Updated: Apr 13, 2020
As I’ve mentioned elsewhere I took a long road to get here and it was a lot of self-discovery and trial and error. The following are books that helped me build the knowledge that I have today. Some of these I still use daily. Pretty much all of them are full of scribblings and highlights and post-it notes. I’m nerdy like that.
I’ve given links to buy them at Amazon both in Canada and the USA. You don’t have to get them from there, obviously, but clicking on these links helps to support this website and keep it free for you and others. So there’s that. Your local library will more than likely have copies of these books as well, so by all means audition them first.
Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman
This is the book that created the biggest AHA moments for me and essentially unlocked a way to go about my life that I really love and food that I adore and gets me excited about eating. If you’re looking to lose a bunch of weight this has an awesome six-week plan (I didn’t use this - I was well on my weight-loss path by the time I discovered this book) but I know others have sworn by it.
The End of Dieting by Dr. Joel Fuhrman
This has a lot of the same information as Fuhrman’s initial book but it’s wrapped in a different day-to-day way. If you’re already on a weight-loss path and looking more for a way to wrap your mind around a long-term lifelong plan than this might be the right book for you.
Eat to Live Cookbook by Dr. Joel Fuhrman
Fuhrman’s other books have recipes as well, but we really love these ones and we’re still slowly going through them.
Eat to Live: Quick & Easy by Dr. Joel Fuhrman
You know how it is - if someone makes a successful recipe book they make a follow-up with recipes that are faster and easier. Just as good as the first - maybe a bit more practical for people with busy schedules.
How Not to Die by Michael Greger M.D.
If you want the science behind how to be healthy as fuck this guy has it. He's the one behind the nutritionfacts.org website. This book is dense as hell, but if ever wanted to arm yourself with knowledge then this is the book for you. Warning though: once you know this shit - you can't un-know it. A bit like choosing between the red pill and blue pill in the Matrix ;-)
How Not to Diet by Michael Greger M.D.
More science by this magic food nerd - this time based more around weight loss. I'm currently in maintenance, and so I found this just as helpful as anything. Lots of great ideas and practical advice as well as a shit load of information. Power yourself with the facts.
How Not to Die Cookbook by Michael Greger M.D.
I've only tried a handful of recipes from this book so far, but each one of them has become an instant family favourite. This book is a new staple in our kitchen and I wish I'd snagged it earlier. Pumped to really dig into it.
Plant-Based Nutrition 2.0 by Julieanna Hever, M.S. R.D., & Raymond J. Cronise
This book is packed full of great information if you want to get slightly nerdier about your nutrition and get into the “why” behind it all - but in a way that’s simplified and easy to follow. This is one of them ‘things for dummies’ books. It’s also got some awesome recipes.
Presto!: How I Made 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales by Penn Jillette
This was actually the book that lead me to discovering Dr. Joel Fuhrman and the Nutritarian way of eating/living. Look, this book is more entertainment than anything, but it’s a fun read and I have a fondness to it since, in a way, it sort-of changed my life.
How to Fail at Almost Everything
Having read a lot of books lately in this same circle of genre it was really lovely to find something that added some fresh insight and new ideas that added on to what I already know and am working on. This is some real solid "smash this into your brain" stuff right here.
How Not to Diet
This book for me was preaching to the choir - but I highly recommend it for anyone starting their weight loss or health journey. It'll arm you with the "why" behind all the things that seem like "health trends" right now, but have actually been known and practiced for a long time.
If getting healthy is a new years resolution for you - this book should be at the top of your reading list.
Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook
Holy shit do I love these guys. I love the tone of this - and I’m not going to lie - it pretty much inspired the tone for my own website. This is the plant-based cookbook for people who think they’re too cool for plant-based cookbooks.
Thug Kitchen 101: Fast as Fuck
Just as good as the first - but this time FASTER! Also they have a third book with Party Grub. I haven’t checked it out yet but I’m sure it’s awesome.
The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon
This is one that my wife got way back when and I dusted it off and found a lot to love about it. Hot tip: she also has an awesome app you can get that’s loaded with recipes.
Oh She Glows Everyday by Angela Liddon
Yup - her first book was awesome so she made one of them quicker/faster ones. Equally awesome, as expected.
The Homemade Vegan Pantry by Miyoko Schinner
This dude is a fucking ninja at making staples - if you’ve ever wanted to make your own bbq sauce, vegan cheese, ketchup, etc… look no further. This one’s probably for the more advanced home cook, but then again I can make his shit so it can’t be too fucking hard.
I Used To Be a Miserable F*ck by John Kim
This is a book for your brain - it’s a quick and easy read and it’s a bit dude focused but it’s full of great info for everyone to take to heart and apply to your day to day. I just finished it and I’m still reflecting upon it.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson
Don’t let the catchy title fool you - this is a great book that’s really the philosophy of the post-Fight Club generation. It spoke to me hard and made me really feel like someone else got where I was at.
Everything is Fucked: A Book about Hope by Mark Manson
Manson’s follow-up to his first book and equally awesome. He’s got a great concept in this book for breaking down how our brains work and why we’re so fucked up. This unlocked a lot of shit for me and I highly recommend it.
Forks Over Knives: The Cookbook by Del Sroufe
We’ve had this in the cupboard for forever after we saw the documentary. It doesn’t get the heaviest rotation but it’s full of some solid recipes that I look forward to diving into more now that I’m revisiting it.