Suggested Reading

There are of course many wonderful books and reviews on low-fat cooking and good nutrition. The following are a few of the real good ones, which we have enjoyed. The authors are obviously passionate about their topics, and it is difficult not to become "infected" yourself.

    1.  Faye Levy, "30 Low-Fat Meals in 30 Minutes", 1995, Warner Books.

         This is a wonderful small paperback cookbook with many quick meal suggestions.


    2.  Erik Marcus, "Vegan - The New Ethics of Eating", 1998, McBooks Press.

         This book points out the health benefits of a plant-centered diet, and then goes on to outline other benefits (environmental, animal rights, ecological).  Probably more than most people want to read.  Worthwhile for the very interested.

    3.  Vesanto Melina, Brenda Davis, Victoria Harrison, "Becoming Vegetarian", 1995,  Book Publishing Company.

         A superb book! You will learn a tremendous amount and thoroughly enjoy it. It is available in paperback and makes a great gift. (p.s. -I had the opportunity to meet Brenda Davis at a Dean Ornish retreat.)

    4.  Dean Ornish, "Everyday Cooking with Dean Ornish", 1996, HarperCollins.

         Available in paperback, this in one Ornish book to read if you are to chose just one. The first third of the book discusses the benefit of a low fat diet and the remainder is a wonderful cookbook. The recipes are authored by former patients of the heart disease reversal program. Diane and I use it several times per week!

    5.  Dean Ornish, "Eat More, Weigh Less", 1993, HarperCollins.

         This book has a good over-view of the heart disease "reversal diet/program". The menu choices are quite gourmet and elaborate.

    6.  Dean Ornish, "Reversing Heart Disease", 1990, Ballentine Books.

         We would recommend this book to anyone who has been touched by heart disease. It is very empowering to know that you can take control of this disease. It fully outlines Dr. Ornish’s program.

    7.  Walter Willett, "Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy", 2001, Simon and Schuster.

         This is an excellent resource. We consider this to be the single best nutrition book to read.  Willett is a well respected nutritional expert, and this book answers many of one's questions about "why should I eat 10 fruits/veges daily, etc...).

    8.  Nutrition Action Health Letter. Center for Science in the Public Interest, 1875 Conn. Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009-5728

         A very good resource. This newsletter discusses food, vitamins, and mineral conerns. $24 / year, 10 issues.

    9.  Vegetarian Nutrition and Health Letter. 1711 Nichol Hall, School of Public Health, Loma Linda University, CA 92350

         We really enjoy this very well organized newsletter! $24 / year, 10 issues.

    10. Lorna Sass, "Great Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure", 1994, William Morrow Company.

         Learn how to use a pressure cooker and enjoy the recipes that take advantage of it. Even Charlie can cook like a chef!