Recommended Reading List
The consumer market overflows with publications on nutrition, fitness and health. The publications listed here represent resources covering a broad range of nutrition and health topics and provide reliable, timely nutrition information for personal, school, library and community use. Most are available at local libraries and bookstores.
This is not a comprehensive list and inclusion does not represent endorsement by the New York Dietetic Association.
Food and Nutrition Information
- 365 Days of Healthy Eating from the American Dietetic Association
by Roberta Larson Duyff, MS, RD, FADA, CFCS. Wiley, 2004.
This title contains practical hints, tips and strategies—one for each day of the year—for keeping healthy eating and regular exercise at the top of your daily agenda. More than 60 simple, flavorful recipes for meals and snacks are included.
American Dietetic Association Cooking Healthy Across America
by American Dietetic Association Food and Culinary Professionals Dietetic Practice Group. Wiley, 2005.
Drawing on the unique flavors, history and culinary traditions from all corners of the U.S., this cookbook offers region-specific recipes that are delicious, nutritious and easy to prepare.
- American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, 3rd Edition
by Roberta Larson Duyff, MS, RD, FADA, CFCS. Wiley, 2006.
Includes the most up-to-date Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Offers quick access to timely advice on a multitude of food and nutrition topics. Includes chapters on food for fitness, healthy weight, vegetarian eating and nutrition for every stage of life.
- The College Student's Guide to Eating Well on Campus, 2nd Edition
by Ann Selkowitz, MS, RD, LD. Tulip Hill Press, 2005.
Revised and expanded edition has the need-to-know information to take you through college in top form: how to beat the Freshman Fifteen and make the most of dorm or restaurant offerings. Tips on how to be a healthy vegetarian and how to help a friend with an eating disorder.
- Dieting for Dummies – 2nd Edition
by Jane Kirby, RD. Wiley Publishing, Inc., 2004.
User-friendly guide provides methods for evaluating diet programs, coping with cravings, and eating healthfully at home or away.
- The Dish On Eating Healthy and Being Fabulous!
by Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RD and Densie Webb, PhD, RD. Atria Books, Simon and Schuster, 2004.
A collection of tasty recipes, combined with solid nutritional advice and a common-sense approach.
- The Healthy Beef Cookbook
by American Dietetic Association and National Cattlemen's Beef Association, et. al. John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Shows health-conscious cooks exciting new ways to use lean beef in everything from quick and easy suppers to special occasion entrees. More than 130 delicious, nutritious recipes that feature the cuts of beef that meet current government guidelines for lean labeling.
- A Healthier You: Based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
by US Department of Health and Human Services. US Government Printing Office, 2005.
It's a one-stop, easy to-use resource full of good advice on nutrition and activity.
- Healthy Eating Every Day
by Ruth Ann Carpenter, MS, RD and Carrie E. Finley, MS. Human Kinetics, 2005.
Teaches realistic goal-setting, coping with lapses and celebrating successes. Food shopping tips are included.
- Nutrition for Life
by Lisa Hark, PhD, RD and Darwin Deen, MD. DK Publishing, Inc., 2005.
Described as a "one volume encyclopedia" of everything that's been said before, this guide provides straightforward information on nutrition.
- Shed Pounds Without Even Trying! Diet Simple
by Katherine Tallmadge, MA, RD. Lifeline Press, 2004.
Fun ways to make meaningful changes in eating habits with food substitution ideas and recipes from well-known chefs.
- The Step Diet Book
by James O. Hill, PhD; John C. Peters, PhD; Bonnie T. Jortberg, MS, RD. Workman Publishing Company, Inc. 2004. A practical guide combining dozens of recipes with advice on how to increase the number of steps we walk each day.
- The Volumetrics Eating Plan
by Barbara Rolls, PhD. HarperCollins, 2005.
Shows how to select those foods that let us eat satisfying portions but leave us feeling full on fewer calories. Includes 125 recipes, menu planners, charts and helpful sidebars.
- The Way To Eat
by David L. Katz, MD, MPH and Maura Gonzalez, MS, RD. Source Books, 2003.
