Recommended Reading

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I often receive questions from others regarding my favorite books on health and nutrition. I devour books, in general, and I knew that I had to create a master list of not only my most beloved books on nutrition and health, but my favorite books, in general. Here you will find an organized list of my most beloved books, listed by category. The health of our bodies is inextricably linked to the health of the planet and eating a plant-based diet obviously contributes to less animal suffering, especially in our modern society, where factory farming is ubiquitous.  The more we read, the more obvious these connections become and the more powerful we as human beings are at making the world a better place. When we know the facts and statistics, we become even more powerful voices of positive change in society. One of the most important gifts you can give yourself is reading the books on this list.

Also, what would life be without reading for pleasure too?! My favorite books combine creative writing, storytelling, insights into history and other cultures and lessons we can all learn from the experiences of both real people who have documented their journeys and fictional characters that could easily be real people, for that is how lifelike they seem.

I hope you find these books as enjoyable and enlightening as I did!

My Favorite Books on Nutrition & Health:

Eat to Live
▪ Super Immunity
▪ Disease-Proof Your Child
Healthy At 100
▪ Fast Food Nation
▪ The Pleasure Trap
▪ Breaking the Food Seduction
▪ The End of Overeating
Food Choice and Sustainability
The Food Revolution
Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows
Skinny Bitch
▪ Power Foods for the Brain
Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance

Getting my hands on a new, expertly crafted plant-based cookbook loaded with beautiful food photography and recipes that makes me drool is like a fashion designer from the Middle of Nowhere, USA walking into Saks Fifth Avenue in NYC for the first time. Discovery of a new cookbook results in instantaneous, pure bliss and the pupils of my eyes bulge as a result of exposure to previously unseen stunning culinary visuals. Talk about inspiration! This is a list of my favorite cookbooks that I use regularly and employ as inspirational tools for my own recipe creations. I plan on adding to this list as new favorite cookbooks are discovered. Are you familiar with the phrase, “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, and the other gold?” I feel the same way about cookbooks. I love my oldies, but I adore the new ones too. The first cookbook listed contains some of my own recipe inventions. Woohoo!

My Favorite Cookbooks:

▪ The Eat To Live Cookbook
▪ Unprocessed
▪ The Vegan Table
▪ How It All Vegan
Quick-Fix Vegan
1000 Vegan Recipes
Blissful Bites
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Cooking
Let Them Eat Vegan!
The Joy of Vegan Baking
The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook
The Happy Herbivore Cookbook
The Conscious Cook
Vegan Yum Yum
The Real Food Daily Cookbook
The Native Foods Restaurant Cookbook
Candle 79 Cookbook
The Karma Chow Ultimate Cookbook
The Veganopolis Coobook
I Am Grateful: Recipes & Lifestyle of Café Gratitude
The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet

Nonfiction books unrelated to nutrition can be truly powerful and life-changing. Uncovering a moving, one-of-a-kind nonfiction book makes me feel unlike anything else. The most wonderful sensations of giddiness, delight and rapture over come me and daydreams that swirl together creativity, imagination, knowledge and self-improvement tips ignite. I have been drawn to positive psychology books like a child who knows little about nutrition is drawn to a huge bowl of ice cream with bright rainbow sprinkles on top. Not all of the books below are books about self-improvement and positive psychology, some are educational tools to help readers understand the world around us in a way we might not otherwise be able. Some are extraordinary, yet true, tales of surviving and triumphing under seemingly impossible conditions (I am thinking specifically of a gripping true story called Unbroken as I type this!). Without further ado, these are works of nonfiction that have influenced my life and changed my perception of what is possible, as well as how to improve my life in a way I would not have likely discovered without reading the compelling words on their pages.

My favorite Nonfiction (unrelated to nutrition, yet totally useful to our health, wellbeing and life success!):

The Happiness Advantage
The Obstacle Is The Way
The Happiness Project
Meditations: A New Translation
Hot Flat and Crowded
Strength in What Remains
Man’s Search for Meaning
The Ethics of What We Eat
Nickeled and Dimed
Think: Straight Talk for Women Living in a Dumbed Down World

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