Good Nutrition Reading List 2006

The consumer market overflows with publications on nutrition, fitness, and health.  The publications listed here represent resources covering a broad range of nutrition and health topics and provide reliable, timely nutrition information for personal, school, library, or community use.  Most are available at local libraries and bookstores.   Items marked with an asterisk (*) are available directly from the American Dietetic Association.  This is not a comprehensive list and inclusion does not represent endorsement by the American Dietetic Association or its Foundation or by the University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service.

What is a Registered Dietitian?

A registered dietitian (RD) is a reliable, objective, professional source of food and nutrition advice who can separate facts from fads and translate the latest scientific findings into easy-to-understand nutrition information.  A registered dietitian can provide personal attention to create an eating pattern and nutrition program designed for you.

Food Facts

  • Beyond Food Labels
    by Roberta Schwartz Wennik.  Berkley Publishing Group, 1996
    ISBN: 0-399-52201-8
  • Bowes and Church's Food Values of Portions Commonly Used
    by Jean AT Pennington.  17th edition.  Lippincott, 1998
    ISBN: 0-397-55435-4
  • The Complete Book of Food Counts
    by Corrine T. Netzer.  4th edition.  MJF Books, 1997
    ISBN:  1-56731-213-6
  • Food Finder:  Food Sources of Vitamins and Minerals
    by Elizabeth Hands.  3rd edition.  ESHA Research, 1995
    ISBN:  0-940071-16-9
  • Herbs of Choice
    by Varro E. Tyler.  Pharmaceutical Products Press, 1994
    ISBN:  1-56024-894-7
  • The Nutrition Bible
    by Jean Anderson and Barbara Deskins.  Morrow, 1995
    ISBN:  0-688-11619-1
  • The Vitamin Pushers
    by Stephen Barrett and Victor Herbert.  Prometheus Books, 1994
    ISBN:  0-87975-909-7

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Food and Nutrition Information

  • The American Dietetic Association's Complete Food and Nutrition Guide
    by Roberta Larson Duyff.  Chronimed, 1996
    ISBN: 1-56561-098-9
  • The American Dietetic Association Guide to Women's Nutrition for Healthy Living
    by Susan Calvert Finn.  Perigee/Berkley, 1997
    ISBN:  0-399-52342-1
  • Calcium in Your Life
    by The American Dietetic Association.  Chronimed, 1997
    ISBN:  1-56561-117-9
  • Carbohydrates: What You Need to Know
    by The American Dietetic Association.  Chronimed, 1998
  • Monthly Nutrition Companion: 31 Days to a Healthier Lifestyle
    by The American Dietetic Association.  Chronimed, 1997
    ISBN: 1-56561-0099-7
  • Nutrition Concepts and Controversies
    by Frances Sizer and Eleanor Whitney.  7th Edition.  West/Wadsworth, 1997.  ISBN:  0-314-09635-3
  • Safe Food for You and Your Family
    by The American Dietetic Association.  Chronimed, 1996
    ISBN:  1-56561-094-6
  • Snacking Habits for Healthy Living
    by The American Dietetic Association.  Chronimed, 1997
    ISBN: 1-56561-122-5
  • The Supermarket Guide
    by The American Dietetic Association.  Chronimed, 1997
    ISBN: 1-56561-110-1
  • The Tufts University Guide to Total Nutrition
    by the Tufts University Diet & Nutrition Letter.  2nd edition.  HarperCollins, 1996.  ISBN: 0-06-015918-9
  • Vitamins, Minerals, and Food Supplements
    by The American Dietetic Association.  Chronimed, 1996
    ISBN: 1-56561-092-X

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Food Sensitivities

  • Food Allergies
    by The American Dietetic Association.  Chronimed, 1998
  • Gluten Intolerance
    by Merri Lou Dobler. The American Dietetic Association.  Chronimed, 1996.  Catalog no. 0880, $6.50.*
    ISBN: 0-88091-098-4
  • The Gluten-Free Gourmet Cooks Fast and Healthy
    by Bette Hagman.  Henry Holt, 1996.
    ISBN:  0-8050-3980-5
  • My Kid's Allergic to Everything Dessert Cookbook
    by Mary Harris and Wilma Nachsin.  Chicago Review Press, 1996
    ISBN:  1-55652-303-3
  • Raising Your Child Without Milk
    by Jane Zukin.  Prima Publishing, 1996
    ISBN:  0-7615-0131-2

