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Unless otherwise noted, all recipes on this blog are free of gluten, peanuts, soy, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, shellfish, cane sugar, oranges, and yeast. Most recipes are also free of egg, dairy, and tree nuts (if used, reliable substitutions will be provided for these when possible). Check out my recipe index for a full list of recipes by category. 

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Books I ♥ 

Here are some selected favorites that have inspired, influenced, and informed my overall worldview and healing process. Since I never stop reading, this is a list in progress! I also have a reading wish list at the end, along with a list of some of my favorite documentaries.  


  • Healing with Whole Foods, Paul Pitchford
  • Nourishing Traditions, Sally Fallon
  • Charcuiterie, Michael Ruhlman
  • River Cafe Cook Book, Rose Grey and Ruth Rogers
  • River Cafe Cook Book Green, Rose Grey and Ruth Rogers
  • Jacque Pepin's Simple and Healthy Cooking, Jacque Pepin
  • How to Cook Everything, Mark Bittman
  • Bean Harvest Cookbook, Ashley Miller
  • The Ayurvedic Cookbook, Amadea Morningstar and U. Desai
  • 660 Curries, Raghavan Iyer
  • The Voluptuous Vegan, Myra Kornfield
  • Silk Road Cooking: A Vegetarian Journey, Najmieh Batmanglij
  • The Moosewood Cookbook, Mollie Katzen
  • Wild Fermentation, Sandor Katz
  • Food Allergy Survival Guide, Vesanto Melina (allergy-friendly, gluten-free)
  • The Allergy Self-Help Cookbook, Marjorie Hurt Jones (allergy-friendly, gluten-free)
  • The Yeast Connection Cookbook, William G. Crook and Marjorie Hurt Jones (anti-Candida, allergy-friendly, gluten-free)
  • Complete Candida Yeast Guidebook, Jeanne Marie Martin (anti-Candida cookbook, allergy-friendly, gluten-free)
  • The Body Ecology Diet, Donna Gates (anti-Candida, allergy-friendly, gluten-free)
  • Rainbow Green Live Food Cuisine, Gabriel Cousens (raw, allergy-friendly)
  • Soup, Barbara Kafka
  • The Natural Gourmet, AnneMarie Colbin

Blogger Cookbooks/E-Books

  • The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook, Ali Segersten and Tom Malterre 
  • Gluten Free Girl and Chef, Shuana James Ahern and Daniel Ahern
  • Super Natural Cooking, Heidi Swanson
  • Sweet Freedom, Ricki Heller
  • Desserts Without Compromise, Ricki Heller
  • Anti-Candida Feast, Ricki Heller

Kitchen Reference

  • The Flavor Bible, Karen Page and Kevin Dornenburg
  • The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia, Rebecca Wood
  • Herbs & Spices: The Cook's Reference, Jill Norman

Diet & Nutrition

  • Eat Right For Your Type, Dr. Peter J. D'adamo
  • The Tao of Healthy Eating, Bob Flaws
  • Healing with Whole Foods, Paul Pitchford
  • Nourishing Traditions, Sally Fallon
  • Full Moon Feast: Food and Hunger for Connection, Jessica Prentice
  • The Fourfold Path to Healing, Dr. Thomas Cowan
  • Survival into the 21st Century, Viktoras Kulvinskas
  • Eat Fat, Lose Fat, Sally Fallon

Health & Healing

  • Healing Lyme Disease Naturally, Wolf Storl
  • Cure Unknown: Inside the Lyme Epidemic, by Pamela Weintraub
  • The Fourfold Path to Healing, Dr. Thomas Cowan
  • The Complete System of Self Healing: Internal Exercises, Stephen Thomas Chang
  • Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, Christian Northrup MD
  • Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Phyllis A Balch

Oriental Medicine

  • Between Heaven and Earth, Harriet Beinfield
  • The Web That Has No Weaver, Ted J Kaptchuk
  • The Complete System of Self Healing: Internal Exercises, Stephen Thomas Chang
  • The Tao of Healthy Eating, Bob Flaws

Food Politics, Sustainability, & Culture

  • The Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan
  • In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, Michael Pollan
  • No Impact Man, Colin Beaven
  • The World Without Us, Alan Weisman
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond
  • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, Jared Diamond
  • The People's History of the United States, Howard Zinn
  • The Freedom Manifesto: How to Free Yourself from Anxiety, Fear, Mortgages, Money, Guilt, Debt, Government, Boredom, Supermarkets, Bills, Melancholy, Pain, Depression, Work, and Waste; Tom Hodginkson
  • The Foxfire Books

Spirituality, Religion, & Myth

  • When Things Fall Apart, Pema Chodron
  • The Power of Myth, Joseph Campbell

Gardening & DIY

  • The New Victory Garden, Bob Thomson 

Films & Documentaries

Here are a few films that I think are intriguing, poignant, and well-crafted.

  • FRESH the movie
  • Dirt! the movie
  • King Corn
  • Food, Inc.
  • Under Our Skin
  • WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price
  • No Impact Man

On My Must-Read Wish List

Books I want to read and buy!

  • Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Julia Child
  • The Spunky Coconut, Kelly J. Broznya
  • Go Dairy Free, Alissa Fleming
  • Gizzi's Kitchen Magic, Gizzi Eckstein
  • How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, Mark Bittman
  • Jaime's Food Revolution, Jaime Oliver
  • Flying Apron's Gluten-free and Vegan Baking Book, Jennifer Katzinger
  • The River Cottage Preserves Handbook, Pam Corbin
  • In the Green Kitchen: Techniques to Learn by Heart, Alice Waters
  • Good to the Grain: Baking With Whole-Grain Flours, Kim Boyce
  • Ready for Dessert: My Best Recipes, David Lebovitz
  • Veganomicon, Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved, Sandor Elix Katz
  • The Tao of Love and Sex, Jolan Chang
  • Grow Your Own Drugs: Easy Recipes for Natural Remedies and Beauty Fixes, James Wong
  • The Gluten-Free Vegan: 150 Delicious Gluten-Free, Animal-Free Recipes, Susan O'Brien
  • Allergy-Free Desserts: Gluten-Free, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Soy-free, and Nut-free Delights, Elizabeth Gordon
  • The Macrobiotic Path to Total Health, Michio Kushi and Alex Jack
  • Disguised as Devil: How Lyme Disease Created Witches and Changed History, M.M. Drymon
  • Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul; Deepak Chopra
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life; Barbara Kingsolver