In Julie Gabriel’s last book, The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Hair Care, Makeup, and Fragrances ($16.95; HCI), she offers up DIY beauty recipes, product ratings and recommendations. With her new book, Holistic Beauty from the Inside Out: Your Complete Guide to Natural Health, Nutrition and Skincare ($19.95; Seven Stories Press), the holistic nutritionist dispenses the same down to earth, DIY, love-yourself mantra, along with recipes and explanations about what certain chemicals (i.e. synthetic fragrances and preservatives) will do to your body and why. This hand-holding guide to holistic health and beauty, rife with common-sense nuggets that empower you to look and feel beautiful, will become your new best friend. “Just as it’s not necessary to be a botanical expert to grow dill or parsley on your windowsill, similarly it’s not necessary to be a nutritionist or a yoga expert to practice mindfulness, a beauty-boosting diet, and stress-relieving exercise,” says Gabriel. See what I mean? Read this book.