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  I'm proud of my own books and think they are helpful, enlightening and thought-provoking additions to anyone's natural health and nutrition libraries. There are other authors and educators whose work I admire, respect and appreciate. I find their work uplifting, reassuring--especially in a field where there is so much hype, myth, and fast-fix dishonesty that I find disheartening and infuriating. I recommend favorite books and authors in the back of my own books--for example, Herbal Defense has a Recommended Reading list that's six pages long!--but I thought it would be nice to offer a few of my favorites through my own online bookstore. (As with my own books, these will be processed through Amazon.com.) Just click on a book cover for more--and scroll down for more "shelves!" Enjoy!

Food for Life
by Neal Barnard, M.D.

Neal Barnard is one of my favorite people--a common-sense, no-nonsense health author, leading-edge physician and researcher, and president of one of my favorite organizations, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). His health books eschew fad thinking in favor of simple, solid wisdom that works. His writing and work with PCRM ranges from fighting misleading food advertising, exposing special interests in unhealthy products, and educating the public on the truth about animal testing. He writes a terrific food column for PETA's magazine too. I also recommend his Eat Right, Live Longer.

Healing Words
by Larry Dossey, M.D.

Larry Dossey is to my mind the reassuring and uplifting epitome of what every scientist and doctor should be. He's reasonable and open-minded; he questions things, he respects intuition as well as hard science; he knows we don't already know everything. His book Healing Words, while not about either nutrition or natural remedies per se, is about healing. And it offers beautifully written yet matter-of-fact insight into the research world, the approach traditional science has taken to the concept of "healing," and the undeniable and demonstrable power of our own thoughts. >>

Natural Capitalism
by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, et al

In Natural Capitalism, Paul Hawken and Amory and Hunter Lovins show how leading-edge companies are practicing "a new type of industrialism" that is more efficient and profitable while saving the environment and creating jobs. They write that in the next century, cars will get 200 miles per gallon without compromising safety and power, manufacturers will relentlessly recycle their products, and the world's standard of living will jump without further damaging natural resources. They call their approach natural capitalism because it's based on the principle that business can be good for the environment. The Lovinses cofounded and directed the Rocky Mountain Institute, an environmental think tank that promotes efficient resource use, and Amory has been called the "godfather" of alternative energy. The three have joined forces here to set a blueprint for sustainable development.

Fire in the Soul
by Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.

Joan Borysenko is an author I deeply admire as well as enjoy. She is one of those rare pioneers who has successfully blended science and spirit. She maintains the deep respect of both communities as she builds bridges between them. Her open, warm, personable way of writing makes you feel you know her, are perhaps even sitting in her living room witnessing or sharing the events she writes about. This is my favorite book of hers, though I recommend them all.

Wherever You Go, There You Are
by Jon Kabat-Zinn Ph.D.

Jon Kabat-Zinn has written the best book on meditation I've ever read. The book itself is a calming, uplifting, meditative experience. The very short chapters make it easy to approach. Founder and director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Kabat-Zinn infuses this bestseller with warmth, humor, humility, and gentle wisdom. His others are also well worth checking out.

So, Now What Do I Eat? : The Complete Guide to Vegetarian Convenience Foods
by Gail Davis, Neal Barnard M.D.

The author writes:Eating right should be a joyous pleasure, not a burden... especially when you don't have time to cook. That's why I want you to be healthy and happy as you delight your tastebuds with the myriad of flavorful and exciting foods that you'll discover in SO, NOW WHAT DO I EAT? It's easy to eat a nutritious, environmentally friendly, and compassionate diet with so many delicious, all vegetarian, cholesterol-free foods to choose from.

Cancer Therapy : The Independent Consumer's Guide to Non-Toxic Treatment and Prevention
by Ralph W. Moss

This thorough guide is a must-read for cancer patients and their families seeking treatment options. Ralph Moss was a public relations employee of the FDA until he was fired for revealing important cancer prevention and treatment information that was being concealed from the public. His courage, integrity, and insider's perspective are striking.

Mad Cowboy : Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat
by Howard F. Lyman

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ersuasive, straightforward, and full of the down-home good humor and optimism of a son of the soil, Mad Cowboy is both an inspirational story of personal transformation and a convincing call to action for a plant-based diet -- for the good of the planet and the health of us all.

How to Raise A Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor
by Robert Mendelsohn, M.D

Dr. Robert Mendelsohn, renowned pediatrician and author, advises parents on home treatment and diagnosis of colds and flus, childhood illnesses, vision and hearing problems, allergies, and more. PLUS, a complete section on picking the right doctor for your child, step-by-step instructions for knowing when to call a doctor, and much more.

REAL AGE: Are You As Young As You Can Be?
by Michael F. Roizen, M.D.

I strongly support authors who seek to educate people about the power they have, through personal choices, to age far better than the typical image of the elderly would suggest. I think this popular new book is one of the most solid, thorough and convincing. Dr. Michael Roizen, a preventive gerontologist at the University of Chicago who appears perennially in the "1,000 Best Doctors in the U.S." listings, says that you can reduce your biological age by up to 20 years, listing 100 health-related factors and how to work with them to make your biological age what counts.

Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine
by Michael T. Murray, Joseph E. Pizzorno

This completely revised and expanded second edition of a classic reference arms you with the latest information on the extraordinary healing powers of natural medicine. Michael Murray and Joseph Pizzorno, two of the most trusted naturopathic doctors in the world, have teamed up to bring you cutting-edge natural remedies for the most common ailments.

Stupid White Men
by Michael Moore

While the book certainly spans far more than food and the environment, Moore does touch on these--and fairly boldly addresses some issues of personal responsibility, even when he honestly admits that he's not doing all the right things himself; he's clear about that and about what would make the difference. His scathing exposure of nonsensical, selfish, inconsistent and destructive politics and politicians underscores a host of travesties that absolutely influence the environment, health, and many other issues of concern to us all. It's enlightening and punchy. I like and support people who expose crucial truth and lies, and Moore's a dogged and unstoppable hero in that regard.

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Bowling For Columbine
by Michael Moore

This searingly pointed, deeply moving and courageous documentary is about far more than gun control. It's about the culture of fear perpetuated by American government and "authority" that manipulates people into writing our "leadership" a blank check to do anything they want. This movie drives this point home so cuttingly, so brilliantly, and with such surprising humility on Moore's part that it is breathtaking. Concepts such as media's power; the alienation that people (especially children) feel because of the lack of connection between national policies/actions, adult behavior, priorities, and our daily lives; how greed determines courses of action that are unproductive and destructive; and how fear creates dangerous apathy--all apply to *everything*, and are wise cautionary messages.

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Small Wonder Essays
by Barbara Kingsolver

readers familiar with Barbara Kingsolver will find that Small Wonder, a collection of 23 essays, shows the same sensitivity and thoughtfulness, the same rich knowledge of and love for the natural world, as her spellbinding novels. In "Knowing Our Place," she describes the two places in which she writes: a tin-roof cabin in Appalachia and her home in the Tucson desert. In "Setting Free the Crabs," she uses her daughter's decision not to take home a beautiful (and occupied) red conch shell from a Mexican beach to illustrate our own need to give up our sense of ownership of the earth, to resist "the hunger to possess all things bright and beautiful." Many of these pieces, like the lovely title essay, were written (or rewritten) in response to the events of September 11, which threw into relief the growing social and economic inequities that are so little remarked on in the American media. These are political essays, although Kingsolver is not a natural rhetorician; her prose is too supple and inclusive. She is more inclined to follow the turns of her mind, like water in a curving stream bed, than to hammer home a point or two. But she has a rare gift for apt allusion (from sources as wide-ranging as Robert Frost to Beanie Babies) and for the elegant use of facts and figures. And she is highly quotable. It is easy to imagine the speechwriters and activists of the next 10 years dipping into Small Wonder for inspiration and the perfect phrase. --Regina Marler

