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Health Related Books and Magazines Donna Recommends


Educate your mind to feed it information that stimulates it. An active mind is a healthy, happy mind. Just like your body needs healthy nutrition and exercise to be healthy and fit, so too does your mind need to be fed and exercised by learning something new on a daily basis. Here are several books Donna recommends to keep both your body and mind healthy and happy for many more years to come.

Ingest and digest reliable information about health, nutrition and exercise to keep your motivation and commitment strong. Give yourself the gift of health. It is the best wealth you will ever invest in. Be healthy, wealthy and wise. Read a book on health each and every month. Your body and mind will love you for it.

For starters try this: – Read eBooks using the FREE Kindle Reading App on Most Devices

Here’s one of Donna’s favorites:

“Perfection Salad: Women & Cooking at the Turn of the Century” by Laura Shapiro.

In the introduction, Ruth Reichl says, “What makes Perfection Salad so valuable is that it is history told as ordinary people tried to live it, meal by meal. The book is based on a belief that food is culture.” It’s largely about the Boston Cooking School, Fanny Farmer and so-called “scientific cooking.

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Donna’s Recommended Book Club Foodie Favorites

Read them and eat, drink and be healthy!

1. The Kitchen Shrink by Natalie Savona
2. The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
3. “The United States of Arugula” by David Kamp is a really fun read, for foodies
4. What To Eat by Marion Nestle is a huge tome, but it covers all the
consumer-y issues people want to know about or any of her other books
5. Why French Women Don’t Get Fat series.
6. Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant by Jenni Ferrari-Adler is
wonderful. It’s short stories by famous foodies about cooking for
one and dining alone…
7. Four Seasons in Five Senses by David Mas Masumoto
8. Coming Home to Eat by Gary Paul Nabhan
Books 7 and 8 – Coming Home and Four Seasons, offer a story, a journey, and an
opportunity for reflection and some beautiful reading.
9. Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally by
Alisa Smith and JB Mackinnon
10. Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe
and Anna Lappe.
11. Anything by MFK Fisher
12. Babette’s Feast by Isak Dinesen
13. Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
14. Ruth Reichl books: Tender to the Bone, Comfort Me with Apples and
Garlic and Sapphires. They are a trilogy of her journey from being a hippie cook
in a commune in Berkeley, to becoming a respected editor of Gourmet.
15. Anatomy of a Dish by Diane Forley
16. A Thousand Years Over A Hot Stove by Laura Schenone. This book reviews the history
of American women told through food and recipes. It argues that settlement of the new world could not have happened without the women who fed us from prehistory to current day.
17. From Hardtack to Home Fries: An Uncommon History of American Cooks
and Meals by Barbara Haber was fascinating.
18. Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously. This is a fun
read, but not necessarily intellectually stimulating.
19. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
20. French Lessons by Peter Mayle
21. Hungry Planet: What the World Eats by Peter Menzel
22. We Are What We Ate 24 Memories of Food
Some of America’s best writers recall how food defined their families,
changed their lives and made them who they are today
23. Grateful Heart Daily Blessings for the Evening Meal from Buddha to the
24. Backstage with Julia My Years with Julia Child by Nancy Verde Barr.
25. The Unprejudiced Palate by Angelo Pellegrini
26. The Food Lover’s Garden by Angelo Pellegrini’s (both classics)
27. Fran Gage’s memoir/cookbook/love letter to San Francisco: Bread and
28. Diane Mott Davidson culinary mysteries. Her 14th just came out this
week Sweet Revenge.
29. A Gracious Plenty by John T. Edge and other books by this author.
30. The Gospel of Food: Everything You Think You Know About Food Is Wrong by Barry Glassner
31. The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World’s Most Famous Cooking School by Kathleen Flynn
32. My Year of Meats and All Over Creation by Ruth Ozeki
33. 10th Muse by Judith Jones
34. The Book Club Cook by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp
35. Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia (Paperback) by Elizabeth Gilbert
36. Why Some Like it Hot on Food ,Genes and Cultural Diversity by Gary Paul Nabhan and other books by this author.
37. Out of the Frying Pan: A Chef’s memoir of Hot Kitchens, Single Motherhood and the Family Meal by Gillian Clark
38. Will Write for Food by Dianne Jacobs – For anyone who ever considered a career in food writing, this book explains all the in’s and out’s of all types of food writing.
39. The Tummy Triology by Calvin Trillin

40.  Simply Vegan – Holiday Gifts

In the fifth edition of Simply Vegan,VRG’s nutrition advisor Reed Mangels, PhD, RD, updated the nutrition section, with information about Protein, Fat, Calcium, Iron, Vitamin B-12, Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Pregnancy and the Vegan Diet, and more. Plus they’ve added the new four color My Vegan Plate (VRG’s vegan version of the U.S.D.A. My Plate) to the center of the book. [ ]

Simply Vegan also features 160 vegan recipes that can be prepared quickly, sample menus, and an updated cruelty-free shopping list. With 100,000 copies in print, the pioneering Simply Vegan was one of the first popular vegan cookbooks. It’s so gratifying to us the number of vegan business owners in their 20’s and 30’s who tell us how much Simply Vegan helped them when they first became vegan. This updated edition should continue to be of assistance to thousands of people who are interested in becoming vegan, but need simple recipes and easy to understand nutrition information.

41.  A Bone to Pick: The Good and Bad News About Food by Mark Bittman

42. How to Cook Everything Fast: A Better Way to Cook Great Food by Mark Bittman

43.  The VB6 Cookbook: 350 All-New Vegan and Flexitarian Recipes by Mark Bittman

44.  How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman

45.  How to Cook Everything (10th Anniversary Edition by Mark Bittman

46.  VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health for Good by Mark Bittman

47.  Nutrition CHAMPS by Jill Nussinow    

Registered dietitian, Jill Nussinow, says her cookbook “Nutrition CHAMPS is about the “superfoods of plant foods,” including cruciferous vegetables, herbs and spices, alliums, mushrooms, legumes, seeds and nuts. These foods have anti-cancer properties and antioxidants, can help control cholesterol and blood sugar, or are good sources health omega-3 fatty acid.”

Happy reading to your health!

Donna Wolf, Healthy Directions for You

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