- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Avery (April 28 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1583335870
- ISBN-13: 978-1583335871
- Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 3.2 x 27.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Plantpower Way: Whole Food Plant-Based Recipes and Guidance for The Whole Family Hardcover – Apr 28 2015
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"This is not your typical recipe book. It is a book about hope, and the universally shared belief that any one of us can be better . . . You will not find better guides in that quest."
—From the Foreword by Dr. Sanjay Gupta
“The most effective way to get healthy is to get healthy together as a family and The Plantpower Wayproves just that. This is a delicious roadmap to help you incorporate the power of plants into your diet every day. And the best part? Your whole family will love eating this food.”
—Mark Hyman, author of The Blood Sugar Solution
“The Plantpower Way inspires us each to be our best selves, and Rich and Julie are artful role models for the rest of us interested in physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. We are what we eat, and the amazing vegan/plant based/plant powered recipes in this book can help us lead amazing lives.”
—Gene Baur, author of Farm Sanctuary
"What I love about Rich and Julie's program is that you can dip in and find so many luscious health-giving recipes that are fairly effortless to make. And then when you start feeling that delicious food lighting up every cell in your body, you’ll want to experiment a little bit more. Julie and Rich will not only help you get your body happy, but your soul will soar too!”
—Kathy Freston, author of The Lean
“Rich and Julie are living proof of the wonders that a plant-based diet can work for athletes and families alike. Even if you’re not training for an ultra marathon, you’ll love The Plantpower Way!”
—Brendan Brazier, bestselling author of Thrive
“This beautiful collection of irresistible and creative recipes will motivate your whole family to live The Plantpower Way. Read this book and be inspired!”
—Kris Carr, New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Sexy Kitchen
“Rich Roll has transformed his life and can help you do the same. The Plantpower Way provides a clear roadmap to a healthier, happier lifestyle. A must read for anyone looking to make positive, substantive change, from the inside out.”
—Dean Karnazes, author of UltraMarathon Man
“Whether you aim to run an ultramarathon, or want to be your best at whatever you’re doing, this book is for you. In The Plantpower Way, Rich Roll and Julie Piatt give us a look into their kitchen and the way that a whole food, plant-based diet has become a fun and powerfully healthy endeavor for the whole family. With insightful guidance and delicious recipes, this book is a great resource for anyone looking to find health. And with all that extra plantpowered energy, who knows how far you’ll go.”
—Neal Barnard, M.D., President and Founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, author of Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes
“As an integrative gastroenterologist, I'm intimately familiar with the disease promoting effects of the Standard American Diet on our digestive system. If you're looking to heal yourself from the inside out, treat the root cause of most medical problems, and reclaim your health and vitality, start with this book. Let Rich and Julie be your guide on an incredible journey of transformation - there's no telling how far you could go!”
—Robynne Chutkan, M.D., author of Gutbliss and The Microbiome Solution
“Rich and Julie have rolled out a plant powered world that has it all! Run, walk, or jump in, and enjoy the journey that awaits. You’ll never be the same.”
—Rip Esselstyn, New York Times bestselling author of My Beef with Meat
“The world’s longest-lived people overwhelmingly eat plant-based diets. Their secret: making plant foods delicious. The Plantpower Way embodies that secret, showing us how to make plant-based living accessible and tasty. It should have its place in every American kitchen.”
—Dan Buettner, Founder and CEO of Blue Zones and New York Times bestselling author of the Blue Zones Solution
“This family-friendly book will not only raise your food IQ but it will give you the confidence to develop habits that contribute to a more sustainable planet as well as optimal health and wellbeing.”
—Bryant Terry, food justice activist and author of Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed
“Rich and Julie know that total and sustainable health is the key to unlocking the greatest potential in all of us. But we just need to take the first step. In this life-changing book , they offer powerful tools to ignite your body and mind.”
—Frank Lipman, founder of Eleven-Eleven Wellness Center and author of The New Health Rules
"I loved Rich Roll's Finding Ultra. It really inspired me, but it did leave me wanting more. I wanted to know exactly what Rich was doing to fuel his body. Well, now I have all of his secrets. This beautiful book has all his meals with beautiful pictures and easy to follow recipes. This definitely will become prescribed reading for my patients.
—Garth Davis, M.D., bariatric surgeon, Ironman athlete and bestselling author of The Expert’s Guide to Weight Loss Surgery
About the Author
A graduate of Stanford University and Cornell Law School, Rich Roll is a world-renowned plant-based ultra-endurance athlete, bestselling author, full-time wellness & plant-based nutrition advocate and motivational speaker.
