Our Team’s Top Picks
Plant-Based Nutrition in Clinical Practice
by Shireen Kassam (Editor), Zahra Kassam (Editor), Lisa Simon (Editor)
An evidence-based guide to the uses, benefits and practical application of a plant-based diet for all health professionals, taking both a holistic and a systems-based (heart, respiratory system, diabetes, kidneys, liver, gut) approach. The book draws on the University of Winchester’s Plant-based nutrition course, the first university course on plant-based nutrition in the UK. Edited by two cancer doctors based in the UK and Canada and a specialist dietitian, chapter authors include the key exponents of plant-based nutrition in their chosen field, many with international reputations. While each chapter looks at an individual body system, the aggregate evidence from all authors is clear – eating plant-based whole foods will save millions of lives and years of suffering from chronic diseases.
Living PCOS Free : How to regain your hormonal health and go from surviving to thriving with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
by Rohini Bajekal
Eating Plant-Based: Scientific Answers to Your Nutrition Questions
by Shireen Kassam and Zahra Kassam
Despite plant-based diets being associated with some of the best health outcomes, myths about the need for meat, dairy and eggs in the diet persist. Following a Q&A format, two medical doctors (who both specialise in cancer treatment, one in the UK and one in Canada) answer all the commonly asked questions and concerns raised when people first consider transitioning to a plant-based diet. How do you get enough protein? Is it safe for children? Is soya problematic for hormones? Simple and straightforward answers are supported with the scientific background making this book also the go-to guide for health professionals who are increasingly meeting patients and clients who have chosen a plant-based diet.
The Plant Power Doctor: A simple prescription for a healthier you
by Dr Gemma Newman
Are you ready to discover the power of plants? Let’s dive in.
Just imagine if what you put on your plate could not only improve your health right now but also make you healthier in the future. This book shows you, and your loved ones, how to make enjoyable, sustainable choices to futureproof your body and mind.
In this ground-breaking book, British family doctor Gemma Newman shares the transformative effect plant-powered eating has had not only in her life, but also in the lives of her family, her patients, and many people around the world. She explains the science that shows why plant-power works and how you can eat your way to a brighter future.
Discover what plant-powered eating can do for you.
Dr Newman shares how in many cases your genes matter less when it comes to your health destiny than what you eat for dinner. Explore the evidence that shows how many of the chronic illnesses we face – including heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, hormonal dysfunction, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity – can all be helped with a plant-powered approach.
Make some simple switches.
You can still eat your favourite kinds of food and enjoy delicious meals – simply learn how to make them plant-powered. Banish the diets, the calorie counting and deprivation. Instead you can try a simple, compassionate and powerful way of eating that everyone can enjoy.
This book includes over 60 mouth-watering meal ideas to kick-start your journey. Dr Newman includes a simple guide as to the principles of a whole foods plant-based approach and helpful meal plans for you to fill out too – everything you need to ease into a healthier, happier you. Enjoy easy breakfasts, family favourites and meals on the go and so much more.
The Complete Guide to POI and Early Menopause
by Dr Hannah Short and Dr Mandy Leonhardt
Support for every stage of your journey through early menopause and Premature Ovarian Insufficiency.
Finding out in your teenage years or early twenties that you are menopausal can be devastating; receiving the same diagnosis in your late thirties is overwhelming; learning that you are post-menopausal while undergoing fertility treatment in your early forties may leave you blind-sided. This is not the more natural, expected hormonal transition at mid-life that other, older women experience.
The Complete Guide to POI and Early Menopause offers a road-map to navigating the emotional and hormonal rollercoaster that accompanies these diagnoses. Drawing on their own experiences and their clinical expertise, the authors bring together the latest research, insights and the voices of women themselves with a whole-body approach that prioritizes empowerment and health.
The Plant-Based Diet Revolution: 28 days to a happier gut and a healthier you
by Dr Alan Desmond
As rates of chronic disease continue to rise, ‘What should we eat?’ has become one of the most important questions of the 21st century. Dr Alan Desmond cuts through the diet confusion to explain how we can all unlock the power of a healthy gut and optimise our overall well-being by simply putting more plants on our plate.
Alongside clear explanations of the science and 80 beautifully illustrated and completely plant-based recipes, you’ll find ‘the 28-day revolution’, the essential step-by-step guide to discovering the true power of a plant-based diet for yourself.
