3 healthy must-read books for 2014

From nutritious recipes to family medical advice, these books will help you get your year off to a healthy start

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Joyous Health

Joyous Health

As a holistic nutritionist, and health and nutrition coach, Best Health columnist Joy McCarthy knows a thing or two about eating well. Her book details good food habits and the benefits of detoxification. It includes 80 recipes (and gorgeous photos), plus a 10-day meal plan. ($29, Penguin)

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The A to Z of Children’s Health: A Parent’s Guide from Birth to 10 Years

This comprehensive guide by experts at the Toronto-based, world-renowned Hospital for Sick Children (Dr. Jeremy Friedman and Dr. Natasha Saunders, with Dr. Norman Saunders) covers more than 235 childhood conditions and illnesses, arranged alphabetically. With the Internet full of varied, sometimes confusing (and sometimes wrong) advice, this is a reliable go-to. ($28, Robert Rose)

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Weight Watchers 50th Anniversary Cookbook

Weight Watchers 50th Anniversary Cookbook

As one of North America’s leading weight-loss programs, Weight Watchers has attracted a huge following. Now, in celebration of its 50th anniversary, comes this cookbook featuring more than 280 recipes complete with the point values for which Weight Watchers is known. ($33, St. Martin’s Griffin)

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