Cooking

Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon This cookbook and reference is based on the work of Weston A. Price. In addition to simple recipes, the articles preceding each section are clear, concise, and well-researched. This is a must-have for anyone interested basic dietary conduct.

The Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler Chez Panisse alum Tamar Adler's beautiful prose-poetic ode to cooking offers basic instruction in learning to freehand in the kitchen. She teaches us how to make one recipe roll over into the next, for economical, easy home-cooked cuisine. You won't want to eat out anymore.

Wild Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz A simple handbook for fermenting your own foods making your own pickles, yogurt...even wine.

The Book of Jook by Bob Flaws Jook, aka congee, is rice porridge. This book gives TCM-oriented recipes according to diagnosis. Maybe a bit technical for most lay people, but if you are already in the know about your TCM constitution and/or diagnosis and have access to raw Chinese herbs, this book is great.

Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan Already a classic.

Supplements

Dr. Ohhira's Probiotic These are good quality, shelf-stable probiotics. No fridge needed! It is produced in a longer term fermentation process which allows 12 strains to develop, which means it benefits more of the GI tract than most. Contains soy.

Klaire Labs Probiotics A pricey, but high-quality probiotic with multiple strains. Delivered on ice, guaranteeing that the cultures are still alive and active.

PhytoMulti If you like multivitamins, Metagenics makes a good one.

Green Pastures Butter Oil/Cod Liver Oil Blend This is one of the few quality cod liver oil supplements out there. The oils are fermented according to tradition, making this product fresh. Balanced in ratio of Vitamins A & D.

Designs for Health Magnesium This form--buffered magnesium chelate--does not affect bowel softness. Magnesium deficiency is common for those with high stress or sleep difficulties.

Thorne Stress B-Complex This product has a well-balanced ratio of B Vitamins in active form for better bioavailability. It is often used for stress and adrenal support

Vita Blue Ocean Minerals Useful for replenishing minerals, especially for deficiency or those working with orthopedic issues or pain, such as athletes, ex-dancers, and the elder population. 

Ferrofood Iron Supplement by Standard Process This is a good bioavailable iron supplement utilizing animal organs as well as plant substances.

Ligaplex Connective Tissue Repair by Standard Process - This is a good supplement to add nutrition for healing muscle, ligament and tendon.

Prenatal & Postpartum Care

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin Get stoked about natural childbirth. Start to see that it is really doable. Learn about sphincter law. Half of the book is devoted to birth stories written by new moms. Read the second half first!

After the Baby's Birth: A Woman's Guide to Wellness: A Complete Guide for Postpartum Women by Robin Lim A field guide to the postpartum period, including a small listing of herbs for reference.

Natural Health After Birth: The Complete Guide to Postpartum Wellness by Aviva Jill Romm

 

Ayurveda

Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution by Robert Svoboda An introduction to Ayurveda. This book gives a basic understanding of doshic theory and its practical applications.

Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies by Dr. Vasant Lad A home how-to reference with many useful remedies that empower the reader to address common conditions with small adjustments to diet, lifestyle and safe herbs.

 

 

Yoga

Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha by Swami Satyananda Sarasvati A Bihar School classic reference book for the postures.

Yoga Nidra by Swami Satyananda Sarasvati This book explains the structure of the practice of yoga nidra and has sample scripts. Best for those who wish to make home recordings for your personal practice or construct a script more relevant for your healing goals. (Ritual Health's Yoga Nidra is here.)

 

Healing

The Body Has a Mind of Its Own by Sandra & Matthew Blakeslee

The Heart's Code by Paul Pearsall Discover the intelligence of the heart organ and its implications for self-healing from a psychoneuroimmunologist. The medical science and the personal experiences of the author are both beautiful.

The Alchemy of Illness by Kat Duff A moving read about the path of illness. Excellent for those with chronic conditions or healers.
 

Dharma Reading

Dragon's Play by Liu Ming (listed as Charles Belyea & Stephen Tainer) This elegant Orthodox Daoist teaching of the Twelve Stage View is beautifully rendered and easy to understand. The illustrations inspire the reader to take time reading it and duly contemplate each stage.

Women of Wisdom by Tsultrim Allione This untold stories of notable female Dzogchen practitioners through history. The autobiographical introduction explains the inspiration for the book and is a moving standalone read.

Training the Mind by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche This teaching on the precepts is one of my faves. The subtitle is, "Training Loving-Kindness."

Not For Happiness by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse An excellent refinement of our orientation to practice, geared toward the beginner but relevant to the experienced practitioner. This enjoyable read gets into many common pitfalls and offers advice and inspiration on engaging the practices.

Kashmir Shaivism by Kamalaka Mishra An easy but thorough intro to Kashmiri Shaivist Tantra. How does real tantric philosophy stand apart from what is sold as new age dogma? Start here.

Kids & Parenting

A Kid's Herb Book by Lesley Tierra, LAc, AHG Help your children learn about the wild and wonderful world of herbs by making yummy and effective teas, linaments, formentations and more. Learn to recognize herbs and make your own lozenges, herbal baths, mouthwashes, even medicinal cookies!

NurtureShock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman This is not a how-to parenting book, but an enjoyable, readable window into the fascinating world of childhood behavioral science. It pays off with applicable lessons to bring home.

 

Film

Ayurveda: Art of Being Curious about Ayurveda? This excellent film captures the beauty and power of Ayurveda in its traditional context and usage, demonstrating its relevance to the modern world. This film was instrumental in giving me respect for Ayurvedic medicine when I was first studying it. I've found it on Netflix and Youtube.

 

9000 Needles Curious about acupuncture? It is scientifically proven to be effective, but scientists still can't pin down the exact mechanism. This film shows the deep and lasting impact that acupuncture had on one American man and his community after a devastating stroke. I've found it on Amazon and Youtube.

 

 

 

Lifestyle

Weston A. Price Foundation - a nonprofit health and nutrition foundation
Cultures for Health -supplies for fermenting, cheese-making, etc. including pickle presses
National Center for Home Food Preserving -the timing/recipes to make home canning safe