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For Parents

  • Brown Bag Success: Making Healthy Lunches Your Kids Won't Trade
    by Sandra Nissenberg and Barbara Pearl.  Chronimed, 1997
    ISBN:  1-56561-123-3
  • Food Fight: A Guide to Eating Disorders for Preteens and Their Parents
    by Janet Bode.  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1997
    ISBN:  0-689-80272-2
  • Healthy Eating for Babies & Toddlers
    by Anne Sheasby, Jill Scott, and Kathleen M. Zelman, CLBI International, 1998.  
    ISBN:  1-85833-399-7
  • Helping Your Child Lose Weight the Healthy Way
    by Judith Levine and Linda Bine.  Birch Lane Press, 1996
    ISBN:  1-55972-345-9
  • If Your Child is Overweight: A Guide for Parents
    by Susan M. Kosharek.  The American Dietetic Association, 1993. Catalog no. 0895, $4.95.*
    ISBN: 0-88091-111-5
  • Play Hard, Eat Right:  A Parent's Guide to Sports Nutrition for Children
    by The American Dietetic Association.  Chronimed, 1995
    ISBN:  1-56561-063-6
  • Quick Meals for Healthy Kids and Busy Parents
    by Sandra Nissenberg, Margaret Bogle, et al.  Chronimed, 1995
    ISBN:  1-56561-064-4

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For Persons With Diabetes and Their Families

  • The Art of Cooking for the Diabetic
    by Mary Abbott Hess.  3rd edition.  Contemporary Books, 1996
    ISBN:  0-8092-3393-2
  • The Diabetes Carbohydrate and Fat Gram Guide
    by Lea Ann Holzmeister.  The American Diabetes Association, Inc. and The American Dietetic Association, 1997.                              
    ISBN:  0-945448-75-9
  • Diabetes Meal Planning Made Easy
    by Hope Warshaw.  The American Dietetic Association,1996.
    ISBN:  0-945448-61-9
  • Exchanges for All Occasions:  Your Guide to Choosing Healthy Foods Anytime Anywhere
    by Marion Franz.  4th edition.  Chronimed, 1997.                         
    ISBN:  1-885115-35-0
  • Month of Meals:  A Menu Planner
    by the American Diabetes Association.  Volumes 1-5, 1989-1994.  To order, call (800) 232-6733.
  • The New Diabetic Cookbook
    by Mabel Cavaiani.  4th edition.  Contemporary Books, 1996.
    ISBN:  0-8092-3164-6
  • The Official Pocket Guide to Diabetic Exchanges
    by The American Diabetes Association and The American Dietetic Association, 1998. ISBN:  1-58040-003-5

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From A Vegetarian Viewpoint

  • Becoming Vegetarian:  The Complete Guide to Adopting a Healthy Vegetarian Diet
    by Vesanto Melina, Brenda Davis, et al.  Book Publishing Co, 1995.
    ISBN:  1-57067-013-7
  • Being Vegetarian
    by The American Dietetic Association.  Chronimed, 1996
    ISBN:  1-56561-093-8
  • Conveniently Vegan
    by Debra Wasserman.  The Vegetarian Resource Group, 1997
    ISBN:  0-931411-18-1
  • The Occasional Vegetarian
    by Karen Lee and Diane Porter.  Warner Books, 1995
    ISBN:  0-446-51792-5
  • A Teen's Guide to Going Vegetarian
    by Judy Krizmanic.  Viking, 1994.
    ISBN:  0-670-85114-0
  • The Vegetarian Way
    by Virginia Messina and Mark Messina.  Crown Trade Paperbacks, 1996. 
    ISBN:  0-517-88275-2

