Welcome to our online bookstore, where you can buy all of our favorite books, many of which have lots of great recipes.
In addition to the many books by medical practitioners, nutritionists and registered dietitians, we also feature several books on the environment and sustainability. One of those books is what we call a “book for leaders.” It is called TEN BILLION, a great one-hour read for learning about the unprecedented planetary emergency in which we find ourselves. Finally, the last book listed is about the psychology of being happy.
Leading off our list of books is our book that was published in October of 2011. Exactly three years later, I received this “review” from a filmmaker, who’d just read it since interviewing me for his upcoming documentary, FoodChoicesMovie.com:
I felt compelled to write and thank you for putting together such an amazing work. In preparation for my film, I’ve read over fifty books related to the subject, and your book is definitely at the very top of my favorites list. You did an amazing job of compiling the best available information out there from the best experts (Campbell, McDougall, Ornish, Fuhrman, Barnard, Robbins, Nestle, etc…) and explaining it in a simple, easy-to-understand way. I am very happy to have met you and feel honored to have you participating in my film! Hope to see you again soon! Michal Siewierski
Healthy Eating, Healthy World by J. Morris Hicks with J. Stanfield Hicks. When I first started learning the truth about the consequences of our food choices in 2002, I had to read over 100 books before being able to grasp the “big picture.” Now, by reading one book, you can experience your own “blinding flash of the obvious” when it comes to what we should be eating and why. This book was designed to reach the mainstream reader who would never even consider becoming a vegetarian — and particularly the 18 to 34-year-olds who will do most of the heavy lifting in leading the inevitable change. A “big picture” book about the staggering impact of the way we eat on so many global issues — it can be read and easily understood in less than one day by the average 8th grader. Now available in Kindle and Audio. Click here to purchase our book on Amazon
The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell. This is one of the most amazing books ever written and it has literally changed my life. It’s also in the process of changing the world. This great book provides scientific proof that the natural, and best, diet for our species is whole plant-based foods. During my saga of learning since 2002, I have become friends with Dr. Campbell and his family. And he and son Nelson were gracious enough to write the Foreword to our book. Want to save some lives? Give a copy of this book to everyone that you care about. Click here to purchase The China Study on Amazon. You should also take a look at the 2011 book, Forks Over Knives, a companion book to the movie of the same name. Finally, the movie by the same name. Forks Over Knives
The Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn. I met Rip in New York about five years after getting to know his parents. Rip is one of the lucky ones; he got to learn about the powers of plant-strong eating when he was growing up in the Dr. Esselstyn household. Now, after a career as a triathlete and firefighter, he is big-time into his new career as one of the primary leaders in the grassroots revolution of promoting plant-strong health. He published this book in 2009 and is now working closely with two of the greatest plant-based leaders in the USA—John Mackey of Whole Foods Market and Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago. His book has helped millions of people make the decision to go plant-strong; it also has lots of great recipes. Click here to purchase the Engine 2 Diet on Amazon.
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., MD. After, first learning about Dr. Esselstyn from reading The China Study, his work has become one of my key topics in every speech that I deliver. He provides a powerful message packaged with the ultimate in credibility, legitimacy and authenticity. Olympic gold medal winner, veteran Cleveland Clinic surgeon and near 100% record in reversing heart disease; this man and his book are the “real deal.” (Contains many great recipes) Give this book to people that you love; this book tells you exactly what you need to do to reverse heart disease or ensure that you never get it. Click here to purchase Prevent/Reverse on Amazon.
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition by Julieanna Hever, RD. This makes a great companion book for our new book. We summarize the preponderance of evidence supporting a plant-based diet, and Julieanna shares many helpful secrets that will help you make your journey the best that it can possibly be. There should be no sacrifices involved with moving to the natural diet for our species — It should be fun, effortless and delicious, not to mention a way to save money on your grocery bill and your medical bills. A “must read” for anyone who wants to have fun eating at the 4-Leaf level. Click here to buy on Amazon.
TEN BILLION by Stephen Emmott, PhD. As of late 2013, this is my most recommended book—for people who are interested in learning more about the sustainability of humankind. I recommended it to James Cameron on 9-14-13 and he and wife Suzy read it the next day. I first read about this powerful book in July, 2013; then purchased a Kindle copy when it was published in early September. Dr. Emmott is a scientist who heads up computational for Microsoft in the UK. He is also a visiting professor at the University of Oxford. Wanting his message to be a wake-up call to leaders everywhere, he paints a bleak (almost hopeless) picture in this book. But I am more optimistic because I see a plant-based solution out of the global mess that he so brilliantly describes. I visited with him in London on 10-9-13 and reviewed my plan with him. He agreed that it was the best plan that he had heard. Click here to order on Amazon.
Full Planet, Empty Plates by Lester Brown. After writing over fifty books, Mr. Brown has hit a home run with this one. One of the most prolific environmental writers in history, Brown describes a host of environmental issues—none of which are getting better. Like Emmott in TEN BILLION, he describes an almost impossible situation as it relates to global depletion of our essential natural resources. Also like Emmott, he offers no plausible solution for dealing with the dilemma that he describes so powerfully in his book. So I reached out to him recently and scheduled a visit with him in his Washington, DC office. Instead, we ended up having a phone interview on 11-21-13—and I got the chance to ask him the all-important question about a possible plant-based solution to the dilemma he portrayed. “What would be the global environmental impact if the most affluent two billion people in the world replaced 75% of their meat, dairy, egg and fish calories with plant-based calories?” He replied that it would take a research study to accurately predict but then added, “It would be a substantially positive impact.” Click here to order on Amazon.
Comfortably Unaware by Dr. Richard Oppenlander. The single biggest problem that humankind faces is the rapid pace with which we are consuming our finite natural resources—with land and water topping the list. Oppenlander begins by defining that URGENT problem in great detail. He then tackles Problem #2. Virtually all of our citizens, including our world leaders and environmental experts, are comfortably unaware of the extent of the problem, the most powerful driver of the problem and the obvious solution. Like me, Oppenlander sees the plant-based solution out of the mess described in his book, Emmott’s book and Brown’s book. But, as he points out, our leaders are not aware of the plant-based solution and seem to have no interest in learning about it. I got to know Richard in 2013 and co-presented with him at an environmental summit in California on 11-24 of that year; I highly recommend his book. Click here to purchase on Amazon.
WHOLE, Rethinking the science of nutrition. Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s new book. As a member of the T. Colin Campbell Foundation Board of Directors, I was one of the lucky ones who received an advance copy of this great book in January. And I was privileged to be asked to write an endorsement. Here’s what I wrote, “Why is the most expensive health care system in the world not working? This book provides scientific “big picture” clarity amidst a sea of confusion about how commercially driven “disease management” is costing us millions of lives—while wasting trillions of dollars. Understanding how this “health care monster” operates is the first step toward creating a system that truly promotes health.” Click here to order this book on Amazon. After launching in May, 2013, it quickly soared to the New York Times bestseller list as one of the top 100 books in the world.
Forks Over Knives Plan. By Dr. Alona Pulde and Dr. Matt Lederman. From the Amazon description, “The trailblazing film Forks Over Knives helped spark a medical and nutritional revolution. Backed by scientific research, the film’s doctors and expert researchers made a radical but convincing case that modern diseases can be prevented and often reversed by leaving meat, dairy, and highly refined foods off the plate, and adopting a whole-food, plant-based diet instead…and people listened. Now, for the first time, The Forks Over Knives Plan shows you how to put this life-saving (and delicious) diet into practice in your own life. This easy-to-follow, meal-by-meal makeover is the approach Doctors Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman (featured in the documentary) use every day in their nutritional health practice—a clear, simple plan that focuses on hearty comfort foods and does not involve portion control or worrying about obtaining single nutrients like protein and calcium. Click here to purchase on Amazon.
The Low Carb Fraud. Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s latest book addresses the “high protein, low carb” craze that has been ongoing since Robert Atkins wrote his first book many decades ago. From Amazon’s book description, “The low-carb universe Dr. Atkins brought into being continues to expand. Low-carb diets, from South Beach to the Zone and beyond, are still the go-to method for weight-loss for millions. These diets’ marketing may differ, but they all share two crucial components: the condemnation of “carbs” and an emphasis on meat and fat for calories. Even the latest diet trend, the Paleo diet, is—despite its increased focus on (some) whole foods—just another variation on the same carbohydrate fears. In The Low-Carb Fraud, longtime leader in the nutritional science field T. Colin Campbell (author of The China Study and Whole) outlines where (and how) the low-carb proponents get it wrong: where the belief that carbohydrates are bad came from, and why it persists despite all the evidence to the contrary. The foods we misleadingly refer to as “carbs” aren’t all created equal—and treating them that way has major consequences for our nutritional well-being.” Click here to purchase on Amazon.
Candle 79 Cookbook. My friends Joy, Benay and Bart at the great Candle restaurants on the upper East side in New York know how to make plant-based eating taste better than anything you’ve ever eaten in your life. Oprah’s good friend, Veganist author Kathy Freston, agress, ““If I had to choose my favorite meal ever, I’d be hard-pressed with so many unbelievably delicious choices from Candle 79. Now I can re-create these amazing dishes at home, and they are actually quite easy to do. This cookbook is heaven-sent!” Dr. Oz agrees with Kathy, ““Candle 79 creates magical vegan feasts that make you glad you’ll be living longer to enjoy them.” All of the recipes are not 4-Leaf, but can be easily tweaked to make them so. Buy it for yourself and give it to friends. With a launch date of 11-1-11; how could you go wrong? Click here to order on Amazon.
Diet for a New America by John Robbins. This is one of the first books that led to my “blinding flash of the obvious” regarding what we humans should be eating. Although it was first published in 1987, it’s content will remain relevant forever. The author’s father was one of the founders of Baskin-Robbins, but John wanted to do more with his life than sell ice cream. Since walking away from that lucrative career decades ago, he has become one of the leading environmentalists and lifestyle experts in the world. No recipes, but a great book for learning more about “the big picture” of what we should be eating — touching on topics like water shortage & pollution, animal suffering, energy crisis, etc. Click here to purchase Diet for a New America on Amazon We also strongly recommend his Food Revolution and Healthy at 100.
Mad Cowboy by Howard Lyman. Like the Robbins book above, this book also helped me grasp “the big picture” back in 2003. A former cattle rancher turned vegan and activist, this man was once sued along with Oprah after telling the public the truth about the downside of eating meat and dairy three meals a day. He and Oprah successfully defended themselves against the Texas Cattlemen who sued them; and he has gone on to become a lobbyist, author and speaker on the topic of sustainable farming and healthy eating. After beginning his life in the business of raising beef cattle; then almost dying from eating them — his story delivers a powerful message with authenticity and legitimacy. Click here to purchase Mad Cowboy on Amazon Also recommended is his No More Bull, a lighter read that contains a lot of great recipes.
Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. Shortly after reading this powerful book, I met Joel at the Zen Palate in New York, where he was making a presentation. After that event, we became friends and colleagues as we worked together to develop ways to bring our powerful message to industry and to all walks of people everywhere. This book is a very well-documented, easy read with lots of great recipes and meal plans to help get you started. Earlier this year, Joel did a PBS TV special that has been aired by local PBS stations all over the country. And he’s apparently reaching a lot of people as this book has been selling on Amazon’s BestSeller list in the top 50 books in America for quite a few months. Graciously, Joel has also endorsed our book. Click here to purchase Eat to Live on Amazon. Also highly recommended is his Disease Proof Your Child, a book that helped my son transform his family’s eating habits — almost overnight. I like to give this book to new parents. All of Joel’s Books
The Starch Solution by John McDougall, MD. Since I first began learning about plant-based nutrition in 2002, Dr. McDougall has been one of my heroes. I have learned a great deal from his many books and I attended one of his weekend programs in California a few years ago. His latest book, filled with powerful information, success stories and lots of great recipes—will help to open the eyes of millions of people. Like the other four pioneering medical doctors featured in our book, he has demonstrated to the world that we should be eating a whole foods, plant-based diet. By eating mostly whole plants, we promote our own vibrant health and prevent or reverse most chronic diseases and do some wonderful things for the planet all at the same time. Click here to purchase The Starch Solution on Amazon
Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes by Neal Barnard, MD. Born the son of a physician in the cattle raising country of North Dakota, he graduated from the George Washington School of Medicine in Washington, DC, where he later founded the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which he still directs. In this great book, he can help anyone who no longer wants to “manage” their type 2 diabetes but would rather get rid of it. Neal has written many books over the years and I have read all of them. He is also featured prominently in our book (which he endorsed) and he is referenced often. Click here to purchase Reversing Diabetes on Amazon For a look at more of his books, click All of Neal’s Books
Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Karnouin. Some have described this powerful bestseller as raunchy or irreverent. Whatever you call it, there are millions of copies out there making a big difference in people’s lives. Written by two former models, they tell their readers exactly what they need to do to look good, feel good and lose weight. They also provide a lot of meal planning information. I love their confession in the form of a P.S. on the last page of the book: “We really couldn’t care less about being skinny. Don’t get scared or upset; you will definitely lose weight if you adopt the Skinny Bitch lifestyle. However, our real hope is for you to become healthy. We don’t want anyone to become obsessed with being skinny.” Click here to purchase Skinny Bitch on Amazon
The Spectrum by Dean Ornish, MD. One of the most famous physicians in the world, he teaches medicine at UCSF, was the first to prove that heart disease was reversible for almost everyone with simple diet and lifestyle changes — he shows you exactly how to do that in this book. Lately, he has drawn a lot of attention for his participation in the Sanjay Gupta “Heart Attack” special on CNN (8-29-11). One of Bill Clinton’s consulting physicians since 1993, Dr. Ornish is a powerful force in medicine worldwide. His book contains over 100 pages of recipes. We are delighted that he provided a powerful endorsement for the cover of our book below. Click here to purchase The Spectrum on Amazon. Interested in more of Dean’s books, Dean’s author page with all of his books
Thrive,The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life by Brendan Brazier. My son and co-writer, Jason Hicks, and many of his friends have found this great book invaluable in helping them deal with the high calorie requirements of the seriously active lifestyle of many athletes. One of Jason’s friends, an M.D., had this to say, “As a triathlete myself, the idea that a whole foods plant-based diet could allow an athlete to compete and do well at such a high level was very exciting. I bought the book and devoured every word. Brendan’s words were right in line with the research I had done for my thesis. The lifestyle he promotes is one in which the body utilizes nutrient-rich foods in their natural state, as opposed to the refined, processed foods of the traditional Western diet.” Click here to purchase Thrive on Amazon
Disease Proof Your Child. By Joel Fuhrman, MD. This is the book that did the trick for my son, Jason. The father of three young children, he immediately cleaned out his kitchen after reading this book. From Amazon’s review, “In his private practice, Joel Fuhrman, M.D. helps families transform their eating habits and recover their health. His nutrient-rich eating plan can have a significant impact on your child’s resistance to dangerous infections, and a dramatic effect on reducing the occurrence of illnesses like asthma, ear infections, and allergies. Dr. Fuhrman explains how you can make sure your children are eating right to maintain a healthy mind and body, and how eating certain foods and avoiding others can positively impact your child’s IQ and success in school.” Click here to purchase on Amazon.
What Happy People Know How the new science of happiness can change your life for the better, by Dan Baker, PhD. I love this book; and will be giving it as a gift along with copies of our book in the future. Dr. Baker (of The Canyon Ranch) takes the mystery out of psychology — he helps people choose happiness by focusing on the positives instead of their most horrible memories. Like our book, his approach has not been embraced by the mainstream psychology professionals — YET. For many people, his book can do for the mind what our book does for the body. I can almost guarantee that you’ll benefit from reading this amazing book. Purchase “What Happy People Know” by Dr. Dan Baker on Amazon
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Minimum order is one case (34 units) and the discount in the USA is 50%; resulting in a price of $7.48 per book. Shipping from MN, the average shipping cost per book is $ .50. For international, the discounted price is $5.98 (60% off cover price). Average shipping cost to U.K. for USPS or FedEx is less than $5 per book.
How to place your order. Contact Aida Herrera (or assistant Laura Alberter) at the BenBella HQ in Dallas. Her contact info:
Administrative Director | BenBella Books, Inc., 10300 N. Central Expy., Suite 400 | Dallas, TX 75231, T 214 361 7901 | F 214 750 3645 — Email: email@example.com