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La Dolce Vegan!

Categories: Cookbooks, Cooking tips, Food Culture, Vegan


Know someone that has decided to go vegan?  Have you decided yourself?  La Dolche Vegan is a great book for any beginner vegan.  The recipes are simple to follow, and the ingredients are easy to find in the store.  Sarah Kramer includes recipes with faux meats, and also just straight up veggie fare.  In the back, she gives ideas on how to substitute the things I would never give up such as butter, but you will be impressed by how she gets around those things.  The author of the book Sarah Kramer is super cute.  She includes recipes from her friends, her husband (Wolfie), and lots of pictures of not just food but all the cute outfits she owns.  I would rate this book 3.5 stars and the only reason why I am not rating it 4 is just because I wish the book was bigger.

Book: Guide to Traditional Chinese Food Energetics

Categories: Articles, Cookbooks, Eastern Nutrition, Food Energetics

This is a nice quick-reference book for Food Energetics.  Gives straightforward tables for food groups, and TCM properties in table-formats.

Gives a bit of TCM introductory theory, but the reference tables are where the real information is…

Helping Ourselves: A Guide to Traditional Chinese Food Energetics

by Daverick Leggett…

The Beautiful Truth, film and book…anti-cancer diet therapy…?

Categories: Articles

Great Nutrition Web site / book, with links to various health related topics

Categories: Articles, Cookbooks, Eastern Nutrition, Nutritional Information, Western Medicine

I recently was invited to see a friend give a speech along with a nutritionist named Liz Lipski. She is a PhD in nutrition and certified in holistic nutrition. Her talk was fantastic and some of the research bridged the gap between science and TCM, specifically relating to some of the concepts of diet and genetics/disease prognosis.

I recommend her book Digestive Wellness and there are lots of other things on the web site to look into.

I feel in our medicine we may sometimes rely on herbs and acu to treat patients and forget to discuss the concept of nutrition in more depth outside of being good to the spleen.

Check it out.

be well


Patient Resources — books and movies

Categories: Articles

There have been a number of great books and movies in the past few years that connect the modern American diet and its concomitant issues with industrialized food production methods. I thought I’d recommend some of them here in case anyone treats a patient who is enthusiastic about the subject of diet and wants to learn more.

If you’ve read or seen other interesting books or movies about this subject, or about diet at all, please add them to this discussion. I’d love to hear what other people have found useful in their search for good information about food.


In Defense of Food
by Michael Pollan

Straightforward advice about how to navigate the modern supermarket knowing what we know about how we should eat. Well-written and accessible to a general audience, this book encapsulates Pollan’s other, longer books into a set of principles that should help the reader make good dietary decisions for themselves.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma
by Michael Pollan

An in-depth look at food production practices in the United States, from farm to table. Pollan traces the origins of three different meals back to their roots in this book, which is more detailed and longer than In Defense of Food. Maybe not where I’d start someone just getting interested in the subject, but if they want to know more, this is a great source of information about industrial farming, organic farming, foraging, and susatainable agriculture.

Fast Food Nation
by Eric Schlosser

A comprehensive investigation into the history and development of the fast food industry in the United States. Schlosser takes on all of the issues raised by fast food’s industrial processes: health issues, animal cruelty, abuse of meat packing workers, fast-food marketing to children. If someone really wants to know where fast food comes from, and is ready to never eat it again, then this is the book they should read.


“Fast Food Nation” has also been made into a movie, but in terms of a compelling story about fast food overload, “Super-Size Me” wins the prize. Morgan Spurlock eats only at McDonald’s for 30 days to the horror of his doctors and his vegan-chef girlfriend, and he seriously endangers his health in the process. Entertaining, disturbing, and a little gross, this movie is definitely fun to watch; and it’s full of interesting fast-food factoids.

“King Corn” is the story of two guys who plant an acre of corn in Iowa and then trace its journey from farm to processing plant to make animal feed and high-fructose corn syrup. An interesting picture of Iowa farms, and an unsettling story about how corn became the #1 crop in the U.S. and the most prevalent ingredient in the modern American diet.

“Food, Inc.” covers very similar ground to the Pollan and Schlosser books above — in fact, it heavily features both men and is co-produced by Schlosser. A good, brief introduction to the problems created by current industrial methods of farming, from diabetes to unfair immigration laws.