It’s been incredible witnessing the growth of Frugivore’s Black Vegetarian Series, featuring both men and women. As expected, a plethora of information and resources have been shared in each profile. From books to websites, there seem to be a few vegetarian leaders that continuously pop up. Below is a list of four books for and by black vegetarians that seem to be rocking your veg world.
1. Breeze Harper’s Sistah Vegan might just change your life. Chronicling the stories of black female vegans across the United States, it proves that there’s power in first-person narratives of the vegan lifestyle. Sistah Vegan explores food politics, identity, sexuality, health, womanism, feminism, decolonization, anti-racism, eco-sustainability, and animal rights through the lens of the black female vegan experience. It is the first volume of its kind to address the racialized-gender vegan experience in the USA. The book is sure to inspire and remind black women that there’s community in veganism.
2. Chef Bryant Terry’s Vegan Soul Kitchen is a must have for those who long for southern cooking with a vegan spin. The recipes are accessible with commonly-used ingredients and serving recommendations. Terry uses cooking as a tool to illuminate the intersections of poverty, structural racism, and food insecurity. He’s also the author of Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen, and has made appearances on The Martha Stewart Show and Emeril Green. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Food & Wine, Oprah, Vegetarian Times, and Yoga Journal.
3. Queen Afua’s Sacred Woman is more than a “guide to healing the feminine body, mind and spirit.” It’s become the bible for black women seeking a healthier lifestyle, particularly when it comes to vegetarianism. There have been communities built around Sacred Woman chapters with an international level of sisterhood. If you’re seeking the spiritual importance of nurturing your body through a healthy diet, Sacred Woman is for you.
4. Tracye McQuirter’s By Any Greens Necessary is described as “a wake-up call for women who dream of staying healthy and slim without sacrificing great food and gorgeous curves.” If you’re staying in a black female vegetarian’s house, it’s likely that McQuirter’s book is in her collection. Packed with recipes and McQuirter’s personal journey from meat-eater to vegan, it provides a real life snapshot of health and the impact of a healthy diet. McQuirter has been featured in The Washington Post, NPR, Essence, Ebony, FOX 5, NBC 4, The Tavis Smiley Show, The Chicago Sun-Times, and VegTV. She also directed the Vegetarian Society of DC Eat Smart program, the nation’s first federally-funded and community-based vegan nutrition program.
If any of these authors have impacted your eating journey, share your story! Also, feel free to drop a comment if another veg book has inspired you.