8 New Books for Anyone Who Cares About Animals

8 New Books for Anyone Who Cares About Animals

  • Kimberly Johnson
  • Kimberly Johnson

These unique books have all been published within the last year, and we can’t get enough of them! Whether you want to get some new coffee-table books that start a conversation, are interested in learning to cook more vegan dishes, or are looking for some life inspiration, there’s something for everyone in this list.

Feeding the Soul (Because It’s My Business): Finding Our Way to Joy, Love, and Freedom


“America’s mom” and everyone’s favorite vegan influencer, Tabitha Brown, released a new book in fall 2021 that quickly became a New York Times #1 bestseller. Literally and figuratively, Feeding the Soul does just what it’s title says, combining delicious plant-based recipes with inspirational stories and lessons from Tabitha’s life.

Rust Belt Vegan Kitchen


The Rust Belt Vegan Kitchen is a collection of recipes and stories of family and culinary tradition in the “Rust Belt,” an area of the northern United States once dominated by manufacturing and steel production. The recipes represent the region’s diversity and veganize many familiar dishes, such as Polish pierogi, Detroit coney dogs, and Mexican conchas. The book also includes useful advice for anyone wanting to eat plant-based, including tips on how to stock a vegan pantry, hacks for veganizing staples, and guides to useful cooking equipment.

The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times


The Book of Hope is a collaboration between Dr. Jane Goodall, celebrated scientist and activist, and Doug Abrams, author of the bestselling The Book of Joy. Jane focuses on her reasons for hope, which include the human intellect, the resilience of nature, the power of young people, and the indomitable human spirit. Using stories from her remarkable life, research, and career, The Book of Hope explores how we can create hope in our own lives and in the world. 

We think the title of Dr. Goodall’s book is very fitting, as Mercy For Animals recently granted her the Hope Award for her lifetime of service to animals at our Hope Gala this summer. 

HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene


We Animals Media’s HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene features the work of 40 international photojournalists who bravely documented the lives of some of the billions of animals hidden in plain sight: animals raised for food, clothing, entertainment, and experimentation.

“The photojournalists represented in HIDDEN have entered some of the darkest, most unsettling places in the world. The images they have captured are a searing reminder of our unpardonable behavior towards animals and will serve as beacons of change for years to come.” —Joaquin Phoenix

The Korean Vegan Cookbook: Reflections and Recipes from Omma’s Kitchen 


Joanne Lee Molinaro (a.k.a. The Korean Vegan) is well known for her food blog and recipe videos on TikTok and other social media platforms. Now she’s also a New York Times bestselling author. Her debut book, The Korean Vegan Cookbook, is a collection of more than 80 vegan versions of flavorful Korean recipes that have shaped her family history. What makes the book unique—and also an instant hit—is the stunning food photography combined with the intimate storytelling Molinaro is known for.

Gabriel: How Saving One Calf Changed an Entire Community


Gabriel is the first in a series of children’s books from author Cheryl Moss, who is currently writing two other books, Cluck: One Little Fowl Discovers What’s Truly Foul and Pickel: Can One Little Pig Weather the Storm? Moss is also building Better Life for Animals, a website where kids can connect through her books’ QR codes to learn more.

“Gabriel is a story of hope and inspiration. Hope that we and our children, inspired by young people’s inherent love for animals and our planet, will follow a better path. Young activists like Claire will show us the way, leading with compassion and bravery. My own children’s drive to make the world a better place is what motivates me to work every day toward a future where no animal is exploited for food. Their passion fuels mine. And if we succeed, the world’s children will look at cows, and all animals, … as beautiful, smart creatures worthy of respect, protection, and freedom.” —Leah Garcés, President, Mercy For Animals

Antiracism in Animal Advocacy: Igniting Cultural Transformation


Antiracism in Animal Advocacy: Igniting Cultural Transformation is a new collection of essays by 16 leaders in farmed animal protection, including three Mercy For Animals staff members, committed to racial equity.

The book is a first from Encompass, an organization that offers training and support for animal protection groups and activists to increase their effectiveness by cultivating racial representation, equity, and interdependence while empowering advocates of the global majority. 

The Vegan Meat Cookbook


Miyoko Schinner is the founder of Miyoko’s, the country’s fastest-growing plant-based cheese and butter company, and the author of four cookbooks. Her latest book, The Vegan Meat Cookbook, is perfect for anyone looking to create delicious plant-based dishes and still enjoy the meaty tastes and textures they’re familiar with. Schinner’s savory recipes offer guidance on best use of the wide variety of vegan meat products available on store shelves—from Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat to MorningStar Farms, Boca Burger, and more.

For chefs who are a bit more daring and interested in making their own plant-based meats and cheeses from scratch, the book has a section on making homemade versions of these products and offers recipes that include them.


Looking for more gift ideas for the animal lover in your life? All proceeds from our store go toward our work to help farmed animals.