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If you are new to the plant-based lifestyle, here is a list of my favorite resources: texts, cookbooks and films, and why I like each one of them.
Whole Foods, Plant-Based Books
The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Campbell II, MD. One of the classics on what makes the whole food, plant-based diet so powerful, as well as the links between animal protein and disease. Results from the actual China Study make up a small part of the book, while the links between the Standard American Diet and chronic diseases are covered thoroughly. Written for the general public, this text is very accessible.
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. This book makes it clear that people who are thought to be “at death’s door” can stall and even reverse heart disease through the whole food, plant-based diet. The recipes in the second half of the book show you how to rethink your diet meal by meal.
Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health by Gene Stone, T. Colin Campbell, PhD, et al.
How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by Michael Greger, M.D. and Gene Stone
Whole Food, Plant-Based Cookbooks
Forks Over Knives―The Cookbook by Del Sroufe, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, et al.
The Forks Over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet by Alona Pulde, M.D., Matthew Lederman, M.D., et al.
The China Study Quick & Easy Cookbook: Cook Once, Eat All Week with Whole Food, Plant-Based Recipes by Del Sroufe, LeAnne Campbell, et al.
The Engine 2 Cookbook by Rip Esselstyn and Jane Esselstyn
The PlantPure Nation Cookbook by Kim Campbell and T. Colin Campbell, PhD
The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook by Ann Crile Esselstyn and Jane Esselstyn
The How Not to Die Cookbook by Dr. Michael Greger
The McDougall Quick and Easy Cookbook by John A. McDougall, M.D. and Mary McDougall
I hope you’ve found this list of whole foods, plant-based resources helpful.