Raw Food for Dummies ($19.99, 366 pp) is a practical guide for how to add more raw foods to one’s diet. Offering more than 100 raw recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizers and snacks, authors Cherie Soria and Dan Ladermann cover all the health benefits of raw foods, including healthy detoxification, energy levels, skin, digestion and weight management.
For paleo cooks looking to expand their repertoire, look no further than Mediterranean Paleo Cooking (39.95, 432 pp), by Caitlin Weeks, NC, Chef Nabil Boumrar, and Diane Sanfilippo. In addition to having over 150 recipes, this book also contains chef’s tips and nutritional advice explaining the benefits of both paleo diets and Mediterranean ingredients, as well as advice on cooking methods and techniques. These recipes include paleo-friendly twists on traditional Mediterranean favorites like Shrimp Alfredo, Spiced Rack of Lamb, Savory Sweet Potato Cakes and Cashew Pizza Crust. This book also has two 30-day meal plans designed for people just starting out with the paleo diet.
A new book from Jay and Linda Kordich gives readers everything they need to know about the power of juice and living foods. Live Foods Live Bodies! ($18.95, 228 pp) is divided into three sections. Part one talks about Jay Kordich’s recovery from cancer through healing juices; part two covers how to transition to a living foods diet; and part three offers 100 recipes.
Joel MacCharles and Dana Harrison wanted to create a cookbook that served all beginners and experts in preserving and they did just that. Batch ($35, 352 pgs.) isn’t just about making jams. Batch details seven different preserving styles including waterbath canning, dehydration, salting and much more. Batch teaches readers how to get the most out of the ingredients in their kitchen.
The Aromatherapy Encyclopedia ($19.95, 234 pp.), by Carol Schiller and David Schiller, contains concise, comprehensive information on 389 different plant oils. If an oil is available in the marketplace, chances are good it’s profiled in this book. The profiles for each entry include all botanical names, history, practical uses, documented properties and aromatherapy methods of use.
Seeds are on the menu in Super Seeds ($14.95, 128 pp) by Kim Lutz. This cookbook features recipes using chia, hemp, quinoa, flax and amaranth, all commonly consumed for their high protein and essential fatty acid content. These recipes cover every meal category, from breakfast to entrees to deserts, and are ideal for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free diets. Some recipes are Quinoa Black Bean Salad, Pesto Veggie Burgers, Amaranth Cornbread and Chocolate Ice Pops. In addition to the recipes, this book contains information on nutrient content for each of the five featured seeds.
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.
“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.