I invite you to consider the books below for the value they provide regarding personal and planetary health, focusing on body, mind, spirit, and artful living of a loving life. As you’ll see, some of these books explore the ecological importance of conscious living and eating as key to saving our future aboard this magnificent planet.

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Yours in health,

Dr. Michael Klaper


Straight Up Food Cookbook by Cathy Fisher

Straight Up Food Cookbook by Cathy Fisher

Known for her delicious and healthy meals made from whole plant ingredients and natural spices, I am honored Cathy Fisher, one of my favorite chefs and authors, asked me to write the introduction for her colorful and valuable cookbook. This is one delicious book!

Nearly 100 recipes for 100% plant-based food: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds – gluten-free with no animal-derived ingredients and no added salt, oil and sugar.

250 pages with full-color photos, numbered instructions, nutrient and calorie breakdowns, amounts and times, shopping tips, and support information. Filled with easy and delicious recipes to make on a regular basis.

Available in hard copy form with spiral binding.



Comfortably Unaware

Comfortably Unaware – Global Depletion and Food Responsibility by Dr. Richard Oppenlander

If you or someone you know needs convincing about the unsustainable impact of meat-based diets on our planet and future – and WHY and HOW we must redress our food choices – please read and share this superb and powerful book!

Written by a wise and eloquent author, this is the most powerful case I’ve read for what I consider to be our best and only hope to save our children’s future: world-wide adoption of a plant-based diet.

Food Choice and Sustainability: Why Buying Local, Eating Less Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won't Work by Dr. Richard Oppenlander

Food Choice and Sustainability: Why Buying Local, Eating Less Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won’t Work by Dr. Richard Oppenlander

Food Choice and Sustainability is a groundbreaking book that anyone who cares about our future and that of other species should read – individuals, academic institutions, businesses, organizations, and policy makers. Categories of global depletion are detailed, widely held myths are debunked, critical disconnects are exposed, and profound solutions are offered.

Entering the Real World by David Kramer

Entering the Real World by David Kramer

If you are, or if you know, a teen or young adult who has recently left home, or who will soon do so to enter the “Real World,” David Kramer’s book, “Entering the Real World: Timeless Ideas Not Learned in School” is a valuable and timely gift.

This lean (188 pages), easy-to-read book is filled with practical, “get to the point” advice for communicating effectively with others, challenging people and life situations, time management, dealing with Corporate America, owning a small business, wealth, finance and investing, and many other practical topics every person venturing out into the “Real World” is bound to encounter.

Eat for Health by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

Eat for Health by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

Dr. Fuhrman’s scientifically proven system enables you to conquer your cravings and food addictions while steering your taste buds toward healthier food choices. Be aware of the side effects: you may experience reversal of heart disease, headaches, allergies, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

Eat for Health includes Dr. Fuhrman’s ANDI food scoring system with three phases of meal plans and 150 recipes. Start where you’re comfortable and progress at your own pace, or jump right into phase three to maximize weight loss and optimize the therapeutic effects for disease reversal.

The End of Diabetes: The Eat to Live Plan to Prevent and Reverse Diabetes

The End of Diabetes: The Eat to Live Plan to Prevent and Reverse Diabetes by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

A scientifically proven, practical program to prevent and reverse diabetes – without drugs! Dr. Fuhrman makes clear we don’t have to “control” diabetes. Patients can choose to follow better nutritional guidelines that will control it for them, even before they’ve lost excess weight. The end result is a medical breakthrough – a comprehensive reversal of the disease.

Joel Fuhrman, M.D., research director of the Nutritional Research Foundation, shows you how to live a long, healthy, and happy life – disease free. He offers a complete health transformation, starting with a diet with a high nutrient-per-calorie ratio that can be adapted for individual needs.

The End of Heart Disease: The Eat to Live Plan to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

The End of Heart Disease: The Eat to Live Plan to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

Joel Fuhrman, M.D. presents a scientifically proven, practical program to prevent and reverse heart disease – coinciding with the author’s medical study. Dr. Fuhrman speaks to readers who want to take control of their health and avoid taking medication or undergoing complicated, expensive, unnecessary, and often ineffective procedures or surgery.

Grounded in the latest scientific research and Dr. Fuhrman’s 25+ years of clinical experience treating heart disease, The End of Heart Disease shows us how we can significantly lower cholesterol and blood pressure, reduce weight, heal obstructive coronary artery disease, and even eradicate advanced heart disease —all without the need for dangerous procedures like angioplasty or bypass surgery.

The End of Dieting: How to Live for Life by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

The End of Dieting: How to Live for Life  by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

In The End of Dieting, Joel Fuhrman M.D., a board–certified family physician who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods, delivers a powerful paradigm-shifting book that shows us how and why we never need to diet again.

Fuhrman writes, “By reading this book, you will understand the key principles of the science of health, nutrition and weight loss. It will give you a simple and effective strategy to achieve—and maintain—an optimal weight without dieting for the rest of your life. This new approach will free you forever from a merry-go-round of diets and endless, tedious discussions about dieting strategies. This is the end of dieting.”

