wellness books

A couple of years back, we filled The Shop with a good strong book list of 30 game-changing wellness books. Since then, we’ve added even more which you can check out in the book section of The Shop now.

We’re revisiting this classic list with a few highlights below. What’s on your essential wellness reading list these days?

In The Shop, you’ll find a list of wellness books that have deeply impacted the way we live. We’re calling it our TCM Library—27 essential books and authors who have shaped the way we look at everything from eating well, clean living, healing and the mind-body connection.

If you’re new to the wellness scene, the TCM Library is for you, Start by browsing our shelves and finding a few titles that resonate with you personally. The books we’ve selected run the gamut from fringe to front and center and there’s something here for everyone. If you’re truly just beginning, we recommend Eat To Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. (Click here for the full list.)

We’ve learned quite a bit from every one of these authors, but keep in mind: Not all the philosophies, diets and protocols mentioned in these pages are for everyone. Not everyone needs to go gluten-free or be 100% vegan or to drink raw milk, but some do. There are healthy lifestyles of many shapes and sizes—and many ways to do the thing right.

One thing all the books in our library have in common is that they’ll lead you toward more mindful life choices and more real, whole, time-tested foods. And for our readers with well-developed libraries of your own, we may have left out a few great titles. Tell us, what books would you add to our bookshelf of wellness essentials? See all 27 picks over in The Shop, and see a few of our favorites below…

From our friends


  1. 1) Alejandro Junger’s second book, Clean Gut, really changed the way I think about what I put in my body and gave me some great tools for staying (and getting back) on track. 2) Michael Pollan’s Food Rules is such a short, quick read and I flip through from time to time when I need reminding how simple eating can and should be. 3) Pollan’s book Ominvore’s Dilemma also opened my eyes to America’s food systems and really changed the way I look at the food on my plate.

    Megan Mulry | 09.01.2015 | Reply
  2. The Microbiome Diet

    Madeline Casteel | 09.03.2015 | Reply
  3. Please add me to your mailing list. By chance has this 2015 book list been updated or are these still the books to get about health and wellness?

    Bridget | 01.03.2017 | Reply
  4. What’s your criteria doe choosing these books and authors? And why isn’t it a more diverse selection?

    Sunny | 03.09.2020 | Reply

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