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'Sinfully Vegan: 140 decadent desserts to satisfy every vegans sweet tooth' by Lois Dieterly. What can we say? Chocolate cakes, cheesecakes, breads, sweeties galore - healthfood this is not though there are some wheat free goodies too - interesting recipes from old favourites that have been veganised to new ideas thrown in too. American book, published November 2003.
'Easy Vegan Cooking' - well, the name says it all really - delicious, simple and quick vegan soups, meals, baking etc. from Leah Leneman - we all want that piece of cake now don't we?
'Mango Soup - Delicious Nutritious Indian Vegetarian Food' by Jenni Malsingh. A beautiful book choc full of amazing authentic Indian recipes and interspersed with wonderful photos of food, scenery and people taken by the author in India. Highlights for us were the tofu recipes, dosas, dal and breads but it is hard to give a good idea of the scope of this book in a short review. It is absolutely huge with many sections on different areas of Indian cookery from vegetable dishes to snacks and desserts. Recipes that jump off the page at us are zesty moong dal with courgette, aduki beans with coconut and tamarind and spicy Indian crackers. When a dairy product is used a vegan alternative is suggested.the author's blog has other buying options.
'Vegan Feasts' - we have always loved Rose Elliot's cook books and here's the vegan one! The red wine and chestnut pate en croute is our favourite Christmas dinner - it's also quite simple to make. There is a recipe for a light sponge cake, which also comes highly recommended. Other recipes include carrot and ginger soup, easy bean and herb pate, quick mint and pea flan, mixed vegetable dal and boozy Christmas pudding ice cream!
'Vegan with a Vengeance: Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-free Recipes' by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. I made a terrible mistake with this book. I took it to bed to read - not a good time to feel hungry and want to go cook samosas! The book, newly released in a British cup-free version too, is a treasure trove of fabulous recipes and advice. The author's bubbly personality comes over warmly throughout - this is a person who fully appreciates cake, having gone on to write the title Vegan Cupcakes take over the World. There's no shortage of cakely goodness here - raspberry blackout cake with ganach-y icing, coconut heaven cupcakes, amazing sounding faustess cupcakes and a no-bake black bottom-peanut butter silk pie to name a few. The savoury sections of the book are excellent - the soups had me drooling (mmm... potato and asparagus), mains aplenty (curries, lots of tofu and seitan ideas, pastas...), 'pizza dough - a novel' was good reading, baked cajun french fries sound tasty and quick but the samosas are first on my hit list :) Highly recommended for those new to veganism and expert vegan cooks alike.
Photographic update - we made the samosas! They were fab, very flavoursome, won't be able to buy the ready made ones again... and the macadamia-coconut-ginger-carrot cake was out of this world:
Love, love, love this book!! Raw Magic by Kate Magic Wood. A fabulous treasure trove of superfoods - lots of info about them from cacao and coconuts to etheriums and sea veg, fascinating reading. Then the recipes... chocolate to live for :) Even those of us who are not usually turned on to raw chocolate are liking these ones and asking "is there more of that stuff?". There are many gorgeous savoury recipes too, forgive our focus :) Beautiful chapter on puddings and breakfasts which are interchangable with this kind of eating. A very positive energy runs thoughout, making it a lovely thing to read some of before going to sleep too... **note: some recipes do contain bee products but alternatives are suggested for vegans.
A fabulous book from Kate Wood this,"Raw Living - Detox your life and eat the high energy way". Once again we have a lovely down to earth approach from the author with many ideas for making food appeal to kids throughout and stories from her own family. We have made and devoured the chocolate pudding, even Daniel, who hates avocadoes, was blissfully unaware of their presence in the pud!! The pasta sauce is very delicious and moreish too and I love the noodle recipe - so pretty and much healthier than standard cooked wheat pasta. There are a lot of recipes in this volume - dips, pates, soups, main meals, bicuits, cakes, puds and guest recipes from various raw fooders. The book is very accessible to those of us who are not completely raw - the author even advises that new potatoes are very good with the mediterranean salad if you're not strictly raw only. A great addition to our kitchen book collection. Weve been busy making lovely things from it as pictured below.
