I love reading books so much that I had bookshelves built into my office walls from floor to ceiling. I now have my favorites at my fingertips, dependable, informative, like old friends to converse with from time to time. Now along comes the electronic books that make it easy to heft large thick books without straining the wrists, but something is missing for me. Old habits die hard, I guess.
I love to give books as gifts, although I have come to learn that my tastes in books are not always some one else’s. Since then I have limited my gift choices to cookbooks and non-fiction, at the same time suggesting novels I think my friends and students might enjoy. For you last minute shoppers I have assembled a list of books about food, ones I have shared with others to great fanfare and shows of appreciation. For my Saturday blog I will provide a list of yoga and spiritual books you may find to your liking. Meanwhile, I would love to hear your choices for books to share, or just books you cannot live without, so that we might all be gifted by each others choices.
Next: 3 Cookbooks to Share
3 COOKBOOKS TO SHARE
1. Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone, by Deborah Madison
Winner of the Julia Child cookbook of the year award, this is the one vegetarian cookbook to have on your shelf. Weighing in at 742 pages with 1400 recipes, Deborah Madison has created a wonderful variety of recipes that can feed vegetarians, vegans and anyone who loves delicious food.
2. Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook, by Beth Hensperger and Julie Kaufmann
You will be amazed at just what you can prepare in your crockpot and these ladies will show you how easy it is to do. Great book for college students living in dorms where a crockpot can come in real handy.
3. Nourishing Traditions, by Sally Fallon
The jacket says it all: The cookbook that challenges politically correct nutrition and the diet dictocrats. Let Sally Fallon take you on a journey back in time when food was unprocessed and prepared from scratch, nothing was wasted and chronic disease was long in the future.
Next: Food History
FOOD DOWN THE AGES
4. Food in History, by Reay Tannahill
For those of you who need to know where it all started and the historical facts about foods journey through time this book covers it all. From humans discovery of fire and eating tools to present day food processing and factory farming, you’ll be surprised by what you do not know about food and delighted to have this information.
5. The Botany of Desire, by Michael Pollan
Michael Pollan set out to give the reader a plants-eye view of the world and succeeded in showing how four specific plants: apples, tulips, marijuana, and potatoes, used humans to survive and flourish through the ages. A fascinating and entertaining read for anyone.
Next: Food and Health
FOOD AND HEALTH
There are libraries full of health books that can confuse or enlighten you; but the two I turn to have helped me understand the complexity of my body and health from the Eastern perspective. Much more beneficial than what Western medicine offers us in the form of pharmaceutical medications for every symptom.
6. Your Body Never Lies, by Michio Kushi
Michio Kushi has written what he calls, the complete book of Oriental diagnosis. It is an excellent reference for understanding how your body communicates on the outside what is happening on the inside. You will learn how to detect health problems simply by looking at your face, hands, feet, hair and skin. It will fascinate and intrigue those interested in learning new ways to understanding the human body.
7. Healing with Whole Foods, by Paul Pitchford
Although this compendium of Chinese medicine may appear daunting to the lay person it is also packed with essential information on nutrition and healing diets, plus 300 nutritious recipes to follow no matter the state of your health. Pitchford shows you how food is our true medicine and then gives you the knowledge to heal your body or maintain optimal health and well-being.