'Approaching the Natural : A Health Manifesto' by Sid Garza-Hillman

Sid Garza-Hillman has a degree in Philosophy from UCLA and is now a certified Nutritionist and Health Coach – an interesting combination! He has used this background to create a way of living which he has called ‘Approaching the Natural’ – as explained in this book. Recently, I had the great pleasure to meet Sid, when he and I were speaking at the Vegan Festival in Edinburgh. During his excellent talk, he used the word ‘frickin’ – at which point I suddenly realised that this was the same guy I had previously come across on YouTube – in particular, when he is demonstrating how to make a real salad! His contention is that, generally, we humans do not live a particularly natural existence – all

'The Food Revolution' by John Robbins

In 1987, John Robbins published ‘Diet for a New America’ – followed in 2001 by ‘The Food Revolution’. In 2011, the Tenth Anniversary edition was published, with a forward by Dean Ornish, clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and famous for the renowned ‘Ornish Plan’ – the hugely successful approach to treating Coronary Heart Disease via diet and lifestyle – thereby avoiding any need for surgery. John Robbin’s father and uncle created the huge Baskin-Robbins ice cream empire – manufacturing and selling more ice cream than anyone else in history. However, John had come to the realisation that the consumption of meat and dairy products was (and still is)