'Vegan - over 90 mouthwatering recipes for all occasions' by Tony Weston and Yvonne Bishop. A lovely colourful book with lots of full colour pictures - fantasic array of recipes here from basics like yogurt, cream cheese and pizza bases to more exotic dishes such as crispy duckless pancakes, apricot, beetroot and cumin soup and baba ghanoush . There is a fantastic list of sandwich ideas and many recipes with a bit of a 'cheesy' fix too. Included are some of those trendy ingredients like quinoa, millet and amaranth that it's hard to know what to do with - multiple uses are suggested, both sweet and savoury. A book after our own hearts with a recipe for vegan haggis, and also chocolate features heavily in the desserts section - who could resist a chocolate mousse with a banana cake heart?
'Eat Smart Eat Raw - detox recipes for a high energy diet' by Kate Wood. A very down-to-earth raw food recipe book this one. The author recognises the difficulties of living 100% raw in this world and offers much appropriate advice. We like that she suggests ways to get children to eat more raw food (pasta with raw sauce for example) and also has some cooked recipes included at the end. These are healthier versions of chips, chutney, cake and potato salad. As for the raw delights within, well, you'll find pizza and burgers (some with use of a dehydrater) with ketchup. Roll-ups, curries, crackers, and a grated 'cheese', moving on to puddings, cakes and tarts (chocolate torte!) - the book even has raw Christmas cake and pudding recipes. Not be over-looked are all the little sweet recipes - white chocolate, coconut ice, Christmas sweets and halva to name a few. All written from a UK perspective so there's no 'unheard of over here' ingredients. An excellent start to living more 'rawly'.
'Vice Cream - Gourmet Vegan Desserts' by Jeff Rogers, the founder of 'The Naughty Vegan' company who has been wowing people with his vice creams at vegetarian events in the USA for some time now. Over 70 vegan ice cream recipes from old favourites like chocolate and strawberry to more unusual mocha and peanut butter - also includes a raw section for really guilt free eating! Published 1st March 2004.
You don't have to have an ice cream maker to make your own ice cream but it does make it easier if you intend doing it often!
'Vegan Planet - 400 Irresistible Recipes with Fantastic Flavors from Home and Around the World' by Robin Robertson. With a forward by Neal Barnard of PCRM this newly published (February 2003) cookbook is like several books rolled into one. If you only want to buy one vegan cookbook maybe this should be the one - with recipes for breakfasts, sandwiches, sauces, mains, burgers, puds and lots more, a large diversity of cuisine styles and additional facts on the sidebars this is a jewel of a book!
'Cooking by the Seasons - simple vegetarian feasts' - a beautiful collection of recipes divided into the four main seasons. Not entirely vegan but the author does suggest vegan alternatives and most recipes are either vegan or very easily veganised - there is even a tofu salad especially for vegan goddesses! Information is given on the eight major sabbats (summer solstice, Yule etc.) along with suggested menus - recipes include storm moon minestrone, orange sherbert with chocolate chips, green goddess guacamole, corn pancakes with black bean salsa and many, many ideas for everyday feasts. There is a really good vegan version of macaroni cheese - baked shells with brocolli and tomato. Yum yum yum.
'Veggie Food for Kids' by Sara Lewis. A very useful cookbook with lots of ideas for tempting little ones to eat from stripy macaroni to vegetable wigwams! There are good suggestions for first foods right through to interesting lunch box ideas for older children. Not all the recipes are vegan but the author usually includes a vegan variation or alternative. She also has useful information on nutrition for children including the fact that you may be able to get your GP to prescribe soya formula for free should you wish to use it.
