Essential reading

The following books are essential for understanding the fundamentals of WFPB nutrition and the evidence behind it:

The China Study
By T Colin Campbell & T. M. Campbell (2017 rev ed). This landmark book is essential reading for a comprehensive study of nutrition and health. For many people, reading this book was the turning point in them taking up a plant-based lifestyle.

Order from Book Depository
Order from Amazon

How Not to Die
By Michael Greger, MD (2015). An in-depth look at the evidence supporting a whole food plant-based diet. Dr Greger reviews the nutrition research and presents it for each chronic disease common to Western diets.

Order from Book Depository.
Order from Amazon.

Whole: Rethinking the science of nutrition
By T Colin Campbell & H. Jacobson (2013). This is a must read for anyone interested in scientific research, nutrition and health. It provides an excellent analysis of how reductionist science dominates nutrition research and how a focus on individual nutrients leads to flawed conclusions. If you are wondering why the WFPB nutrition message is not more widely known, read this book.
Order from BookDepository; Order from Amazon

The Healthiest Diet on the Planet
By Dr John McDougall (2016). Presents the evidence for the healthiest diet and exposes the flaws in low carb diets; includes the Color Picture Book and recipes by Mary McDougall.
Order from BookDepository; Order Kindle edition from Amazon

Introductory books

The following books are excellent for getting started with a whole food plant-based diet. They contain information about the health benefits of WFPB, details of what to eat, how to transition and recipes to get you started:

The China Study Solution
By Thomas Campbell, MD (2016). Originally published as The Campbell Plan (2015).  Dr Campbell, co-author of The China Study, provides a practical guide to transitioning to whole food plant-based living. He answers the common questions people ask when shifting to a plant-based diet. It is written in a delightful style, accessible, fun but methodically accurate.

Order from Book DepositoryOrder Kindle edition from Amazon


The Starch Solution
Dr John & Mary McDougall (2012). If you want to buy just one book to understand how a starch-based diet can prevent and reverse many common diseases as well as gain practical tips for how to go about it… this is the book for you.

Order from BookDepository; Order from Amazon;


Forks Over Knives Plan
By Alona Pulde & Matthew Lederman (2014). A great introductory book for whole food plant based eating.

Order from BookDepository
Order from Amazon

Forks Over Knives Family
By Alona Pulde & Matthew Lederman (2016). A guide to raising healthy, happy kids on a whole food plant-based diet. Includes recipes.

Order from BookDepository
Order Kindle edition from Amazon

Recommended reading

These books all advocate a whole foods plant-based diet to prevent, manage and reverse chronic diseases.

The Pleasure Trap
By Doug Lisle & Alan Goldhamer (2006). Explains the Motivational Triad: the pursuit of pleasure, the avoidance of pain, and the conservation of energy. We are designed to seek out the highest calorie foods (greatest pleasure for the least effort) and the food industry knows this!! This is a must read book if you are struggling with losing weight or making healthful dietary changes.

Order from Book Depository; Order from Amazon

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease
By Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., MD (2007). Essential reading for anyone with heart disease. Contains low-fat “plant-perfect” recipes at the back.

Order from BookDepository;
Order from Amazon;


Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes
By Neal Barnard, MD (revised edition 2018).

Order from Book Depository
Order Kindle edition from Amazon



Power Foods for the Brain
By Neal Barnard, MD (2013)

Order from Book Depository
Order from Amazon


Page last updated 2 August 2016