Must-Read Books

Books by Sustainable Diet Lecturers

A Plant-Based Life: Your Complete Guide to Great Food, Radiant Health, Boundless Energy, and a Better Body
by Micaela Karlsen, MSPH
More people than ever are eating a whole-food, plant-based diet. Studies show that it is better for our bodies and better for the planet--but it isn't always easy.Let A Plant-Based Life be your guide. Whether you're taking your first steps on this path to wellness or recommitting yourself to success, author Micaela Cook Karlsen clearly maps the way. Her program enables you to set your own pace and stay the course--without relying on willpower. Drawing on personal experience and the latest research, she reveals how...

Becomong Vegan:The Complete Reference to Plant-Based Nutrition: Comprehensive Edition
by Brenda Davis, RD
Internationally acclaimed dietitians Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina specifically designed this fully referenced, comprehensive edition to meet the needs of health professionals, academic librarians, and curriculum developers as well as lay readers with a deep interest in nutrition. The authors explore the health benefits of vegan diets compared to other dietary choices; explain protein and amino acid requirements at...

The Vegiterranean Diet: The New and Improved Mediterranean Eating Plan
by Julieanna Hever, MS,RD
The Mediterranean diet has been the gold standard dietary pattern for decades, and with good reason: it has been linked with lowered risks of cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer's. Now, Julieanna Hever takes the Med to a whole new level! By focusing on whole-plant foods that promote long-term wellness and ideal weight management, you can reap the benefits of the most researched and...

Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes
by Dreena Burton
Veteran cookbook author Dreena Burton shows a whole foods, plant-based diet can be easy, delicious, and healthy for your entire family. In Plant-Powered Families, Burton shares over 100 whole-food, vegan recipes—tested and approved by her own three children. Your family will love the variety of breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts, and snacks, including: Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, Vanilla Bean Chocolate...

Straightup Food
by Cathy Fisher
Finally, a health-promoting cookbook that is full of familiar dishes that are easy to make and call for easy-to-find ingredients! This is healthy eating you and your family can live with! Explore nearly 100 plant-based (vegan) recipes that don't sacrifice flavor for health! Dig into old favorites, including: beef stew (without the beef), Caesar salad, split pea soup, potato salad, coleslaw, pancakes, blueberry muffins, and...

Unprocessed: How to achieve vibrant health and your ideal weight
by Chef AJ
Chef AJ has a unique ability to create healthy foods that taste great. Whether you want to lower your cholesterol, prevent or reverse many common lifestyle diseases, lose weight or just look and feel great, Chef AJ can show you how to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet in ways that are easy, delicious and fun. Foreword by Dr. Hans Diehl and endorsed by several giants in the field of plant-based...


Books by Other Plant-Based Leaders

The China Study: Revised and Expanded Edition: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health
by T. Colin Campbell,‎ M.D. and Thomas M.D. Campbell II
More than 30 years ago, nutrition researcher T. Colin Campbell and his team at Cornell, in partnership with teams in China and England, embarked upon the China Study, the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease. What they found when combined with findings in Colin’s laboratory, opened their eyes to the dangers of a diet high in animal protein and the unparalleled health benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet...
The Pleasure Trap: Mastering the Hidden Force that Undermines Health & Happiness
by  Douglas J. Lisle and Alan Goldhamer
The authors offer unique insights into the factors that make us susceptible to dietary and lifestyle excesses, and present ways to restore the biological processes designed by nature to keep us running at maximum efficiency and vitality.
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven
by Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr.
Based on the groundbreaking results of his twenty-year nutritional study, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn  illustrates that a plant-based, oil-free diet can not only prevent the progression of heart disease but can also reverse its effects.  Dr. Esselstyn is an internationally known surgeon, researcher and former clinician at the Cleveland Clinic and a featured expert in the acclaimed documentary Forks Over Knives. Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease has helped thousands across...
The Cheese Trap: How Breaking a Surprising Addiction Will Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Get Healthy
by Neal D Barnard, M.D.
We've been told that dairy does a body good, but the truth is that cheese can be dangerous. Loaded with calories, fat, and cholesterol, cheese can make you gain weight and leads to a host of health problems like high blood pressure and arthritis. Worse, it contains mild opiates that make it additive, triggering the same brain receptors as heroin and morphine. In THE CHEESE TRAP, Dr. Neal Barnard presents a comprehensive...

More Game-Changers

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength
by William Baumeister, PhD.
Pioneering research psychologist Roy F. Baumeister collaborates with New York Times science writer John Tierney to revolutionize our understanding of the most coveted human virtue: self-control. Drawing on cutting-edge research and the wisdom of real-life experts, Willpower shares lessons on how to focus our strength, resist temptation, and redirect our lives. It shows readers how to be realistic when setting goals, monitor their progress, and how to keep faith when they falter...


The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite
by  David A. Kessler
Dr. David A. Kessler, the dynamic and controversial former FDA commissioner known for his crusade against the tobacco industry, is taking on another business that's making Americans sick: the food industry. In The End of Overeating, Dr. Kessler shows us how our brain chemistry has been hijacked by the foods we most love to eat: those that contain stimulating combinations of fat, sugar, and salt. Drawn from the latest brain science as well as interviews with top physicians and food industry insiders...

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming
by Paul Hawkins
The 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world.“At this point in time, the Drawdown book is exactly what is needed; a credible, conservative solution-by-solution narrative that we can do it. Reading it is an effective inoculation against the widespread perception of doom that humanity cannot and will not solve...
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