VEGAN FOR EVERYBODY: Foolproof Plant-Based Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and In-Between from the Editors at America’s Test Kitchen covers the topic of vegan dining in depth whether you are vegan for political, ethical, or health reasons.  The book showcases vegetables at the center of the dinner plate with satisfying and delectable dishes including tofu frittata with mushrooms; spicy gazpacho with chipotle chile and lime; grilled portobello burgers; red rice and quinoa salad; spicy basil noodles with crispy tofu, bok choy, and bell peppers; and raspberry streusel bars.

WEEKNIGHT PALEO: 100 + Easy and Delicious Family-Friendly Meals by Julie and Charles Mayfield have written a cookbook that is observant of a paleo lifestyle focusing on meats, vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats, while omitting dairy, grains, legumes, and refined sugars.  The recipes are geared for busy people who want to commit to healthful eating but don’t have lots of time to cook.  There are “quickfire” meals prepared in under 30 minutes; there are one-dish dinners; there are family favorites including chicken nuggets “redux”; there are slow-cooker meals; there are great veggie dishes and salads; and there are even tempting desserts including apple crisps and flourless chocolate mini cakes.

OUR SWEET BASIL KITCHEN: Fresh Twists on Family Favorites with Recipe Mashups and Unique Flavor Combinations by husband and wife blog team Cade and Carrian Cheney, espouses garden-fresh produce, natural ingredients, and healthful eating.  This lovely volume of over 100 recipes combine the passion each possess for family tradition and freshness.  Standouts include: blackberry crisp baked oatmeal; sweet potato apple turkey chili; heirloom tomato tart; Carolina pulled pork with sauce; and lemon-strawberry shortcakes.

SIMPLE NATURE: 150 New Recipes for Fresh, Healthy Dishes from über-chef Alain Ducasse is a healthier, lighter approach to eating French cuisine which focuses on organic, local, and sustainable products.  Along with nutritionist Paule Neyrat and chef Christophe Saintagne, Ducasse demonstrates how you can dine on French food in a more healthful way.  Ducasse minimizes animal protein, salt and sugar in favor of more fresh vegetables and legumes.  This book is a treasure-trove of innovative dishes that concentrate on local and seasonal produce and are surprisingly easy to cook.

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