In the USA this past month, sales of vegan / plant-based diet books have surged, after Bill Clinton talked on CNN about becoming a vegan for his heart health. His dietary guides are Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. (author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, which jumped to the top of the charts after the interview) and Dean Ornish (who hasn’t written any recent books, but his book sales have also recently increased). Note that Eat to Live, Forks Over Knives, The China Study, and The Kind Diet also advocate plant-based diets.
No big changes in the UK: Dukan still reigns supreme. As the school year starts again, sales of student cookbooks (many of which are vegetarian) have spiked
The positions in the bestselling charts are according to a snapshot from Amazon. The number in brackets next to the top titles is the ranking in all books – i.e. Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease is the no. 6 top selling book in the USA and the Dukan Diet is the no. 2 top selling book in the UK on Amazon.
|USA||Diets and weight loss||Nutrition||Special diets||Disorders and diseases|
|1||Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease (6)||Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease (6)||Forks Over Knives (33)||Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease (6)|
|2||Eat to Live (25)||Food Inc.: A Participant Guide||Wheat Belly (74)||The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (10)|
|3||17 Day Diet (26)||Forks Over Knives (33)||Green for Life (Kindle)||The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Kindle)|
|4||Forks Over Knives (33)||The China Study (49)||The Kind Diet (Kindle)||Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease (Kindle)|
|5||4 Hour Body (67)||Wheat Belly (74)||Wheat Belly (Kindle)||The Emperor of All Maladies|
|UK||Diets & Healthy Eating||Diet & Nutrition||Special diets|
|1||Dukan Diet Recipe Book (9)||Dukan Diet (2)||Erica White’s Beat Candida Cookbook|
|2||Nosh for Students (17)||Dukan Diet Recipe Book (9)||Eating for IBS|
|3||Indian Superfood||Nosh for Students (17)||The Plant Programme: Recipes for Fighting Breast and Prostate Cancer|
|4||4 Hour Body||Dukan Diet (Kindle)||Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution|
|5||Baby-led weaning||Indian Superfood||PCOS Diet Book|