Pierce offer convincing science that shows morality in undomesticated animals, removing from the ever-shrinking list yet another “human-only behavior” for our increasingly non-anthropomorphic world. See also Second Nature.
Extra! Extra! Two recently published books were just received in the VN offices that I have barely been able to glance through at press time. Given the prowess of their authors, both could very well warrant inclusion on this list. Tom Regan and Andrew Linzey edited Other Nations, a collection of fiction from mostly renowned authors (Orwell, Hemingway) that “illuminates our moral relationship with animals.” Gary Francione and Robert Garner have written The Animal Rights Debate, which tackles the “rights” vs. “welfare” argument in the US and elsewhere from legal and philosophical perspectives.
Vegan Senator Cory Booker Launches Podcast
The senator launched his Lift Every Voice podcast on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to elevate the voices of activists fighting for social justice.
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Danone Shuts Down its Milk Business in India
The French company—which recently acquired plant-based brands Silk, So Delicious, and Vega—discontinued its non-profitable dairy line in India to focus on more nutritional products.
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Will Algae Be the Hottest New Plant-Based Protein?
San Diego scientists believe a strain of wild algae will be a sustainable way to feed plant-based protein to the growing global population.
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Miyoko's Kitchen Debuts Three Vegan Pub Cheeses
The artisanal vegan cheese brand is stepping into the new year with new packaging and a line of new flavors.
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Ben & Jerry's Debuts Two New Vegan Ice Cream Flavors
Non-dairy pints now comprise 20 percent of the iconic ice cream brand's products thanks to the addition of two vegan versions of fan-favorite flavors.
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- Kat Von D Beauty Debuts 40 New Vegan Lipsticks
- Thousands Take BuzzFeed's Vegan Quiz
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- Boiling Live Lobsters Now Illegal in Switzerland
- The Spread Eagle Becomes London's First Vegan Pub
- Brooklyn Brand Debuts Vegan Aquafaba Butter
- Quorn Debuts Vegan Ham Deli Slices
- First Vegan Bareburger Hires Ethical Vegan Chef
- Mac 'n Cheese Championship Goes Down in Baltimore
- Eco Shoe Brand Switches to Vegan Leather in 2018
- Arizona Gets its First Vegan Supermarket
- Italian Chain Launches Vegan Avocado Pizza
- Britain's Got Talent Judge Calls for Slaughterhouse Ban
- Veganism Set to Shake Up Big Food Companies in 2018
- BMW Designer Debuts Vegan Car to Rival Tesla
- Gigantic Vegan Mexican Restaurant to Open in Toronto
- LUSH Launches 23-Item Vegan Valentine's Day Line
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- Social Justice Activist Shaun King Goes Vegan