Resources: Recommended Books


Fermented Vegetables by Kirsten and Christopher Shockey

If you are curious about learning to prepare lacto-fermented or “cultured” produce, this is an excellent book for you.  Written by a pair of “fermentistas”, they lay out all the basics concepts and have a great recipe section –  first by fermenting different kinds of produce, and then using the fermented foods in recipes including meals, snacks, desserts and cocktails (or as they say, “crocktails”)

The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating by Alisa Smith and JB MacKinnon

One of the classics in the locavore movement!

Feeding the Whole Family: Whole Foods Recipes for Babies, Young Children and Their Parents by  Cynthia Lair

I think the title says it all.  This book is nice because it teaches parents how to cook normally for themselves and use part of the meal to feed their child.

Rebar Modern Food Cookbook by Audrey Alsterberg and Wanda Urbanowicz

Rebar is a popular Victoria restaurant.  The soups in this book are amazing.

The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals by Tom Malterre and Alissa Segerston

I like these ones so much, I sell them at my clinic.  This husband and wife team have created two beautiful guides to whole food cooking, that also happen to be gluten, soy and dairy free.  Their blog will also give you lots of information and recipes to start off.  The book and blog also contain a lot of discussion on feeding children whole foods.


Dinner: A Love Story by Jenny Rosenstrach

Technically, this one should go in the food section.  People without kids love Jenny’s book and blog too.  But Jenny also explores the feeding relationship, parenting, the importance of the family dinner and practical strategies for feeding a family with a variety of tastes.  She does so with great humour.  Her husband Andy posts a lot too and he is also hilarious.

Baby-Led Weaning: Helping Your Baby Love Good Food by Gill Rapley

Let your baby feed themselves.  This book will detail the hows and whys of this feeding philosophy that encourages babies to have a healthy relationship with food, right from the start.

Any book, DVD or newsletter by Ellyn Satter

Ellyn has pioneered the concept of “Division of Responsibility” in feeding children.  Her advice will help your child grow into a confident eater with a positive attitude towards food.  And it will save you a lot of stress when you don’t have to micromanage what your child eats!

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids by Dr. Laura Markham

This is the best parenting book I have ever read.  And I’ve read a lot of them!  Dr. Laura also has an excellent website and newsletters for daily or weekly inspiration.

Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures by Amber Dusick

Based on her wildly popular blog, this book is on my wish list.  Because we all need to laugh and she is very funny.

The Minimalist Mom’s Guide to Baby’s First Year by Rachel Jonat

Available as an e-book on Rachel’s website.  Rachel’s writing is the antidote for our society’s crazy consumer tendencies.  Tendencies that only get worse with the arrival of children.


Slow Death by Rubber Duck by Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie

A well-written exploration of some common environmental toxins.  This book is educational without being depressing, and at times is even humorous.  And fortunately leaves us with some positive action steps.