A comprehensive guide to a lifetime of eating well in support of three goals: overall good health, weight control and enjoyment of food.
- Celiac Disease Nutrition Guide, 2nd Edition
by Tricia Thompson, MS, RD. American Dietetic Association, 2006.
Essential start-up information about celiac disease, including how to follow a gluten-free diet. Identifies products that may contain harmful grains, includes menu ideas and much more.
- Dealing With Food Allergies
by Janice Vickerstaff Joneja, PhD, RDN. Bull Publishing Company, 2003.
Helps explain the complexity of food allergies, reviews practical methods for detecting hidden food culprits and gives practical recipes.
- The Gluten-Free Gourmet Cooks Comfort Foods: Creating Old Favorites with the New Flours
by Bette Hagman. Henry Holt and Co., 2004. Including recipes for everything from Microwave Chicken and Dumplings to Chocolate Pecan Cupcakes, the author discusses specifics of celiac disease and how to enjoy your favorite foods by cooking with a wide variety of grains.
For Persons with Diabetes and their Families
- American Dietetic Association Guide to Eating Right When You Have Diabetes
by Maggie Powers, MS, RD. Wiley, 2003.
A guide on eating right to maintain normal blood sugars and an active, healthy lifestyle. Includes a week of detailed sample menu plans for different calorie levels.
- Complete Guide to Carb Counting
by Hope S. Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE; Karmeen Kulkarni, MS, RD, CDE. American Diabetes Association, 2004.
Meal plans, strategies for eating out and recordkeeping forms to help the reader manage diabetes.
- Eat Out, Eat Right!
by Hope S. Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE. Surrey Books, Inc., 2003.
Registered dietitian shows how even fast-food chains can offer nutritious choices. Includes reviews of popular restaurants.
- HELP! My Underwear is Shrinking: One Woman’s Story of How to Eat Right, Lose Weight, and Win the Battle Against Diabetes
by Jo Ann Hattner, MPH, RD; Anne Coulston, MS, RD, FADA; Mike Goodkind, BA. American Diabetes Association/McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Books, 2003.
Registered dietitians relate the story of 30-something Tiffany, providing menus and exercise suggestions while following the heroine as she confronts the challenges of Type 2 diabetes.
- Month of Meals: Classic Cooking - Quick & Easy Menus for People With Diabetes
The American Diabetes Association, 2002.
Features nutrient analysis and carbohydrate count for meals. Includes a planner with 28 days of menus. Part of the “Month of Meals” series that also includes: All-American Fare; Old-Time Favorites; Festive Latin Flavors (Spanish); Meals in Minutes; Soul Food Selections; and Vegetarian Pleasures.
- Diabetes & Heart Healthy Cookbook
by The American Diabetes Association® and The American Heart Association®, 2004.
Chicken pot pie and coffee cake are only two of those included in this collection of heart-healthy and diabetes-friendly recipes.
- Sports Nutrition: A Practice Manual for Professionals, 4th Edition
by American Dietetic Association, 2006.
No health or fitness professional working with competitive or recreational athletes should be without this authoritative guide. In-depth information for athletes at different age levels and specific kinds of sports from baseball to wrestling.
- Performance Nutrition for Team Sports
by Monique Ryan, MS, RD. Peak Sports Press, 2005.
This guide aimed at experience athletes and those in high school and college offers sound nutrition principles to optimize their performance.
- Fuel for Young Athletes: Essential Foods and Fluids for Future Champions
by Ann Litt, MS, RD. Human Kinetics, 2004.
Major nutrition bases are covered, including muscle development, endurance training and overcoming eating disorders. Incorporates the foods teenagers most enjoy.
- Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook
by Nancy Clark, MS, RD. Human Kinetics, 2003.
Registered dietitian offers thoughts on how to eat before and after competitive events, as well as how to make smart fast-food choices. Emphasizes a varied, moderate diet and includes over 70 recipes. Recommended reading for athletes, exercisers, and the average consumer interested in good nutrition.