'The Wild Vegetarian Cookbook' by "Wildman" Steve Brill. Despite the fact that this book contains over 500 spectacular vegan recipes it does not do it justice to describe it merely as a recipe book. The first section contains detailed information about wild foods and foraging, cooking methods and the health effects of diet. We then come to a short section on 'unwild' foods with many tofu cheese recipes. The book proceeds seasonally through the year describing hundreds of natural wild foods and providing lots of recipes for each plant. We shall be trying out the chickweed, nettle (there is a particularly intriguing Scottish nettle pud!) and dandelion sections first as these are abundant in our garden. Wherever you live this book is sure to entice you outdoors to seek healthy, organic, nourishing, free (well we are Scottish!!) food.
'Vegetarian Christmas' by Rose Elliot. Not exclusively vegan but there is a plethora of vegan delights included and most of the lacto-ovo recipes are easily 'veganisable'. Our favourite Christmas dinner of Chestnut and Red wine pate en croute is one of many included here along with lots of advice on taking the work out of Christmas catering. This book is full of ideas for lots of special touches which can be prepared early and frozen - a firm favourite with us and lots to please everyone. Now out of print but the hardcover is available cheaply at both the UK and USA Amazons below and has lots of lovely photographs throughout! We love this book so much we even wrote a blog post on it!
'Nonna's Italian Kitchen - Delicious Homestyle Vegan Cuisine' by Bryanna Clark Grogan. Wonderful Italian food and all of it vegan! Sections include antipasti, sauces, pasta, pizza and there is even a recipe for vegan tiramisu.
'Vegetarian Cooking Without' by Barbara Cousins. Recipes for soups, first courses, salads, main courses, desserts and baking (great looking tofu cheesecake) - all free from gluten, wheat, sugar, dairy, yeast, meat and fish. This book is designed to help people with allergies, weight problems, candida and chronic fatigue - but the recipes look good enough to please everyone!
'RAW - the Uncook Book' by Juliano Brotman and Erika Lenkert. The recipes here are diverse and many and all completely raw - smoothies, breads, soups, salads, stews, pizza and even puddings (including a choccie one!). There is also lots of information on preparing food and dehydrating.
'The Healing Foods Cookbook - the vegan way to health' by Jane Sen who is head chef at the Bristol Cancer Help Centre and also winner of the BBC Radio 4 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Healthy Eating! It doesn't come much healthier than this. All the recipes are easy to understand and absolutely delicious sounding - fantastic guide to eating well.
'The New Vegan Cookbook: Innovative Vegetarian Recipes Free of Dairy, Eggs and Cholesterol' by Lorna J. Sass. The author presents lots of exiting recipes introducing new ideas to those of us who get stuck in a rut with cooking - chocolate rice pud to stuffed aubergines (egg plants in the US)!! She also gives shopping and preparation tips for those new to vegan cooking - lovely colour photography throughout.
'So What do you eat?' by Liz Cook - the creator of the vegan nutrient wall chart (which is included in miniature at the back of the book). This book is ring-bound with wipe clean pages and wonderful recipes. This is really our type of cooking. Some of the recipes are quite basic and would be great for someone just starting out on the vegan path, but there is plenty to interest the more experienced vegan cook too - spicy lentil soup, macaroni 'cheese', shepardess pie, cashew loaf, vanilla sponge and pink potato salad are just a few of the delights. Also included is a section on nutrition.
Liz Cook's vegan nutrition wallchart has graced the wall of our kitchen since the children were small (luckily it is also in wipe clean format!!) :- Buy wallchart UK only
'Great, Good Desserts - Naturally' by Fran Costigan - lots of totally vegan puddings such as chocolate cake, brownies, creams, sauces, frostings, pies.... All recipes free of animal products.
'The Voluptuous Vegan - more than 200 sinfully delicious recipes for meatless, eggless and dairy free meals' by Myra Kornfeld. The emphasise here is on taste - there is fat and salt here aplenty! Many of the recipes are quite elaborate but well worth the effort - true vegan, gourmet cooking.
'Foods that Fight Pain' - the second half of this book is a great selection of recipes. The first half contains valuable information on the effect food has on our health and wellbeing. Vegan doctor Neal Barnard shows how many chronic pain conditions can be helped by using/avoiding certain foods and herbs.
