The Naughty Diet
Melissa Milne, Da Capo, June
In a survey of 10,000 women conducted as research for the book,
over 80% said they feel guilty after a decadent meal. As an
antidote, former model Milne lays out a diet and lifestyle guide
that celebrates indulgence and rejects the kinds of self-criticism
that lead to low self-esteem. Or, as the jacket copy puts it,
“Screw guilt and pass the wine.”
Who’ll devour it: Readers who don’t want to choose between
dieting and living.
Amy Cramer and Lisa McComsey,
In 2013’s The Vegan Cheat Sheet, the authors
provided a road map for vegan living. Here,
acknowledging that “some will say we’re
sleeping with the enemy,” they add sustainable seafood to the otherwise vegetable-based
diet they promote.
Who’ll take the bait: People who are intrigued by veganism,
but not yet ready to commit all the way. Jeanette Shaw, an
editor at TarcherPerigee, calls this readership the “VB6 market,”
referring to Mark Bittman’s book about the benefits of eating
vegan before 6 p.m. (VB6 has sold 57,000 print copies, per
BookScan, since Clarkson Potter released it in 2013.)
Let Them Eat Dirt
B. Brett Finlay and Marie-Claire Arrieta, Algonquin, Sept.
Finlay, a professor of microbiology at the University of British
When it comes to health trends, predicting the next big thing can be as difficult as losing those last five stubborn pounds. But that won’t stop anyone from trying. So far in 2016, for example, the two top-selling new health books, per Nielsen BookScan, each encourage
a fat-rich diet. Eat Fat, Get Thin by Mark Hyman (Little, Brown)
has sold 76,000 print copies since its February release, and Always
Hungry? by David Ludwig has sold 58,000 print copies since
Grand Central Life & Style published it in January.
Several forthcoming books embrace diet models that, similarly, can be seen as a rejection of the austerity of seasons past.
But they aren’t the whole story. Here’s a look at some of the
health books vying for readers’ attention in the coming months.
Natalie Jill’s 7-Day Jump Start
Natalie Jill, Da Capo, May
A fitness expert and nutritionist—and,
with almost half a million Instagram followers, a social media star—Natalie Jill
draws on her experience with celiac disease in this guide to living without gluten
and processed foods.
Who’ll bite: The clean-eating, wheat-eschewing crowd, and those enticed by the cover line “lose up
to 5–7 pounds in the first week.”
The New Milks
Dina Cheney, Atria, May
Aimed at vegan, lactose-intolerant,
and kosher readers, among others, this
compendium includes information on
preparing nondairy milks at home—
including those derived from soy, nuts,
seeds, grains, and coconut—what nutritional benefits they
offer, and how to incorporate them into a range of dishes.
Who’ll drink it down: Anyone seeking a dairy alternative,
whether for health reasons, ethical considerations, religious
beliefs—or because they are curious about what macadamia-nut
or black-bean milk tastes like.