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.
For kid-friendly recipes categorized into dairy-free, gluten-free and egg-free, look to Allergy-free Cooking for Kids ($14.95, 184 pp) by Pamela Clark. The recipes are accompanied by colorful images and nutritional information. Recipes include: Coconut Rice Pudding, Banana Bread, Mini Meat Pies and Polenta-Coated Chicken.
For a food-based guide to anti-aging, look to Younger Next Week ($16.95, 304 pp) by Elisa Zied, MS, RD, CDN. A guide to feeling “younger in 7 days,” the book includes ways for women to fight inflammation, enhance immunity, stop mood swings and promote healthy weight-loss, as well as 30 easy-to-make healthy recipes.
Start your day with Whole-Grain Mornings ($22.00, 184 pp), a collection of new breakfast recipes by culinary educator and writer Megan Gordon. The 65 easy and wholesome recipes are beautifully pictured throughout the cookbook and include sweet and savory options like Cherry Hazelnut Quinoa Bars, Greens and Grains Scramble and, simply, The Very Best Oatmeal.
Seedswap ($16.95, 128 pp) by activist Josie Jeffery is as its subtitle says: A gardener’s guide to saving and swapping seeds! It fully explains how to harvest seeds from your garden and eventually grow plants from your own seed stash. Perfect for first-time gardeners, Seedswap includes a glossary of plants and simple instructions.
The many benefits of comfrey are highlighted in a new book by Holly Lucille, ND, RN, The Healing Power of Trauma Comfrey ($8.95, 80 pp). The guide offers a safe, effective and simple way to use the plant comfrey to address pains such as sprains, strains, wounds and back pain. Lucille explains how comfrey may be a good alternative to pharmaceuticals.
The Complete Leady Greens Cookbook ($27.95, 448 pp) is a comprehensive guide 67 leafy greens by food writer Susan Sampson. From spinach and kale to mizuna and endive, each green has a color photo for reference and detailed vegetarian recipes that highlight the vegetable. The cookbook also has guides to the leafy green’s taste profile and nutritional value.