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The Professional Vegan Cookbook
by Brian McCarthy
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The Professional Vegan Cookbook contains a wide range of large batch, commercial kitchen tested recipes, and was created by a commercial kitchen chef who has been working in the industry since graduating from culinary school in 1986. The recipes use common commercial kitchen terms in clear, step-by-step instructions, and utilize ingredients commonly found in most professional kitchens.

Food Choice and Sustainability:
Why Buying Local, Eating Less Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won't Work

by Dr. Richard Oppenlander
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Food Choice and Sustainability is a groundbreaking new book that anyone who cares about our future and that of other species should read--individuals, academic institutions, businesses, organizations, and policy makers. Categories of global depletion are detailed, widely held myths are debunked, critical disconnects are exposed, and profound solutions are offered.

Paleo Vegan: Plant-Based Primal Recipes
by Ellen Jaffe Jones

Paleo Vegan combats the heavy emphasis on meat paleo cookbooks tend to have. Athlete, coach, and vegan advocate Ellen Jaffe Jones joins forces with chef extraordinaire and culinary genius Alan Roettinger to present a surprising yet delectable blend of plant-based vegan cuisine and popular paleo diets.

Apples, Bean Dip, & Carrot Cake: Kids! Teach Yourself to Cook
by Freya Dinshah

Apples, Bean Dip, & Carrot Cake is a great gift designed specifically for kids (and parents!) in mind. Make healthy snacks and meals. Safely use knives, stove, oven, and blender. Learn easy cleanup techniques. Earn certificates of accomplishment. Have fun!

The Starch Solution: Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good!
by Dr. John McDougall

The Starch Solution is a groundbreaking program that will help readers shed pounds, improve their health, save money, and change their lives. From Atkins to Dukan, fear of the almighty carb has taken over the diet industry - but carbs are not the enemy. Now, bestselling author John A. McDougall, MD, and his kitchen-savvy wife, Mary, revolutionize the way consumers fuel their body, choosing carbohydrates over protein and fat, and leaving readers satisfied, energized, and looking/feeling their best.

Vegan for the Holidays: Celebration Feasts for Thanksgiving Through New Year's Day
by Zel Allen

Vegan for the Holidays is just the book we've all been looking for. Holidays inspire everyone to cook. Even people who rarely step into the kitchen prepare special festive meals to share with family and friends. Vegan cooking expert Zel Allen demonstrates that plant-based holiday foods are as delicious, innovative, and elegant as their hallowed meat-based counterparts.

All American Vegan: Veganism for the Rest of Us
by Jennifer & Nathan Winograd

All American Vegan has something for everyone - delicious recipes, shopping, cooking, and baking tips, as well as philosophy, trivia, and humorous observations regarding the increasingly popular but frequently misunderstood vegan lifestyle. Aspiring vegans will find practical down-to-earth advice about making the transition to a vegan diet as convenient and uncomplicated as possible.

Chloe's Vegan Italian Kitchen: 150 Pizzas, Pastas, Pestos, Risottos, & Lots of Creamy Italian Classics
by Chloe Coscarelli

Chloe's Vegan Italian Kitchen is for folks who think a healthy vegan diet means giving up pasta in creamy sauce, cheesy pizza, and luscious tiramisu. Think again! Following her hit cookbooks Chloe's Kitchen and Chloe's Vegan Desserts, Chef Chloe goes to her family's homeland to veganize its time-honored delicacies—and add some distinctively delicious twists.

Forks Over Knives - The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year
by Del Sroufe

Forks Over Knives—the book, the film, the movement—is back again in a Cookbook. The secret is out: If you want to lose weight, lower your cholesterol, and prevent (or even reverse!) chronic conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes, the right food is your best medicine. Thousands of people have cut out meat, dairy, and oils and seen amazing results. If you're among them—or you'd like to be—you need this cookbook.

The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out
by Angela Liddon

The Oh She Glows Cookbook is packed with more than 100 delicious recipes such as go-to breakfasts, protein-packed snacks, hearty entrées, and decadent desserts. From entrées like the Crowd-Pleasing Tex Mex Casserole and Empowered Noodle Bowl to sweet treats like the Chilled Chocolate Espresso Torte with Hazelnut Crust and Angela's famous Glo Bakery Glo Bars, there is something for everyone. The Oh She Glows Cookbook is also allergy-friendly, with many gluten-free and soy-free options.