Disease-Proof Your Child: Feeding Kids Right by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

Disease-Proof Your Child: Feeding Kids Right by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

Dr. Fuhrman’s nutrient-rich eating plan can have a significant impact on your child’s resistance to dangerous infections and a dramatic effect on reducing the occurrence of illnesses – asthma, ear infections, and allergies. He also explains how eating certain foods and avoiding other foods can positively impact a child’s IQ and success in school.

Featuring easy-to-prepare, kid-friendly recipes to satisfy even the pickiest eaters, Disease-Proof Your Child can help your whole family learn to establish life-long healthful eating habits.

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure by Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D.

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure by Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D.

Based on the groundbreaking results of Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s 20-year nutritional study showing that artery-clogging atherosclerotic plaques can be melted away with a wholesome, plant-based diet. New York Times and Amazon national bestselling guide to the lifesaving diet that can prevent and help reverse the effects of heart disease.

Complete with more than 150 delicious, plant-based recipes, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease explains the science behind the simple plan that has drastically changed the lives of heart disease patients forever. It empowers readers by providing tools to take control of heart health.

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure by Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D.

Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes without Drugs by Neal Barnard, M.D.

In a series of studies, the most recent funded by the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Barnard has shown that it is possible to repair insulin function and reverse type 2 diabetes. By following his scientifically proven, life-changing program, diabetics can control blood sugar three times more effectively than with the standard diet; and cut back on and in some cases eliminate medications while reducing the risk of diabetes complications.

Neal Barnard, M.D., is a physician, clinical researcher, and adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine. He is also is the president and founder of the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Barnard Medical Center. He is the author of 17 books, including New York Times best-sellers.

Paperback 288 pages, published by Rodale Books.


Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure by Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D.

The Cheese Trap: How Breaking a Surprising Addiction Will Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Get Healthy by Neal Barnard, M.D.

New York Times bestselling author Dr. Neal Barnard reveals the shocking truth about cheese – a dangerous addiction that is harming your health – and presents a radical program to lose weight and feel great.

Although we’ve been told dairy does a body good, the truth is cheese can be dangerous. In this 320-page book, Dr. Barnard, president of the nonprofit Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine, presents a comprehensive program to break free of cheese addiction to lose weight, boost energy, and improve overall health. This easy-to-follow diet features healthy recipes that can tame even the toughest cravings – from pizza and lasagna, to ice cream and cheesecake.


Crazy Sexy Kitchen: 150 Plant-Empowered Recipes to Ignite a Mouthwatering Revolution by by Kris Carr with Chef Chad Sarno

Crazy Sexy Kitchen: 150 Plant-Empowered Recipes to Ignite a Mouthwatering Revolution by Kris Carr with Chef Chad Sarno

New York Times best-selling author Kris Carr offers a Veggie Manifesto for gourmands and novices alike. Filled with inspiration, education, and cooking tips, plus more than 150 nourishing, nosh-worthy recipes.

Infused with her signature humor, style, and wit, Crazy Sexy Kitchen redefines the kitchen as headquarters for a wellness revolution. You’ll see goodness born in your kitchen reaching deep into the rest of your life – enriching your health, home, heart, and the planet.

Crazy Sexy Kitchen provides tools and know-how to adopt a joyful and vibrant plant-powered lifestyle that harmonizes your beautiful body at the cellular level. It’s a celebratory way of living – deeply connected, healthy, awake, and engaged.

Finding Ultra by Rich Roll

Finding Ultra by Rich Roll

The inspiring story of Rich Roll’s dramatic transformation from out-of-shape mid-lifer to endurance machine – and a life filled with power, passion and health – in a matter of mere months.

An edge-of-the-seat look at a series of jaw-dropping athletic feats and a practical training manual for those seeking to attempt a similar transformation. 2013, first edition, 272 pages.

The Plantpower Way: Whole Food Plant-Based Recipes and Guidance for The Whole Family by Rich Roll and Julie Piatt

The Plantpower Way: Whole Food Plant-Based Recipes and Guidance for The Whole Family by Rich Roll and Julie Piatt

A practical, how-to guide on the power of plant-based eating to help you and your family transition to a truly healthy diet and lifestyle. Includes 120 recipes from world-renowned vegan ultra-distance athlete, Rich Roll, and his chef wife, Julie Piatt.

“A powerful guidebook to the best versions of ourselves.” – Howard Jacobson, PhD

“This is not your typical recipe book. It is a book about hope, and the universally shared belief that any one of us can be better… You will not find better guides in that quest.” – from the Foreword by Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Becoming Vegan

Becoming Vegan: The Complete Guide to Adopting a Healthy Plant-Based Diet by Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina

Plant-based registered dietitian and author, Brenda Davis, R.D., and Vesanto Melina, M.S., R.D., have done it again! They’ve produced the most scientifically authoritative – yet eminently readable – books on plant-based nutrition: Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition and its practical, easy-to-read companion volume, Becoming Vegan: Express Edition. These books are without peer for anyone seeking a sound, rational foundation for a plant-based dietary lifestyle.


Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance by Atul Gawande, M.D.

