Beyond Beliefs

A Guide to Improving Relationships and Communication for Vegans, Vegetarians, and Meat Eaters

This award-winning book is an insightful and practical guide for vegans and those they are in relationship with: friends, family, colleagues, and even other vegans.

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2017 Nautilus Gold Award

About the Book

Vegans, vegetarians, and meat eaters can feel like they’re living in different worlds. Many vegans and vegetarians struggle to feel understood and respected in a meat-eating culture, where some of their most pressing concerns and cherished beliefs are invisible, and where they are often met with defensiveness when they try to talk about the issue. They can become frustrated and struggle to feel connected with meat eaters. And meat eaters can feel disconnected from vegans and vegetarians whose beliefs they don’t fully understand and whose frustration may spill over into their interactions. The good news is that relationship and communication breakdown among vegans, vegetarians, and meat eaters is not inevitable, and it is reversible. With the right tools, healthy connections can be cultivated, repaired, and even strengthened.

What People Are Saying

This is such an important book. A huge part of being a vegan needs to be communicating effectively and respectfully.

Moby, musician, author, and activist

Dr. Melanie Joy is one of the most profound thinkers of our age. Read this book. Your life will never be the same. It will be much better.

Jane Velez-Mitchell, journalist and founder and host of JaneUnchained

Melanie Joy thinks clearly, writes exquisitely, and persuades truthfully. Beyond Beliefs gently melts the bars of the cages which we erect around our beliefs. It deserves a place in every vegan library and on the reading list of every non-vegan.


I love this book. As a vegan married to a non-vegan, I found Melanie Joy’s advice on how to maintain a loving relationship regardless of people’s differences to be fantastic. I recommend this book to anyone seeking deeper, more connected relationships.

Alexandra Paul, actress and health coach

Melanie Joy’s work contains some of the very best thinking ever on the psychology of eating and provides the first really robust, consistent, deep analysis of some of our most critical food beliefs. In Beyond Beliefs, Joy has again made a major achievement. This book is, please excuse me, a joy to read. I cannot imagine anyone reading this without an “aha” moment, and one for the good.

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, PhD, Author of <i>When Elephants Weep</i> and other books

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