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Grocery Stores

All supermarkets have a growing selection of plant-based foods, here are some highlights:

  • Whole Foods - The largest selection of plant-based meats and cheeses, along with great vegan versions of your favorite foods. It's a great place to see what's available, especially the Chandler and Mayo Blvd locations.

  • Trader Joe's - A variety of vegan products and many hidden gems, see here http://www.traderjoes.com/dietary-lists/vegan and here http://www.buzzfeed.com/leonoraepstein/best-vegan-products-from-trader-joes#.gpYKBZlyZ

  • Sprouts - Natural foods gorvery store with a good selection of vegan foods.

  • Lee Lee International Supermarket - The largest international market in the valley, offers many premade vegan items, cheap vegetables, and spices and sauces to make your international favorites.

  • Costco / Sam's - Great for buying quantities on a budget, each has several vegan speciality products.

Fast Food and Chain Restaurants

For a detailed listing of vegan options at fast food and chain restaurants, check out  VeganEatingOut.com

Websites

TryVeg.com - The why's and how's of vegetarian eating

ChooseVeg.org - Your guide to vegan and vegetarian living - including video recipes

VeganHealth.org - Staying healthy on plant-based diets, by Jack Norris, RD. Don't miss the daily recommendations

Phoenix Community

AZ Vegan Nation - A MultiCultural Meetup  - Potlucks and social activities - everyone is welcome with open arms!

Animal Advocates of Arizona - Dining out, social activities and outreach opportunities

Books

The Quick-Fix Vegetarian by Robin Robertson - Recommended as a "first" vegan cookbook by Erik Marcus; also see Michelle Taylor's video review
The Conscious Cook by Tal Ronnen - for fancy and delicious recipes by Oprah's favorite vegan chef. Don't miss PinkVegan blogging every recipe, her favorite so far: agave-lime grilled tofu with asian slaw and mashed sweet potatoes

The Ultimate Vegan Guide by Erik Marcus - a short quick read that tells new vegans everything they need to know!
Vegan on the Cheap  by Robin Robertson - Quick, tasty, and cheap!