Join The Plant-Based Diet Revolution today and unleash the true power of the food on your plate!
Feeding your vegan child
by Sandra Hood RD
Whether you are vegan and planning a pregnancy or a health professional needing further information on nutritional guidelines for a vegan infant, this is an essential practical guide. It takes you through all nutritional aspects of pregnancy up to early childhood and on to the teenage years following a purely plant-based diet. You will find practical advice on dietary essentials, menu planning, and recipes together with vegan family stories to highlight the benefits and potential pitfalls of adopting this way of eating. It aims to dispel the common myths surrounding the vegan diet, showing how this can provide all the key nutrients for pregnancy, breastfeeding and, growth and development. It addresses some of the typical concerns: will your child get enough energy? Enough protein? All the essential fatty acids? Enough calcium and vitamin D? As plant-based diets grow in popularity to help the environment as well as personal health, Sandra Hood’s long experience of working with vegan families is more relevant than ever.
The Adventures of Chef Animo and Granny Vegano
by Hayley Tait
Chef Animo wants to teach the world about the benefits of a plant based diet. Join him and Granny Vegano as they travel to Africa, Europe, Asia and South America and meet a hippo, a cat, a cow and a pink dolphin. With stories and recipes to try out.
by Tracye McQuirter with Mary McQuirter
“I wrote Ageless Vegan with my mother, Mary, to share our secrets for maintaining radiant health for more than 30 years (hint: it’s all in the greens!), and to share 100 of our favourite whole food, plant-based recipes that have kept us looking and feeling ageless at 51 and 81.
In Ageless Vegan, we talk about our personal joys and challenges of going vegan, and we break down the basics of nutrition, how to build a vegan pantry, and how to make sure you’re getting the best nutrients to promote longevity and prevent chronic disease. And we provide a 14-step guide with practical, easy-to-follow advice on how to transition to vegan foods, jumpstart your healthy eating habits, and up your game if you’re already a vegan.
Our 100 fresh, simple, and delicious recipes are based on everyday whole food ingredients, and include Maple French Toast with Strawberries, Thai Coconut Curry Soup, Cajun Quinoa with Okra and Tomato, Vegetable Pot Pie, Citrusy Dandelion Greens Salad, and Perfect Pecan Pie.
With Ageless Vegan, we help you kiss diet-related disease and fatigue goodbye and give you the information, inspiration, and affirmation you need to live a long, glowing, and healthy life you love.”
Be a Plant-Based Woman Warrior
by Ann Crile Esselstyn and Jane Esselstyn, R.N.
The Esselstyn family is three generations plant-based strong. Encouraged to create recipes without dairy and meat when her husband’s research pointed to the impact of diet on reversing disease, Ann Esselstyn began feeding her family creative, plant-based meals more than thirty years ago.
At 86 and 56, respectively, Ann and Jane are pictures of ageless health and vibrancy and spend their days hiking, doing yoga, gardening, cooking, and spreading the message that diet is the key to living a happy, strong, and disease-free life.
Be a Plant-Based Woman Warrior explains how women everywhere can pass on this important legacy in their own families through the generations, and illuminates how plants powerfully support a woman’s body and mind. This cookbook is a call to action and a message of hope for any and all to be Plant-Based Women Warriors filled with vitality and in control of their own health.
Bit of the Good Stuff
by Sharon Collins
The Bit of the Good Stuff Cookbook has over 100 delicious plant-powered recipes for all the family to enjoy. The book focuses on everyday meals using ingredients that are easy to source. These are the recipes that Sharon’s family eats ‘day in day out’. Each recipe has been road-tested hundreds of times by the author, as well as a team of international recipe testers to ensure user-friendliness, easy step-by-step instructions and perfect results.
The book has been beautifully designed, and features full colour photographs and watercolour images throughout. It is divided into five recipe chapters (Breakfasts & Elevenses, Soups, Lunches & Light Dinners, Mains, and Desserts, Treats & Snacks) with ingredients stated in both grams and cups. The book also includes lots of practical guidance on eating the plant-powered way.
The book is sold out on Amazon, but Sharon has a few remaining that she is selling via her website. It’s also available as an Ebook from her site too.
By Any Greens Necessary
by Tracye McQuirter
With expertise and inspiration, I show you how to be healthy and happy eating plenty of delicious and nutritious plant-based foods.