The Whitewash: The Disturbing Truth About Cow's Milk and Your Health
by Joseph Keon

Whitewash offers a completely fresh, candid, and comprehensively documented look behind dairy's deceptively green pastures and gives readers a hopeful picture of life after milk. Author Joseph Keon, PhD, has been a wellness consultant and nutrition and fitness expert for over twenty-five years. He is considered a leading authority on public health and has written three books, including Whole Health: The Guide to Wellness of Body and Mind and The Truth About Breast Cancer: A Seven-Step Prevention Plan.

Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker: 200 Recipes for Healthy and Hearty One-Pot Meals That Are Ready When You Are
by Robin Robertson

Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker proves that slow cookers can be used for much more than just tough, inexpensive cuts of meat. They are perfect for vegetarian and healthy cooking because slow cooking is a foolproof way to make beans, grains, and root vegetables. By now the remarkable convenience of the slow cooker is no secret: it can be left unattended; it keeps the kitchen cool on warm days; and it's inexpensive and durable. At last, vegetarians and anyone looking for healthy meal alternatives can take full advantage of this amazing appliance.

Planeat (DVD) The Disturbing Truth About Cow's Milk and Your Health
Directed by Shelley Lee Davies and Or Shlomi

British documentary PLANEAT brings together the ground-breaking studies of Colin T. Campbell, Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., and Professor Gidon Eshel who have made it their life's work find a diet which is good for our health, the environment and the future of our planet. With the help of some innovative farmers and chefs, PLANEAT shows how the problems we face today can be solved, without simply resorting to a diet of lentils and lettuce leaves.

Your Right to Know: Genetic Engineering and the Secret Changes in Your Food
by Andrew Kimbrell

Your Right to Know is a complete, full-color reference guide outlining how unmarked genetically modified foods go from the factory to the family dining table, and what consumers can do about the health risks they present. This accessible guide is for concerned parents — as well as anyone concerned about genetically altered foods — who want to know more about the potential health risks, the organic alternatives, and the methods available to counter the corporate takeover of the food we eat.

Speed Vegan: Quick, Easy Recipes With a Gourmet Twist
by Alan Roettinger

In Speed Vegan, chef extraordinaire Alan Roettinger pairs his skill at creating delicious gourmet fare with the use of a wide array of plant-based ingredients to create easy recipes with clean, simple flavors. With an engaging, personal style, Chef Alan dishes out pointers on what to have on hand and how to employ his special shortcuts to get great results. These dishes are a cut above the standard quick-to-make vegan dish and will delight non-vegans as well.

Extraordinary Vegan The Disturbing Truth About Cow's Milk and Your Health
by Alan Roettinger

As a private chef to the rich and famous for more than 30 years, Alan Roettinger has learned what people hunger for and what satisfies. We crave fulfillment on every level, and his approach to cooking aims to deliver it in as many ways as possible. In Extraordinary Vegan, Alan shows how easy it is to make food designed to support health, thrill the senses, surprise the imagination, entertain the intellect---even nourish the heart.

The Global Vegan Family Cookbook
by Brian P. McCarthy

For fans of The Vegan Family Cookbook---and anyone who is concerned about animals, the environment, and their health---Chef Brian McCarthy is back with a cookbook that shows that international vegan food is not only good for the planet and good for you, but it's easy and fun to prepare, too. The Global Vegan Family Cookbook contains more than 300 simple, nutritious recipes, such as Turkish Bean Soup and Cardamom Coconut Bread Pudding. Along the way you'll sample appealing appetizers, blissful breakfasts, and decadent desserts with origins from across the globe. This cookbook will take you on a culinary trip around the world without having to obtain a passport. Vegan cooking has never been more diverse, or delicious!

