Meetings and Awakenings: The Coevolution of Plants and People (142 pp) by Ric  Scalzo and Greg Cumberford urges readers to get in touch with nature and reach out to plants as humans always have. The authors assert that plants have been evolving with humans to benefit them in a semi-symbiotic relationship. The book features vibrant color photos and is free to access online.
Gaia Herbs, 101 Gaia Herbs Drive Brevard, NC 28712 www.gaiaherbs.com

The Dinnertime Survival Cookbook ($22.00, 256 pp) by Debra Ponzek with Mary Goodbody is a cookbook accessible to all levels of cooking skill. The recipes require only a few simple ingredients and are perfect for busy families. With recipes for burgers, soups, salads, desserts, and more, there’s something for everybody in this cookbook.
Running Press, 2300 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 www.runningpress.com

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Low-Fat Vegan Cooking ($18.95, 303 pp) brings low-fat, plant-based foods to your kitchen table. Written by Bo Rinaldi, a chef, entrepreneur and co-owner of the Blossoming Lotus restaurant in Portland, Oregon, this book not only provides over 200 recipes for any time of day (including snacks to fill those pesky between meal cravings), but an outline of vitamins, minerals, protein and good fats essential to optimal health.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Slow Cooking ($16.95, 292 pp) by Beverly Lynn Bennett proves you don’t need to sacrifice taste for health. By adapting traditional slow cooking techniques to a vegan lifestyle, Bennett serves up over 200 plant-based recipes including “Jalapeno and Green Chilie Grits,” “Mama Mia Minestrone,” “Veggie Lasagna,” and “Ratatouille.”

Crazy Sexy Kitchen ($29.95, 286 pp) is the latest vegan cookbook by The New York Times Best-Selling author and “wellness warrior” Kris Car. Co-authored by Chef Chad Sarno, the 150 plant-empowered recipes are designed to ignite a “mouthwatering revolution” and promote a healthy lifestyle. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will never be the same after tasting these recipes: “Crazy Sexy Breakfast Tacos” “Warm Kale and Quinoa Salad,” and “Squash Pasta with Sage Pesto.”

Guy Gourmet: Great Chef’s Amazing Meals for a Lean and Healthy Body ($24.00, 320 pp) is the first cookbook from Men’s Health magazine. Written by Adina Steiman and Paul Kita, the book includes over 150 recipes from the country’s best chefs including Thomas Keller, Rick Bayless and Kenny Callaghan. Guy Gourmet is packed with nutritious dishes like “Grilled Fish Tacos with Chipotle Crema,” “Backyard Baby Back Ribs,” and “Crab Cakes.” It’s the perfect book for beginners and experts alike.

The Rawvolution Continues: The Living Foods Movement in 150 Natural and Delicious Recipes ($30.00, 272 pp) promotes a pure food diet. Written by world famous chefs Matt and Janabai Amsden, this colorful cookbook features 150 scrumptious recipes such as “Hungry-Man Avocado Cheese Scramble,” “Oh! Sweet Nuthin’ Pancakes,” and “Red Hot Chili Soup.” This book is perfect for vegetarians, vegans, raw foodies and everyone looking to improve their overall health.

“The Clean Plates Cookbook: Sustainable, Delicious, and Healthier Eating for Every Body” ($20.00, 304 pp) is not a diet guide. Written by Jared Koch and Jill Silverman Hough, the book advocates “clean eating” that’s healthy, sustainable and tasty all while stressing individuality when it comes to diets.

“Vegetarian Everyday: Healthy Recipes from Our Green Kitchen” ($35.00, 247 pp) by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl, is an extension of the couple’s popular blog Greenkitchenstories.com. Bursting with colorful pages, 100 dairy-free recipes and a lot of heart, this book is perfect for the cook who wants nutrition without sacrificing taste.