The book includes:
+ My personal journey from omnivore to vegan
+ More than forty delicious and nutritious recipes highlighted with color photographs
+ Menus and advice on transitioning to vegan foods
+ Resource information and a comprehensive shopping list for restocking the fridge
The China Study
by T. Colin Campbell
“In the early 1980’s, nutritional biochemist T. Colin Campbell, PhD of Cornell University, in partnership with researchers at Oxford University and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine, embarked upon one of the most comprehensive nutritional studies ever undertaken known as the China Project. China at that time presented researchers with a unique opportunity. The Chinese population tended to live in the same area all their lives and to consume the same diets unique to each region. Their diets (low in fat and high in dietary fiber and plant material) also were in stark contrast to the rich diets of the Western countries. The truly plant-based nature of the rural Chinese diet gave researchers a chance to compare plant-based diets with animal-based diets.”
Eat to Live
by Joel Fuhrman
“Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss is a book written in 2003 by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, which he revised in 2011. The book offers a formula: health = nutrients / calories.”
Eating for Tomorrow
Introducing plant-based cuisine across multi-cultures. Where other classics seek to define cuisines, this one refines them and teaches us that food is not just about our palettes, but how what we eat is interconnected with the earth’s ecosystems.
Featuring recipes from the major food regions of the world, this book takes us on a culinary journey, and in so doing we undertake the greatest journey of all – developing a new understanding of eating
Going Vegan for Beginners
by Pamela Fergusson
Going Vegan for Beginners helps you cut through all the overwhelming advice out there and get started the right way. Find step-by-step advice, including clear nutrition guidelines, sample menus, and science-backed information to support your health as you transition to this new lifestyle. Whether you’re interested in going vegan permanently, or just looking to eat more plant-based foods, this book covers all the essentials and more.
- Veganism 101: Explore what it means to be vegan, its roots in social justice, and what makes the diet so healthy.
- Eat what you love—Learn to keep the right ingredients on hand so you can whip up fresh new dishes and vegan-friendly versions of your favourite meals anytime.
- Vegan on the go—Find out how to stay vegan while eating at restaurants, and with friends and family; travelling; and more.
Going vegan has never been easier with this ultimate resource for embracing a plant-based lifestyle.
Healthy at Last: A Plant-Based Approach to Preventing and Reversing Diabetes and Other Chronic Illnesses
by Eric Adams
Written by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams – who lost 35 pounds and completely reversed his diabetes within weeks of adopting a plant-based diet – this book proves that the journey to health begins in the kitchen, not the hospital bed.
Using hard science and real-life stories of those who have transformed their bodies by changing their diet, Eric shares the key steps for a healthy, active and fulfilling life.
How Not To Die
by Dr Michael Greger
The vast majority of premature deaths can be prevented through simple changes in diet and lifestyle. In How Not to Die, Dr. Michael Greger, the internationally-recognized lecturer, physician, and founder of NutritionFacts.org, examines the fifteen top causes of death in America—heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson’s, high blood pressure, and more—and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches, freeing us to live healthier lives.
How To Go Plant-Based
by Ella Mills (Deliciously Ella)
Members of PBHP UK are delighted to have collaborated with Ella Mills on a her latest book ‘How To Go Plant-Based’.
How to Go Plant-Based is not just filled with family-friendly recipes, it’s also a practical guide incorporating Ella’s own journey, alongside scientific research and data, plus insights and information from plant-based experts, including doctors and nutritionists. Ella debunks the common myths surrounding eating a plant-based diet, shares her experiences of cooking for her family and emphasises the importance of making a plant-based diet accessible to everyone – for health, wellbeing, and the planet.
Imagine Your Life – Wholefood Plant-Based Cookbook
by Isaac Butcher
600 pages of internationally inspired healthy cuisine, great nutrition advice, colourful photos, plus nutritional data for every recipe and a corresponding meal suggestion. This will help you to balance nutrition at each meal and takes out the guess work. The author Isaac Butcher writes from his experience as a plant-based health practitioner, nutritionist and busy parent.
This is a great book for everyone who would like to learn how to incorporate more healthy, whole, plant-based foods into their life and how to make them taste great. It would also be a great resource for health practitioners and athletes.
The focus is on healthy eating and nourishment and the author explains his cooking methods and why some ingredients including processed oils often found abundantly in other recipe books are avoided.
The majority of the recipes are simple and easy to put together and do not contain an endless list of weird ingredients!
