Let’s talk Food!

Thinking about making some changes in your nutritional habits?  Kate, a librarian in Adult Services, has some books for you to consider.

I don’t know about you, but I love to cook and love to eat! I especially love talking about both! And I’m looking forward to the publication of Eat for Health by Joel Fuhrman in January. I’ve read a couple of his books now and find them very informative and helpful in making decisions on what to eat based on what I believe is best for me.

Listed below are several books that I’ve come across as I’ve searched for information. Just keep in mind that they are recommendations but definitely not a fair representation of all of the books on this topic that are available out there to read. I would definitely love to hear from you about what you have read!

I began this journey of food exploration with The Kind Diet, by Alicia Silverstone. Although she is not an authority on nutrition or food, she did research and consult with many people who are informed and well known and this opened the door for me; it was also a bonus that there are several recipes included in her book! It sparked an interest in me to learn about food production, the treatment of farm animals, food shipping, renewable resources, medications and health, what is considered “fresh,” as well as understanding what those weird names listed in the ingredients really mean. I could go on and on but that would take forever! A good majority of these books offer recipes (booyah!) and some even have companion documentaries that are eye opening. I understand everyone has their own preferences where food is concerned, food is a very personal choice! I hope you find these recommendations worthwhile!

All of these books are available through our catalog unless marked with an asterisk.  But if you live in Southfield or Lathrup Village, we will be happy to borrow those starred ones for you from another library.

Eat For Health by Joel Fuhrman will be published in 2013! We have it on order!

Eat to Live – Joel Fuhrman

Fast Food Nation – Eric Schlosser (is also a documentary that we have!)

*Food, Inc – Edited by Karl Weber  (We’ve had to reorder this title but it is also available through Mel request).  This is also a documentary.

Food Matters – Mark Bittman

Forks over Knives – edited by Gene Stone (is also a documentary that we have!)

In Defense of Food – Michael Pollan

The China Study – Colin T. Campbell (available as a book on cd at our library, and also through Mel request)

The Food Revolution – Dean Ornish and John Robbins

The Omnivore’s Dilemma – Michael Pollan

What to Eat – Marion Nestle

Wheat Belly – William Davies

*You are what You Eat: the plan that will change your life – Gillian McKeith (available through Mel request)

The books below are amazing resources for inspiration or deciding to transition to a Vegetarian or Vegan diet. It is a huge step to make, and one that should not be made without much consideration or a consultation with your family doctor. Even if you are convinced you cannot live this way, they are still great resources on tips for recovery after work outs, how to maximize your energy, and more!

*Main Street Vegan – Adair and Victoria Moran (available through Mel request)

Skinny Bitch– Rory Freedman

*The Thrive Diet – Brendan Brazier (available through Mel request)

The Kind Diet – Alicia Silverstone

*Vegan for Life – Jack Norris and Virginia Messina (available through Mel request)

I hope this has given you some “food for thought”!

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One response to “Let’s talk Food!

  1. This is very helpful advice. Thank you for the tips. I plan on borrowing some of the books from my local library.

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