A Farm Dies Once A Year ($25.00, 272 pp) by Arlo Crawford is a memoir about the author returning to the farm where his parents grew crops for nearly forty years. As he chronicles the course of one full growing season, Crawford ponders both the highs and lows of the farmers’ lifestyle while reconciling with his family’s legacy.
Jennifer McGruther’s The Nourished Kitchen ($27.99, 320pp) has over 160 traditional foods recipes for the cook looking to go farm-to-table. The book is broken down into categories like From The Garden, From The Range, and From The Orchard. Recipes include Oysters and Potato Stew, Pan-Fried Savoy Cabbage with Bacon, and Maple Roasted Pears.
For healthy and energizing drinks, check out Superfood Juices ($16.95, 224 pp) by Julie Morris. This book contains some tips for beginning juicers to get started putting their own blends together as well as recipes like Cucumber Mint Juice, Volcano Hot Chocolate, and Kale Martinis. Recipes are also organized by functional cleanses like a Quick Reboot or Strength and Stamina Cleanse, for those looking for a specific boost for their day.
Maureen Ogle’s In Meat We Trust ($28.00, 384 pp), is a look at the history of meat in America, from the colonists to ConAgra. By chronicling not only the history of the meat industry itself, but the way it shaped the growth of this country, this book showcases past innovations while raising questions for the future of meat.
Why Diets Fail ($24.99, 240 pp) by Nicole M. Avena, Ph.D. and John R. Talbott, explains the science on how to recognize a sugar addiction, how to end sugar cravings and lose weight to get healthy. The pitfalls of conventional diets are discussed, as well. Included is a sugar equivalency table that ranks sugar content in hundreds of common foods.
Written by Mark C. Houston, MD, MS, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Heart Disease ($14.99, 305 pp) details a comprehensive, easy-to-follow program about: the early signs of heart attack, the link between blood sugar and heart disease, “good” and “bad” cholesterol and ways to fight heart disease naturally.
Probiotics For Dummies ($16.99, 192 pp) by Shekhar K. Challa, Ph.D., board certified gastroenterologist, has all the information on how probiotics can support the immune system, alleviate allergies and support a healthy digestive tract. The easy-to-follow guide includes a breakdown of the types of probiotics as well as two dozen probiotic-rich recipes for entrées, snacks and desserts.
Nataranjan Ranganathan, Ph.D., and Herny D’Silva, Ph.D., have written Probiotics and Kidney Health ($5.95, 44 pp), which explains how probiotics may be able to help those with chronic kidney disease by filtering out uric acid, removing other toxins from the body and providing an opportunity for the functioning kidneys to rest and heal. Charts and diagrams make the guide easy to fully understand.
Gluten-Free Pasta ($20.00, 216 pp) by Robin Asbell includes more than 100 fast recipes for gluten-free, low- and no-carb pastas. The book is broken down into subcategories like Sauces, Baked Pastas and Soups. Recipes include Potato Gnocchi, Primavera Pasta, Greek Lamb Pastitsio, Fast Pho and Delhi-Style Greens and Pasta.
A comprehensive guide to biodynamic farming, Citizen Farmers ($24.95, 224 pp) by Daron “Farmer D” Joffe and Susan Puckett explains how to “grow healthy food, build thriving communities, and give back to the earth.” The book is filled with colorful pictures and guides on composting, tilling, sowing, reaping and more.