Born in Colorado and raised in Alaska, Julie Piatt has spent decades traveling many paths and studying many traditions. She is a true renaissance artist who expresses her creative voice as a plant-based chef, singer-songwriter, yogi, sculptor, painter, spiritual guide, and homeschooling parent to four children.
Rich and Julie live with their four children in Malibu Canyon outside of Los Angeles.
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I think people on the path to a healthier diet may want to consider a few things if they are looking to this book for some guidance (which by the way is a great book for guidance…good choice!!) First off, kudos to you. It takes work to make dietary changes and conscious decisions that at first may not come easily but with time, become second nature. It doesn't usually happen overnight so don’t put so much expectation on yourself or a cookbook. I have been shifting my diet for about 1 year now. Slow and steady. I did a few deliberate shifts along the way to transition into better eating. These steps helped me stay realistic, so as not to get discouraged and find myself at the bottom of a family sized bag of chips. They helped me stay focused on the whole point, which was to eat healthier than I was.
Be realistic. If you don't like veggies, you can't jump into an all vegan recipe book and expect success. Baby steps friend.
Baby Step One: If you are used to stuffing your face full of animal flesh, animal fats and heavy oils, your body craves that. That is what your taste buds are conditioned to enjoy and that is what they tell your brain that you enjoy. If you suddenly switch from a poor diet of processed, chemically enhanced, over cooked, fried, animal flesh filled meals, to a very clean, almost raw, vegan diet, you probably won't enjoy it. Your body is clogged full of chemicals and will not recognize how wonderful raw fruit tastes, or a fresh plate of veggies. It doesn't recognize the taste of any food, never mind real foods. That's why the longer we stay on the standard American diet, the worse our diets get the worse our bodies look. We need MORE salt and sugar so we can TASTE our food because we have been dulling our senses with all the chemicals we have been ingesting for years. Same goes for the kids. If you've been providing them with meals drowning in ketchup and Tang at every serving, they aren't going to want chia pudding and a green juice...that's not rocket science, that's human nature. Start slow, be realistic and take it easy man.
Baby Step Two: You need to gradually bring your body and your mind into awareness around what you are putting in your body. Consciously begin to understand that food is fuel. Does a coffee laden in heavy cream and refined sugar alongside a greasy animal fat filled pastry sound like fuel your body can thrive on? (It did to me). How about a pineapple, banana, coconut water smoothie and some raw fruit goodness on the side? You can't switch your car from diesel to solar powered overnight and you can't do that with your body either.
Baby Step Three: Start introducing healthier options (organic mac and cheese with a high protein content brand of Greek yogurt is better than blue box KD with loads of milk and ‘margareen’ – shudder, shudder). Work your way to shopping the outer sections of the grocery store (think produce) and skip the boxed, packaged, shelved 'fake' food. Your palette will start to change and you will naturally start dropping certain foods that may have been one-time faves on your shopping list. I for one have almost reduced all dairy which is something I never imagined would happen. I couldn't imagine living without cheese. Now it's just kind of happening. As my palette is changing I am getting 'grossed out' by animal mucus that is then put in plastic containers into my fridge...think about it, yogurt and cheese are actually really disgusting. We are the only animal ingesting another animal’s milk, bile and mucus. It goes against nature...anyways I digress.
Baby Step Four: THEN get into this amazing cookbook chock full of interesting words of wisdom, bright, energizing photography and fabulous, tasty, mouthwatering recipes your body can understand and your mind will crave.
I‘m not suggesting you can’t get this book and enjoy it without doing what I’ve written above, it’s more of a cautionary tale. North Americans have gotten so out of touch with what we eat that it isn’t obvious until we look at a vegan recipe and think…ewww…. We are literally rejecting nature in favor of hotdogs and big gulps. That’s ewww. That’s sad. That’s the Standard American Diet.
The pros: it is beautifully styled with great photos. Has some great staples. The quick guide is really nice. If you have kids/family I feel like this would be a lot better suited for you since it does talk about kids, eating veg, etc.
Cons: I find the organization hard to follow. I also found that there isn't anything supremely new in the book that I haven't made already in some way.
My only gripe would be that I always find recipes that require things from other recipes annoying - you think, this looks like something I could make and then realize you have to go to page X and there are a whole other list of ingredients and processes.
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