The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Slow Cooking ($16.95, 292 pp) by Beverly Lynn Bennett proves you don’t need to sacrifice taste for health. By adapting traditional slow cooking techniques to a vegan lifestyle, Bennett serves up over 200 plant-based recipes including “Jalapeno and Green Chilie Grits,” “Mama Mia Minestrone,” “Veggie Lasagna,” and “Ratatouille.”

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The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Low-Fat Vegan Cooking ($18.95, 303 pp) brings low-fat, plant-based foods to your kitchen table. Written by Bo Rinaldi, a chef, entrepreneur and co-owner of the Blossoming Lotus restaurant in Portland, Oregon, this book not only provides over 200 recipes for any time of day (including snacks to fill those pesky between meal cravings), but an outline of vitamins, minerals, protein and good fats essential to optimal health.

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“The Longevity Kitchen: Satisfying, BIG-FLAVOR RECIPES Featuring the top 16 AGE-BUSTING POWER FOODS” ($29.99, 243 pp) is the perfect guide to a healthy lifestyle. Written by Rebecca Katz and Mat Edelson, this book contains over 100 recipes that are nutritious and have a variety of benefits for the body. With recipes like “Herby Turkey Sliders” and “Costa Rican Black Bean Soup with Sweet Potato” this book proves that healthy eating can be delicious.

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“Vietnamese Street Food” ($29.95, 206 pp) by Tracey Lister and Andreas Pohl brings delicious Vietnamese cuisine right to your kitchen table. With recipes like “Classic Noodle Soup with Chicken,” “Crunchy Baguettes Filled with Skewers of Lemongrass Beef” and “Salt & Pepper Squid,” everyone will fall in love with this book.

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“Nonna’s Birthday Surprise: Lidia’s Family Kitchen” ($16.95) by Lidia Bastianich is a cookbook like no other. Part children’s picture book, part recipe guide, Bastianich takes us through her childhood on a farm and the beginning of her love affair with food. Thanks to illustrations by Renee Graef and easy to make recipes, this is a book the whole family can enjoy.

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“Vegetarian Everyday: Healthy Recipes from Our Green Kitchen” ($35.00, 247 pp) by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl, is an extension of the couple’s popular blog Greenkitchenstories.com. Bursting with colorful pages, 100 dairy-free recipes and a lot of heart, this book is perfect for the cook who wants nutrition without sacrificing taste.

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“The Clean Plates Cookbook: Sustainable, Delicious, and Healthier Eating for Every Body” ($20.00, 304 pp) is not a diet guide. Written by Jared Koch and Jill Silverman Hough, the book advocates “clean eating” that’s healthy, sustainable and tasty all while stressing individuality when it comes to diets.

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In The Great Cholesterol Myth, authors Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S. and Stephen Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C. lay out the evidence that lowering cholesterol won't help prevent heart disease, and then provide advice for lowering heart disease risk without the use of statin drugs. Recent studies and clinical findings reveal that sugar, inflammation, stress and high-carb diets are the real culprits in heart disease.

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Homemade with Love: Simple Scratch Cooking from In Jennie’s Kitchen ($27.50, 240 pp) is more than just a cookbook, it’s a love letter to food. Sharing her inspirational story, and every struggle along the way, author Jennifer Perillo creates a cookbook that champions the healing power of food.

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Cooking with Quinoa for Dummies ($19.99, 336 pp) is the latest installment of the “Dummies” Series. Written by The Biggest Loser nutritionist Cheryl Forberg RD, this book features over 140 gluten-free recipes including “Thai Quinoa-Coconut Chicken Soup,” “Quinoa Currant Hotcakes,” and “Quinoa Chocolate Cake.”

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