Aside from the people I love, there is little I enjoy more in life than good books...well, good food might be a tie! Libraries and used book stores are my favorite places to whittle away hours. As a bibliophile, I believe that no matter how advanced we become in this technological age, there is no replacement for real books. A complete education requires the reading of books. Read, read, read, study, study, think, learn...the key to autodidactic success.

This is a list of recommended reading from my personal library. Each of these books is certainly not my favorite, nor do I agree with every word printed...but my library is indispensable to my life and skills inventory.

This list is a constant work-in-progress; please continue to check back for additions. I have decided to be an Amazon affiliate, so if you buy from links on my site, I will receive a small commission. I thank you for supporting my site in this way. I was trying to convert each entry here into an individual Amazon link, but it is onerously time consuming to do so (html code and all that, LOL).  If you see a book here that you think you would like to purchase, please use the Amazon site link below and I will get credit for the purchase.  Thanks again!

From Earth to Herbalist by Gregory Tilford
Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification by Thomas Elpel
Practical Herbalism by Philip Fritchey
Herbal Home Health Care by John R. Christopher
School of Natural Healing (Herbal Reference Guide) by Christopher
Every Woman's Herbal by John R. Christopher
The Herb Book by John Lust
Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health
Curing with Cayenne by Sam Biser
The Health Benefits of Cayenne by John Heinerman
The Healing Power of Cayenne Pepper by Patrick Quillin
Herbal Antibiotics by Stephen Buhner
Comfort for the Burned and Wounded by John Keim
The Green Pharmacy by James Duke
The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook by James Duke
A Modern Herbal by M. Grieve
Back To Eden by Jethro Kloss
Little Herb Encyclopedia by Jack Ritchason
Nutritional Herbology by Mark Pedersen
Pocket Guide to Herbal First Aid by Nancy Evelyn
Pocket Herbal Reference by Rita Elkins
Herbs for Health and Healing by Kathi Keville
Today's Herbal Health by Louise Tenney
Making Plant Medicine by Richo Cech
The ABC Herbal by Stephen Horne
Herbs to the Rescue by Kurt King
Naturopathic Handbook of Herbal Formulas
The Herbal Drugstore by White and Foster
The How To Herb Book by Keith and Gordon
Culpeper's Herbal Remedies
Culpeper's Herbal
The Nature Doctor by Vogel
Traditional Home and Herbal Remedies by De Vries
Home Herbal
by Penelope Ody
Complete Medicinal Herbal by Ody

Chinese Medicinal Herbs by Li Shih-Chen
The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine by Brigitte Mars
Medical Herbalism by David Hoffman (textbook)
The Complete Illustrated Guide to Holistic Herbal by Hoffman
Botanical Influences on Illness by Werbach and Murray
The Herbalist's Way by Nancy and Michael Phillips
The Book of Herbal Wisdom by Matthew Wood
The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to New World Medicinal Plants by Wood
The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants by Wood
A Handbook of Native American Herbs by Alma Hutchens
The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook by James Green
Smithsonian Handbooks: Herbs by Leslie Bremness
Healing Power of Echinacea and Goldenseal and Other Immune System Herbs by Paul Bergner
The Healing Power of Ginseng & the Tonic Herbs by Bergner

The Green Pharmacy by Barbara Griggs
Medical Botany by Walter Lewis
Be Your Own "Doctor" by Rachel Weaver

Medicinal Plants of the Pacific Northwest by Michael Moore

Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West by Moore
Medicinal Plants of the World by Ben-Erik van Wyk

Medicinal Mushrooms by Christopher Hobbs
Women's Herbs Women's Health by Hobbs and Kathi Keville
Beauty by Nature by Bruno Mars

Real Food/Food Politics
The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
Holy Cows and Hog Heaven by Joel Salatin
Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal by Joel Salatin
The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer by Salatin

Folks, This Ain't Normal by Salatin
Food Politics by Marion Nestle
Real Food by Nina Planck

The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved by Sandor Katz
The Crazy Makers by Carol Simontacchi
Appetite for Profit by Michelle Simon
The Untold Story of Milk by Ron Schmid
Seeds of Deception by Jeffrey Smith
The Hundred-Year Lie by Randall Fitzgerald
The Whole Soy Story by Kaayla Daniel
Unforgiven by Charles Walters
An Agricultural Testament by Sir Albert Howard
The Way of Ignorance by Wendell Berry
Our sustainable Table ed. by Robert Clark
The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
A Few Brass Tacks by Louis Bromfield
Plowman's Folly by Edward Faulkner
Small Is Possible by Lyle Estill
The One Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka
Real Food by Nina Planck

Death by Food Pyramid by Denise Minger
Wheat Belly by William Davis
Fresh The Movie DVD
Food, Inc. DVD
Farmageddon DVD
Dirt The Movie DVD

Growing/Finding Real Food 

The Biological Farmer by Gary Zimmer
Bread from Stones by Julius Hensel
Weedless Gardening by Lee Reich
Food Power from The Sea by Fryer and Simmons
Five Acres and Independence by MG Kains
Four Season Harvest by Eliot Coleman
How to Grow More Vegetables and Fruits ... by John Jeavons
The Forager's Harvest: Edible Wild Plants by Samuel Thayer
Stalking The Healthful Herbs by Euell Gibbons
Mushrooms Demystified
by David AroraThe Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball

