Anyone who sets foot in my house (or peers through my windows) knows pretty quickly that I love books. Books are everywhere…lots and lots of books. For the past few years, I’ve been doing a book club with my patients, and toying with the idea of doing an online book club. Well, 2018 is the year for less toying, and more doing.

About the picks

To mix things up, we’ll be alternating between cookbooks and “regular” books. I chose a magazine (and website) for January, since the month is already underway, and I know some people might want to get their books, especially cookbooks from the library (I’m a big fan of getting cookbooks from the library so I can try before I buy, since I already have a LOT of cookbooks).

The regular books cover topics that are important if you want to achieve whole-person health (mind, body and soul): self-compassion, self-acceptance, self-care, body positivity and respect, and mindfulness. The cookbooks selections will help you play with more plant foods in the kitchen, and explore a Mediterranean style of eating. Because so many of us are pressed for time, I also included a make-ahead cookbook and a slow cooker book.

How it works

We’ll be discussing the books on the new Nutrition By Carrie Book Club Facebook group (if you aren’t on Facebook, I do apologize). Just link to the group page and request to join. At the beginning of each month, I’ll start a discussion thread for that month’s book, and all comments will stay in that thread. For the cookbook months, tell us what you made, what you thought of the recipe, anything you changed or thinks could be changes, and photos (if you are so inclined). And…here are the picks!



Bon Appétit (either the current December/January issue or the website, if you prefer)



Body Kindness: Transform your health from the inside out – and never say diet again by Rebecca Scritchfield



Super Natural Every Day: Well-loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen by Heidi Swanson



embody: Learning to Love Your Unique Body by Connie Sobczak



You Have it Made: Delicious, Healthy, Do-Ahead Meals by Ellie Krieger



Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristen Neff



In My Kitchen: A Collection of New and Favorite Vegetarian Recipes by Deborah Madison



The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown



The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook: 500 Vibrant, Kitchen-Tested Recipes for Living and Eating Well Every Day by the editors at America’s Test Kitchen



Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight by Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor



The Complete Slow Cooker: From Appetizers to Desserts – 400 Must-Have Recipes That Cook While You Play (or Work) by America’s Test Kitchen



Well Nourished: Mindful Practices to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Feed Your Whole Self, and End Overeating by Andrea Lieberstein


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