Babycakes Covers the Classics ($25.00 143 pp), by Erin McKenna, is a recipe book filled with healthful desserts that are vegan and gluten-, wheat-, soy-, casein-, egg-, and refined sugar-free. Some recipes include cakes, cookies, breakfast items, ice cream creations, sweet snacks and donuts. In the very first pages, McKenna, the chef and owner of BabyCakes NYC, introduces readers to vegan cooking with a Q&A, and additionally starts off each section with her own personal statement to ensure a smooth and enjoyable baking experience.

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The Kardea Gourmet ($24.95, 232 pp), by Richard Collins, M.D. and Robert Leighton with Susan Bucklet, R.D., explores the Mediterranean diet, a heart-healthy “eating solution” that remedies common concerns such as elevated cholesterol, blood pressure and weight gain with various eating strategies and cooking techniques. The book includes recipes and explores themes including weight management, nutritional supplements and balancing the love of junky eating with heart-healthy eating.

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Eat Naked ($16.95, 193 pp), by Margaret Floyd, touts the importance of organic food in a world overrun by over-processed, unnatural junk foods. Floyd, a nutritional therapy practitioner and certified healing foods specialist, shares her expertise on preparing foods while keeping all of the nutrients and flavor without additives. Included are 40 recipes to encourage the reader to get actively involved in cooking with organics and to help discover the health and positive waistline effects of eating “naked.”

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Eat Greens ($24.95, 240 pp) is Barbara Scott-Goodman and Liz Trovato’s collection of over 120 seasonal recipes focused on green vegetables. Green vegetables are high in vitamins C and beta-carotene, and they also contain many essential minerals. Vegetable lovers can serve these meals to their families, giving them delicious dinners that are packed with nutrients. The book also contains tips on how to properly grow greens, how to buy and store them, and nutrition information.

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A new movie, Microwarriors: the Power of Probiotics ($19.95), discusses the benefits of probiotics. This documentary details everything from the discovery and history of probiotics to the health benefits and different types of probiotics available to us. After watching this documentary, the viewer will have a clear knowledge of probiotics and will be able to apply this knowledge to their lives to improve their digestive and overall health.

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Secret Nerve Cures ($19.95, 198 pp), by Bob Martin, is a collection of remedies for nerve-related health challenges. Ailments range from nerve pain to numbness to bells palsy to cramps to carpel tunnel and more. The book details each different type of nerve and why it is important, along with a description of the impact of each vitamin and mineral on nerve health. Martin discusses products that are harmful to the nerves, such as artificial sweeteners and pesticides, as well as giving information about medicinal and dietary cures for nerve problems.

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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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