Gluten-Free Vegan Comfort Food: Fabulous Recipes for the Food You Crave
by Susan O'Brien

125 simple and satisfying recipes, from "mac and cheese" to chocolate cupcakes. Leading a gluten-free or vegan lifestyle---or both---doesn't need to keep you from enjoying the classic foods everyone loves. Gourmet cook, Susan O'Brien offers easy and delicious versions of all-American favorites, now made with natural sweeteners and free of wheat, gluten, dairy, and animal products. From sweet potato biscuits to green bean casserole, chocolate-walnut fudge to apple pie, these 125 recipes will satisfy your desire for feel-good foods while supporting your wellness.

Vegans Know How to Party: Over 465 Vegan Recipes, Including Desserts, Appetizers, Main Dishes, and More
by Chef Nancy Berkoff, EdD, RD

Chef Berkoff shows you how to put on a party for vegans and all those who enjoy great food. Desserts. Crispy and Crunchy Appetizers with Dips and Spreads. Veggie Burgers and Sandwiches. Salads and Dressings. Ethnic Specialties. Soups. Vegetable and Grain Dishes. Fast Entrees. How to Entertain a Crowd: using vegan ingredients, basic party planning, parties for children, preparing food for people with diabetes, cooking for a crowd and working with a caterer.

David's Vegan Home Cooking
by David Gabbe
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David's Vegan Home Cooking is jam-packed with over 250 quick and easy, plant-based recipes that not only taste good, but that are good for you, too. Containing no gluten, cholesterol, saturated animal fat, white sugar, or white flour, these vegan recipes are rich in wholesome nutrients and burst with the flavors, colors, and textures found in a wide variety of beans, grains, fruits, and vegetables.

Scatter Vegan Sweets
by Wendy Gabbe Day
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Over 85 delicious and nutritious vegan recipes for cakes, cookies, muffins, pies, smoothies, granolas and so much more... that can be enjoyed any time of day! This is not your typical "sweets" cookbook. It's completely plant-based (no animal products, including honey). And while it does contain mouth-watering desserts, it is all about sweet treats packed with nutritious ingredients that you can enjoy completely guilt-free, and will fill you up before they fill you out.

All the recipes in this book are low in sugar, low in fat, and loaded with nutritious fruits, whole grains, seeds, nuts and beans, too. And finally, these recipes are gluten-free and completely oil-free as well. Your friends and family will be amazed how delicious (and nutritious) vegan sweets can be! Scatter Vegan Sweets features Banana Split Cupcakes, Gingerbread Muffins, Maple Oat Peanut Brittle, Raw Berry Buckwheat Smoothie, Raw Coconut Cherry Truffles, Kiwi Lime Pie, and so much more. These recipes are easy-to-make and quick-to-disappear!

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Raw Berry Buckwheat Smoothie

The Perfect Formula Diet
by Janice Stanger, PhD
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This simple, science-based, and affordable eating plan is built on six kinds of whole foods. You'll melt stubborn weight permanently, reverse chronic illness, and feel the years melt away with the pounds. You can stay vigorous, healthy, lean, and looking good. Stop food cravings. On the Perfect Formula Diet, your weight loss is permanent. Based on over 1,000 scientific studies, The Perfect Formula Diet is a jargon-free and fun read.

Getting Into Your Pants
by Dr. Leslie Van Romer
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Get Into Your Pants and Stay There!!! You've gotta want it ... really want it. And if you do, this book will show you the way. Lose that weight and step into your body-dream-come-true---not for the short sprint of a few months but for the rest of your life. This time, make it easy on yourself. Fill up on the best-for-you foods first and give yourself that wiggle room. Feel full and completely satisfied without counting, measuring, depriving, starving, sneaking, guilting, or feeling like a hopeless failure ever again! It's your time to feel great about you! (And look sizzling-hot in those pants.)

One Can Make a Difference: How Simple Actions Can Change the World
by Ingrid E. Newkirk

Ingrid E. Newkirk has compiled more than 50 thought-provoking essays written by an intriguing, diverse group of people, including His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Sir Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Dennis Kucinich, Russell Simmons, Brigitte Bardot, Martina Navratilova, Stella McCartney, Ravi Shankar, and Oliver Stone. All have positively impacted the world while armed with nothing more than the power of their own beliefs. As readers peak into the psyches of these remarkable personalities, they will discover that all it takes to create an entire movement is the desire and determination of any one person. One Can Make a Difference: How Simple Actions Can Change the World is an enlightening book that provides a roadmap for anyone seeking a just society and for those striving to make a positive impact on our world. Ingrid underscores the fact that we all inevitably face challenges in our lives and that a person does not have to be famous or wealthy to actively contribute to the betterment of the world.

