Recommended Books for a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet

A Listmania! list by Jane Birch (Provo, UT United States)
The list author says: "Here are some good books to read if you want to dramatically improve your health. These books will teach you the optimal diet for a human being: whole food, plant-based (WFPB diet)!

Please also see my website: http://discoveringthewordofwisdom.com"
The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health
1.  The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health by Thomas M. Campbell II
The list author says:
  "I LOVE this book!  It is the most comprehensive book on the subject that I have found, in terms of making the case for a whole food, plant-based lifestyle.  It has changed many people's lives.  This is a must read!"
$9.57   Used & New from: $2.36
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,578 customer reviews)

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure
2.  Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure by Caldwell B. Esselstyn
The list author says:
  "Excellent book!  Clear, short, fully of good information (not just about heart disease).  Also includes LOTS of recipes."
$9.63   Used & New from: $2.74
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,109 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Starch Solution: Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good!
3.  The Starch Solution: Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good! by John A. McDougall
The list author says:
  "John McDougall has been promoting a plant-based whole food diet longer than almost anyone.  This is his latest book.  It is not as detailed as I would like but that makes it very readable and covers most of the bases."
$18.48   Used & New from: $4.36
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (448 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition
4.  Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition by T. Colin Campbell
The list author says:
  "Excellent new book by Colin Campbell.  Explores the problematic nature of reductionist science and how this impact our modern understanding (read: confusion) about nutrition."
$18.43   Used & New from: $2.94
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (398 customer reviews)

The Pleasure Trap: Mastering the Hidden Force that Undermines Health & Happiness
5.  The Pleasure Trap: Mastering the Hidden Force that Undermines Health & Happiness by Douglas J. Lisle
The list author says:
  "Fascinating book of food psychology.  A must-read if you need to lose weight.  Interesting for everyone else as well.  Really surprised me.  Love it!"
$11.52   Used & New from: $5.07
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

Discovering the Word of Wisdom: Surprising Insights from a Whole Food, Plant-based Perspective
6.  Discovering the Word of Wisdom: Surprising Insights from a Whole Food, Plant-based Perspective by Jane Birch
The list author says:
  "OK, this is my book, so I got to put it on here. But honestly, I think it is a great book! It is written mainly for Mormons, but it can be very helpful to others as well. It is about the Mormon health code, the Word of Wisdom. I hope you enjoy it and sharing it with others!"
$10.48   Used & New from: $8.89
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter's 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan that Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds
7.  The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter's 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan that Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds by Rip Esselstyn
The list author says:
  "This is a very readable book, especially good for the younger crowd.  Covers lots of good topics.  Lots of recipes."
$17.00   Used & New from: $9.92
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (824 customer reviews)

My Beef with Meat: The Healthiest Argument for Eating a Plant-Strong Diet--Plus 140 New Engine 2 Recipes
8.  My Beef with Meat: The Healthiest Argument for Eating a Plant-Strong Diet--Plus 140 New Engine 2 Recipes by Rip Esselstyn
The list author says:
  "Rip Esselstyn's second book, also excellent. Easy to read."
$17.95   Used & New from: $5.07
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (395 customer reviews)

Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes without Drugs
9.  Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes without Drugs by Neal D. Barnard
The list author says:
  "Great info on diabetes.  Lots of recipes,"
$10.48   Used & New from: $3.59
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (496 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Keep It Simple, Keep It Whole: Your Guide To Optimum Health
10.  Keep It Simple, Keep It Whole: Your Guide To Optimum Health by Matthew Lederman
The list author says:
  "Covers all the basics. Written to someone just switching to a plant-based diet."
$15.45   Used & New from: $3.27
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss
11.  The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss by John A. McDougall
The list author says:
  "McDougall on weight-loss.  Very good if you want to lose weight in a sensible way that is good for your health."
$11.68   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)

The McDougall Program: 12 Days to Dynamic Health (Plume)
12.  The McDougall Program: 12 Days to Dynamic Health (Plume) by John A. McDougall
The list author says:
  "The basic McDougall diet.  Dr. McDougall is a real pioneer and champion of plant-based whole foods.  I doubt anyone has done more for the topic than he has."
$15.67   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

Dr. McDougall's Digestive Tune-Up
13.  Dr. McDougall's Digestive Tune-Up by John A. McDougall
The list author says:
  "Simple guide to gastrointestinal problems.  I don't care for the format, but it does include solid info on the GI tract and all related diseases."
$14.67   Used & New from: $2.06
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

The McDougall Program for Women : What Every Woman Needs to Know to Be Healthy for Life
14.  The McDougall Program for Women : What Every Woman Needs to Know to Be Healthy for Life by John A. McDougall
The list author says:
  "Longer, more detailed book on women's health issues.  Not a must-read, but worth reading."
Used & New from: $1.68
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Revised Edition
15.  Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Revised Edition by Joel Fuhrman
The list author says:
  "Fuhrman emphasizes nutrient-dense foods. This book has LOTS of fans."
$10.20   Used & New from: $2.88
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,537 customer reviews)

The Perfect Formula Diet: How To Lose Weight and Get Healthy Now With Six Kinds of Whole Foods
16.  The Perfect Formula Diet: How To Lose Weight and Get Healthy Now With Six Kinds of Whole Foods by Janice Stanger
The list author says:
  "Lots of great details, more than many of the other books, but still not enough for my tastes."
$14.81   Used & New from: $7.51
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition
17.  The Complete Idiot's Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition by Julieanna Hever, M.S., R.D., C.P.T.
The list author says:
  "Not my favorite, but covers the basics.  I just like a little more in depth."
$15.72   Used & New from: $3.61
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World
18.  The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World by John Robbins
The list author says:
  "First part is on healthy eating.  Last two thirds of the book on care for animals and the planet. A classic."
$16.14   Used & New from: $7.00
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Word of Wisdom Food Plan: A Medical Review of the Mormon Doctrine
19.  The Word of Wisdom Food Plan: A Medical Review of the Mormon Doctrine by Kenneth E. Johnson
The list author says:
  "Interesting for an LDS audience.  Johnson is not as radical in his food recommendations as I think is optimal, but he is in the ballpark and does a fine job here."
Used & New from: $1.24
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health
20.  Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health by Gene Stone
The list author says:
  "Not very informative, but contains some useful info and a good compilation of recipes.  The movie (Forks Over Knives) is a must-see if you can (get it on Netflix or rent it on Amazon)."
$8.44   Used & New from: $2.43
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (649 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Healthy Eating, Healthy World: Unleashing the Power of Plant-Based Nutrition
21.  Healthy Eating, Healthy World: Unleashing the Power of Plant-Based Nutrition by J. Morris Hicks
The list author says:
  "Great one-stop shop book. Brings many ideas together in one book."
$11.91   Used & New from: $4.03
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart: Boost Metabolism, Lower Cholesterol, and Dramatically Improve Your Health
22.  21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart: Boost Metabolism, Lower Cholesterol, and Dramatically Improve Your Health by Neal D. Barnard
The list author says:
  "Good all-around"
$12.54   Used & New from: $3.94
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)

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