Monday, April 17, 2017


Nutrition, diet and health seem to be on the minds of not just eaters, but also readers as books about food always seem to top bestseller lists. Here are some of the these latest works on the shelves at the Monrovia Public Library.

We grew up knowing sugar was not the most nutritional item we ingested, but author Gary Taubes uses investigative skills to make The Case Against Sugar. Relying on scientific, cultural and social research, including how corporations (Big Sugar) promote consumption, the author explores the history of sugar and its negative impact on American health. Thought-provoking.

Anyone who keeps up with popular culture knows that Oprah Winfrey has had a tempestuous relationship with food and is now a Weight Watcher. Her new book Food, Health and Happiness: 115 On Point Recipes includes her personal history and beautifully-photographed recipes that require lots of ingredients and prep time and include calorie and Weight Watcher point counts. 

Released under the banner of one of the nation’s most prestigious hospitals, The Mayo Clinic Diet is a straightforward book on weight loss. No mumbo jumbo here, but good health and nutrition are emphasized as are tasty eating, motivational tips and a program that works.

Who knew that Judy Collins had eating issues? In Cravings: How I Conquered Food the singer recounts her long battle with food addictions and disorders.  Ms. Collins tells how she has unsuccessfully tried just about every diet and eventually recovered and hopes to provide inspiration for others. 

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