With countless books out there offering wellbeing guidance, it tends to be hard to recognize which ones to read and which ones to avoid.

So, we’ve come up with our top 10 Best Plant-Based Diet Books which you should start reading today.

Why a Plant- Based Diet?

The first question that arises in our mind after coming across different books and blogs written on the benefits of a Plant-Based Diet.

The answer is simple, Plant- Based Diet has shown some marvelous results when it comes to weight loss, to curb diseases and for overall good health.

Some of the underrated benefits of a Plant-Based diet are: –

  • Supports the immune system: The nutrients and minerals, phytochemicals and cancer prevention agents in plants help keep your cells solid and your body in balance with the goal that your immune system can work at its best. “Plants provide the body with the nutrients it needs to combat infection” says Andrea Murray, MD Anderson health education specialist.
  • Reduces Inflammation: The same phytochemicals and antioxidants that strengthen your immune system also neutralize toxins from pollutants, refined foods, bacteria, viruses, and other sources in your body.
  • High Fiber Content: Fiber is readily available in all sorts of unprocessed plant-based foods. High fiber content is essential to keep the gut health intact. It prevents to occurrence of constipation and ultimately saves from the diseases like Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

There are many books written by great authors to shed light on the importance of a Plant-Based diet human health. Plant-Based Books are often categorized under Nutritional Science books, Nutritional Program Books and most importantly cookbooks.

These books provide excellent and easily digestible material to aid you in your transition to a plant-based diet.

  1. The Plant-Based Diet for beginners by GABRIEL MILLER

In this book, GABRIEL MILLER has given 75 amazing whole food plant-based recipes, which you can make as a beginner. This book contains a complete shopping list, ingredients list, menu plan, and recipes for beginners. These recipes are not only easy to make but also delicious to eat. The book begins by explaining how and why the writers came to adopt a plant-based diet.  You’ll know about the advantages of living this way for your wellbeing, the environment, and animal welfare.

The recipes too can be improvised by adding different unique Plant-Based ingredients, which makes it even more fun.

  1. Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi by YOTAM OTTOLENGHI

This amazing book is written by a restaurant owner and a columnist of the New Veg for the Guardian.  If you are the kind of person who likes to mix up different recipes and make something unique out of it, then this is the perfect book for you.

This book not only contains different delicious recipes but also the stories behind their inventions. It consists of some motivational stories of people who made a shift to eat more intentionally. Recipes with some interesting stories in the background makes them more fun to make and even tastier.

  1. Eat for Life: The Breakthrough Nutrient–Rich Program for Longevity, Disease Reversal, and Sustained Weight Loss by JOEL FUHRMAN, MD

This book, written by a leading plant-based doctor and author, describes how this way of eating can not only improve your health but also curb and even reverse diseases. Fuhrman provides case reports of people who switched to a plant-based diet and lost weight and reversed disease symptoms.

Eat for Life is a nutrition-based program backed by science that can avoid and even reverse most medical conditions in three to six months. This is a bold statement, but the people who have tried it know how effective it is.

He advises to choose foods that have the most nutrients per calorie, which means vegetables. He provides recipes for eating this way that are both simple and delicious. This book will be your guide if you want to live well and for a long time.

  1. The Vegetable Butcher: How to Select, Prep, Slice, Dice and Masterfully Cook Vegetables from Artichokes to Zucchini by CARA MANGINI

Going plant-based entails figuring out how to enjoy eating plants, particularly a lot of them. Many of us slip into meal habits, which is easy to do when you have a large selection of foods to choose from.

When you turn to a plant-based diet, however, you can feel like you’ve hit a brick wall and run out of options.  In this critical, inspiring guide that demystifies the world of vegetables, butchery skills meet the world of fresh produce.

Cara Mangini, a “vegetable butcher,” demonstrates how to break down a butternut squash, cut cauliflower into steaks, properly peel a tomato, and more in step-by-step photos. Mangini comes to the rescue by teaching us how to get creative and discover unexpected ways to make your simple bland vegetables more exciting.  Mangini has made the Plant-Based Diet look so easy and doable without getting bored of it.

  1. The Healthiest Diet on the Planet. Why the Foods You Love-Pizza, Pancakes, Potatoes, Pasta, and More-Are the solution to Preventing Disease and Looking and Feeling Your Best by JOHN MCDOUGALL, MD

You’ll discover how our diet affects not just our bodies and how we age, but also the world around us. This book is a good place to start if you want to concentrate on your overall health and change your eating habits for the better.

The bestselling author and globally recognized physician and nutrition specialist provides a simple and attractive wellness solution: eat the foods you like to lose weight and get healthier.

McDougall also sheds light on the importance of intermittent fasting while following a Plant-Based Diet. The most important aspect of the science behind Intermittent Fasting is training your body to use fat as food, so you aim to consume as little sugar and simple carbs as possible when you eat. For those following a plant-based diet, it works perfectly.

  1. Plant-Based on a Budget by TONI OKAMOTO

Toni Okamoto, the blogger behind Plant-Based on a Budget, was living paycheck to paycheck in her early twenties when she decided to switch to a Plant-Based Diet. She offers advice on how to eat a plant-based diet while saving money. Her recipes are easy to make, tasty, and budget-friendly.

She highlights the importance of Plant-Based Diet in saving money from buying expensive food items, which are sometimes unhealthy and unnecessary.

