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Rooted Wellness Recommendations

Chris Webb
The list author says: "I recommend the following books to provide inspiration to people looking to dedicate themselves to a more Earth-centered life."
The Male Herbal: The Definitive Health Care Book for Men and Boys
The Male Herbal: The Definitive Health Care Book for Men and Boys
"Every man should have this book in his home library.  Quite often, men are the forgotten sex when it comes to herbal care, so you don't see many books out there for the boys.  This one is essential!"
Slow Food Nation: Why Our Food Should Be Good, Clean, And Fair
Slow Food Nation: Why Our Food Should Be Good, Clean, And Fair
"Carlo Petrini, the driving force behind the worldwide Slow Food movement, provides an impassioned plea for improving our conscientiousness about how we nourish ourselves."
Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front
Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front
"This book is a must-read if you're interested in local food movements and economies.  Salatin has no use for anyone in government and takes swipes at both sides of the aisle.  The vague generalizations about liberals and conservatives can be distracting.  Get past it, though, so you can further understand why it's so difficult to get clean, properly fed animals on our plates."
The New Mediterranean Diet Cookbook: A Delicious Alternative for Lifelong Health
The New Mediterranean Diet Cookbook: A Delicious Alternative for Lifelong Health
"The Mediterranean Diet is one of our better ways of eating.  I found significant improvement in how I felt after eating food when I adopted some of the habits outlined in this book.  Well explained with history, this book is full of wonderful tasting recipes."
The Splendid Grain
The Splendid Grain
"A lot of people will come for the recipes, but the vignettes about the grains themselves are wonderful, informative reading.  Grains have nuance and are exceptional nutrient sources, but we don't seem to possess a lot of understanding about what is out there.  It's not all wheat flour and white rice!"
In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed (Plus)
In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed (Plus)
"This book outlines movements across the world to ease off the gas pedal and to take time to appreciate what life has to offer, to approach the world differently.  It is where I was introduced to Slow Food."
The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life
The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life
"If you keep flipping the coin and seeing heads, this book asks you to examine what might happen if you choose tails."
Spirit of the Shuar: Wisdom from the Last Unconquered People of the Amazon
Spirit of the Shuar: Wisdom from the Last Unconquered People of the Amazon
"We can lose a lot with unchecked progress, so John Perkins decided to record the wisdom about life and living from the Shuar people of Central America.  I found this to be a truly inspirational book as I got lost in another world, where people persevere to live their traditions despite great pressure from commercial and governmental interference."
A Modern Herbal (Volume 1, A-H): The Medicinal, Culinary, Cosmetic and Economic Properties, Cultivation and Folk-Lore of Herbs, Grasses, Fungi, Shrubs & Trees with Their Modern Scientific Uses
A Modern Herbal (Volume 1, A-H): The Medicinal, Culinary, Cosmetic and Economic Properties, Cultivation and Folk-Lore of Herbs, Grasses, Fungi, Shrubs & Trees with Their Modern Scientific Uses
"Part one of a terrific guide that explains a plethora of herbs from a traditional standpoint."
A Modern Herbal (Volume 2, I-Z and Indexes)
A Modern Herbal (Volume 2, I-Z and Indexes)
"Part two of an easy-to-grasp Herbal that explains how to cultivate, prepare, and use plant medicine."
Psyche Delicacies: Coffee, Chocolate, Chiles, Kava, and Cannabis, and Why They're Good for You
Psyche Delicacies: Coffee, Chocolate, Chiles, Kava, and Cannabis, and Why They're Good for You
"An in depth examination of the history of human relationships to five plants that exert an effect on the mind."
Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief
Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief
"Winston and Malmes wonderfully detail some of the most widely used herbs around the globe for coping with life's stressors."
Hot Plants: Nature's Proven Sex Boosters for Men and Women
Hot Plants: Nature's Proven Sex Boosters for Men and Women
"There isn't much reliable information out there about maca and Kilham dedicates 20 pages to this herb.  Overall, this is a great book about how herbs can help get the inner fires burning and their native uses."
Twinkie, Deconstructed: My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined (Yes, Mined), and Manipulated into What America Eats
Twinkie, Deconstructed: My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined (Yes, Mined), and Manipulated into What America Eats
"An important exploration of what goes into making one of the nation's most popular foods.  It helps us think about what we are putting into our bodies."