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.
New York City: A Food Biography ($40.00, 260 pp) by Andrew F. Smith is a journey through New York City’s culinary history. From hotspot restaurants like Delmonico’s to street foods plucked from various immigrant cultures, the book shows how the diversity and energy of this city is reflected in its food. Topics covered include Eateries, Drinking In The City, and Historic Cookbooks, Dishes, and Recipes.
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.