Preparing Real Food/Cookbooks 
Wild Fermentation by Sandor Katz
Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
Making Sauerkraut and Pickled Vegetables at Home by Kaufmann
How To Cook Everything by Mark Bittman
Hot Sour Salty Sweet by Alford and Duguid
The Sprouting Book by Ann Wigmore
Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Child, Berthold, Beck
Larousse Gastronomique
On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen by Harold McGee
The Penguin Companion to Food
The Foods of the Greek Islands by Aglaia Kremizi
The Olive and the Caper: Adventures in Greek Cooking by Susanna Hoffman
The New Book of Middle Eastern Food by Claudia Roden
The Essential Mediterranean by Nancy Jenkins
Mediterranean Grains and Greens by Paula Wolfert
The Anatomy of a Dish by Forley and Young
Alfred Portale's Twelve Seasons Cookbook
Harvest to Heat by Estrine and Kochendorfer
The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia by Rebecca Wood
The 1997 Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer
The Foods and Wines of Spain by Penelope Casas
The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking by Yamuna Devi
Moosewood Restaurant New Classics
Wild about Game by Janie Hibler
Charlie Trotter's Meat and Game
Sushi: Taste and Techniques by Kimiko Barber
Goat Cheese by Maggie Foard
La Bella Cucina: How to Cook, Eat, and Live Like an Italian by Viana La Place
The Provence Cookbook by Patricia Wells
Essential Thai Cookbook by Heather Thomas
The Bread Builders: Hearth Loaves and Masonry Ovens by Wing and Scott
No Need to Knead : Handmade Italian Breads by Suzanne Dunaway
My Bread: The Revolutionary No-Work, No-Knead Method by Jim Lahey
Flatbreads & Flavors by Alford and Duguid
The Bread Baker's Apprentice by Peter Reinhart
Crust & Crumb by Reinhart
Passionate Vegetarian by Crescent Dragonwagon
Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison
The New York Times International Cookbook by Craig Claiborne
The Whole Beast: Nose to Tail Eating
Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient by Jennifer McLagen
Odd Bits by McLagen

A Girl and Her Pig by April Bloomfield
The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters
La Varenne Pratique by Anne Willan
Cooking with Lydie Marshall

Real Birth/Women's Health 

The Garden of Fertility by Katie Singer
Natural Healing in Gynecology by Rina Nissim
The Farmer and The Obstetrician by Michel Odent
Witches, Midwives and Nurses by Ehrenreich and English
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
Spiritual Midwifery by Gaskin
Birth Matters by Gaskin

The Essential Homebirth Guide by Drichta and Owen
Birth as an American Rite of Passage by Robbie Davis-Floyd
Birth Models That Work by David-Floyd
Pushed by Jennifer Block
Born in the USA by Marsden Wagner
Expecting Trouble by Thomas Strong
Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities by Henci Goer
The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth by Goer
Gentle Birth Choices by Barbara Harper
The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger
Rediscovering Birth by Kitzinger

Into These Hands: Wisdom from Midwives ed. by Geradine Simkins
The New Well Pregnancy Book by Samuels and Samuels
Herbal for the Childbearing Year by Susun Weed
Down There by Weed
Menopausal Years by Weed
Breast Cancer? Breast Health! by Weed

Ageless by Suzanne Somers
I'm Too Young For This by Somers
Homeopathic Medicines for Pregnancy and Childbirth by Richard Moskowitz
Homeopathy for Pregnancy, Birth and Your Baby's First Year by Miranda Castro
The Naturally Healthy Pregnancy by Shonda Parker
Essential Exercises for the Childbearing Year by Elizabeth Noble
Childbirth Without Fear by Grantly Dick-Read
Birthing Normally by Gayle Peterson
Baby Catcher by Peggy Vincent

A Midwife's Story by Penny Armstrong
Heart and Hands (5th edition) by Elizabeth Davis (text)

Women's Sexual Passages by Davis
Orgasmic Birth by Davis
Holistic Midwifery (2 volumes) by Anne Frye (text)

Myles Textbook for Midwives (15th edition text)
Varney's Midwifery (5th edition)
Birth Emergency Skills Training by Bonnie Gruenberg (text)
Varney's Pocket Midwife (text)
Bailliere's Midwives' Dictionary
The Labor Progress Handbook by Peggy Simkin
The Nursing Mother's Companion by Kathleen Huggins
Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing by Sheila Kippley
The Biology of Prenatal Development DVD
The Business of Being Born DVD
Midwifery Today Magazine
Mothering Magazine
Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom by Christiane Northrup
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Pre-Menopause by John Lee
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause by Lee