MOOSEWOOD cookbooks

MOOSEWOOD cookbooks can't be beat for their unique yet usually simple, healthy, colorful, tasty vegetarian dishes. Many people ask me what cookbooks *I* use, so I thought I'd give my favorites a plug. Until my own cookbook is a reality (yes, someday!), and if my website recipes aren't posted fast enough for you, I heartily recommend Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home. I probably use more of its recipes on a regular basis than any other cookbook. This thick, attractive softcover volume is jam-packed with delicious, interesting, lowfat meals--each with an estimated prep time! Great general tips in the back on ingredients and cooking guidelines for different foods (like beans). Yum--enjoy!

"NEW! Also see Moosewood Restaurant Celebrates : Festive Meals for Holidays and Special Occasions, with beautiful vegetarian feasts just in time for 2003 holiday season. See below for more.

My closest runner-up is The Peaceful Palate --probably most like the cookbook I would create. Simple, delicious fare! Try it!

Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect,and Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.S. Meat Industry
by Gail A. Eisnitz

A searingly truthful book that is bound to horrify, anger and/or nauseate even some hardcore meat-eaters into permanent vegetarianism and/or animal activism. Even if you're already there, this book is a sobering and choice-affirming read.

Silent Spring
by Rachel Carson

The seminal 1962 classic, still popular. Deeply chilling, stirring, provocative and powerful appeal for understanding of the dire and undeniable outcome of our unsustainable ways. A crystalline, beautifully written and solidly founded portrait of an unthinkable yet very possible future. Amazon says it takes "...offered the first shattering look at widespread ecological degradation and touched off an environmental awareness that still exists." 

Spontaneous Healing
by Andrew Weil, M.D.

Deserving of its blockbuster status, this book is one the clearest and most convincing intros to natural healing I've read--great for those new to the subject. I recommend it to everyone. It's not that I agree with every word Andrew Weil says. But philosophically, I share his concerns about conventional paradigms in health care, and his encouragement of people to be self-reliant where appropriate. He's easy to understand, he's authoritative, reasonable, and amiable. And his commitment to changing the course of medical education is a relief to me. 

Kitchen Table Wisdom
by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.

Rachel Naomi Remen is an idol and mentor for me: as a writer, a healer, and my idea of a great physician. This book is irresistible. I've been making everyone I know read it. I'm not the only one--click on the book and read what other Amazon customers wrote. This book manages to speak volumes about medicine and healing as well as about life and love. I didn't manage to get through a single story in it without weeping, and I've highlighted roughly half of my copy. (Click here if you want the hardcover instead of the paperback.)

Moosewood Restaurant Celebrates : Festive Meals for Holidays and Special Occasions

From Publishers Weekly - The Moosewood Collective and its Ithaca restaurant celebrate 30 years of good vegetarian cuisine this year. With the increased popularity in vegetarian cooking, Moosewood has grown and developed its style in its roster of popular cookbooks. This new volume covers festive occasions and holidays from weddings to Father's Day, Halloween to Kwanza, which are challenging for everyone and more so for the vegetarian cook or those with vegetarian guests. Divided by season and then by celebration, this volume offers for each occasion a menu with recipes and useful hints for timings and presentation. The dishes have a modern, international feel. From the Southwestern Dinner Party with its refreshing Avocado Citrus Salad that brightens the Winter section, to the luscious Chocolate Souffl‚ Cake that would happily grace any dessert buffet, most of the recipes are simple to produce. The ingredients are described fully in a very helpful glossary, and the recipes carefully explained and often finished with alternative variations. After three decades, this book shows how vegetarian cuisine has come of age and can be appropriate for any occasion.

Hyper Kids: A Workbook for Parents and Teachers:
How to Recognize and Respond to Hyperactivity,
Attention Deficit Disorders, Learning Disabilities
by Lendon H. Smith

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