The new year is rife with inspiration for improving all areas of life—from cleaning out your closet to cleaning up your diet. With the right guidance, eating healthy doesn't need to seem like a chore. Exciting flavors and hearty, nutrient-rich recipes from the pros will leave you feeling refreshed, energized and completely satisfied.These ingenious cookbooks make a restricted diet feel anything but, so you can have your gluten-free vegan cake and eat it too!
A Girl and Her Greens: Hearty Meals from the Garden by April Bloomfield ($25)
From renown chef and restaurant owner April Bloomfield comes a masterful collection of seasonal vegetable recipes. All-encompassing from summer faves to more exotic fare, the dishes include a wide range that makes eating your vegetables a culinary experience.
Root to Leaf: A Southern Chef Cooks Through the Seasons by Steven Satterfield ($31)
James Beard-nominated Southern chef Steven Satterfield explores the wonderful world of veggies with mouthwatering recipes conveniently organized by seasons. With 175 options for omnivores and vegans alike, there’s truly something for every palate.
Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes to Make Anytime by Danielle Walker ($21)
Filled with most delectable paleo meals, star blogger Danielle Walker’s cookbook offers recipes that are as decadent and surprising as they are simple to execute. Complete with shopping lists, as well as 30-minute meals and ideas for transforming leftovers, it's a goldmine of fresh, easy-to-prepare dishes.
Real Life Paleo: Recipes, Meals, and Practical Tips That Follow an Easy Three-Phased Approach to Health by Stacy Toth and Matthew McCarry ($26)
This practical guide to going paleo is based in a three-pronged approach: swap, remove, heal. From the creators of the popular bog Paleo Parents, it is a supportive, family-friendly blueprint for stress-free, healthy living.
The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow From the Inside Out by Angela Liddon ($15)
Whether you are trying out a 21-day cleanse (à la Beyoncé and Jay-Z) or a lifetime advocate, a well-rounded vegan diet requires ingenuity and thoughtfulness.
Straight From the Earth: Irresistible Vegan Recipes for Everyone by Myra Goodman and Marea Goodman ($20)
Even non-vegans will enjoy the full-flavored deliciousness of these accessible, organic meals. Switching a couple meals a week to vegan options will pay dividends for your overall health; and it’s great for the environment, too. If you’re looking for an amazing dish to serve on Meatless Monday, this veggie-centric tome has you covered.
Green Kitchen Travels: Healthy Vegetarian Food Inspired by Our Adventures by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl ($29)
This unique collection of recipes is inspired by world-renown flavors from a family that loves to travel. From Vietnamese street food and raw bean sprout Pad Thai to Sri Lankan curry dishes, the simple instructions and cultured approach to home cooking is a must for adventure-seekers and foodies alike.
Fresh takes on indulgent faves like pizza and ice cream abound in this energizing, ultra-healthy cookbook. Recipes include gluten-free and raw options, as well as an entire chapter devoted to cooking with kids.
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