Knowledge is power. And reading is the ultimate source of knowledge. Browse through this section to view some of my favourite reads from a wide variety of topics + authors.

RECIPE

Raw food diets (where food is eaten raw and if heated, the temperature can’t exceed 118 degrees Fahrenheit) are becoming increasingly popular today for a variety of reasons: a quest for weight loss and increased energy, reduced risk of diseases, an aversion to animal based foods or simply a desire to consume more whole, nutrient-rich ingredients. Whatever each person’s reason, raw food diets and/or lifestyles are certainly becoming more mainstream.

This wonderful collection of recipes will appeal to both novices and veterans of the raw food lifestyle — they are imaginative, feature easy-to-follow instructions and are incredibly delicious. From hearty breakfasts that get your day off to an energized start, to satisfying soups and sumptuous main courses, to lush decadent desserts that will satisfy the most discriminating sweet tooth, these recipes reflect Doug’s talent and commitment to the lifestyle.

In addition there’s a wealth of information on how to properly prepare the ingredients in advance of meal preparation to enhance their nutritional value as well as comprehensive “raw pantry” information. This book as well as Doug’s other’s are used as a staple in my home.

These tempting dishes are bold, innovative, fresh, easy and above all delicious. They reflect this chef’s expertise and complex palate, yet each recipe is both easy and good. Both vegans and non-vegans will find them absolutely delicious.
The recipes are vast and varied and use the ingredients typically found in a vegan’s kitchen or pantry. Douglas McNish starts with “Vegan Basics” featuring 20 recipes for dishes most popular in vegan cuisine.
These 500 recipes include every meal of the day or special occasion to celebrate and are for novice cooks, busy families, or college students. This cookbook is definitely a go-to in my house and loved amongst both kids, guests, vegans + non-vegans.

Blogger-author extraordinaire Kristy Turner deliciously refutes every excuse you’ve ever heard with 125 bursting-with-flavor vegan recipes for every meal of the day—including dessert!
If you’re a waffling vegan newbie, on-the-fence vegetarian, or veg-curious omnivore, this book will banish your doubts. You’ll find you can get enough protein, fit in at a potluck, learn to love cauliflower, and enjoy pizza, nachos, brownies, and more—without any animal products at all. (Even vegan pros will discover some new tricks!)
Colorful photographs throughout will have you salivating over Kristy’s inventive, easy-to-follow recipes. So what are you waiting for? Get in the kitchen and leave your excuses at the door!

HEALTH RELATED

The China Study is a book by T. Colin Campbell, Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, and his son Thomas M. Campbell II, a physician. It was first published in the United States in January 2005 and had sold over one million copies as of October 2013, making it one of America’s best-selling books about nutrition.
The China Study examines the relationship between the consumption of animal products (including dairy) and chronic illnesses such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and bowel cancer. The authors conclude that people who eat a whole-food, plant-based vegan diet—avoiding all animal products, including beef, pork, poultry, fish, eggs, cheese, and milk, and reducing their intake of processed foods and refined carbohydrates—will escape, reduce, or reverse the development of numerous diseases.
You can find a copy of The China Study in our reception room and take a browse through while you are waiting for your appointment.

MAGAZINES

Village Living Publications Inc has distributed its magazine to Midtown Toronto’s most affluent communities from more than 6 years. Their focus is on connecting local residents with local businesses to help develop, sustain and maintain economically vibrant and thriving communities. I love seeing all of our neighbouring businesses amongst our own as well as reading the many articles written by experts in their fields, whether it be health related or other. If you browse through this magazine you can find out full colour add with more details about what we do.

EcoParent is a quarterly magazine for families that want to make healthier, greener lifestyle choices. Fun and inspirational in tone – and never judgmental – they appeal to the already eco-savvy, but remain accessible to the newly eco-curious. Food, fashion, books, travel, health & beauty, home & garden, and so much more!

I love this magazine because it appeals to all parents who are striving to live a healthy lifestyle. EcoParent mag is also active in many community events and trade shows so it’s nice to put a face to the magazine and meet the people behind the scenes. It is an easy read and has really nice images and articles to browse through with important and well thought out information about health + children.