'The Animal Free Shopper' - 9th edition, published November 2010. The Vegan Society's indispensable guide to food, drink, clothes, household goods, cosmetics etc. which are suitable for vegans in the UK.
All Vegan Society publications are also available from the Society themselves
'The Vegan Diet as Chronic Disease Prevention: Evidence Supporting the New Four Food Groups' by Kerrie K. Saunders. Published November 2003, this American book details evidence from both history and modern day showing that the vegan diet prevents conditions such as atherosclerosis, cancer, hypertension, osteoporosis, heart disease and strokes - lots of references are given to back up her argument.
'Super Size Me'- an extremely watchable, entertaining DVD containing a lot of hard hitting information. Fit and healthy Morgan Spurlock decides to eat MacDonalds meals three times a day for a month and nothing else to see what effect it has on his health. Closely monitored by doctors the results are devastating to fast food companies and Morgan's health. His vegan chef girlfriend restores his health in the end with a 28 day vegan detox (now published in book form below). Lots of fascinating interviews with people such as John Robbins and Neal Barnard are included. MacDonalds subsequently withdrew their 'supersize' option though state it had nothing to do with this film!
'The Great American Detox Diet - eight weeks to weight loss and well-being' by Alex Jamieson. A really good guide to detoxing with a foreward by Morgan Spurlock. The first half of the book provides a huge amount of information about food and how it affects us. Also covered are other toxins in our lives and how to reduce them. The most exiting part of the book for us is definitely the recipes which are extremely tasty. This plan is certainly not about deprivation. The creamy tomato millet with fresh herbs that we tried first was a big hit with everone. Recipe sections are breakfasts, beverages, soups, salads, mains, wholegrain and complex carb. dishes, condiments, sides and desserts (chocolate ant hills are great for kids and really healthy).
'Skinny Bitch' by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin. Sassy, a bit rude, in your face... this book makes some terrific arguments for converting to a vegan diet. Posing as a diet book to make you thin (well it is this too) it has a chapter on animal cruelty entitled the dead, rotting, decomposing, flesh diet. Other chapters include Pooping, Don't Be a pussy, Let's eat and Have no Faith - Governmental Agencies don't Give a Shit about your Health - you get the picture. Facts about food are presented in a direct and slightly shocking way which we found very humorous. Not too shocking to us as the diet recommended resembles our own quite closely. A very good read and nice to see such a mainstream title being totally vegan :) We also liked the fact that the book is dedicated to Wayne Dyer, one of our favourite inspirational authors.
'Plant Based Nutrition and Health' by Stephen Walsh PhD- the latest vegan nutrition book from the UK Vegan Society - published September 15th 2003. All the latest findings from human studies and details of how to eat really well on a vegan diet.Buy UK
'Vegan - the new ethics of eating' by Erik Marcus. A huge amount of research has gone into this book on the environmental, health and animal welfare issues surrounding veganism - all newly revised in 2000. The author is, very generously, giving away a free download of the whole book on his site at http://www.vegan.com/
'Becoming Vegan - the complete guide to adopting a healthy, plant based diet' by registered dieticians, Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina. A very detailed American book focussing on the health benefits of the vegan diet - lots of specialised dietary information for people in different circumstances such as - pregnancy, breastfeeding, children, overweight, underweight and athletes.
'Vegan Stories: Vegans from Around the World, Aged 2 to 92 Tell Their True-life Stories' edited by Julie Rosenfield. Lots of tales of everyday and not so everyday vegan living - from vegans famous and unknown.
'The Silent Ark' - author Juliet Gellatley is the founder of VIVA (Vegetarians' International Voice for Animals). Here she tells her personal story of veganism and campaigning for animals. She pulls no punches when it comes to describing the way in which animals are reared and slaughtered. The book has excellent sections on health and the environment too. Published April 1996.
Animal Ingredients A to Z' - a huge list of animal derived ingredients plus a section on vegan nutrition and information on vegan alcohol in this American title.
'Vegan Passport' by George D. Rodger - this tiny book explains what veganism is, what vegans do and don't eat in almost 40 languages from Arabic to Urdu. Invaluable for travelling vegans, it even has pictures if all else fails!
