Belly Fat Breakthrough ($9.99, 92 pp), by Karlene Karst, is a guide to maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle. A checklist included in the book can determine whether you are eating properly, and if you are not, this book gives plenty of suggestions on how to modify your diet. Karst details the importance of fiber, vegetables, whole grains and protein in the diet, as well as of incorporating exercise into your life. Exercise plans are detailed.

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The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions ($18.99, 272 pp), by Celine Steen and Joni Marie Newman, offers info about substituting vegan options into any recipe. The book is broken down into sections so that readers can easily find appropriate substitutions such as those for dairy, cheese, eggs, meat, gluten and soy. Recipes include vegan chile con carne, sweet potato bars, and peanut butter and jelly pie.

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What’s Eating Your Child? ($13.95, 320 pp), by Kelly Dorfman, MS, lND, offers a look into the nutritional deficiencies or excesses that can cause many childhood ailments. Dorfman describes the diets of her young patients and finds that changing some of their eating habits has an effect on the ailments f rom which they suffer. A beneficial read for anyone whose child suffers regularly from behavioral or mood problems.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Edible Herbs ($12.95, 152 pp), by horticulturist Charles W.G. Smith, offers in-depth profiles of 26 basic herbs, with full-color photos. Herbs such as basil and bay laurel are described in detail, including growing, harvesting and preserving each herb. Further lessons on cooking techniques help expand one’s culinary horizon.

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The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook ($34.95, 184 pp) is full of advice about the business end of running a farm. Author Richard Wiswall includes ways to make production more efficient, advice for managing employees, marketing strategies and tips on how to handle profits and plan for retirement. The book also comes with a companion CD.

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bowden bookUnleash the Amazingly Potent Anti-Aging, Antioxidant Pro-Immune System Health Benefits of the Olive Leaf ($5.95, 38 pp), by Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., includes information from health experts as well as use testimonials about the medicinal purposes of the olive leaf. The book contains research on a myriad of the olive leaf’s possible health benefits, including its antioxidant and infection-fighting qualities.

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aloe veraMartie Whittekin’s book Aloe Vera ($7.95, 55 pp) presents the ancient medicinal herb in the light of modern science. It describes the benefits of aloe vera, including immune system support, antioxidant protection, detoxification and digestive health. Whittekin backs up these age-old claims with modern scientific research.

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total health the chinese wayTotal Health the Chinese Way ($17.95, 344 pp) is a guide to total health, authored  by Esther Ting, Ph.D. and co-author Marianne Jas, M.A., presents four decades of insight into helping patients learn the value of listening to their bodies. Each chapter contains quick exercises, diet tips and testimonials that will help ease pain, increase energy and prevent illness.

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Fresh from the FarmFresh from the Farm: Great Local Foods from New York State ($39.95, 272 pp)  showcases New York State farms. Writer Nathalie Sann and photographer Susan Meisel show where to find the best produce, dairy, poultry, wine and much more, from Hudson Valley farmland, to the lush Catskills to the vineyards of Long Island.

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urban veganThe Urban Vegan ($16.95, 227 pp), by Dynise Balcavage, is a collection of 250 original animal-free recipes inspired by urban colorful culinary landscapes. Recipes are grouped into themes such as café culture, lunch cart, urban garden, haute cuisine, “just desserts” and happy hour. Icons designate recipes as low-fat, fast, omnivore friendly, kid friendly or frugal.

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