Resources

I frequently get emails from blog readers asking for my favorite articles, cookbooks, books about health, and other resources that I recommend. I created this page so you can access all of these resources in one place! I will continue to update this as I find new books, products, or other resources that might be helpful to my readers.

Please know that some of the links below are affiliate links and help support this blog. Everything I recommend here are books and products that I have personally tried, trust, and believe in. I would never recommend something that does not fit with my values or the mission of this blog. Please let me know if you have any questions about anything listed below. 

Healthy Eating Resources


7 Tips for Transitioning to a Healthier Diet
If you are looking to start eating healthier or changing your diet, I highly recommend you read my 7 tips. I certainly didn't grow up eating organic whole foods and eating more healthfully didn't happen overnight. Being healthy is a process and know that wherever you are in that process is perfectly okay.





Whole Grains and Brown Rice
What's the big deal about whole grains - are they really that different compared to refined or enriched? Why should I be choosing whole grains? How can I cook brown rice without it tasting bland? This post is for you!






CSA: Community Supported Agriculture
If you are looking to eat healthier and more seasonally, consider joining a CSA, or community supported agriculture program in your area. This post details some of the pro's of joining a CSA program and how this is different from a typical produce-delivery service.






FAQ: Shopping at the Farmers Market
If you have access to a farmers market in your town or city, consider yourself very lucky! If you've been wanting to venture out to the farmers market for awhile, but have found yourself feeling hesitant or overwhelmed, it's time to get out there! This post answers some of your top questions about eating locally and shopping at the farmers market.





My Top 5 Tips for Quick, Healthy and Incredibly Easy Meals
Help! I want to eat healthier, but I just don't feel like I have the time. Believe me, I've been there.  This post is dedicated to anyone who loves eating good food, wants to be eating better, but feels the time crunch. Check out these tips and see which ones work best for you!






Favorite Cookbooks


Crazy Sexy Kitchen: 150 Plant-Empowered Recipes to Ignite a Mouthwatering Revolution by Kris Carr
Just like everything else that Kris Carr does, this cookbook is absolutely beautiful. She starts the book by covering all the basics of moving towards a plant-based lifestyle along with helpful tips for those who might be new to cooking and/or preparing meatless dishes. It's filled with fun, beautiful recipes that reflect Kris's personality and, of course, it's loaded with kale. (plant-based/vegan)

Clean Food
 was one of the first cookbooks I bought and I've used it every week in my kitchen since. Terry Walters' recipes are beautiful, simple, and beyond healthy. One of the problems that I've encountered with many cookbooks is that I feel compelled to make adaptations to the recipes to make them "healthier." However, I rarely have to adapt Terry's recipes because they all involve ingredients I actually use and feel good about. If you are looking for an all-around fabulous cookbook, this one is a must-have! (plant-based/vegan and gluten-free)


Clean Start
 is Terry Walters' second cookbook and I love it as much as her first. Just like Clean Food, Clean Start is organized by season making it easy and delicious to use seasonal produce.  Some of my favorite recipes include her Maple Mustard and Tahini Glazed Carrots, Ginger Shiitake Soup with Cabbage and Edamame Beans, and Orange Chocolate Mousse. Since I rarely make dessert and don't have much creativity when it comes to sweets, her healthy dessert recipes are a lifesaver! (plant-based/vegan and gluten-free)


Wild Fermentation is what got me hooked on fermenting foods and helped me to start making my own kimchi. Katz walks you through the history of fermentation and helps you understand the basics to creating a variety of fermented foods. Recipes include vegetable and bean ferments as well as breads, grains, wines, beers, dairy, and vinegars. If you have any health issues or digestive troubles, I highly recommend this book because fermented foods are incredible for the digestive track and our overall health.


