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.
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.
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.