Here are some cookbooks and books about health topics that have crossed our desks recently.
"AMERICAN GROWN: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America," by Michelle Obama, Grown Publishers, $30, 271 pages
First Lady Michelle Obama hopes to promote a healthier nation by giving readers a look at the White House Kitchen Garden. The book provides a detailed look the garden — from planting and harvest — and then to the kitchen table by providing seasonal recipes and highlights. Obama also writes about community and school gardens she has visited throughout the country.
"EAT YOUR VEGETABLES," by Arthur Potts Dawson, Octopus Publishing, $29.99, 304 pages
Eating more vegetables shouldn't be difficult as Arthur Potts Dawson includes more than 250 recipes that incorporate vegetables — and he has about 50 of them that are in his cookbooks. It includes classics, basics, fast-food dishes and show-off dishes that simply show how to use vegetables more in daily eating.
More cookbooks recently released:
"THE FIRE ISLAND COOKBOOK," by Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen, Emily Bestler Books/Atria, $30, 170 pages
This summer cookbook features both elaborate and simple meal plans and recipes utilizing seasonal ingredients.
"THE FARM: Rustic Recipes for a Year of Incredible Food," by Ian Knauer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $30, 256 pages
This food writer uses his family, generations-old farm as the inspiration for these 150 recipes that are seasonal, inventive, thrifty and rustic. It also includes a chapter on canning and preserving.
"GOURMET WEEKDAY: All-Time Favorite Recipes," Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $20, 192 pages
"Gourmet Weekday" offers a compilation of more than 100 of Gourmet magazine's best weekday recipes, including simple dishes for family dinners and easy entertaining.
"GOURMET ITALIAN: All-Time Favorite Recipes," Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $20, 192 pages
"Gourmet Italian" features more than 100 of Gourmet magazine's best Italian recipes, including manicotti, pasta and other classic favorites.
"I LOVE CORN," by Lisa Skye, Andrews McMeel Publishing, $19.99, 160 pages
This one includes recipes for dishes that all include corn by a variety of chefs and for any time of the day, from breakfast to sweets.
"LEVI ROOTS: Food for Friends," by Levi Roots, Octopus Publishing, $19.99, 203 pages
More than 100 recipes from this chef with Caribbean roots includes instructions on how to spice up each main dish, picnic dish or family dinner.
"THE BACK IN THE SWING COOKBOOK: Recipes for Eating and Living Well Every Day After Breast Cancer," by Barbara C. Unell and Judith Fertig, Andrews McMeel Publishing, $29.99, 252 pages
Using ingredients specifically for breast cancer survivors, this cookbook includes 150 recipes.
"JAPANESE FARM FOOD," by Nancy Singleton Hachisu, Andrews McMeel Publishing, $35, 400 pages (available Sept. 4)
With 23 years of experience living, cooking and sometimes farming in Japan, Nancy Singleton Hachisu shares about the native foods and recipes that would be useful to those looking for accesible Japanese dishes.
"BEST OF THE BLACK POT: Must-Have Dutch Oven Favorites," by Mark Hansen, Hobble Creek Press, $16.99, 256 pages
Mark Hansen, Utah author and creator of the blog marksblackpot.com, provides a compilation of his favorite Dutch oven recipes. The book includes recipes for everything from beef and poultry to specialty dishes and desserts.
"THE INCREDIBLE EDIBLE LANDSCAPE," by Joy Bossi and Karen Bastow, Hobble Creek Press, $18.99, 132 pages
Utah natives and expert gardeners Joy Bossi and Karen Bastow write detailed instructions on creating a sustainable and edible landscape right in your backyard.
More cookbooks recently released:
"QUICK-FIX INDIAN: Easy, Exotic Dishes in 30 Minutes or Less," by Ruta Kahate, Andrews McMeel Universal, $16.99, 208 pages
Ruta Kahate includes more than 100 recipes for those of all skill levels and also includes instructions for preparing and storing essential basic foods.
"CHARRED & SCRUFFED: Bold New Techniques for Explosive Flavor On and Off the Grill," by Adam Perry Lang with Peter Kaminsky, Artisan, $24.95, 280 pages
Barbecue champion Adam Perry Lang includes grilling techniques along with ways to liven up the food of a backyard get-together and recipes for "co-stars" (not side dishes) in his third cookbook.
"GRILLING VEGAN STYLE: 125 Fired-up Recipes to Turn Every Bite into a Backyard BBQ," by John Schlimm, DaCapo Press, $20, 240 pages
This cookbooks looks a meat-free and vegan-friendly grilling recipes, and the author also includes chapters on grilling techniques and a list and descriptions of how to use vegan-friendly foods and grilling tools.
"THE NAKED FOODS COOKBOOK: The Whole-Foods, Healthy-Fats, Gluten-Free Guide to Losing Weight & Feeling Great," by Margaret Floyd and James Barry, New Harbinger Publications, $1995, 224 pages
The authors include recipes from condiments to cookies along with tools, preparation techniques and a guide to what "eating naked" means.
"THE PICKLED PANTRY: From Apples to Zucchini, 150 Recipes for Pickles Relishes, Chutneys & More," by Andrea Chesman, Storey Publishing, $19.95, 304 pages
Offers tips on preserving a backyard harvest with 150 recipes for fruits and vegetables, from apples to zucchini.
"THOROUGHLY MODERN MILKSHAKES," by Adam Ried, W.W. Norton & Company, $17.95, 208 pages
These recipes for more than 100 shakes use sorbet with spices and herbs, nuts, seeds, butters and oils, along with fruit (in a variety of ways ) and some ice cream for a new spin on old classics along with some unique regional and seasonal variations.
HEALTH & DIETING
"THE SCIENCE OF SKINNY: Start Understanding Your Body's Chemistry — and Stop Dieting Forever," by Dee McCaffrey, DaCapo Books, $16.99, 430 pages
As a chemist, Dee McCaffrey offers reasons why to avoid certain chemicals in this part memoir, part expose and part lifestyle guide.
"TAKE IT OFF, KEEP IT OFF: How I Went from Fat to Fit — and You Can, Too — Safely, Effectively and Permanently," by Paul "PJ" James, DaCapo Press, $18.99, 208 pages
Paul James, a chef and fitness trainer, gained 90 pounds to see what it was like and then he wanted to see if he could lose it. His book offers meal plans, recipes, workout plans, exercise myths and motivational stories.
"DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR DISORDER: Your Guide to Recovery," by William R. Marchand, M.D., Bull Publishing, $16.95, 360 pages
Using the latest findings in neurobiology related to mood disorders, the author looks at diagnosis, appropriate treatment, tips for collaborating with a medical team along with a variety of approaches (exercise, diet, spirituality) in looking at treatment and recovery.
"GREENHORNS: The Next Generation of American Farmers," edited by Zoe Ida Bradbury, Severine von Tscharner Fleming and Paul Manalo, Storey Publishing, $14.95, 256 pages
This collection of essays are from young farmers who want to revive and reform the agricultural industry.