If you need to boost your veggie intake -- and your overall health -- and need recipe inspiration, you're in luck. This year, many new healthy eating cookbooks have hit store shelves.
Hot topics include vegan and vegetarian cooking and juicing. Here are a few of the new books that go heavy on the veggies:
"VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health for Good" by Mark Bittman ($26). This book is for those who have thought about or are trying to eat vegan -- no animal products whatsoever.
In this book, Bittman, a best-selling author and New York Times columnist, says he believes he has the answer. His message is simple: "Eat exclusively vegan meals for breakfast, lunch and daytime snacks and enjoy the foods you crave, with no restrictions, for dinner."
The book has 60 recipes and plenty of tips and strategies, including what to have in your pantry. While Bittman's book isn't necessarily going to make you run out and buy tofu, it will, however, provide a path for you to adopt some vegan in your life.
"Living the Good Long Life: A Practical Guide to Caring for Yourself and Others" by Martha Stewart ($27.50). While this 335-page book covers topics beyond the kitchen, with chapters ranging from Healthy Fitness to Healthy Home, it also holds a good amount of recipes and ideas for eating and preparing foods.
For example, Stewart recommends starting out the day with a green juice.
She provides the usual info on eating more fruits and vegetables and includes a primer on why it's important to vary them color-wise because different hues provide different nutrients.
"The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation" by Mollie Katzen ($34.99). She is most noted for her "Moosewood" and "Enchanted Broccoli Forest" cookbooks. In this 464-page tome, Katzen delivers 250 new recipes focused on how she cooks today, in a lighter way.
Chapter topics include stews; rice and other grains; pasta and Asian noodles; and suppers from the oven. We also like that Katzen offers 35 menus, 15 of them vegan.
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