'Milk - The Deadly Poison' - Want to know what's really in that white stuff? Robert Cohen tells it to you straight - you'll never want to drink it again!
'The Little Book of Vegan Poems' by Benjamin Zephaniah. Vegan advocacy in poetic form - a wonderful collection.
'The Complete Idiots Guide to Vegan Eating for Kids' by Dana Villamagna M.S.J. and Andrew Villamagna M.D., M.Sc. A fabulous guide detailing all the nutrients needed by children at their various ages and stages and how to fulfill these needs on a vegan diet. The book does present a complete plan for raising a vegan child, advocating the benefits of this diet strongly. The other aspects of vegan parenting such as dealing with peer pressure and doubtful relatives/teachers are also dealt with in a helpful manner. The second half of the book is a goldmine of kid friendly recipes, all tested by the author's children, from chocolate chip cookies to hummus.
'Feeding Your Vegan Infant with Confidence' by Sandra Hood, the Vegan Society's consultant dietician. From pre-conceptual nutrition for both men and women through children's first five years. Included are simple food guides, problem solving, menu ideas and recipes. Also includes vegan parents' real life experiences in bringing up their children. Answers questions about energy, protein, essential fatty acids, calcium, soya and vitamin C. Nice for us to get a book like this written from a UK persepective too :) Published October 2005.
'Vegetarian and Vegan Mother and Baby Guide' by Rose Elliot for Viva! This great little guide provides much useful information for anyone looking to feed a vegetarian or vegan baby and priced at under £2 (correct at time of writing) it's a bit of a bargain. Nutrition in pregnancy, breastfeeding, formula, and weaning are some of the subjects covered. Published November 2003.
Pregnancy, Children and the Vegan Diet by Michael Klaper MD.
A fantastic practical guide to raising vegan children from pregnancy and on. Nutrition tables to menu ideas and lots of photos of vegan kids.
Compassionate souls - raising the next generation to change the world. Vegan mother JoAnn Farb offers advice and information on raising compassionate, ethical children in a world that does not always reflect those values. Subjects covered include veganism, conscious pregnancy, minimising medical intervention in birth, breast feeding, vaccination and home education - a wonderful book!
'Keepers of the Children' by Laura Ramirez. An enriching and empowering parenting title combining the author's extensive knowledge of child development with traditional Native American parenting techniques and wisdom. Subjects covered are many, such as discovering your child's true nature, disciplining with love rather than power to dealing with bullying and teaching your child about death. In this time, when children often seem to be regarded as second class citizens it is refreshing to read a book that instills deep respect for the young souls we are 'keeping'.
'Jamie's School Dinners' DVD - we think this is a powerful piece of television, showing the huge difference that food makes to children's health (major changes in behaviour and asthma are noted by teachers). It's not promoting vegetarianism, before we get complaints - you will see fish and chicken though also many scrummy vegan looking things like pasta with seven vegetables hidden in the sauce, chick pea curries etc. The series exposes school dinners for the highly processed, chemical laden junk that they are and shows Jamie Oliver trying to change things. Strong language and high levels of dinner lady ignorance about cooking and nutrition throughout!
'Free Range Education - how home education works' edited by Terri Dowty. This is the first home ed. book I ever read and so much of it 'rang true' and made me feel this is what we should be doing. It answers all those questions and doubts. Many families tell their home ed. stories showing that this is truly a very individual education system - taylored to the childs needs and interests - a fantasic title if you are thinking of embarking down this path. Weve found this form of education fantastic and wish we'd done it from the start. See our page on it here
'The Care and Feeding of Indigo Children' by Doreen Virtue Ph.D. A wonderful follow on from the previous books about the new children - though the spirituality is so central to the book that it would be hard to ignore if that were your wish! The author covers ADHD and ritalin, Angel therapy for Indigos, natural foods, creative outlets for the children, astrology and unconditional love - there is also much input from Indigos themselves - highly recommended.
