Here is a sampling of my favorite books on food, health, and wellness. We are a farming family, after all, so we never really stop discussing food, especially food as medicine. (We do our best to eat clean, but don’t worry, we break the rules all the time! I’m not perfect. And I’m not too evolved for a Taco Bell run at the end of a really, really hard day.)
Pssst, don’t forget to check out my women’s health recommendations, too!
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Nourishing Traditions remains one of the most important books in our home library. Our family’s diet is largely based on the information in this book: it includes nutritional data, recipes, and historical information pertaining to food. I would also recommend Sally Fallon’s companion books Nourishing Broth and Nourishing Fats. These books have been nothing short of life-changing for us and were a huge inspiration for starting our pasture-based poultry farm business!
The Art of Fermentation contains everything you need to know to make kombucha, kefir, kraut- all the yummy, bubbly, mood-boosting foods that begin with the letter K! I love fermented foods, but not the out-of-pocket cost of buying kombucha at health food stores. This book covers the history, health benefits, and instructions for doing fermentation yourself.
I am such a huge fan of Dr. Aviva Romm. She is trained midwife who became a MD. It doesn’t really get any better than that. If I only I could afford to have her as my doctor, I would be in heaven! Really, I am recommending all of her books, but I especially love this one on Adrenal and Thyroid health. Its chocked full of helpful wisdom. (Note: Her recommendations can be a bit intimidating, but its so worth it to implement the changes that she suggests!
For herbalism, Rosemary Gladstar is my fave. She is very comfortable with her subject and that shines through her writing. All of her books are great- this one for women is a particular favorite as well!
This is just a cookbook- but for anyone new to the feasts of the liturgical year, I find this book so charming. It has a folksy, dated look that I just love to see on my kitchen counter. Feasting in the Christian/Catholic tradition that has been all but lost in our culture. A book like this helps you to reclaim and rebuild those traditions for your family. I love the title!
Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child is a brilliant book. For every ailment, the book offers the conventional treatment (what might be prescribed by your doctor), along with alternative and homeopathic options (what might be suggested by your crunchy friend). This one gets a lot of use on the farm. I couldn’t live without it on my bookshelf.
For all things birth and breastfeeding, I love Ina May. Her newer books are a little bit less crunchy (and for that reason, perhaps a bit more appealing to the contemporary reader?). When I taught childbirth education, I used to recommend that couples keep this in the bathroom- so that the husbands end up reading the various birth stories while they are in the loo.