Mad Cowboy

Mad Cowboy: The Documentary
by Howard Lyman
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125 Best Vegan Recipes
by Maxine Chuck & Beth Gurney
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150 Vegan Favorites: Fresh, Easy, and Incredibly Delicious Recipes You Can Enjoy Every Day
by Jay Solomon
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The Artful Vegan: Fresh Flavors from the Millennium Restaurant
by Eric Tucker, Bruce Enloe, Renee Comet, and Amy Pearce
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Becoming Vegan: The Complete Guide to Adopting a Healthy Plant-Based Diet
by Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina
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Being Vegan
by Joanne Stepaniak
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Vegan World Fusion Cuisine :
Over 200 award-winning recipes, Dr. Jane Goodall Foreword, Third Edition

by Mark Reinfeld and Bo Rinaldi
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A celebration of over 200 international gourmet vegan and live food cuisine recipes. In a simple and easy to follow format, it introduces the ingredients and techniques that allow you to awaken the creative chef within, gently guiding you towards a lighter, more healthful diet. So much more than a cookbook, this Wisdom Work for the 21st century from the Chefs of The Blossoming Lotus Restaurant on Kauai, HI, is designed as a manual for nonviolent living, with a comprehensive resource guide that lists over 50 groups and organizations working for peace and a sustainable future. A moving foreword by Dr. Jane Goodall and an endorsement by John Robbins highlights its aim to inspire peace, unity and understanding among individuals, cultures and all who care about our planet. With stunning food photography and breathtaking sacred site images from around the world, as well as countless wisdom sayings, our book is sure to be a cherished keepsake and reminder of the beauty and hope that life on our planet has to offer.

Breaking the Food Seduction: The Hidden Reasons Behind Food Cravings---And 7 Steps to End Them Naturally
by Neal D. Barnard
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Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness
by Robert Cheeke
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One of the world's most recognized vegan body builders presents a comprehensive guide to building a fit body while eating a plant-based diet. Author Robert Cheeke inspires people to develop magnificent bodies. His passion for doing the most amount of good while causing the least amount of harm has inspired athletes, trainers, and anyone interested in a strong, healthy body. Includes the best way to put together vegan meal programs and training regimens, how to find sponsorship and make bodybuilding a career, and where to find access to vegan products, services, and equipment. Also advice on how to take bodybuilding beyond a personal endeavor and use it for activism and outreach.

The Candle Cafe Cookbook: More Than 150 Enlightened Recipes from New York's Renowned Vegan Restaurant
by Joy Pierson, Bart Potenza, and Barbara Scott-Goodman
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Carbophobia: The Scary Truth About America's Low-carb Craze
by Michael Greger, M.D.
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The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health
by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell II
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The Complete Vegan Cookbook: Over 200 Tantalizing Recipes, Plus Plenty of Kitchen Wisdom for Beginners and Experienced Cooks
by Susann Geiskopf-Hadler and Mindy Toomay
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Mad Cowboy

Conveniently Vegan: Turn Packaged Foods into Delicious Vegetarian Dishes
by by Debra Wasserman
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The Cookbook for People Who Love Animals
by Michael A. Klaper, M.D.
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David's Pure Vegetarian Kitchen
by David Gabbe
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Diet for a New America: How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness and the Future of Life on Earth
by John Robbins
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Don't Drink Your Milk!: New Frightening Medical Facts About the World's Most Overrated Nutrient
by Frank A. Oski
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Don't Eat This Book: Fast Food and the Supersizing of America
by Morgan Spurlock
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Eat Right, Live Longer: Using the Natural Power of Foods to Age-Proof Your Body
by Neal Barnard
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Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss
by Joel Fuhrman and Mehmet Oz
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