The guide to breast-feeding your baby from La Leche League. This has to be one of the most comprehensive and supportive books ever written on this subject.Buy US
That most famous of child rearing gurus, Dr. Benjamin Spock advocates veganism for children in his last edition of Baby and Child Care. He gives much practical advice on feeding children. While we disagree with many of Spock's orthodox medical ideas, this book is a great reference tool for emergencies or diagnosis.
'How to Raise a Healthy Child in spite of your doctor' - a great book by a paediatrician - Robert Mendelsohn - on raising healthy kids. This book is not written from a vegan point of view, in fact it has very little about diet included. The information on medicine and disease are valuable - a very informative chapter on vaccines also.
'Festivals, Family and Food' - a wonderful book which looks at many ancient and current festivals throughout the year with suggestions for activities with children. Many songs, games and crafts are listed along with traditional recipes (not all of them vegan but mostly veganisable!!). A very enriching book for anyone with children or who wants to celebrate!
'Tom - a gift in disguise' by Henrietta Rose. A mother tells her story of raising a disabled child - a very honest, moving book. Anyone who has a child who does not conform to society's 'norm' will value this book and the insights within and recognise many situations. It is amazing how many so called 'enlightened' people can be so cruel to children who are different in some way.
The Vaccination Bible edited by Lynn McTaggart. A very well researched look at vaccines, their dangers, long term effects and alternatives. Separate chapters for all the main vaccines.
Neil Z. Miller's U.S. guide to vaccination. An excellent resource for anyone making a vaccine decision.
'Detox Your world' by Shazzie is a fantastic guide to truly healthy living. There is a lot of information on non-food toxins and advice on how to lessen the effects and amounts of these in your life. Lots of wonderful ideas for eating more raw food and less cooked, including some detailed detox plans. Some very interesting 'detox helpers' are detailed such as meditation, skin brushing, laughing etc. but one stood out for us - the Tibetan Rejuvenation Rites. These are 5 simple exercises which when performed each day turn back that clock! They certainly are envigorating and it's almost worth buying the book for these alone :) There are also success stories and lots of raw recipes all presented in Shazzie's non-judgemental and often humerous way.
'Beyond Dynamic Yoga - the power of astanga' - a really good yoga workout, maybe not for complete beginners though easy versions are shown. Sections are philosophy, a thorough warm up, standing postures, sitting postures, advanced finishing poses and meditation. Astanga can change the shape of your body with practice and helps promote relaxation and general well being.
'Beautiful on Raw - uncooked creations' by Tonya Zavasta. The book starts with Tonya's own amazing health and beauty transformation story and continues with many other womens stories. Inspirational in that they all cure health problems and become sleek and younger looking. The second half of the book is recipes which are presented in an unusual format that we really like. There is a page with the recipe and a page with lots of nutritional info. about the main ingredient - what a powerhouse of valuable facts this is. Recipes sections are sprouting, juices, salads and dressings, living soups, appetizers, entrees, snacks, cookies, pies, cakes, shakes and smoothies. Try lusty, luxurious lasange, pizza, meatless meatballs or satisfy a sweet tooth with macadamia cheesecake, chocolate sheet cake or blueberry pie. Available on the authors site at BeautifulOnRaw.com
'You Are What You Eat' by Dr. Gillian McKeith - the book to accompany the TV series. Not an entirely vegan appraoch but a wealth of food and health information is contained within this volume. Lots of advice on how to help specific ailments, detoxing, correcting deficincies, food combining and more. Addictive reading.
'Carol Vorderman's Detox for Life' - it's not often that a celebrity weight loss plan turns out to be vegan (the only non-vegan thing allowed here is honey as a sweetener). The 28 day plan (on which Carol has come down 2 dress sizes) has no meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, eggs, wheat, sugar, tea, coffee or alcohol - recipes and advice on herbal supplements are included.
The video version includes the video diaries of three women who follow the plan. It is obviously a huge change as none of them have been vegetarian in the past - it's great to see them slimming down and looking healthier as they progress. They also dispel the myth of a plant-based diet being expensive as they saved money on their shopping bills and found the food easy to prepare.
