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Forks Over Knives

By Mary Simon

This whole-food diet is centered on whole, unrefined, or minimally refined plants. It embraces fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes; and it excludes or minimizes meat (including chicken and fish), dairy products, and eggs, as well as highly refined foods like bleached flour, refined sugar, and oil. The movement started with a documentary film which explored the possibility that people changing their diets from animal-based to plant-based can help eliminate or control diseases like cancer and diabetes. A proliferation of books on the subject ensued. Here's my personal best for you to peruse!

  • Forks Over Knives Family : every parent's guide to raising healthy, happy kids on a whole-food, plant-based diet

    2016 by Alona Pulde

    With more than 100 delicious kid-friendly recipes and tips for raising a whole-foods-loving child in a junk food laden world. Having raised a vegetarian child (who later became vegan), I wish that this book would have been available years ago. It offers a comprehensive look at every stage of a child’s development starting with pregnancy, through birth and childhood, and continuing into the teenage years. It addresses topics most parents have about the FOK lifestyle and diet, including allergies, options while traveling, to sleepovers and birthday parties.

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  • Forks Over Knives : the cookbook

    2012 by Del Sroufe

    I use this cookbook all the time. Often I take items prepared from The Cookbook to gatherings and folks don't know that the item doesn't contain dairy, minimal typical fats, and low sugar. They just know that it tastes fantastic! Everything from appetizers to desserts (yes, you can have desserts). Take a look and try a few. You'll be amazed at the many great tips--like using applesauce in place of eggs for pancakes and muffins.

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  • Forks Over Knives

    2011 by Lee Fulkerson

    The documentary film that trails patients diagnosed with degenerative diseases who followed the research and advice of two physician specialists. The award-winning research doctors teach these patients how to adopt a whole foods plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments, while the challenges and triumphs of their journeys are revealed. A companion book provides more details on the plan. (see below)

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  • Forks over knives : the plant-based way to health

    2011

    Simply put, this is the companion book to the DVD/documentary that kicked off the movement. It contains 125 recipes and goes into detail explaining the reasoning behind the concepts/ideas presented in the film.

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  • The Forks Over Knives Plan : how to transition to the life-saving, whole-food, plant-based diet

    2014 by Alona Pulde

    Outlines the 4-week transition plan for anyone considering migrating to the FOKs lifestyle. For most of us, it certainly is a transition to eliminate sugars, oils, fish and meat, as well as dairy but this plan provides steps to make it less burdensome. And of course, the payoff is better health and with greatly enhanced levels of energy and focus .

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  • 26 Days. A Whole Food Plant-based Diet and What You Need to Know

    2016 by Claudia Nicole

    This honest memoir (of sorts) of foodie, Nicole and her husband, chronicles their transition to a plant-based diet. The joys, pitfalls, and cravings are all documented here through her journal and contain insights into how it went for these two active, at-one-time omnivores. Funny, revealing, and essential reading if you are seriously considering adopting this lifestyle.

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  • Never Too Late to Go Vegan: the over-50 guide to adopting and thriving on a plant-based diet

    2014 by Carol J Adams

    My daughter is vegan and has been for almost ten years, so I asked her to take a look at this one and let me know what she thought. She enthusiastically gave it a thumbs up. It introduces the reader to the concepts of veganism with suggestions for how to incorporate it into your daily life. It also includes 75 recipes that meet the nutritional needs of the 50+ set.

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  • Plant-powered Families : over 100 kid-tested, whole-foods vegan recipes

    2015 by Dreena Burton

    What fun it must have been to assemble, taste test, and create this recipe book! The author, who is a remarkable cook, had her three daughters compile the recipes and of course make sure the end products would be endorsed by parents and embraced by kids. Another great recipe book for families struggling to transition to a vegetarian/ vegan lifestyle.

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