Concerns about nutrient deficiencies are also addressed, along with simple tips, advice and information on health.
If you imagine your life could be better, then this book can help you get there!
Livestock’s Longer Shadow
by Tim Bailey
Available here from the Book Repository
Nourish: The Definitive Plant-Based Nutrition Guide for Families
by Reshma Shah M.D. M.P.H. and Brenda Davis R.D.
An evidence-based, practical resource that explores the many benefits of a plant-based diet and provides parents with the tools they need to feed their families for health and with joy.
While nearly all parents agree that a nutritious diet is important for children to thrive, most feel that their children are not eating a healthy diet. This is not surprising, given the demands of busy families and confusing, conflicting research about what diet is really best for health.
Nourish offers the solution parents have been waiting for when it comes to deciding what and how to feed their families. Authors Reshma Shah, MD, a plant-based pediatrician and affiliate clinical instructor at Stanford University School of Medicine, and Brenda Davis, RD, a world-renowned expert and pioneer in plant-based nutrition, will empower parents to become the experts of nourishing their families.
Parents will learn:
- How a diet centered around plants can optimize health, prevent chronic disease, care for our planet, and be an act of radical compassion.
- Nutrition specifics for all the stages of childhood—from pregnancy and breastfeeding all the way through adolescence.
- Tips, strategies, and mouthwatering recipes to bring all of this information to their dinner tables as they transition to plant-based eating.
The Plant-Based Power Plan: Increase Strength, Boost Energy, Perform at your Best
by TJ Waterfall
In The Plant-Based Power Plan, I use the same principles I apply with my clients – ranging from professional rugby players and competitive weightlifters, to Premier League footballers and ultra-distance triathletes – to help you improve both long-term health, and to see immediate results in terms of energy, recovery and performance.
This book provides simple but comprehensive guidance on how to make sure you’re optimising your plant-based nutrition. It’s steeped with practical tips and advice that will help you surpass your sports and fitness goals – from maximising muscle protein synthesis and improving your recovery, to tweaking nutrition timing and getting enough energy to fuel highly active training schedules.
It also has a selection of 30 easy but heavenly vegan recipes to show you just how simple it is to incorporate all the key nutrients into your diet.
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease
by Caldwell B. Esselstyn
“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 US, and is the book behind Bill Clinton’s life-changing vegan diet.”
by Garth Davis M.D.
“An acclaimed surgeon specializing in weight loss delivers a paradigm-shifting examination of the diet and health industry’s focus on protein, explaining why it is detrimental to our health, and can prevent us from losing weight.
Whether you are seeing a doctor, nutritionist, or a trainer, all of them advise to eat more protein. Foods, drinks, and supplements are loaded with extra protein. Many people use protein for weight control, to gain or lose pounds, while others believe it gives them more energy and is essential for a longer, healthier life. Now, Dr. Garth Davis, an expert in weight loss asks, “Is all this protein making us healthier?”
Rethinking Food and Agriculture
Amir Kassam and Laila Kassam
This book brings together some of the most experienced and forward-thinking academics, activists, development professionals and practitioners in the field to rigorously question and ‘rethink’ the current food and agriculture system, along with the science and political economy on which it is based.
This rethinking provides the foundation for looking forward to how the food and agriculture system can be guided by the concept of ‘inclusive responsibility’ and what such a system might look like (final chapter). An inclusively responsible food and agriculture system would encourage society to focus on agro-ecological sustainability as an integral part of overall ecosystem sustainability based on planetary boundaries.
Such a system would place importance on quality of life, pluralism, equity and justice for all. It would emphasise the health, well-being, sovereignty, dignity and rights of farmers, consumers and all other stakeholders, as well as of nonhuman animals and the natural world.
Radical transformative changes are needed in our food and agriculture system urgently. This collection of chapters from many varying perspectives and experiences shows that we do have enough evidence and indications of hugely promising aspects of ‘inclusively responsible’ ways forward to support and scale-up.
by Pamela Mason
How can huge populations be fed healthily, equitably and affordably while maintaining the ecosystems on which life depends? The evidence of diet’s impact on public health and the environment has grown in recent decades, yet changing food supply, consumer habits and economic aspirations proves hard.
This book explores what is meant by sustainable diets and why this has to be the goal for the Anthropocene, the current era in which human activities are driving the mismatch of humans and the planet. Food production and consumption are key drivers of transitions already underway, yet policy makers hesitate to reshape public eating habits and tackle the unsustainability of the global food system.