Dr. Atul Gawande is a surgeon at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, an assistant professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, a New York Times best selling author, and a MacArthur fellow with a gift for clear, compassionate writing who uses inspiring stories from medicine to show how striving to improve is part of the human spirit and how each of us can use what we have to overcome the apparent limits we face.

The China Study

The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-term Health by T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. and Thomas M. Campbell, II, M.D.

This book has become a classic in its presentation of a massive nutrition study examining the diet and disease patterns in every county in China. The results make clear that, when it comes to cancer, heart disease and so many of the degenerative diseases we face – diet makes a big difference.

When I ask my patients who have successfully changed to a healthier diet what inspired them to do so, many have said, “Oh, I read The China Study.”

Diet for a New America

Diet for a New America: How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness and the Future of Life on Earth, Second Edition by John Robbins

The personal and planetary effects of a meat-based diet are now glaringly apparent, despite denials by those who profit from meat and dairy production, the fossil-fuels burned to create them, and those who consume meat in large quantities.

This remarkable and newly revised book makes clear why the single most effective action you can take to improve your health, the health of our planet, and the lives of all who come after us is to reduce or eliminate the consumption of meat, dairy, and other animal products.


Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat by Philip Lymbery & Isabel Oakeshott

At a recent annual Earth Day celebration, my message was that our rapacious consumption of animal-based food products is a driving force behind most of the environmental destruction we face today, including deforestation, soil erosion, water depletion, desertification, water pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and more.

If you have any doubt about this, read this book. It’s an amazing and thorough piece of investigative reporting!

The Food Revolution

The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World by John Robbins

In a clear, powerful voice, John Robbins sounds the alarm about what our current food choices are doing to our bodies, our society and our planet – and offers practical solutions to lead us out of our now dire predicament. No one has made the plate-planet connection better than John Robbins.
By the time you read the final page, you will be educated and motivated to do what you can to create a healthier future for yourself and everyone with whom we share this precious Earth.

Green Scene Diet

The Green Scene Diet: A must have guide, the Why and How to of Plant Based Nutrition and Cuisine by Linda Berson

If you’re looking for an easy introduction into the world of healthy, plant-based eating, I recommend Green Scene Diet by Linda Berson. Written by a woman who made the journey from “meat-and-potatoes land” after her husband was diagnosed with serious clogged arteries and clinical heart disease, Green Scene Diet offers an eating plan to heal your body with practical tips on shopping and meal preparation, including dozens of delicious recipes – all presented in an upbeat, conversational style.

No Happy Cows

No Happy Cows: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the Food Revolution by John Robbins

No Happy Cows is a collection of observations by internationally known vegan and bestselling author, John Robbins, from the frontlines of the food revolution. Topics include grassfed beef, greed and salmonella, junk food marketing to kids, soy and Alzheimer’s, and hormones in our milk.

Robbins’ trenchant and provocative observations into relationships between animals and the humans who raise them remind us of the importance of working for a more compassionate and environmentally responsible world.

Rethink Food

Rethink Food: 100+ Doctors Can’t Be Wrong by Shushana Castle and Amy-Lee Goodman

An increasing number of physicians are awakening to the reality that the vast majority of serious diseases – clogged arteries, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, inflammatory bowel and joint diseases, etc. – are, in truth, wreckage caused by the overly-processed and “chemicalized,” animal-based, Standard American Diet.

This book presents a welcomed recognition by medical professionals that the most effective treatment for these largely diet-caused diseases is nutrition based on whole plant foods. If you’re looking for science-based medical validation of healthy nutrition, start with this remarkable book and enjoy its many inspiring accounts of the dawning of a new age of nutrition-based medicine.

Yoga for Osteoporosis: The Complete Guide” by Loren Fishman MD and Ellen Saltonstall MD

A comprehensive, user-friendly medical yoga program designed for the management and prevention of osteoporosis, with more than four hundred illustrations.

This book helps readers understand osteoporosis and provides a spectrum of exercises for beginners and experts. Classical yoga poses, as well as physiologically sound adapted poses, are presented with easy-to-follow instructions and 321 illustrations.



Great Work of Your Life by Stephen Cope

The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling by Stephen Cope

From the Senior Scholar-in-residence and Ambassador for the famed Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health comes an incisive and inspiring meditation on living the life you were born to live.

Stephen Cope uses illustrative stories and an ancient scripture to show how people throughout history have discovered their true calling and the passion and happiness that such a quest creates.

Ram Dass, Still Here

Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing, and Dying by Ram Dass

Ram Dass, one of the wisest (and funniest) of our sages, helps us use our aging process as a vehicle for spiritual growth.

This lovely and, yet, powerful book will plant seeds in your mind and heart that will nourish your spirit year after year.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values by Robert Pirsig

This book is a journey of discovery as a teacher-father and his troubled teenage son ride a motorcycle across country to explore exciting frontiers – of the heart, mind, and existence.

Realizing the “motorcycle” is your life, this book is a manual full of life-lessons that will change the way you look at most everything you encounter and help you to re-evaluate what is truly important in your life.

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