Here is a list of books that we’ve either mentioned on HowToEatAndLive or that one of us has read. All of them are great sources of information on some facet of health, nutrition, food, or good living.
Cooking, Cookbooks, and Recipes
Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.
This book contains a fantastic collection of traditional recipes as well as great information about the nutrients that come from the various foods and how they support our health.
Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods by Sandor Ellix Katz
This is a great introduction to fermentation, the practice of naturally preserving foods and enhancing their nutritional content along the way. And if you’re at all geeky like we are, it gives you a great excuse to turn your kitchen into a science lab and make some foods the way it’s been done for thousands of years. (See our postings on fermentation.)
The Primal Blueprint Cookbook: Primal, Low Carb, Paleo, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free by Mark Sisson
There’s a surprising variety of excellent recipes in this little book. We’ve only made a few of them so far, but they’ve all been worthy of making again and they’re definitely focused on using the right good ingredients. For one example, see Paleo Friendly Dessert Recipe: Chocolate Custard.
Food, Nutrition, and Health
The Untold Story of Milk: The History, Politics and Science of Nature’s Perfect Food: Raw Milk from Pasture-Fed by Ron Schmid
This book comes highly recommended from a variety of sources and is currently on our list of books to read soon.
Protein Power by Drs. Michael and Mary Eades
An excellent starting point for grounded, practical knowledge and advice about how metabolism really works, the role of protein, fat, and carbs, and the various effects of insulin spikes on human health. Mentioned in Book Review: Protein Power.
The Mood Cure by Julia Ross.
A fantastic introduction to how various deficiencies affect our mood on a daily basis and what supplements and foods help to correct them and allow you to feel as good as you should. Mentioned in Mood Disorders and the Food We Eat (part 1) and Mood Disorders and the Food We Eat (part 2).
Fighting The Food Giants by Paul A. Stitt
While this book was written in the late 1970s and published in 1980, it’s still amazingly relevant today. Paul’s tales of working as a biochemist in the food industry are informative, yet scary. Read my full review in Book Review: Fighting The Food Giants by Paul Stitt.
If you know of books we’ve missed and should add to our reading list, please leave a comment below.