Diet, Nutrition And Culinary Art

Welcome to QNL’s Diet, Nutrition and Culinary Art Subject Guide!

Food is a celebration of life and a good diet is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.

This guide provides an overview of recommended QNL collections on diet, nutrition, and culinary art such as databases, books, journals, reference and other resources, printed or digital, that are accessible through different websites and platforms.

Please search the QNL Catalog to find out which of the recommended resources can be accessed in digital format on the QNL website. The catalog also indicates where these resources can be obtained if available only in a printed format.

For study or general reference questions and further assistance on how to find relevant materials for your information needs, please feel free to contact us through the Ask QNL Librarians service.


The following databases include articles, books, ebooks and more related to diet, nutrition and culinary art. For a comprehensive list of QNL databases, please visit QNL Online Resources.

Science Direct is a full-text database of scientific ebooks covering physical sciences, engineering, life sciences, health, social sciences and humanities. The Library’s current subscription provides full-text access to about 20,000 book chapters and more than 2,500 journals.

Health and Wellness Resource Center
The center provides access to up-to-date reference materials as well as full-text magazines, journals and pamphlets from a wide variety of authoritative medical sources.

MEDLINE (ProQuest)
MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care system, pre-clinical sciences and more. It is a comprehensive source of full-text articles collected from 1,470 journal titles.

This large collection includes scientific, technical and medical ebooks and journals; ebooks that do not show a summary are available in full text.

Print Books

Below is a list of recommended books related to diet, nutrition and culinary art. For more books, search the QNL Catalog.

Jana, L., & Shu, A. (2012). Food Fights: Winning the Nutritional Challenges of Parenthood Armed with Insight, Humor, and a Bottle of Ketchup. Elk Grove Village: American Academy of Pediatrics.
Call Number: RJ206 .J36 2012
If you are worried about your baby’s diet and you don’t know how to deal with difficult food behaviors, this book can help. It offers you simple solutions to manage different nutrition situations, such as eating out, grocery shopping and sick days.

Shield, J., & Mullen, M. (2012). Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight for Kids and Teens. Chicago: Eat Right Press.
Call Number: RJ235 .S53 2012
This book offers eight strategies to guide and support families to overcome diets with high fat, high sodium, high sugar and large portion sizes. The book includes 44 fun and simple recipes to encourage new, healthier diet choices.​​​​​​​

Stork, T. (2014). The Doctor’s Diet Cookbook: Tasty Meals for a Lifetime of Vibrant Health and Weight Loss Maintenance. Los Angeles: Bird Street Books.
Call Number: RM222.2 .S8494 2014
Stork provides easy, delicious and interesting recipes that will help you live a healthier lifestyle. The recipes suit all types of diets, so if you are a vegetarian, on a low-sodium diet, or counting carbs, this is a good source for you to plan and maintain your diet.

​​​​​​​Villacorta, M. (2012). Eating Free: The Carb-Friendly Way to Lose Inches, Embrace Your Hunger, and Keep the Weight Off for Good. Deerfield Beach, Fla: Health Communications.
Call Number: RM222.2 .V497 2012
Eating fewer carbs and working out harder may not be the only solution to achieve good results. This book discusses other factors and facts about the human body and how they may contribute to overall good health.


Below is a list of recommended ebooks related to diet, nutrition and culinary art. For more ebooks, search the QNL Catalog.

Brady, B. (2013). More Digital Food Photography. Cengage Learning.
For photographers hoping to take the perfect food picture, this book offers tips for lighting and camera angle, which depends on the type, color and size of food. It features sample pictures showing the best camera positioning.

Potter, J. (2010). Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food.
This is not a typical cookbook, as it will enhance your knowledge of different food reactions, and explains how you can apply this to improve your cooking skills.

Scobie, I. N. & Samaras, K. (2012). Fast Facts: Diabetes Mellitus. Health Press.
Do you have diabetes or know someone who does? Do you have questions about diabetes? This book can help answer them by explaining the diagnosis, types of diabetes, treatment and diet management.

Watson, R., Zibadi, S. & Preed, V. (Eds.). (2010). Dietary Components and Immune Function.
This reliable resource for advanced professionals, including researchers, scientists, dietitians and doctors, focuses on the immune changes resulting from diseases such as AIDS or cancer, as well as those caused by dietary supplements or bioactive food components.

Willett, W. (2012). Nutritional Epidemiology. Oxford University Press.
This book gives an overview of studies discussing diet and the risks of chronic diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.


Below is a list of e-journals with articles relating to diet, nutrition and culinary art:

Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
A journal focused on nutritional science, medical nutrition therapy, public health nutrition, food science and biotechnology, foodservice systems, leadership and management, and dietetics education.

Public Health Nutrition
An international peer-reviewed forum for the publication and dissemination of research and scholarship related to nutrition and public health around the world.

A journal containing new data and information about clinical nutrition and seeks to set research policy and practice agenda for nutrition science.

Food and Nutrition Sciences
An international journal providing a platform for scientists and academicians to promote, share and discuss new issues and developments relating to various areas of food and nutrition sciences.

Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
A journal sharing critical viewpoints about modern technology, food sciences and human nutrition.

Journal of Health, Population, and Nutrition
A rapid-publication forum focused on maternal, child, and family health, population and nutrition. It is published by the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Bangladesh.

British Journal of Nutrition
A peer-reviewed journal that includes nutritional science, epidemiology, dietary surveys, nutritional requirements, behavior and more.

Online Resources

US Department of Agriculture Food Composition Databases
This database includes a wide range of information about food composition, such as nutrients, minerals, vitamins and lipids.

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Education Resource Library is a compilation of printable educational materials on topics related to food and nutrition including food allergies, dietary supplements and illness. Its target audience is health educators and professionals, as well as the general public.

Home Food Safety
This Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics resource raises awareness about the seriousness of food and provides solutions for easily and safely handling food at home.


World Health Organization (WHO)
Working under the UN umbrella, the WHO plays a leading role in addressing world health issues, designing health research programs, setting guidelines and standards, identifying informed political choices, providing countries with technical support, and monitoring and evaluating health approaches.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
This American dietetic association is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics.

Dietitians of Canada
This Canadian professional organization promotes healthy lifestyles through the support and leadership of its members.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
The USDA is responsible for developing and executing federal government policies on farming, agriculture, forestry and food. It provides several resources to help improve and maintain a healthy diet.


“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.”
Ann Wigmore

“About 80 percent of the food on shelves of supermarkets today didn't exist 100 years ago.”
Larry McCleary

“Most people don’t have a problem going on a diet. Their problem is being consistent on their diet.”
Karen Sessions