Books on Food & Nutrition


Disease-Proof: The Remarkable Truth about What Makes Us Well. The Skills You Need to Slash Your Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer, Diabetes, and More–by 80 Percent. David Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM. Founding Director, Yale University Prevention Research Center with Stacey Colino.

Dr. David Katz’ many book, articles and programs and initiatives can be found on his website.

The Spectrum: A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better, Live Longer, Lose Weight and Gain Health. Dean Ornish, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Appointed to The White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. Elected to the California Academy of Medicine. Chair of the Google Health Advisory Council from 2007 through 2009. The Ornish Lifestyle Medicine program is covered by Medicare and offered at many sites across the U.S.

How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease. Michael Greger, MD, and Gene Stone. Michael Greger is the Founding Member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and Founder of (recommended by Kaiser Permanente, the largest managed healthcare organization in the U.S.). 

The Blue Zones, Second Edition: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest. Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow. Sign up for the Blue Zones Newsletter here.

Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. Michael Moss. Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting.

Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition. T. Colin Campbell and Howard Jacobson.

The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health. Thomas Campbell and T. Colin Campbell. T. Colin Campbell is Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. Visit the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.

Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss.

Super Immunity: The Essential Nutrition-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss. Joel Fuhrman, MD, nutritional researcher and creator of three PBS series. Serves on the Medical Advisory Board for The Dr. Oz Show. A comprehensive array of resources for a “nutritarian” lifestyle can be found at

Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines Our Health and How to Fight Back. Michele Simon, JD, MPH. Recipient of the National Association of Nutrition Professional’s Community Award and the Nutritional Therapy Association’s Award of Excellence.

Anticancer: A New Way of Life. David Servan-Schreiber, MD. Former co-founder and director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes without Drugs.

Power Foods for the Brain: An Effective 3-Step Plan to Protect Your Mind and Strengthen Your Memory.

Neal D. Barnard, MD. Associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Founding president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. For more books authored or recommended by Dr. Barnard, visit the PCRM store.

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. Eric Schlosser. Author, investigative journalist and graduate of Princeton University and Oxford.

The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory. Carol J. Adams. A classic with renewed relevancy.

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