Great Summer Food & Nutrition Books

by Sandy Todd Webster on May 07, 2012

Reading List

Do you consider yourself a nutrition nerd? If so, you might want to add a few informative books about food, nutrition, food politics and an interesting diet to your summer reading list.

  • Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics (University of California Press 2012) by Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim is a practical read that can help you and your clients navigate through the minefield of food misinformation that blankets today’s landscape. Energy and food issues can be hard to explain to clients, which is why it’s a good idea to arm yourself with facts. The authors sort out the calorie question and many other topics with plain, science-based discussion of issues ranging from diet and food to weight gain/loss and obesity. They also pick apart much of the doublespeak with which clever diet and food industry marketers like to confound us.
  • The American Way of Eating (Scribner 2012) by journalist Tracie McMillan chronicles her 2-year investigative journey to find out what it takes to eat well in the U.S. McMillan takes readers on undercover stints as a field hand in California’s Central Valley; as a kitchen expediter at a bustling New York City Applebee’s restaurant; and as a produce stocker at a metro Detroit WalMart to get to the heart of why we eat the way we do and what, if anything, can be done to change it.
  • The Engine 2 Diet (Wellness Central 2009) by firefighter and former pro triathlete Rip Essylstyn, isn’t a new book, but it introduces compelling reasons why a plant-strong diet can be the solution to much of the obesity-related chronic illness plaguing so many today. A simple 28-day vegan-style eating program is meant to kick-start the system and help users establish healthy eating habits. Even those with well-formed nutrition knowledge will learn about new food ingredients, balanced combinations and healthy, oil-free cooking techniques.

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Sandy Todd Webster

Sandy Todd Webster IDEA Author/Presenter

Sandy Todd Webster is Editor in Chief of IDEA's publications, including the award-winning IDEA FITNESS JOURNAL and IDEA FOOD & NUTRITION TIPS, the industry's leading resources for fitness, wellness and nutrition professionals worldwide. Sandy joined IDEA in 2001 as executive editor of IDEA PERSONAL TRAINER and IDEA FITNESS MANAGER magazines and was promoted to lead the editorial team in 2003. More than 20 years in magazine publishing, marketing communications and creative services have shaped her straightforward approach to multi-channel communication. Early experience in Los Angeles as a sports writer/reporter, and then enriching years as a managing editor in allied health care publishing have pulled her across a spectrum of stimulating subject matter. Fitness, health and nutrition reside at the perfect center of this content continuum, she feels. A Chicago native, Sandy grew up fully engaged in various competitive sports. Her drive and dedication as an athlete translate to a disciplined work ethic and unwavering approach to challenge in her career. Shortly after graduating journalism school from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, she was recruited to L.A. for her first post in magazine publishing. After two decades of working on magazines--and now in the throes of applying the unbelieveable multi-media content delivery options available in the magazine 2.0 world--she is still "completely in love" with the creative process it takes to deliver meaningful, inspirational content to end users. She is an accomplished home cook and gardner who would love to combine those skills and passions with her health and fitness background to continue educating readers about a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle.