Cooking + Wellness Books


I love books; there’s nothing like flipping through a stack of cookbooks to spark my creativity and inspire new recipes. And indulging in the latest health and nutrition books keeps me up-to-date with the latest and greatest.

These are a few of my well-loved favorites that are loaded with post-it notes, scribbles, and/or food stains.

Balanced Plate
by Renee Loux 

Renee Loux is a well-known raw chef and green-living expert. Her Balanced Plate book features both raw and cooked vegan recipes that are – well – pretty well balanced! I love her collard green wrap recipe and used her ‘Chocolate of the Gods’ mousse as inspiration for my decadent chocolate pudding recipe.

Breaking Free From Emotional Eating
by Geneen Roth                                                                              

If you’ve every struggled with turning to food when bored, sad, lonely, or stressed -this book from Geneen Roth will prove to be life changing. Geneen shares her own struggles with disordered eating and provides tangible steps to create a healthy relationship with food.

by Dr Alejandro Junger

Looking to get inspired to clean up your diet? Then be sure to pick up this book. You’ll learn why food-based cleansing is beneficial and will receive a blueprint for a how to refresh and renew in a healthy, balanced way.

Clean Start
by Terry Walters

This seasonally focused cookbook is vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free – but still FULL of flavor. Terry Walters includes recipes for snacks, soups, mains, sides, and desserts. Be sure to try out the banana date cake – it’s the best!

Eat to Live
by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

As far as I’m concerned, Eat to Live should be mandatory reading. Dr. Fuhrman’s book breaks down the importance of a plant-based diet for weight loss and preventing/reversing chronic disease. If you are looking for more reasons to eat your vegetables, this book will give you plenty.

The Flexitarian Table
by Peter Berley

This is an old favorite – and I still flip through it as the seasons change to spark ideas on how to cook with the freshest produce available. The inspiration for the book was cooking for vegetarians/vegans and meat eaters without making separate meals. I love that you can satisfy a variety of diets with everyone still sharing the same basic meal.

by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi                                                        

An ode to the diverse cuisine of Jerusalem: featuring both traditional recipes and those with a more modern touch. I have cooked my way though plenty of this book and have been delighted by all of the recipes. The spicy carrot salad and grilled fish skewers are standouts.

The Petit Appetite Cookbook
by Lisa Barnes

I’ve used this book as a resource when planning the ‘Baby Food Made Easy’ series that I teach several times a year with Bump Club and Beyond. Lisa Barnes recipes transition seamlessly from baby’s first food, to toddler snacks, to meals the whole family will enjoy.

by Yotam Ottolenghi                                                                        

This vegetarian book is full of gorgeous recipes and photographs that is as enjoyable to flip through as it is to cook from. The book is organized by ingredients and is a great resource to turn to when you pick up a new vegetable from the market.

You’ve seen some of my favorite reads – now share yours! What are your favorite cooking and wellness books? Leave a comment below!

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