The Whole Family Cookbook ($17.95, 181 pages), by Michelle Stern, offers fun and low-budget ways to teach families about eating healthy, locally and organically. Parents benefit with advice on when to buy the freshest produce while cutting costs, and kids have fun with color-coded instructions for snacks like Salty Pretzel Pillows and Wish-For-a-Fish Pasta. The book contains over 75 recipes that are colorful and easy to understand, making this a cookbook the whole family can reference and enjoy together.


The Portable Pediatrician ($21.99, 575 pages), by William Sears, MD, Martha Sears, RN, Robert Sears, MD, James Sears, MD and Peter Sears, MD, has been added to family of doctors' bestselling parenting guides. The book is an encyclopedic health reference covering birth through adolescence, including information on common illnesses and emergencies, advice on raising children and choosing a pediatrician and first aid necessities and practices. This Sears aim to provide families with answers to any questions regarding the difficult process of raising happy and healthy children.


Integrative Herbalism ($4.99, 48 pages) by Christopher Hobbs, Ph.D., a fourth generation herbalist, illustrates the new science and healthful applications of herbal medicine via natural botanicals. In the book, Hobbs explains how these botanicals can help fight inflammation, strengthen immune function, fight infection, build natural energy, promote liver health, ease menopause and avoid stress risks through herbal remedies and changes to lifestyle and diet. According to the author, all findings are supported by modern research as well as thousands of years of traditional practices.


No Guts, No Glory ($18.95) by Steven Lamm, M.D. (known as the “House Doctor” on ABC’s The View) with Sidney Stevens, proves that to achieve total wellness, you have to start with your gut. Lamm introduces a three-step system; beginning with the Gut-Smart Eating Plan by eating natural, raw foods that contain live digestive enzymes, followed by Detoxification and finishing with Restoring by replenishing your body's probiotics and prebiotics. Included is a questionnaire to identify problem areas, and a personalized plan depending on need.


The Gardener & The Grill ($20.00, 192 pages) by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig, shows grilling from a new and different angle. The book takes a “garden to grill” sustainability approach, by choosing only the best plants for growing and cooking on the grill. These will accompany grilled meat favorites or can be served as meal of their own. All 125 recipes for soups, skewers, salad and other entrees contain fresh ingredients capable of growing right in the readers’ backyards.


Real Cause Real Cure ($31.95, 480 pages) by Jacob Teitlbaum, MD and Bill Gottlieb, aims to help readers find peaceful, long-term relief from problems such as stress, depression, heartburn, weight gain and chronic pain. The book introduces methods to help assuage more than 50 common health problems using natural techniques and drug-free supplements. Also included is a simple “28-Day Life-Changing Plan” to help aid the transition to a healthier, problem-free lifestyle.


Ripe ($25, 312 pp.), by Cheryl Sternman Rule, introduces a fruit-and-vegetable cookbook in a new light: arranging each assortment by color rather than season. Rule, voice behind popular food blog “5 Second Rule,” starts the book off with red edibles and eventually ends the color spectrum with white foods. The red and orange sections include oranges, cherries, pomegranates and grapefruits; the yellow and green include bananas, lemons, corn, squash and pineapple; the purple and blue follow with the more exotic blackberries, blueberries, plums and eggplant; and the book finishes with the cleansing white section that includes coconut, mushrooms, potatoes, cauliflower and garlic. Each fruit is paired with a short essay and creative recipe ideas.


The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar Free Baking ($30, 224 pp.), by Peter Reinhart and Denene Wallace, is a cookbook that engulfs readers into the world of healthful gluten-free, sugar-free breads, pastries, cookies, and cakes. The book is a food lifestyle guide for the millions of Americans who are sensitive to gluten, are diabetic, or simply need to reduce their carb intake. Reinhart and Wallace teach readers how to bake with seed and nut flours instead of starches, which produce the same yummy result without the health hazard. Some author information: Peter Reinhart is the author of eight books and is a baking instructor and faculty member at Johnson and Wales University. Denene Wallace, after being diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes, developed the Proseed Flour blend.


The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook ($18.95, 216 pp.), by Cybele Pascal, started off as a mother’s response to her infant son's diagnosis of severe allergies to diary and soy. Pascal, through creativity and strength, eliminated eight of the allergens responsible for 90% of food allergies. Her 200 recipes suit any occasion, whether it is a simple meal at home or a fancy party. Paired with an informative forward by Christine Fusillo, M.D., chief of pediatric allergy at the Westchester Medical Center, this cookbook will calm both minds and stomachs.