The authors propose a multi-criteria approach to sustainable diets, giving equal weight to nutrition and public health, the environment, socio-cultural issues, food quality, economics and governance. This six-pronged approach to sustainable diets brings order and rationality to what either is seen as too complex to handle or is addressed simplistically and ineffectually. The book provides a major overview of this vibrant issue of interdisciplinary and public interest. It outlines the reasons for concern and how actors throughout the food system (governments, producers, civil society and consumers) must engage with (un)sustainable diets.
The Truth About Food
by David L. Katz MD
This book uniquely empowers readers to benefit from what’s fundamentally and reliably true – while setting us all free from fads, false claims, and distractions. Dr. Katz shows us how to differentiate truth from the exploitative “lies” that abound. Based on science, informed by uncommon sense, and aligned with the global consensus of diverse experts, The Truth about Food is an invitation to add years to your life and life to your years; to love the food that loves you back for a lifetime; and to enjoy the comforting confidence that only comes from genuine understanding.
Vegan Nigerian Kitchen: 100 classic recipes with a plant-based twist
by Tomi Makanjuola
From one-pot porridges to spicy soups, stews, savoury snacks, sweet treats and cocktails Vegan Nigerian Kitchen is the essential cookbook for anyone who wants to embark on a unique and delicious culinary journey.
You’ll encounter regional dishes from across Nigeria, with insights into traditional ingredients and cooking methods. Each recipe delivers on taste and enjoyment, even without the use of meat, dairy, eggs, and other animal products!
190 Weight Loss Hacks: What The Evidence Says
by Jane Thurnell-Read
Almost 60,000 words, 190 hacks and 370+ scientific references. There have to be some that will work for you! This practical book offers hope and help whether you are wanting to lose weight, maintain the weight you’ve already lost, unzip your brain from its food obsession or deal with unhelpful people.
It’s supposed to be simple – eat less and exercise more. But it’s not, is it? If it was that simple, there wouldn’t be so many overweight/obese people. YOU wouldn’t be overweight.
This book doesn’t repeat all the fluff and lies that are on the internet about losing weight. It looks at the research, summarising it for you in an accessible and practical way.
It answers some important questions. For example, should you make your weight loss goals public? Should you weigh yourself every day? Can you spot reduce? Is it better to join a group or do it on your own? Are meal replacement shakes helpful? Can you lose weight by exercising? The answers are based on what the evidence says.
It also gives you strategies for dealing with people who try to sabotage you, or who show you love through food (“I baked this just for you!”), or who criticise you for being overweight.
Do you need strategies for what goes on in your own head? This book has those too.
It’s a comprehensive and compassionate look at the research you need to know to develop a positive relationship with food.
Dr Sue Kenneally MBBS MRCGP MSc ANutr DipIBLM/BSLM, UK, GP, nutrition expert, bariatric physician:
“As a specialist weight loss physician, I know the despair associated with believing that you have already tried everything possible to lose weight. This book brings hope to anyone in that situation. I consider it required reading for anyone aspiring to lose weight, and I recommend it unreservedly.”
What’s Missing from Medicine: Six Lifestyle Changes to Overcome Chronic Illness
by Dr. Saray Stancic
In the fall of 1995, Dr. Saray Stancic was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. By 2003, she walked regularly with a cane, had given up virtually all unnecessary physical activity, and was on numerous medications, all with horrible side effects.
After stumbling upon some studies that linked MS outcomes to diet and lifestyle, Dr. Stancic undertook a radically different approach to managing her illness. Within a relatively short time period she was off all MS medications, walking normally, resumed dancing, and in 2010 she ran a marathon!Today she lives an active, symptom free life, and takes no medications for multiple sclerosis.Now, in What’s Missing from Medicine: Six Lifestyle Changes to Overcome Chronic Illness, Dr. Stancic shares her own inspiring story and explains the incredible power that specific lifestyle changes can have for those living with chronic illness. Her prescription to prevent, treat, and even reverse chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, autoimmune diseases like lupus, multiple sclerosis, and many others, is what readers will find in this book.
Dr. Stancic is also highly critical of the medical community’s lack of success when it comes to treating chronic illness, and that’s why What’s Missing from Medicine is both a prescription for a better life for each of us, as well as a clarion call for the medical establishment to make these lifestyle changes an integral part of the practice of medicine.