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Heart-Healthy Lifestyles

  • Cut the Fat!
    by The American Dietetic Association.  HarperCollins, 1996.   
    ISBN:  0-06-273391-5
  • Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease
    by Dean Ornish.  Ballantine/Random House, 1996.
    ISBN:  0-345-37353-7
  • Eater's Choice:  A Food Lover's Guide to Lower Cholesterol
    by Ronald S. Goor and Nancy Goor.  4th edition.  Houghton Mifflin, 1995. 
    ISBN:  0-395-70813-3
  • Skim the Fat:  A Practical and Up-to-Date Food Guide
    by The American Dietetic Association.  Chronimed, 1995. 
    ISBN:  1-56561-062-8
  • The Stanford Life Plan for a Healthy Heart
    by Helen C. Page, John S. Schroeder, and Tara C. Dickson.  Chronicle Books, 1996. 
    ISBN:  0-8118-1045-3
  • Texas Heart Institute Heart Owners Handbook
    by Texas Heart Institute. John Wiley & Sons, 1996
    ISBN:  0-471-05982-X

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Pregnancy / Breast-Feeding

  • Eating Expectantly
    by Bridget Swinney.  2nd edition.  Meadowbrook Pres, 1996
    ISBN:  0-88166-257-7
  • No More Morning Sickness:  A Survival Guide for Pregnant Women
    by Miriam Erick.  Plume, 1993.
    ISBN:  0-452-26983-0
  • The Nursing Mother's Companion
    by Kathleen Huggins.  3rd edition.  Harvard Common Press, 1995
    ISBN:  1559321-48
  • Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy
    by The American Dietetic Association.  Chronimed, 1998
  • The Pregnancy Cookbook
    by Marsha Hudnall and Donna Shields.  Berkley Publishing, 1995
    ISBN:  0-425-14883-1

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For Visually Impaired/ Blind Individuals

The following organizations offer special-format nutrition materials, such as braille, large-print, and cassette tape books.

  • National Federation of the Blind
    1800 Johnson St., Baltimore, MD 21230,  (410) 659-9314.
  • National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
    1291 Taylor St., N.W., Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20542, (202) 707-5100 or (800) 424-8567.
  • Vision Foundation, Inc.
    818 Mt. Auburn St., Washington, MA 02172, (617) 926-4232.

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Special Needs

  • Be Good to Your Gut
    by Pat Baird.  Blackwell Healthcare, 1996
    ISBN:  0-8654-2472-1
  • The Cancer Recovery Eating Plan
    by Daniel W. Nixon and Alison Brown Cerier.  Times Books, 1994
    ISBN:  0-8129-1983-1
  • Cooking Well for the Unwell
    by Eileen Behan.  William Morrow and Company, 1996
    ISBN:  0-688-11372-9
  • Dietary Triggers for Migraine
    by Agnes Peg Hartnell and G. Scott Tyler.  Hancock Resources, 1996
    ISBN:  0-9649229-0-8
  • The Essential Arthritis Cookbook
    by the Arthritis Center and the Department of Nutrition Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Appletree Press, 1995.
    ISBN:  0-9620471-6-3
  • Living Well with HIV and AIDS:  A Guide to Healthy Eating
    by Margaret Davis, Cade Fields Newman, et al.  The American Dietetic Association, 1993.  Catalog no. 0899 (English version) or 0898 (Spanish version), $3.95.*
  • Pass the Calories, Please!  A Guide for People Who Need to Eat More
    by Gail Farmer.  The American Dietetic Association, 1993.  Catalog no. 0820, $12.95.*  ISBN:  0-88091-134-6
  • A Way of Life-Cystic Fibrosis Nutrition Handbook and Cookbook
    by Sherie Sondel, et al.  2nd edition.  University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, 1997.  (Call 608/263-8555 to order.)

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Sports Nutrition

  • Eating for Endurance
    by Ellen Coleman.  3rd edition.  Bull Publishing, 1997.
    ISBN:  0923521135
  • Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook
    by Nancy Clark.  2nd edition.  Human Kinetics, 1996.
    ISBN:  0-87322-730-1
  • Play Hard, Eat Right:  A Parents' Guide to Sports Nutrition for Children
    by The American Dietetic Association.  Chronimed, 1995
    ISBN:  1-56561-063-6
  • The Ultimate Sports Nutrition Handbook
    by Ellen Coleman and Suzanne Nelson Steen.  Bull Publishing, 1996.   ISBN:  0-923521-34-8

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