Books

I write fun, rigorously researched books about things that interest and inspire me—which include (but are not limited to!) health and nutrition, travel, mindfulness, and ways in which we can live happier and more meaningful lives. 

 
 
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HOW TO BREAK UP WITH YOUR PHONE

Is your phone the first thing you reach for in the morning and the last thing you touch before bed? Do you frequently pick it up “just to check,” only to look up forty-five minutes later wondering where the time has gone? Do you say you want to spend less time on your phone—but have no idea how to do so without giving it up completely? If so, this book is your solution.  

In How to Break Up With Your Phone (Ten Speed Press, 2018), I present a practical, hands-on plan to break up—and then make up—with your phone. The goal? A long-term relationship that actually feels good.

You’ll discover how phones and apps are designed to be addictive, and learn how the time we spend on them damages our abilities to focus, think deeply, and form new memories. You’ll then make customized changes to your settings, apps, environment, and mindset that will enable you to take back control of your life.  

Packed with tested strategies and practical tips—and published in more than 25 countries—How to Break Up With Your Phone is an essential, life-changing guide for everyone who owns a smartphone.

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This book has changed my life, so much so that I strongly feel it should be required reading for anyone who owns a smartphone. I can’t recommend this book enough, and will be lending or buying it for as many friends and family members as possible.
— GRADY8384, AMAZON REVIEW

VITAMANIA: How vitamins revolutionized the way we think about food

When vitamins were discovered a mere century ago, they changed the destiny of the human species by preventing and curing many terrifying diseases. As a result, it wasn’t long before vitamins spread from labs of scientists into the realm of food marketers and began to take on a life of their own. The era of “vitamania,” as one 1940s journalist called it, had begun.

Today, we all think we know about vitamins — we buy products for the vitamins they contain, after all, and we feed vitamins to our kids. But in reality, most of us know nothing about vitamins. And we certainly don’t recognize how these 13 invisible chemicals affect nearly every decision we make about food. 

In Vitamania: How Vitamins Revolutionized the Way We Think About Food (Penguin Press, 2015), I take readers on a lively journey through the past, present and future of these mysterious micronutrients —  an adventure that includes poison squads and political maneuvering, irradiated sheep grease and smuggled rats. Part history, part science, part personal exploration,Vitamania reveals how vitamins have profoundly shaped our attitudes toward eating, and investigates the emerging science of how what we eat might affect our offspring for generations to come.

 "Engaging . . . lively . . . a vigorous retelling."—The Wall Street Journal

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MINDFULNESS: A JOURNAL 

In addition to writing heavily researched books with lots of words, I love creating guided journals based on solid science. 

Mindfulness: A Journal (Clarkson Potter, 2016) aims to demystify the buzzword of "mindfulness" and help people to begin their own practice. 

"So, kind of funny. I ordered one as a gift for my girlfriend and when it arrived I curiously read they a few pages. The layout is amazing!!! And I love the insights and quotes and provoking questions. So I ordered another for myself. And then one for my mom. And then one for my friend. I've ordered four in four days. I've kept a gratitude journal for almost a year now but this takes it to a whole new level. Thanks!" —Brad, Amazon review

101 PLACES NOT TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE

 Sure, 101 Places Not to See Before You Die (HarperPaperbacks, 2010) is a guide to some of the least appealing destinations and experiences in the world. But it's also a backhanded tribute to what makes travel great: its tendency to put us in situations that we otherwise never would have experienced. With guest entries from writers like Michael Pollan, Nick Kristof, Mary Roach and A.J. Jacobs, 101 Places Not To See Before You Die is filled with stories and anecdotes of misadventure to which any seasoned traveler can relate. After all, travel should be an adventure, not an assignment — and if you arm yourself with too many checklists, you’re missing the point of leaving home.

“I had no idea so many god-awful places exist in this world….Catherine Price is a hilarious guide to all that is sucky.”
 —Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City: the Education of an Urban Farmer
Combines "the droll wit of Mary Roach with the inventive perversity of a 12-year-old boy" —The Economist

101 Places Not to See Before You Die was featured on Morning Edition and the Entertainment Weekly's "Must List," as well as in publications including Salon, the  Chicago Tribune and the Washington Post

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THE BIG SUR BAKERY COOKBOOK

Tucked behind a gas station off California's legendary Highway 1, the Big Sur Bakery is easy to miss. But don't be fooled by its unassuming location—stumbling across the Bakery, as countless visitors have done on their way up and down the Pacific Coast, will make you feel as if you've discovered a secret: a gem of a restaurant where the food, people, and atmosphere meld together in a perfect embodiment of the spirit of Big Sur.

The three restaurant owners, chef Philip Wojtowicz, baker Michelle Wojtowicz, and host Michael Gilson, escaped the Los Angeles food scene to create their version of the ideal restaurant, nestled in the heart of some of the most beautiful country in the world. This is simple, wood-fired American cooking at its best, executed in a way that lets the ingredients—seasonal and often locally produced—shine. 

But this is more than a cookbook; it's a yearlong glimpse into what it's really like to live in Big Sur, introducing the people and places that make the restaurant's renowned food possible, including Wayne Hyland, hunter and forager, Jamie Collins, organic row cropper, and Gary Pisoni, the eccentric vintner who supplies some of the restaurant's most beloved wine. With its outstanding photography, lively profiles, and dozens of must-make recipes, the Big Sur Bakery Cookbook helps bring the experience of Big Sur home.

Published in 2009 by HarperCollins.  Photography by the extremely talented Sara Remington.