Natural Healing in Gynecology by Rina Nissim

Children's Health 
Crying Baby, Sleepless Nights by Sandy Jones
Is This Your Child by Doris Rapp (exhaustive allergy reference)
Staying Well In A Toxic World by Rapp
Take Charge of Your Child's Health by George Wootan
Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child by Zand, Roundtree and Walton
Gentle Healing for Baby and Child by Andrea Candee
Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants by Mary Bove
Naturally Healthy Babies and Children by Aviva Romm

Herbal Healing for Children by Demetria Clark
Mommy Diagnostics by Shonda Parker
Childhood Diseases by John R. Christopher
Aromatherapy for Babies and Children by Price and Price
Homeopathic Medicine for Children and Infants by Dana Ullman
The Homeopathic Treatment of Children by Paul Herscu
How to Raise a Healthy Child In Spite of Your Doctor by Robert Mendelsohn
Unraveling the Mystery of Autism by Karyn Seroussi

The Poisoned Needle by Eleanor McBean
A Shot in the Dark by Coulter and Fisher
Vaccine A by Gary Matsumoto
The Virus and The Vaccine by Bookchin and Schumacher
The Sanctity of Human Blood by Tim O'Shea
Vaccination? Review of Risks and Alternatives by Isaac Golden
Natural Alternatives to Vaccination by Zoltan Rona
The Vaccine Guide by Randall Neustaedter
Vaccinations: Deception and Tragedy by Michael Dye
Vaccination: The Issue of Our Times ed. by O'Mara
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children's Vaccinations by Stephanie Cave
Vaccines: Safe and Effective? by Neil Miller
Immunization Theory vs. Reality by Miller
What Every Parent Should Know About Childhood Immunization by Jamie Murphy
Immunizations: Terrible Risk ... Your Doctor Won't Reveal by Robert Mendelsohn

Health Reference
Netter's Atlas of Human Anatomy - 4th edition
Netter's Anatomy Flashcards
Grant's Atlas of Anatomy
Anatomy Flashcards by Stephanie McCann
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary (Thumb Index)
Holistic Anatomy: An Integrative Guide to the Human Body
Prescription for Nutritional Healing
Human Anatomy Coloring Book
Craniosacral Therapy by John Upledger
Essentials of Pathophysiology by Carol Porth
Concise System of Orthopaedics and Fractures by Apley and Solomon
Where There Is No Doctor by David Werner
Where There Is No Dentist by Murray Dickson
Wilderness Medicine: Beyond First Aid by William Forgey

The Fourfold Path to Healing by Thomas Cowan

Health Issues/Remedies
Your Body's Many Cries for Water by F. Batmanghelidj
You're Not Sick, You're Thirsty by Batmanghelidj
Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston Price
Left for Dead by Dick Quinn
The Cholesterol Myths by Uffe Ravnskov
Diet and Heart Disease by Stephen Byrnes
Put Your Heart in Your Mouth by Natasha Campbell McBride

The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife
Food: Your Miracle Medicine by Jean Carper
The Art of Reflexology by Dougans and Ellis
Iodine by David Brownstein
Folk Medicine by DC Jarvis
Amazing Apple Cider Vinegar by Earl Mindell
Apple Cider Vinegar by Patricia Bragg
Get Healthy Now by Gary Null
Grapefruit Seed Extract by Alan Sachs
Charcoal Remedies by John Dinsley
Pain Free by Pete Egoscue
Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Natasha Campbell-McBride
GAPS Guide
Pottenger's Cats: A Study in Nutrition by Francis Pottenger

Pottenger's Prophecy by Graham and Keston
Traditional Foods Are Your Best Medicine by Ron Schmid
Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes
The Liver and Gallbladder Miracle Cleanse by Andreas Moritz
Earthing by Ober, Sinatra, Zucker
Zapped by Ann Louise Gittleman
Human Tuning by John Beaulieu
The Adrenal Reset Diet by Alan Christianson
Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? by Datis Kharrazian
Overcoming Thyroid Disorders by David Brownstein
Adrenal Fatigue by James Wilson

Medical Politics 

Politics in Healing by Daniel Haley
The Truth About the Drug Companies by Marcia Angell
The Whistleblower by Peter Rost
Selling Sickness by Moynihan and Cassels
Stop the FDA edited by Morgenthaler and Fowkes
Fight for Your Health by Byron Richards
Naked Empress by Hans Reusch
The Medical Mafia by Ghislaine Lanctot
The Fluoride Deception by Christopher Bryson
Confessions of a Medical Heretic by Robert Mendelsohn
FoodMatters DVD

Cancer Issues
Cancer: Step Outside the Box by Ty Bollinger
A Cancer Therapy by Max Gerson
The Politics of Cancer Revisited by Samuel Epstein
The Cancer Industry by Ralph Moss
Cancer Therapy by Moss
The Doctor Who Cures Cancer by William Eidem
The Beautiful Truth DVD
The Burzynski Documentary DVD

Healthy Home
Better Basics for the Home by Annie Berthold-Bond
The Naturally Clean Home by Karyn Siegel-Maier

Home Safe Home by William Kelly
The Healthy House by John Bower
Your Naturally Healthy Home by Alan Berman
The Healthy House Book by Gina Lazenby
Your Home, Your Health, and Well-Being by David Rousseau