'The Optimum Nutrition Bible' by Patrick Holford. This book really helps us understand just how much what we eat affects our health and how including or excluding certain foods can ease or cure many conditions. The author shows how eating right can prevent cancer and ageing - the curative properties of vitamins and minerals are discussed in depth - a great reference point. Veganism is promoted throughout though the content is not entirely vegan.
'Your Life in Your Hands - Understanding, Preventing and Overcoming Breast Cancer' by Professor Jane Plant. When Jane Plant's breast cancer returned a fourth time, having spread to the lymph system, she realised the only thing that could save her was the scientist in her. Her research led her to the conclusion that dairy products are to breast and prostrate cancer what smoking is to lung cancer. After five weeks on a vegan diet her cancer was gone. Here she presents her story and guidelines for following a dairy free eating plan.
'The New Holistic Herbal' - a beautiful herbal - we have used it often to treat minor ailments. Large sections on different patterns of disease and their treatment and an illustrated herbal glossary. Also advises on where to buy herbs and herbal products.
Practical Reiki' by Mari Hall - one of the best books we have read on this ancient form of hands on energy healing. This book would make a good introduction to the subject but also contains much information of use to those already trained in Reiki.
'How to Grow Your Own Food: A Week-by-week Guide to Wild Life Friendly Fruit and Vegetable Gardening' by Dirty Nails. This fabulous book takes you through the year, detailing what you can be planting, preparing, harvesting etc. each week. Humorously written, lots of information on wildlife is given throughout such as facts about badgers, woodpeckers and cuckoos. The book is very well indexed and has some lovely vegan fruit and vegetable recipes too. A very user-friendly book that's sure to help you maximise your gardens food production :)
'Food for Free' by Richard Mabey. This amazing little book details the edible wild plants, berries, fungus and seaweed of the British isles (be warned - the last chapter is shellfish!). Full colour pictures and intricate descriptions are mingled with notes on picking, recipes and serving ideas.
'Forest Gardening' by Robert A de J Hart. Here the vegan author details his garden - a miniature forest filled with an abundance of things to eat. This is low maintenance gardening once established with trees, bushes and perennial plants which provide both shelter and food. Included are recommended plants for different regions of the world - this book is a huge resource of information and inspiration.
'Sprout Garden' by Mark M. Braunstein - gardening of an indoor, edible nature! This book explains how to sprout a large selection of different seeds from broccoli to sunflower.
'Change Your Thoughts Change Your Life - Living the Wisdom of the Tao' by Dr. Wayne Dyer. Designed to be read over time, one short essay a day on each of the 81 verses of the Tao Te Ching. As ever Wayne instills your day with calm, wisdom and incredible positivity. A good one to keep by the bed and start the morning with, or failing that end the evening on a calm note :)
A fabulous live recording of Wayne Dyer and Byron Katie. We bought this for Wayne as weve long been familiar with the power of his recordings but were blown away (in a good way!) by Byron Katie's work too. She has an amazing technique called 'the work' that makes you examine negative sitautions, people etc. in your life and turn it around - you have to listen to believe or understand it really :) Transformative.
Byron Katie's website
'The Secret' by Rhonda Byrne. Fab film (and then book and CD should you wish reinforcement) about manifesting. Many inspirational writers and speakers are featured throughout. Many people have used the techniques to transform their lives. Our current house is a mixture of things weve always wished for, it's kind of proof of the pudding for us as weve been studying similar books for a while now. We all enjoyed the film very much and keep the book in the bathroom for anyone to peruse.
'The Original Angel Cards' by Kathy Tyler and Joyce Drake. These little cards were originally designed as part of a transformation game and became renowned for their light-filled, humerous accuracy. Weve had them for over ten years and all love using them for a little reading now and then. This is the 25th anniversay silver edition and comes in a lovely box with 20 new cards (was 52 before, now 72) and stickers. We can't count the number of times these cards have given us powerful insight into a serious situation but manage to make us smile at the same time.