For paleo cooks looking to expand their repertoire, look no further than Mediterranean Paleo Cooking (39.95, 432 pp), by Caitlin Weeks, NC, Chef Nabil Boumrar, and Diane Sanfilippo. In addition to having over 150 recipes, this book also contains chef’s tips and nutritional advice explaining the benefits of both paleo diets and Mediterranean ingredients, as well as advice on cooking methods and techniques. These recipes include paleo-friendly twists on traditional Mediterranean favorites like Shrimp Alfredo, Spiced Rack of Lamb, Savory Sweet Potato Cakes and Cashew Pizza Crust. This book also has two 30-day meal plans designed for people just starting out with the paleo diet.
Vegan Casseroles ($20.00, 200 pp) by Julie Hasson takes traditional comfort food casserole recipes and gives them a vegan twist, creating familiar flavors without cheese, eggs, butter, or cholesterol. This cookbook begins with a “Vegan Casserole Pantry” section, detailing some of the seasonings, flavorings, and ingredients you should be familiar with before going into the recipes, including certain brands that specialize in vegan ingredients. The recipes cover categories like One-Dish Appetizers, Pasta Casseroles, Old Favorites and New Twists and even Dessert Casseroles. Recipes include Taco Casserole, Hash Brown Gratin, Eggplant Parm, and Baked Coconut Rice Pudding.
Cowed (27.95, 377 pp) by Denis Hayes and Gail Boyer Hayes discusses the 93 million cows currently living in the U.S., and the widespread yet still under-the-radar effect they have on the country’s health, economy, environment, and even politics. While cattle farming for both meat and dairy products has been an American staple for much of the country’s history, the authors find that there may be more harm than good in the practice, and discuss some of the harmful impact cattle farming practices may be having in many different areas, as well as potential sustainable alternatives that are already being taken.
Real Happiness At Work ($13.95, 262 pp) by Sharon Salzberg takes a unique approach to meditation by bringing some of these techniques into the workplace. The book is divided into eight sections, dedicated to concepts like Balance, Compassion, and Integrity. Each section discusses how a workplace environment can give people trouble in these areas, then offers exercises to help in these situations, ranging from simple tasks like giving a minute-long breathing break before meetings to more in-depth ones like taking notes on everything that you find stressful in the workplace and comparing it to things you do to restore calmness. Each section ends with a Q&A describing how to handle potential workplace situations.
Followers of the clean-food movement can add some new recipes to their arsenal with Eat Clean Live Well ($30.00, 293 pp) by Terry Walters. Focusing on minimally-processed, healthy foods, this cookbook is organized not by traditional categories, but by seasons, with Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter sections all focusing on seasonal ingredients. Some of these include Spring Minestrone with Baby Artichokes, Roasted Tomato Salsa, and Cauliflower Steaks with Ginger, Turmeric, and Orange, and Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Peas and Chard. This book also serves as a healthy lifestyle guide, with tips on how to find the best produce and integrate clean food into your lifestyle, including making it appealing to children.
No gluten? No grains? No problem with Bread-Free Bread ($18.95, 168 pp) from Nerissa Oden. This cookbook contains recipes for all types of baked goods, but without flour or grains for those with food allergies or sensitivities. Instead, healthy substitutes like fruits, vegetables, and sunflower seeds are used to create recipes like Lemon Garlic Spinach Bread, Sausage Cheddar Biscuits, Kale Tortillas and Black Tea and Fig Bites. While there may not be any bread in this bread, these recipes are still designed to be as versatile as possible, with entire subjects dedicated specifically to Sandwich Breads and Cookies, Cakes, and Bars.
Seeds are on the menu in Super Seeds ($14.95, 128 pp) by Kim Lutz. This cookbook features recipes using chia, hemp, quinoa, flax and amaranth, all commonly consumed for their high protein and essential fatty acid content. These recipes cover every meal category, from breakfast to entrees to deserts, and are ideal for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free diets. Some recipes are Quinoa Black Bean Salad, Pesto Veggie Burgers, Amaranth Cornbread and Chocolate Ice Pops. In addition to the recipes, this book contains information on nutrient content for each of the five featured seeds.
Karolyn A. Gazella’s New Twist On Health ($14.95, 180 pp) discusses the health benefits and potential of modified citrus pectin (MCP), which is derived from a very unassuming source: orange peels. The book profiles the story of Issac Eliaz, MD, whose research expanded some of the potential applications of MCP as a supplement. Topics covered include general body system support, detox, cancer, diabetes and more. In addition to discussing the research itself, the author also blends in some of her personal experience, as well as practical information to integrate MCP into your lifestyle.
The Gluten-Free Italian Vegetarian Kitchen ($20.00, 240 pp) by Donna Klein, is a collection of over 225 authentic Italian recipes with a vegetarian and gluten-free spin. Along with recipes like Autumn Minestrone Soup, Baked Stuffed Eggplant Parmesan, and Spinach and Goat Cheese Pesto with Cornmeal Crust, this book includes nutritional information with each recipe to ensure it fits your lifestyle and/or diet plans. Also available are several tips and tricks on how to balance your diet while remaining gluten-free.
The Complete Autism Spectrum Disorder & Diet Guide ($24.95, 408 pp) by R. Garth Smith, MBBS, FRCPC, Susan Hannah, BA, BScH and Elke Sengmueller, BASc, RD, discusses the nature of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), along with advice on how to manage it, with particular emphasis on dietary therapy. Designed to help deal with nutritional deficiencies and food sensitivities in children with ASD, diet options covered include the Antioxidant diet and Gluten-Free Casein-Free diet. Each section covers specific recipes as well as methods to ensure children have well-balanced meals.