The traditional bowl of soup gets a healthy spin in The Whole Bowl.The traditional bowl of soup gets a healthy spin in The Whole Bowl by Rebecca Wood and Leda Scheintaub. ($16.95, 118 pp).Focusing on gluten- and dairy-free ingredients, this cookbook contains stews, soups and accompaniments that speak to a variety of taste, from comfort food to specific health purposes. Recipes include Nettle Soup with Poached Eggs, Buffalo Chili, Mahi Mahi Moqueca, and Minty Avocado and Tomatillo Soup. This book also contains several helpful sidebars to help cooks prepare and select ingredients properly—from how to cook soba noodles to altering recipes to create texture. 

A Good Food Day ($30.00, 256 pp) by Marco Canora, leaves diet plans and eating guidelines to the side in favor of simple, natural meals that can also improve one’s health. This book not only contains 125 recipes, but helpful advice on ingredients and cooking techniques that help add flavor to your food without turning to sugars or harmful fats. The book also takes time to explain the science behind ‘good-for-you foods,’ like low-sugar carbohydrates and alkaline-rich vegetables. Some featured recipes include Mushroom, Barley and Kale Soup, Rosemary Lemon Minute Steak, and Peanut Butter Cacao Nib Cookies.

Whole grains, seeds, legumes and pulses are gaining popularity in supermarkets and health food stores everywhere, and Grains ($35.95, 303 pp) by Molly Brown, is a guide on how to incorporate them into your routine. In addition to providing 150 diverse recipes like Multigrain and Cranberry Waffles, Vermont Baked Beans, and Saffron Glazed Chicken with Jeweled Couscous, this book also offers detailed instructions on how to select and prepare grains, seeds and more to be included in your own recipes. From breakfast to dessert and everything in between, this book provides a way to include ancient grains.

The Great Cholesterol Myth Cookbook ($21.99, 192 pp) by Jonny Bowden, PH.D., C.N.S. and Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.N, C.N.S., shares recipes and meal plans specifically targeted to help lower the risk of heart disease and improve overall heart health. The book includes recipes high in heart healthy nutrients like Gluten-Free Mediterranean Veggie Pizza, Mega-Omega Spice Crusted Salmon, Probiotic Fruit Chutney, and Banana Berry Quinoa Porridge. In addition to the recipes, this book also combines practical advice along with scientific findings in order to help you live a heart-healthy lifestyle at the dinner table and beyond.

The Pre-Diabetes Diet Plan ($15.99, 245 pp) by Hillary Wright, M. Ed, RD, is a practical and informative guide to help people reverse prediabetes and prevent diabetes at a very early stage. In addition to explaining the science behind insulin resistance, the underlying cause of diabetes, this book offers guidelines, strategies, dietary advice and exercise regimens  to help lower risk of diabetes and improve overall well-being. The book balances between “Mind-Set Intervention” sections, loaded with positive support and empowerment and thorough outlines of effective strategies for change.

Younger Next Week ($16.95, 290 pp) by Elisa Zeid, MS, RD, CDN, shows how women can feel younger through simple exercises and recipes rather than expensive procedures or products. The book offers a combined food plan and lifestyle guide that will help women in achieving a rejuvenated appearance, boosted energy, enhanced immunity, and overall vitality. In addition to practical everyday lifestyle tips and healthy recipes like Asian Peanut Chicken and Black Bean Tartines, this book features a 7-Day Vitality Plan, allowing women to gauge their own vitality and nutrition levels and craft a weekly routine ideally suited for them.

Turn to Superfood Juices, Smoothies & Drinks ($16.95, 239 pp) by Jason Manheim for drink recipes that provide healthy benefits along with flavors. Focusing on nutritious and accessible superfoods like apples, avacados, chia seeds, and spinach, this book provides drinks catered to certain health functions like immune support, organ health, and weight management. The recipes are every bit as diverse as their functions, with offerings like Chocolate Mint, Goji Beet, Chamomilk, and Ginger Fennel Tea. Newcomers can turn to the Superfood Drink Basics section for starter advice to make healthy juices and smoothies.

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.

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.