Recommended Reading

This is a current list of the books that I have found to be informative or enlightening about food, our environment, and achieving optimal health. I am always seeking out information that will better educate me in regard to my food choices so this list will be added to on a regular basis.

Many of these books are specific to different types of diets; vegan, anti inflammatory, or macrobiotic. Each one has been instrumental in educating me regardless of the subject matter.

Other books listed, such as those by M.F.K. Fisher and Elizabeth David are recommended because these women were great writers who were not afraid to express their passion for food; gathering, preparing, and consuming it. We could all take a few lessons from them and learn to truly savor and appreciate each and every bite.

Each book that is on this list is here because I feel, in one aspect or another, they offer words of wisdom that are applicable to all of our lives.


Anticancer, A New Way of Life, New Edition by MD, PhD, David Servan-Schreiber


Auberge of The Flowering Hearth by Roy Andries De Groot


Eat More, Weigh Less: Dr. Dean Ornish’s Life Choice Program for Losing Weight Safely While Eating Abundantly by Dean Ornish


Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way To Health by Gene Stone


French Provincial Cooking by Elizabeth David


Hip Chicks Guide To Macrobiotics: A Philosophy for achieving a Radiant Mind and a Fabulous Body by Jessica Porter


Modern-Day Macrobiotics: Transform Your Diet and Feed Your Mind, Body and Spirit by Simon Brown


On Food and Cooking by Harold McGee


South Wind Through The Kitchen: The Best of Elizabeth David by Elizabeth David, compiled by Jill Norman


Staying Healthy with Nutrition: The Complete Guide To Diet and Nutritional Medicine by Elson M. Haas and Buck Elder


Sugar Blues by William Duffy


The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher


The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health by T. Colin Campbell, PHD and Thomas M. Campbell II


The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods by Michael T. Murray, Joseph Pizzorno and Lara Pizzorno


The Enclyclopedia of Natural Medicine by Michael T. Murray and Joseph Pizzorno


The McDougal Program: 12 Days to Dynamic Health by John A. McDougal


The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan


The Starch Solution: Eat The Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose The Weight For Good! by John McDougall M.D. and Mary McDougall


Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World by Kathy Freston