What is animal agriculture, and its effect on the environment?
Why should we adopt animals?
What’s the problem with organic meat?
What are the economics of plant-based foods?
What about honey?
How might veganism protect us from the spread of novel viruses in the future?
What is the relationship between veganism and feminism?
What is vegansexualism?
From basic fairness to politics, economics, love and other aspects of being human, Think Like a Vegan invites the reader to set aside their preconceived notions about veganism, and to enter into an invigorating conversation about your daily ethical decisions.
This book is not just for vegans. Society’s systemic injustices are intimately interconnected, including the fight for racial justice, feminism, and ethical production, as are the threats we face together, from environmental collapse to global pandemics. Seeking a fair world for animals means we must also seek to reject and redress the injustices perpetrated against each other. These are not mutually exclusive goals, or mutually exclusive ideas.
Seeking to challenge, educate and illuminate, Think Like a Vegan draws threads between essential points of philosophical thought to help answer the fundamental ethical question: How should we act, and why?
About the Authors
Emilia A. Leese, writes essays on life, travel and veganism for a variety of online publications and is closely involved in a rewilding project in the Scottish Highlands. She regularly hosts benefit supper clubs and is a speaker on vegan ethics at a variety of events. She also developed life skills and ethics workshops for underserved youth. She has been a corporate finance lawyer for over twenty years. She and her husband Roger, who is also vegan, live in London and the Highlands. Follow her work on Emisgoodeating.com and BirchfieldHighlands.org
Eva J. Charalambides discovered her voice while studying Radio and Television, writing for on-air and screen, and food blogging. Through her transition to veganism, thought pieces on animal advocacy were added to her curriculum vitae and the opportunity to help produce multi-city vegan events followed. She has lent her voice to non-profits, t-shirts and everything in-between, seldom passing opportunities to promote veganism. When she’s not writing, she says thousands of words through her photography business. Today, Eva can be found in rural Ontario building her first home with her husband, Matt, and their rescue rabbit, Libby.
Nairn Book and Arts Festival, 9 September 2021 at 16.00 – live and in person event!
To come: BBC Ulster Everyday Ethics and The Sustainable Dish podcast
Instagram Live! with Brightzine (video)
27 May 2021: Publication Day Party
BBC World News appearance 10 December 2019
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“A brilliant book, which both challenges and inspires thoughts on ethics and the environment, and offers fresh, new thinking on why veganism is not just a diet but a potent social act.” Seth Tibbott, Chair and Founder of Tofurky and author of In Search of the Wild Tofurky: How a business misfit pioneered plant-based foods before they were cool
“Though a vegan for eighteen years this book helped me learn so many new concepts, and unlearn a few … above all, I started looking at veganism through a much broader lens. A must-have book for any vegan at any stage in their journey, and above all a terrific read for anyone looking to learn more about veganism.” Kuntal A. Joisher, Vegan mountaineer
“…this is a fantastic, informative, educational and ‘real’ thought provoking book that I, personally, feel everyone should read.” Curled Up With A Good Book
“A great manifesto that made me think alot, especially about speciesism.” The Pigeonhole
“I devoured it and I am sure that I will be reading it again because it contains a lot of food for thought that I feel I might not have fully absorbed during my first read. It is not a thriller, but I couldn’t put it down.” Book After Book
“Perhaps the most powerful – and shame-faced – endorsement I can give to ‘Think Like a Vegan’ is that while it didn’t convert me, it wasn’t for lack of effective argument.” Mike Stafford, Faithful Pundit
“This has definitely been an eye-opening and thought-provoking read. It has explored the topic of veganism in a way I hadn’t really expected.” Ceri’s Lil Blog
“The book is exceptionally well researched with many essays challenging the reader to think about animal rights in the same way we think about human rights and other social issues.” Hanan Harchol, writer, director and producer of About A Teacher, animator of Jewish Food for Thought, artist, classical guitarist and teacher
“I was initially attracted to the title of this book and the general premise of helping everyone, including non-vegans, see things from a ethical vegan viewpoint. I thought it was a good idea to try and offer some understanding of why vegans hold the views they do and why we make a case for veganism. The book achieves this very well and covers a very wide range of areas. Reading the book you realise what a huge subject it is and all the various aspects of life that veganism touches upon. I was particularly impressed by the constant focus on ideas of justice and fairness and that veganism is a position against the commodity status of other animals and their use. This is not a guide to winning vegan debates but rather a sincere attempt to get people to think through the issues themselves and offer insight into the vegan position. There are however lots of useful thought experiments and analogies that will help people reach their own conclusions. I share the author’s hopes that these will be to see veganism as the logical and ethical conclusion for ending animal exploitation and achieving fairness and balance in our relationship to other beings. Highly recommend.” Benny Malone, author and activist
“This book is beautifully written. The authors managed to strike the balance perfectly, so it’s informative but not preachy. It’s smart, it’s funny and it’s very well researched. They cover LOADS of topics, many of which I’ve not seen discussed much in the public domain and it’s great to see every vegan stone turned over and mused upon. I absolutely love the structure of the book – ultimately, most people already do think like a vegan, in that (I think!) most people are already compassionate, good people who want to make compassionate, good choices… they just need to rethink the way they do things. This book would help any non-vegan make the leap and give any vegan who often finds themselves knee deep in debates with non-vegans some excellent points for their pocket.” Kim, Goodreads