Reading List


  • The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen – A beautiful book about two men traveling to the remote mountains of Nepal in search of the Himalayan blue sheep and the elusive snow leopard.
  • Into the Wild by John Krakauer – The story of Christopher Johnson McCandless who left his privileged life in Virginia to set out into the Alaskan wilderness in search of adventure and solitude. Also made into a movie.
  • A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson – A humorous account of Bill Bryson’s attempt at the 2,100 mile Appalachian trail
  • Cruelest Journey: 600 miles to Timbuktu by Kira Salak – The story of a woman who paddles her kayak 600 miles on the Niger River from Mali all the way to Timbuktu.
  • Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman – The story of an ordinary woman who, at the age of 48 and on the edge of a divorce, leaves her home in LA and travels the world in search of a more meaningful existence
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – I’m sure you’ve all heard of this one! Writer Elizabeth Gilbert takes a year to travel to Italy, India, and Bali as a way to find peace with herself and her loved ones. The film is fantastic as well!


  • The Living Gita by Swami Satchidananda – A commentary on the ancient yogic text, the Baghavad Gita. I particularly like Swami Satchidananda’s interpretation because it reads more like a story than scripture. A must for my library!
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Swami Satchidanana – Another must-read if you’re interested in yogic philosophy. This book explains each sutra in detail and provides a great learning opportunity in regards to the practice of Raja yoga, or the path of concentration and meditation.
  • Awakening the Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das – A really good introduction to Buddhism and meditation.


  • Vegan Fusion World Cuisine by Mark Reinfeld and Bo Rinaldi –  If I could only have only cookbook (gasp!), this would be the one. Everything in it is delicious!
  • The Millennium Cookbook and The Artful Vegan by Eric Tucker – Two beautiful cookbooks with delicious recipes. The recipes are a little more involved and require quite a bit of preparation and cooking time, but the results are worth it!
  • The Candle Cafe Cookbook by Joy Pierson, Bart Potenza, and Barbara Scott-Goodman – I’ve never been to the restaurant in New York, but I’ve enjoyed everything that I’ve made out of this cookbook!
  • The Zen of Eating by Ronna Kabatznick – This book applies the principals of Zen Buddhism to the way we eat by helping the reader to bring mindfulness to their daily food habits and choices.
  • Crazy, Sexy, Diet by Kris Carr – A great resource for those wanting to clean up their diet and lifestyle by eating a more plant based diet. Kris advocates for mostly raw, vegan, and low pH foods!



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