Books by Dr. P.K. Newby

How to Eat: Plant-Based Recipes to Save Your Life and Our Planet

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Food is far more than medicine and a means to sustainability; it’s a critical part of our traditions and culture and brings enjoyment and pleasure to our lives. Now, more than ever, is the time for “Healthy Hedonism,” my science-based, food-loving philosophy that grew from decades of studying why what we eat matters, from farm to fork. A little nutrition knowledge and wisdom are needed to balance moderation and indulgence, something I talk more about in my various books and (free) ebooks here on this page. Here, I’ve compiled about 30 recipes from my blog into this cookbook. My hope is to help people get health and sustaiable plant-based eating back on track during the coronavirus pandemic while raising money for hungry neighbors through Feeding America. Make a donation here. (P.K. Newby, 2020)

Food & Nutrition: What Everyone Needs to Know

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Keto to carnivore, GMOs to grass-fed beef, our newsfeeds abound with nutrition advice. Whether sensational headlines from the latest study or anecdotes from celebrities and food bloggers, we’re bombarded with “superfoods” and “best ever” diets promising to help us lose weight, fight disease, and live longer. Nutrition confusion abounds—and copious food choices challenge everyday eaters just trying to get a healthy meal on the table. But the exhilarating truth is that scientists know an astounding amount about the power of food. And we also know the secrets to eating sustainably to protect our planet. Dr. P.K. Newby examines 134 Q&A on “need to know” topics, including how what we eat affects our health and environment, from farm to fork, and why, when it comes to diet, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts—and one size doesn’t fit all. At the same time, Newby debunks popular myths and food folklore and exlains the fundamentals of nutrition at the heart of a health-giving diet. Her passion for all things food shines through it all, as does her love of the power of science, technology, and engineering to help create healthier diets for ourselves, and a more sustainable future for the planet we share. (Oxford University Press, 2018)

Supplemental Materials
Herbs and Spices (Table; 1 page) | Vitamins (Table; 2 pages) | Minerals (Table; 3 pages) | References (Complete List; 79 pages)

Creating a Healthy Diet: Change is Possible

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There’s so much we can’t control in our lives, including our family health history passed along to us through genetic factors and childhood experiences. But there is good news! A staggering 80% of chronic diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and stroke—and 40% of cancers—are preventable through modifiable lifestyle changes. And diet is the single largest contributing factor. Change is hard. But it is possible to change how you eat, and science shows how. And guess what? You’re the creator of the diet that works best for your life—and occasional indulgences are definitely encouraged in what I call “Healthy Hedonism” which keeps pleasure at the center of your life-affirming plate. This free e-book is just 11 pages and will provide valuable strategies to get you started on the road to health. (P.K. Newby, 2018)

Foods for Health | PK Newby

Foods for Health: For Your Family and Our Planet

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I envision this book sitting on a kitchen shelf or coffee table, providing you with at-a-glance information that will help guide your dinner choices in a way that optimizes health, reduces disease risk, increases longevity, and saves the planet to boot. Our goal is to provide you with a compendium that brings together key elements of what we grow and eat in an easy-to-use fashion, and you can leaf through each chapter, organized alphabetically by food across seven categories (vegetables, fruits, grains, fats, proteins, spices, and beverages). Each section includes historical and agricultural food facts as well as evidence-based information on nutrition, environmental science, and the benefits that healthy, sustainable eating bring. We’ve also included a few of our favorite cooking tips and techniques for selecting and preparing foods in ways you and your family will enjoy. The book also features a plant based, locally inspired menu for each season. (National Geographic, 2014).

Superfoods: Eat Your Way to Health and Longevity

I hate the term “superfoods.” That’s because, when it comes to diet, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts—and that includes any individual food or single nutrient. Yet it cannot be denied that some foods are just more nutritious than others: there are indeed superfoods among us. Nutrition scientists have dedicated their lives to studying how and why what we eat impacts our health. While the science is ever evolving, we know more about nutrition now than ever before. This knowledge, if harnessed in your everyday diet, has the power to change your life. This bookazine showcases some of the best foods the planet has to offer by highlighting nutritional details and fun facts you probably didn’t know about what’s on the shelves at your supermarket. It’s filled with up-to-date, evidence-based information on 91 foods—including vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, beans and legumes, and whole grains—to guide you toward better health. I help you bring these foods to your dinner table through prep tips, pairings, and a few of my favorite recipes to help you live your healthiest life, deliciously. This special edition bookazine is no longer be available; all of the information was originally published in the below book. (National Geographic Magazine, 2016)

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