Resources: Recommended Books

Dementia Prevention

The End of Alzheimers by Dale Bredesen


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”)


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.