Recommended Reading

The following lists include books Frum & recommends reading


The following lists include books Frum & recommends reading, either in passing or in depth.  If you’d like to recommend additional books to share with the Frum & Fit community, please e-mail  Frum & has not received remuneration to include any of the following books on this site.




The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite, by Dr. David A. Kessler – a very well written and enlightening book that discusses how the food manufacturing and marketing industries have developed their products and honed their skill in making us consume those products to a fine art, and how the decisions we make regarding food are often controlled by ingredients and chemicals we know little about.  Topics discussed include how sugar, fat and/or salt are added to most processed food and how are bodies react to these additions; the food and marketing industries; conditioned “hyper-eating”; and the “Theory of Treatment” and “food rehab”. 


Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle, by Tom Venuto – a self-published e-book that you’ll find yourself referencing again and again.  If you excuse the poor editing, the content includes plenty of information regarding macronutrients, exercise, and general good health; the chapters discussing carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are particularly well suited to both the layman and those with more knowledge of food and nutrition.  There is also good information regarding body types, and help for those who have struggled to lose fat.


What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained, by Robert W. Wolke – One of the most educational and entertaining books about food we’ve seen; ideal for the curious scientist, but accessible to the layman.  This book is fun and well written, and will help you understand the nature of the foods we eat (it also dispels many common food myths).


What Einstein Told His Cook 2: Further Adventures in Kitchen Science, by Robert W. Wolke – Sequal of his first book (see above) and just as good.


Overcoming Overeating; How to Break the Diet/Binge Cycle and Live a Healthier, More Satisfying Life, by Jane R. Hirschmann & Carol H. Munter – One of the best books we’ve seen addressing the “man behind the weight-loss curtain”; the reasons we’re diet-obsessed, and the detrimental and damaging ways we use food as our way out. 


Eating Disorders Information for Teens: Health Tips about Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, and Other Eating Disorders, Edited by Sandra Augustyn Lawton – Similar to Overcoming Overeating (see above), but focused on adolescents, this book discusses all the major eating disorders, the triggers behind them, the symptoms, and several solutions.  While designed for teens, this book is accessible and useful for people of all ages.


Just 10 lbs; Easy Steps to Weighing What You Want (Finally), by Brad Lamm – The title of book may have you believe that its overarching premise is to help you lose “just 10 lbs” (and then another, and then another) which it does.  But the book, being written by a former Binge Eater, also targets why we fall victim to our drives and food addictions in the first place.  The book contains many good tips for overcoming our urges.


Making Weight; Men’s Conflicts with Food, Weight, Shape, and Appearance, by Arnold Andersen, M.D., Leigh Cohn, M.A.T., and Thomas Holbrook, M.D. – This is one of the few books that focus exclusively on the challenges men have regarding food and weight.  Many people assume and act as if it is only (or mostly) woman that suffer from food-related disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating.  However, it is becoming evident that these disorders also affect men.  This book highlights the slightly different perspective men have on these issues – very enlightening.





Bodybuilding, A Scientific Approach, by Dr. Frederick Hatfield – a bodybuilder with a PhD easily explains the science behind exercise including excellent descriptions of what it takes to increase muscle size, mass, strength and endurance.  Topics discussed include muscle composition, training techniques, nutrition, and psychology.


Ripped 1-3 and The Lean Advantage 1-3, by Clarence Bass – written for the layman, but more practical for the amateur bodybuilder, these six books contain good advice regarding exercise (both cardio and resistance training) and nutrition, but most of all, how to reduce your body fat.  Mr. Bass advocates a high carbohydrate, low protein, low fat diet, and judging by what he can still do and how he looks – now in his 70’s – it obviously works for him.  Topics discussed include diets, workout routines, training psychology, body composition testing, and numerous questions and answers related to all things exercise and nutrition.


Strength Training Anatomy, by Frederic Delavier – easily the best book we’ve seen that accurately depicts each muscle and highlights which muscles constitute the agonists (i.e., main muscles) during a large selection of resistance exercises.  If you don’t know what muscles you’re using during each exercise, you can’t work them as effectively, so referencing this book is invaluable.





Arnold, by Arnold Schwarzenegger – notwithstanding the fact that one may not necessarily want (or even have the ability) to be as muscular as Governor Schwarzenegger once did, this book is a great motivator and demonstrates the commitment and dedication necessary to be a champion (having good genes also helps).


The following lists include books Frum & recommends reading