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Thrive Energy Cookbook: 150 Plant-Based Whole Food Recipes

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About the Product
  • Author: Brendan Brazier
  • ISBN#: [ISBN-10] 0738217409, [ISBN-13] 9780738217406
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books
  • Publication Date: March 2014
  • Jacket: paperback

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Packed with 150 plant-based, nutrient-dense, whole food recipes developed within the Thrive nutritional philosophy, Thrive Energy Cookbook brings concepts that started the functional, plant-based nutrition revolution to life. Recipes are all vegan and allergen-free (or with gluten-free options) to eliminate wheat, yeast, gluten, soy, refined sugar, and dairy from your diet.

Easy-to-make and performance-enhancing, these chef-created recipes merge purpose driven functionality (every ingredient has a nutritional purpose) with mouth-watering appeal. From the alkaline-forming, plant protein–packed Vanilla-Almond-Mocha Motivator Smoothie to Roasted Red Pepper & Sweet Potato Soup, Thai Green Curry Rice Bowl, and desserts such as Raspberry Chocolate Pomegranate Tart, Thrive Energy Cookbook will have you quickly preparing nutrient-packed and delicious dishes.


Praise for Brendan Brazier:

"Brendan gets it! His nutritional approach is what supercharges results."
—Tony Horton, creator of P90X, the world's bestselling workout program

"Thrive Energy Cookbook is a must-have for gourmets and athletes alike."
—Sean Hyson, C.S.C.S., Group Training Director for Men's Fitness and Muscle & Fitness magazines

"When world-class athletes want to get even better, Brendan is the man who gets the call."
—Brendon Burchard, New York Times bestselling author of The Charge

"As our head of nutrition, Brendan's implementation of purpose-driven nutrition has allowed our pro cycling team to meet the demands of grueling training better than ever before."
—Matt Johnson, President of Garmin-Sharp Pro Cycling Team and founder of The Feed

"Brendan's commitment to the study of plant-based nutrition and research makes for a wonderful cookbook."
—Joe Hogarty, Baltimore Orioles strength and conditioning coach

"Brendan's systematic approach to performance plant-based nutrition has helped me to reduce inflammation, speed my recovery, and has boosted my overall performance. The recipes are delicious!"
—Mike Zigomanis, NHL player and member of the 2009 Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins

"This guide is what your plant-based kitchen is missing. You're going to feel better, and you're going to enjoy every bite. Oh, and in case you were wondering: You're not going to miss the meat."
—Angela Haupt, senior editor, U.S. News & World Report

"Brendan makes learning to eat healthier enjoyable and his approach to better health simply makes sense. Take the leap and eat the 'Thrive' way."
—Terri MacLeod, Access Hollywood

"Thrive Foods offers a diet that's good for you and the planet."
The Washington Post

"Thrive focuses on vegan foods that help fuel your way to uber athleticism."

"The Thrive diet feeds your body all the nutrients it needs without empty calories and with minimal stress."
Chicago Tribune

VegNews “15 Most Anticipated Vegan Cookbooks of 2014,” March 2014

International Book Award Winner, Cooking and Health, 2014, 5/23/14
“This was one of the hardest books to choose a recipe from, since they are all quite original and delicious.”

New You Magazine, August 2014
“Athletes or anyone in need of an energy boost will enjoy dishes like kale chips with edamame hummus; avocado, black bean, and chipotle burger; and even the decadent cashew chocolate mousse layer cake.”

The Independent (UK), 1/25/15
“Inventive.” (A Top 10 Best Vegan Cookbook)