Toni made this lifestyle choice at a very early age, which not only saved her a lot of money but also may keep her healthy and young for a very long time.

  1. The Vegan 8: 100 Simple, Delicious Recipes Made with 8 Ingredients Or Less By BRANDI DOMING

Brandi Doming switched to a Plant-based diet after her husband was diagnosed with a condition called Gout. Gout is caused due to deposition of excessive amounts of Uric Acid in the joints and body. Gout makes a person unable to do his daily chores and makes the life extremely miserable. Increased production of Uric Acid is caused due to excessive consumption of Red Meat.

After the diagnosis of her husband, the consequences have been life altering. Her recipes have short ingredient lists, which are suitable for those who are new to plant-based cooking. Her meals are all perfectly designed to suit the needs of a wide range of medical conditions.

Brand Doming, the author behind The Vegan, provides simple, delicious and healthy plant-based recipes in her book. The Photography of the foods in this book is absolutely drool-worthy.

  1. The Starch Solution by JOHN MCDOUGAL, MD and MARY MCDOUGAL

This book is written by Dr. McDougal and his wife Mary. They provided a 7-day basic meal plan, ingredients list and a bunch of delicious recipes, which help you, begin with a Plant-Based Diet.

When it comes to wellbeing and weight loss, Dr. John McDougall explains why carbs are not the enemy. He discusses in The Starch Solution how a diet rich in fiber-rich carbohydrates, rather than protein and fat, will help you lose weight and prevent and cure many chronic diseases.

This simple-to-follow plan shows you what to eat and what to avoid, how to make safe substitutions for your favorite foods, and how to make smart restaurant decisions based on the latest scientific studies. There are a 7-Day Sure-Start Schedule, a weekly menu planner, and nearly 100 tasty, budget-friendly recipes in this book.

McDougal discusses the importance of carbohydrates and how it is used as a source of energy by our body.

He highlights some important diseases that can be cured by opting for a Plant-Based lifestyle.

  1. The Plant Based Solution by JOEL K. KAHN, MD

Dr. Joel Kahn, a renowned cardiologist was able to revert many cardiac diseases including Acute Coronary Syndrome, Ischemia, and Angina Pectoris.

Dr. Kahn uses clinical evidence and in-depth case studies to show how a plant-based diet may help reduce heart issues and other chronic conditions including uncontrolled diabetes, excessive weight gain, gastric issues, osteoporosis, and autoimmune disease in The Plant-Based Solution. Many people have benefited from this book, which has helped them treat and prevent the exacerbations of many lethal conditions.

Dr. Kahn puts together a variety of clinical literature and in-depth case studies to explicitly illustrate how you can take care of your own wellbeing, drawing on decades of experience.

  1. Forks over Knives The Plant Based Way to Health Edited by GENE STONE

Following the groundbreaking documentary Forks Over Knives, this book compiles knowledge from physicians, scientists, and scholars such as Dr. Caldwell Esselstyne and Dr. Colin Campbell. This book includes 125 recipes to get you started, as well as success stories, the benefits of a plant-based diet, transitioning tips, and success stories.

In his book The China Study, Dr. Colin Campbell explains how consuming meat and dairy causes cancer and other diseases to rise, but plummets when a conventional plant-based diet is followed, as a growing number of experts are lending their support to the cause.

Recipes in this book are first developed by professional chefs, which then go through trials before being published. People greatly rely on the recipes published by Forks and Knives. It helped them not only loose weight but also get a lot healthier.

Bottom Line

Undoubtedly, many of us have already fastened our seat belts to embark on the journey of a Plant-Based Diet. People who have followed the above mentioned books have attained great health and maintained a healthy lifestyle.

So when are you planning to start off with a Plant-Based diet and step onto the road towards a healthy life?

References

Miller, G. (2019b). The Plant Based Diet for Beginners: 75 Delicious, Healthy Whole Food Recipes. Rockridge Press.

Ottolenghi, Y., & Lovekin, J. (2011). Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi. Chronicle Books.

M.D., F. J. (2020). Eat for Life (Illustrated ed.). HarperOne.

Mangini, C. (2016). The Vegetable Butcher: How to Select, Prep, Slice, Dice, and Masterfully Cook Vegetables from Artichokes to Zucchini (Illustrated ed.). Workman Publishing Company.

McDougall, J. (2016). The Healthiest Diet on the Planet: Why the Foods Love – Pizza, Pancakes, Potatoes, Pasta, and More – Are the Solution to Preventing Disease and Looking and (1st ed.). HarperOne.

Okamoto, T., & Greger, F. M. M. D. (2019). Plant-Based on a Budget: Delicious Vegan Recipes for Under $30 a Week, in Less Than 30 Minutes a Meal (1st ed.). BenBella Books.

Doming, B. (2018). The Vegan 8: 100 Simple, Delicious Recipes Made with 8 Ingredients or Less. TI Inc. Books.

McDougall, J., & McDougall, M. (2012). The Starch Solution: Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good! (1st ed.). Rodale Books.

Md, J. K. K., & Mackey, J. (2020). The Plant-Based Solution: America’s Healthy Heart Doc’s Plan to Power Your Health (Reprint ed.). Sounds True.

Stone, M. G. G. (2021). How Not To Die: Discover the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease (Later Printing Used ed.). Pan Macmillan.