- American Dietetic Association The Health Professional's Guide to Popular Dietary Supplements, 3rd Edition
by Allison Sarubin Fragakis, MS, RD and Cynthia Thomson, PhD, RD, 2007.
More than 107 popular vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbals, enzymes and other supplements are covered in this guide. Helps make sense of the claims and facts surrounding the numerous dietary supplements on the market.
- American Dietetic Association Pocket Supermarket Guide, 3rd Edition
by Mary Abbott Hess, MS, RD, FADA, 2005.
Revised to reflect consumer shopping trends and packed with nutrition information and shopping tips. This new edition helps consumers make smart food choices based on personal dietary needs.
- Bowes and Church's Food Values of Portions Commonly Used, 18th Edition
by Jean A.T. Pennington, PhD, RD and Judith Spungen Douglass. Lippincott, 2005.
Often used as a professional resource, this spiral-bound collection of nutritional values of foods is done in a format that allows quick and easy reference. More than 8,000 foods are listed, including brand-name and popular fast food restaurant items.
- The Complete Book of Food Counts, 7th Edition
by Corrine T. Netzer. Dell, 2006. A handy reference for your bookshelf, this guide lists every food you can name. Each food is analyzed by calories, protein, carbohydrates, fat and fiber, as well as sodium and cholesterol.
- ConsumerLab.com’s Guide to Buying Vitamins and Supplements
by Tod Cooperman, MD; William Obermeyer, PhD; Densie Webb, PhD, RD. ConsumerLab.com, LLC, 2003.
Contains ConsumerTips™ to aid in the purchase and use of supplements. Products are independently tested and rated based on rigorous standards.
- Eating on the Run
by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD. Human Kinetics, 2004.
This new edition features practical and healthful strategies for grocery shopping, eating out and quick meal preparation.
- The Handbook of Clinically Tested Herbal Remedies, Volume 1 and 2
by Marilyn Barrett, PhD, Editor. The Haworth Press, 2004.
A detailed resource book of over 160 herbal products that have been clinically tested, including descriptions of the review procedures and evidence of efficacy.
- The New Food Lover's Tiptionary
by Sharon Tyler Herbst. William Morrow, 2002.
Packed with more than 6,000 tips, shortcuts and other culinary information that both experienced and novice cooks will find helpful. Answers hundreds of questions about food preparation and kitchen equipment.
- What Einstein Told His Cook 2: The Sequel: Further Adventures in Kitchen Science
by Robert L. Wolke, Marlene Parrish. W.W. Norton & Co., 2005.
Provides reliable and witty explanations while debunking misconceptions about food and nutrition. Kitchen science is explained in plain, nontechnical language along with recipes.
- American Dietetic Association Healthy Eating For Kids: How Your Child Can Eat Smart from 5 to 12
by Jodie Shield, RD and Mary Catherine Mullen, MS, RD. Wiley, 2002.
Schools parents in nutrition fundamentals and arms them with easy-to-follow guidelines so that breakfast skippers, lunchtime traders and nutritionally clueless nibblers learn to make healthy eating choices.
- Be Healthy! It’s a Girl Thing: Food, Fitness, and Feeling Great
by Mavis Jukes and Lilian Cheung, DSc, RD. Crown Publishers, 2003.
Written with adolescent girls in mind, the authors cover the many concerns of puberty in a fun, friendly manner.
- Fit Kids: A Practical Guide to Raising Active and Healthy Children – From Birth to Teens
by Mary L. Gavin, MD; Steven A. Dowshen, MD; Neil Izenberg, MD. DK Publishing, Inc., 2004.
A very family-oriented guide that emphasizes the importance of focusing children on a healthy eating regimen from infancy through 18 years.
- Food, Fun n' Fitness: Designing Healthy Lifestyles for Our Children
by Mary Friesz, PhD, RD, CDE. Designs for Healthy Lifestyle, 2002.
A comprehensive, "parent-friendly" guide to teaching children good eating habits, the value of nutrition and the incorporation of fitness into daily life as a basic family value.
- Food Rules!
by Bill Haduch, Rick Stromoski and Lisa Moore. Puffin, 2001.
Behind the conversational style lies a wealth of information geared for kids and to kids grades 4 to 7. This book breaks down complicated ideas (such as amino acids and cholesterol) into easy-to-digest pieces.
- Healthy Foods, Healthy Kids
by Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD. Adams Media Corporation, 2002.
Practical eating suggestions for parents of kids from birth to age six, this book gives practical tips and simple solutions to parents' nutrition concerns.
- If Your Child Is Overweight: A Guide for Parents, 3rd Edition
by Susan Kosharek, MS, RD. American Dietetic Association, 2006.
Written in an easy-to-use format, readers will find simple how-to instructions to help guide children ages 4-12 to change the way they eat.
- Meals without Squeals Child Care Feeding Guide & Cookbook, 3rd Edition
by Christine Berman, MPH, RD and Jacki Fromer.
Bull Publishing Company, 2006.
Completely Revised and updated child care feeding guide and cookbook. This book is the basic feeding guide for anyone caring for children. It is designated to help with sound nutrition information, good tasting food, and timely advice about children and food.
- Mom’s Guide to Meal Makeovers
by Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RD and Elizabeth Weiss, MS, RD. Broadway Books, 2004.
Taking kids’ favorite foods and making them healthier is the focus of this book. Realistic ideas for improving the family’s diet and speeding up meal preparation by using basic foods.
- The Nursing Mother's Companion by Kathleen Huggins. 5th Revised Edition.
Harvard Common Press, 2005. Guides mothers through pregnancy and the child's first year. Includes helpful photos and illustrations.
- When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets or Quads: Proven Guidelines for a Healthy Multiple Pregnancy
by Dr. Barbara Luke, MPH, RD and Tamara Eberlein. HarperCollins, 2004.
Outlines a practical, nutrition-based program, including 50 recipes to keep you and your babies healthy during pregnancy.
- Your Child’s Weight: Helping without Harming
by Ellyn Satter, MS, RD, LCSW; Kelcy Press, 2005.
Doing what comes naturally when feeding children, and focusing on providing for them rather than depriving them is the philosophy of this book.
- American Dietetic Association Living Well with HIV and AIDS: A Guide to Nutrition
by Cade Fields-Gardner, MS, RD; Sharon Salomon, MS, RD; Margaret Davis, MBA, RD; American Dietetic Association, 2003.
Covers essential nutrition information for feeling and looking better and staying healthier longer. Topic areas include: healthy eating, food safety, medication interactions, and more.
- American Dietetic Association Guide to Better Digestion
by Leslie Bonci, RD, MPH. Wiley, 2003.
Teaches how to make the most comfortable food choices to self-manage gastrointestinal disorders.
- American Heart Association Low-Salt Cookbook: A Complete Guide to Reducing Sodium and Fat in your Diet, 2nd Edition
by American Heart Association. Crown Publishing Group, 2001.
Offers a variety of more than 200 low-salt and low-fat recipes, including classic favorites, dishes with a modern twist, and many foods that are hard to find in low-salt form.
- The DASH Diet Action Plan
by Marla Heller, MS, RD. Amidon Press, 2005.
The DASH Diet is a new healthy eating plan to help lower blood pressure, the risk of heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer. Includes four weeks of menus for three different calorie levels.
- A Dietitian's Cancer Story, 2nd Edition
by Diana Dyer, MS, RD. Swan Press, 2002.
A combination of conventional nutrition information, as well as complimentary therapies that have worked for the author.
- Eating Well, Staying Well During and After Cancer
by Abby Bloch, PhD, RD, FADA; Barrie R. Cassileth, PhD; Michelle D. Holmes, MD, DrPH; Cynthia A. Thomson, PhD, RD. American Cancer Society, 2004.
Offers strategies for dealing with eating-related side effects. Recipes are included, with solid advice on nutrition and supplements.
Resources for Visually Impaired and Blind Individuals—The following organizations offer special-format nutrition materials, such as braille, large-print and audio books.
- National Federation of the Blind
- National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped