The Best Winter Reads

Studies have shown that readers live longer, are more open-minded and have stronger cognitive connections. Escape into these gorgeous and gripping books that will have you cooking and thinking differently about your next meal.

Well Being: Recipes and Rituals to Realign the Body and Mind

By Danielle Copperman

Danielle Copperman believes our current fast-food and fast-paced lifestyle is making us unwell. In Well Being: Recipes and Rituals to Realign the Body and Mind, Copperman offers a collection of recipes and health practices she learned on her travels. Each section features recipes along with corresponding practices meant to guide you from sunrise until sunset. While many of the recipes are plant-based, Copperman takes a flexitarian approach to cooking, encouraging home cooks to alter recipes to suit their dietary needs. With a variety of easy-to- follow practices such as setting intentions, meditation, journaling and self-massage, Copperman demonstrates how to bring mindfulness into your diet and lifestyle with a little practice. $35, Kyle Books

Forks Over Knives: Flavor!

By Darashana Thacker

Seven years after the film Forks Over Knives hit the big screen, the plant-based movement has taken a firm hold on our culture. Whether you are a dabbling vegetarian, strict vegan or somewhere in between, Forks Over Knives: Flavor! offers recipes that are quick and easy to prepare and entirely plant-based. Beyond a focus on healthy eating, this cookbook demonstrates the vibrancy of eating a more veg-focused plate with globally inspired recipes including Gallo Pinto Costa Rican Breakfast Bowl, Vietnamese Summer Rolls and Sweet Potato Tortilla Soup. Plus, you’ll find key recipes for sauces and spice blends to further enhance the flavors in your dishes. $30, Harper Wave

The End of Animal Farming: How Scientists, Entrepreneurs, and Activists Are Building an Animal-Free Food System

By Jacy Reese

Author Jacy Reese is at the forefront of researching sustainable and ethical food production on a global scale. In his first book, The End of Animal Farming: How Scientists, Entrepreneurs, and Activists Are Building an Animal-Free Food System, Reese digs deep into the ways in which we can create a more moral and productive food system for humans and animals. While Reese explores some unconventional ideas, this is a book searching for solutions rather than calling out the current problems. If you’ve ever had questions about the future of our food system, Reese offers up a healthy dose of the possible and a whole lot of food for thought. $28, Beacon Press

Danielle Walker’s Eat What You Love

By Danielle Walker

From New York Times best-selling author Danielle Walker comes the one-stop cookbook you’ll need on your kitchen bookshelf. Danielle Walker’s Eat What You Love features more than 100 recipes from easy-to-pack lunches to quick weeknight dishes. As a mom with dietary challenges, Walker understands that creating meals for a family means they need to be as delicious as they are health conscious. With four weeks of meal plans that feature make-ahead and freezer meals, you’ll be able to keep your family’s eating habits healthy and on course. An ingredient glossary with substitutions makes meeting dietary requirements of each recipe totally manageable. $35, Ten Speed Press