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  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.4 x 9.2 inches ; 1.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Origin: USA
  • ASIN: 0738217409
  • Item model number: Vega
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Let me start by saying I respect Brendan Brazier. I have followed him and his progresses and discoveries on clean vegan nutrition for years. I am a firm believer that we need to clean up our diets and that natural sourced foods are the way to go for a better health, disease prevention, and for... thriving!
However, as good as his recipes look or sound like, they also are time-, energy-, and money-consuming. The ingredients for the recipes are often exotic and hard to find at your local grocery store (even at a co-op or natural store). You will have to go through three markets (including probably an Asian one) to find all for the coconut lime lemongrass soup as tempting as it is! Also for the spice mixes, you will have to find powdered reiki, or echinea and astralagus.
At last, his desserts and drinks recipes sound oh! so yummy, but come on! ...I need a high speed blender, slow-speed juice extractor, and high-speed juicer! I can't even start to think about making a green juice following his mighty king chlorophyll juice!
To sum up, I would say it's a great book with amazing, tasty, healthy recipes for people who have a lot of time and quite some money on hand and live in big cities where health stores flourish.
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I really wanted to love this book. I am still not completely vegan but I don't eat dairy or land animals at all and have been transitioning for the last few months to a whole foods diet and thought this book could be a good fit.

He means transitioning if you are still used to eating burgers and want fake meat and cheese! There are so many burger recipes in this that use the same aioli and the same sprouted buns over and over again. Plus wraps. I think he just made the sauces so complicated to justify a wrap recipe. One burger recipe consists of 5 different recipes. Same goes for desserts. Incredibly long ingredient lists--one cheesecake recipe says prep time is only 20 minutes. It took me 20 minutes just to read the recipe!

I love to cook and probably spend 2 hours a day cooking and some of these recipes are so ridiculously complicated in their ingredients, preparation, and time that I don't even want to tackle them. Also, I was surprisingly turned off by all the photos of him running and bicycling. He comes across as a total ego-maniac. (It's as bad as the mommy bloggers that get cookbook deals and then put a zillion photos of their children in their cookbooks.)

In short:
If you want an adventure and have a high-speed blender, this is the book for you.

If you have a busy life and not a lot of time or have apprehension in the kitchen, probably not a good book for you.
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The Thrive energy cookbook focuses on recipes that create "cost free energy" - easy to digest but with all the nutrients needed for peak physical fitness, lowered stress, and to have energy throughout the day (rather than highs and lows from processed food).

The recipes break down into: transition (for those who are starting a Thrive diet and more accustomed to traditional eating patterns/foods), Raw (recipes where the ingredients haven't been heated above 118f), gluten free, protein rich, and super nutrient dense (number of calories in relation to the nutrients).

The book details staples - the items every pantry should have available as a basis for many recipes. Those pages are color coded for easy reference. They includes discussions on oils, vinegars, nuts, rice, wheats, beans, and more. Also included (and with color coded pages) are recipes for other staples.

The book has 150 plant based whole food recipes. They are ordered by morning, appetizers, sandwiches, soupls, salads, rice and noodles, smoothies, deserts, and sports recipes. Recipes include: Pad Thai Sauce, Reuben Sandwich, Falafel Wrap, Portobello Burger, Caesar Sprout Salad, Tropical Breeze (drink), even Creamy Chocolate-Avacado delight.

As can be seen from the list, there is a wide variety of recipes, many of which are plant-based alternatives to the common versions. The sports recipes are nutrient rich and intended to be eaten shortly before, during, or after exercise.

At the back of the book are meal plans that use the recipes (each recipe has its page referenced for ease of look up). They included transitional, standard, and athletic meal plans. And there is an ingredients index to make shopping easier.

Some recipes have been hits with our family and some misses.
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As a vegan author, I love to cook. But only when the recipes are quick, clean and easily digestible. So many plant-based cookbooks have ingredient lists a mile long, are full of soy and processed items and are just too involved. I've been a follower of Brendan since Thrive, and these recipes are by far the best he's ever put out.

The recipes have short lists, clean, easy-to-find ingredients and very simple instructions. For those who love to sprout and soak their nuts and seeds, you can always take these recipes a step further by germinating, dehydrating, etc. But if you really want to eat clean food that tastes GOOD, these recipes nail that objective simply.

I love the "athlete" section for those who want good pre and post-workout food. So often, we don't know what to eat around our workouts and the book offers some simple, delicious solutions.

Even if you've never eaten plant-based, these recipes are perfect for any palette (however resistant you might be to "healthy" foods). As a 15 year vegan and an athlete all my life, this book is what I've been waiting for.

Because even when we're healthy, we can get into ruts eating the same things again and again. Thrive Energy breaks us out of that rut - for good.
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