Julie Morris' cookbook features over 100 recipes with different superfoods including chia seeds, goji berries, cacao, algae, flaxseeds, quinoa, and sea vegetables. This cookbook isn't one I use every day, but I love it for special occasions or when I need some inspiration for a really unique, nutrient-dense recipe. I love how Morris combines different superfoods and "sneaks" extra nutrients into every recipe, even into her Dynamite Fudge! (plant-based/vegan and gluten-free)




I've been a a big fan of Sarah's blog for awhile because I love her writing style and her stories about her family always make me laugh. Although I don't typically enjoy cookbooks that use fake meats or faux cheeses, I do love having this one on my shelf. Sarah's recipes are perfect for times when I need a more "comfort-food" based meal or am feeling challenged by preparing a plant-based meal for guests who are hoping for something less-than-healthy. I think this cookbook would be fabulous for anyone looking to incorporate more plant-based dishes into their family's meals without anyone noticing or complaining!



Favorite Books about Food and Health

If I could only recommend one book for you to read to improve your health, it would be a tough decision, but I think this one might just win. Eat To Live is based on Dr. Fuhrman's work in helping people to lose weight, reverse disease, and increase their overall health. This book is aimed at people who are looking to lose weight by permanently changing their diet and lifestyle. What I love the most about his book is that he focuses on nutrient density, rather than cutting calories. Even if you are not looking to lose weight, I would highly recommend his approach to eating just for improving general health.


In my work as a health coach for women, I am repeatedly asked by clients how they can lose weight. It depends on the individual, but my answer is almost always to eat more mindfully. I read Mindless Eating about five years ago and it was a huge wake-up call to how little I was practicing mindful eating at the time. Brian Wansink is a psychologist and director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab. I adore this book because the information he shares is first-hand knowledge he gained through the food experiments done in his lab. Not only is Mindless Eating a fun and interesting read (i.e. not the typical diet/health book), but it will change the way you think about food and eating.


Resources for Food Bloggers

Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography and Styling by Helene Dujardin
For anyone interested in starting their own food blog or who is looking to improve their food photography skills, this book is a must! Helene is a professional food photographer and writes a beautiful blog, Tartelette. This book will teach you the basics of photography, including how to work with a DSLR camera, using natural light, and how to create the perfect composition for mouthwatering photographs. Intermediate and advanced photographers will love her tips and tricks for artificial lighting, food styling, and using photo-editing software. 




I discovered this book after I had been writing my blog for about a year and a half and I wish I had discovered it sooner! To my knowledge, there is no other book that covers food writing as in-depth as this one does. Jacob covers all the basics that any food writer or blogger needs to know, everything from what food writing is to how to get published with a food blog to how to write the perfect recipe. Whether you are new to food blogging or are looking to advance your craft, I highly recommend this book!





I've had this camera for a few years and love it! I'm a big fan of the Canon brand and always trust their products.  If you buy this as a set, this will come with a stock lens which is nice for starting out, but if you are looking for high-quality photos, I would recommend purchasing a separate lens.







For the price and value, this is my favorite lens. I use this for 90% of my photographs and it is perfect for general food photography. This lens is much nicer than the general stock lens that comes with the Canon kit and I would definitely consider it well-worth the price.







This was the first lens I bought and I really love using it for food close-ups. The images always turn out sharp and I love the extreme detail that you get with a macro lens.  This lens is a bit of an investment so I wouldn't recommend buying it unless you know that photography is something that you are really passionate about.




If you are a food photographer, you know that natural light is mandatory. Natural light isn't usually a problem during summer, but depending on where you live, natural light can be tough the rest of the year. I highly recommend using a tripod because it will allow you to shoot decent photos in low-light. I've had this tripod for over two years and love it. It's sturdy, but is still lightweight enough that I can take it with me if I'm shooting at another location. The most important feature of this tripod is the rotating ball head that allows you to move freely when you're photographing. This is especially important if you like taking photographs from different angles like I do. 





This year I finally broke down and bought myself a decent artificial lighting system because Seattle is so grey for most of the year. In the past I've tried many DIY options made from lights at the hardware store, but the funny thing is that this lighting kit is actually cheaper than the DIY options and it's amazing! Of course you can't replace the beauty of natural light, but this kit is definitely the next best thing and you seriously can't beat the price!