Steven J. Rosen has a strong view on vegetarianism and has written Diet for Transcendence: Vegetarianism and the World Religions (1997, previously published as Food for the Spirit) and Holy Cow: The Hare Krishna Contribution to Vegetarianism and Animal Rights (2004). In the former volume, he systematically explains the practice of vegetarianism in various religious traditions, such as Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism, with special attention to the philosophical schools of India.[not in citation given] In the latter, citing the devotee-scholar Bhaktivinoda Thakur (1838–1914) and the Hindu savant Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927–2001), he looks at early Vedic tradition, animal sacrifices, and the innovative contributions of the Hare Krishna movement.[better source needed]
Several years ago he was called upon by Greenwood Press, a major academic publisher, to write the Hinduism volume for their Introduction to the World's Major Religions series.[better source needed] Greenwood later commissioned him to write Essential Hinduism, a more comprehensive treatment of the same subject, under the auspices of their parent company (Praeger).
In his 2008 book/CD package called The Yoga of Kirtan: Conversations on the Sacred Art of Chanting, Rosen interviews 21 kirtan masters from around the world and offers new essays on call-and-response singing as a form of yogic spirituality. His books have appeared in several languages, including Spanish, German, Hungarian, Czech, Swedish, Chinese, and Russian.