In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
In defense of Food focuses on the history of food, how we see it, how we eat it and how our collective view of it has changed over the years. Pollan explores everything in this book and it is an enjoyable read.
The China Study by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell
In this book the authors discuss the relationship between nutrition and diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. It’s a great read that is both accessible and informative. There is also an accompanying cookbook to ease the transition into eating with disease prevention in mind. IT IS NOT A DIET BOOK. This book offers a grounded look at the nature of disease and how it can be treated and prevented with good nutrition.
Gut by Giulia Enders and Jill Enders
I love this book. In short this books gives the reader a closer look into the digestive system. This book explains the nuts and bolts of the digestion process in a way that is easy to grasp. From seeing and smelling food to extracting nutrients and finally excreting waste, this book leaves nothing to the imagination. I mean that in a good way. Wondering about probiotics? Read this book. Curious about gas? Read this book. Have you ever thought about the connection between your gut and your mental health? Read this book. Seriously, you won’t regret it.
Eating Between the Lines by Kimberly Lord Stewart
This book is a good primer for deciphering nutrition labels and health claims that are found on the foods we buy in the grocery store. Reading this book will help the reader to understand the difference between organic and natural. How does a food get the sought after organic label in the first place? What are health claims? What does free range mean? It’s all in this book.
The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillan
In this book, Tracie McMillan explores the American food industry by working in three major facets of the industry. McMillan works in the fields of California, harvesting fruits and vegetables. She works in a Detroit Wal Mart with the produce. Lastly she finds employment at a New York City Applebees. In her journey through the food industry, McMillan chronicles exactly what happens to the food before it gets to your plate. She also explores issues of food scarcity, food deserts, and the high cost of eating healthy.
Fart Free Vegan by Jonathan Symons
This book is about food combining. If you’ve ever wondered why you’re gassy and uncomfortable after eating, then you should probably read this book. There’s a lot of information out there on food combining but I found this book to be concise and easy to read.
Raw, Vegan, Not Gross by Laura Miller
I love her youtube channel. I bought this book because she’s relatable and down to earth. Plus, all of the recipes I’ve tried from her youtube channel were delicious. Raw, Vegan, Not Gross combines the author’s own journey through food and wellness with fantastic recipes.
Thug Kitchen by Thug Kitchen
I Know this book is controversial but you cannot deny these recipes.
Viva Vegan by Terry Hope Romero
If the book is on this list then I love it, so I’ll stop saying it. Truly I adore this book. I love Latin American food, but I was always to intimidated to try to cook it myself. This book makes it easy and delicious. I’m moving through each recipe myself and have found them to be simple once you get the hang of it. I’ve made the refried beans and tostones several times along with homemade corn tortillas and salsa verde. I’m obsessed.
The Urban Vegan by Dynise Balcavage
Café Culture, Lunch Cart, and Soup Kitchen are the names of a few of my favorite chapters of this cookbook. This book teaches you to cook some of your favorite foods that you would find in a hip and thriving city. Yes, I said HIP as in cool because I like that word and can’t think of a better one.