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.
The Diabetes Solution ($24.99, 261 pp) by Jorge Rodriguez, MD, and Susan Wyler, RDN, has a twofold purpose: to give those with type 2 diabetes the means to help fight it and promote education for readers to understand exactly what it is and what can be done to prevent it. The book combines the latest scientific research on type 2 diabetes and prediabetes with information for diabetics to manage the condition. Some of the offerings for managing diabetes include recipes for all times of day, exercise regimens, and ways to lower stress.
Homebrewers now have a more eco-friendly option when it comes to making their beer with Sustainable Homebrewing ($18.95, 368 pp) by Amelia Slayton Loftus. This book helps both beginner and advanced brewers take an organic approach to brewing by growing their own ingredients and choosing eco-friendly materials to use throughout the brewing process. Loftus also covers sustainable brewing practices like using solar energy and recycled water. There are also over 30 beer recipes for readers to try, including Pale Rider Ale, Vienna Twist Lager, and Gluten-Free Buckwheat Millet Ale.
Readers looking for more versatility from their superfoods can turn to The Book of Kale & Friends ($22.95, 224 pp) by Sharon Hanna and Carol Pope, a book covering how to grow and cook your own superfoods. Though the book has a strong focus on kale, including growing tips as well as recipes raging from kale salads to kale cookies to several kale cocktails, other superfoods are profiled as well. These superfoods are not only rich in nutrients, but easy to grow, including parsley, arugula, garlic, and sage. Even the family dog can join in, with a chapter dedicated to Canine Kale Cuisine.
Juice ($18.99, 160 pp) by Carly de Castro, Hedi Gores, and Hayden Slater has over 100 juice recipes designed to replenish nutrients and provide energy. Recipes are divided into three main categories: greens, roots, and citrus, all intended to support specific bodily functions. In addition, there are also recipes for nut milks, smoothies elixirs and flavored beverages, including Chia Almond Smoothies and Berry Basil Bliss. The authors also devote a section specifically on cleansing, which combines recipes along with advice on how to get the most out of your cleanse.
Jennifer’s Way ($25.99, 274 pp) by award-winning actress Jennifer Esposito is a memoir profiling her struggle with celiac disease. The memoir covers her trials growing up with diverse symptoms of celiac disease, which she only received a diagnosis for in 2009, as well as her learning to take control of her health and work with the restrictions and demands the disease poses while becoming an advocate for others. A portion of proceeds from this book will go to The Jennifer’s Way Foundation, a non-profit Esposito has founded for celiac education.
For those looking to use herbs for a healthier lifestyle, Rodale’s 21st-Century Herbal ($35.00, 498 pp) by Michael J. Balick, PhD., is an all-purpose guide into the traditional use of many of the most popular herbs as well as how to incorporate them into your daily life. The book covers topics like the global history of herbs, how they work in the body, and how to incorporate them practically into your lifestyle.This book also extends beyond health, with advice on using herbs for scenting, decorating, and cleaning.
The 163 Best Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes ($24.95, 224 pp) by Judith Finlayson is a collection of recipes combining the convenience of a slow cooker with the benefits of the popular paleo diet. Categories include Starters and Snacks, Poultry, Just Veggies, and Deserts, with recipes like Braised Swordfish, Mixed Vegetable Coconut Curry, and Chocolate Flan with Toasted Almonds. There are also introductions for newcomers to the paleo diet or slow cookers.
The Healing Revolution ($19.95, 240 pp) by Frank King, ND, DC, promotes good health by making small changes in eight specific areas of life that he calls the Eight Essentials. Some of the Eight Essentials profiled are Nutrition, Fitness, Sleep, and Relationships. King uses a combination of anecdotes and practical advice to offer readers ways to improve their bodily and mental health. There is also an interactive side to the book, with many tips as well as self-evaluations for readers to chart their progress.
For those interested in putting an international flair in their cooking, Aliya LeeKong’s Exotic Table ($35.00, 321 pp) has recipes from Turkey to Kenya to Brazil. Consisting of categories like Spices, Ingredients, and Equipment, Beef, Pork, Lamb, and Goat, and Breakfast, Savory Tarts, and Breads, the author has added small anecdotes about food from around the globe to add a personal touch. Recipes include Jamaican Jerk Hens, Greek Lasagna, and Hibiscus Paletas.