Transitioning towards a plant-based diet is better for the planet and your health according to researchers. Here are three cookbooks in the works that you might want to add to your wish list.

On September 27, Mary McCartney, renowned photographer and daughter of Sir Paul McCartney, announced she is working with Chatto & Windus to produce a beautifully photographed simple meat-free recipe-filled cookbook by 2012 that promises to appeal to meat-eaters and vegetarians alike.

Jamie Oliver, celebrity chef, announced via The Huffington Post on September 14 that his next cookbook is a compilation of vegetarian recipes in an effort to revolutionize healthy eating and cooking habits. Until the book is released you might enjoy trying some of his vegetable recipes: Watch Oliver:

Mario Batali, in an August interview, responded, "Yes, you do - and that's a scoop" when asked "Do we see a vegetarian cookbook in your future?" Batali has touted that farmers are the new gastronomy rockstars and strongly supports "responsible eating": "I'm a vegetarian all day until dinner, and I try to eat no meat whatsoever on Monday and Tuesday."

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