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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith; 1 edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142360492X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423604921
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Whether you like to eat healthy or not, you'll want to make and eat the recipes in the Whole Foods Diet Cookbook simply because they taste delicious-it's a bonus to learn they are loaded with nutrients and are slimming too!" (Missy Chase Lapine New York Times bestselling author of The Sneaky Chef series and former editor of Eating Well magazine 2009-03-02)

"The Whole Foods Diet Cookbook is an absolute gem and a wonderful addition to any library. The recipes are mouthwatering and the information is first rate!" (Jonny Bowden Board-certified nutrition specialist, weight-loss coach, and nutrition book author 2009-03-02)

"The Whole Foods Diet Cookbook is your ticket to get on board the health train. Here, in easy-to-understand prose, is what you need to know to eat right for optimum health. If you are in charge of feeding your family, this book will be an invaluable resource, especially for rearing healthy children." -Jeff Cox Author of The Organic Cook's Bible and national judge for the James Beard Foundation's annual awards (Jeff Cox Author of The Organic Cook's Bible and national judge for the James Beard Foundation's annual awards 2009-03-02)

"The Whole Foods Diet Cookbook is a must-have for anyone looking to improve their health, lose weight, and eat better-tasting foods! Dr. Larson and his wife, Ivy, prove that following their healthy whole foods lifestyle can be both doable and delicious." (Tracey Mallett Certified sports nutritionist, fitness author, and creator of "6-Minute Quick Blast" workout DVDs 2009-03-02)

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Whole Foods Diet Cookbook

Whole Foods Diet Cookbook is the ultimate whole foods, healthy-lifestyle, weight-loss cookbook. With chapters that educate and recipes that are delicious and satisfying, you'll learn how to get down to the nuts and bolts of making nutrition count. The book includes such recipes as Slow-Cooker Summer Citrus Salmon, Made-from-Scratch Manicotti Crêpes, Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, Reese Swirl Brownies, and Tex-Mex Polenta Pizza with Chipotle-Black Bean Hummus, and Rotisserie Chicken-home cooks will fight over who gets to make supper!

The health and weight loss benefits of the flexitarian lifestyle-eating primarily vegetarian foods while still allowing everyday consumption of high-quality animal products such as grass-fed meat and fish-are also explored. Fresh ideas and recipes for today's food tastes range from elaborate to simple, including a mix of upscale comfort foods, ethnic cuisine, and gourmet meals for just about any occasion and any time of day.

Ivy Larson earned her BS degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University and is an American College of Sports Medicine certified health fitness instructor. She currently teaches whole foods cooking classes at Whole Foods Market, Williams-Sonoma, and private culinary stores in addition to running "Health and Body Lifestyle Makeover Programs" in Palm Beach, Florida. Ivy is a regular contributor as a wellnesslifestyle expert on Lifetime Television's show The Balancing Act.

Andrew Larson, MD, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a board-certified general surgeon with special interests in surgical nutrition. He coauthored Chicken Soup for the Soul Healthy Living Series: Weight Loss with Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen.

Ivy Larson and Andrew Larson are the authors of two books, including Amazon.com #1 best-selling The Gold Coast Cure and The Gold Coast Cure's Fitter, Firmer, Faster Program. The couple lives in North Palm Beach, Florida, with their son. Visit them on their website: www.the2larsons.com.

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This book is more than a cookbook.
Jay
Essentially, this book is practical, reasonable and encourages moderation, focusing on healthy, delicious recipes.
Mouseconnect
If you read "In Defense of Food" and want to take it to the next level, this book is perfect for you.
Buecherwurm

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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By ggroth on January 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
Maybe there's something I'm not getting, but I purchased this book to help me cook WHOLE foods in an exciting way. I guess their definition of whole is very broad, but I really didn't want to be using things like mayonnaise and sugar in my cooking. One example of my confusion comes from an anecdote Ivy shares where she sees parents of a toddler fedding the child an organic, all natural cookie and when she goes to read the label she finds a ton of hidden sugar sources in it, her resulting disgust is understandable enough, except that then her cookbook proceeds to have almost every recipe include some form of sugar in it, and we're not even talking organic sugar, c'mon people, I didn't think powdered sugar was a whole food!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jay on June 14, 2009
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This book is more than a cookbook. It's more like a health book with recipes. With the guidelines the authors provide, an individual should be able to know which recipes out there are healthy, or modify existing recipes to make them healthier. I've only tried one recipe so far, but it was good and the others seem delicious as well. And what makes this book different from other health food cookbooks is that it provides healthy recipes for special occasions such as St. Patrick's Day and Thanksgiving. I don't think the authors had any control over this, but the only thing I would change is I would add pictures of the finished meals. It would help visual people like me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. T. Eason on June 27, 2009
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The recipes really are wonderful and make eating right (or better) easy for the average cook.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michele Howe on April 21, 2010
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Husband and wife writing team, Ivy Ingram Larson and Andrew Larson, MD, admit they were not nutritional enthusiasts when they first got married. After Ivy was diagnosed with MS, everything changed and this couple spent years researching how diet can affect (and either exacerbate or minimize) conditions such as Ivy's MS. What they discovered has helped countless people across the nation. In their newest book, the Larsons do a tremendous service to people who are blessedly healthy as well as to those who are struggling with any number of physical ailments. They have designed a beautiful resource that first educates their readers on basic nutritional principles offering countless insights and debunking just as many misconceptions on how to eat and live strong.
What might surprise readers is how inviting the text is simply by the ease at which it can be applied to anyone's life. The Larsons open this lovely resource with a primer which explains why "whole food" living is the only way to achieve ideal health. They help individuals learn to set the foundation for making every bite count; what it means to be a "flexitarian" by eating vegetarian part-time; learning to spot the fake and phony processed foods; feeling satisfied by curing food cravings and hunger pangs; and relishing those pure indulgences that might be better for you than you think. Completely delicious in every way, readers will be eager to experiment with Ivy's recipes that come served with helpful tags that detail the prep time and complexity level of each one. Ivy presents countless meal options for any type of meal whether it be family casual or formal entertaining. This cookbook is a keeper...for life, every healthy day of it.

Michele Howe, author of Burdens Do a Body Good: Meeting Life's Challenges with Strength (and Soul)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William R. Hillyer on September 14, 2009
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The first 90 pages would make the price paid well worth it! The book lays out principles on nutrition that are easily understood and there is no counting, weighing or measuring. The recipes are also great. A cook book we men can fallow.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Buecherwurm on July 8, 2009
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Love this cookbook! The first part of the book talks about nutrition. The most helpful to me was the information on how to read food labels and what ingredients to avoid in supermarket food!

If you read "In Defense of Food" and want to take it to the next level, this book is perfect for you. It offers concrete, practical advice and wonderful recipes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Hall, Author on July 16, 2009
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This book, like the Larsons' earlier books, makes healthy living doable for the average, busy person with a budget. Well done!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 20, 2010
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I dearly love this book. It is well written and contains recipes that make it easy for anyone to follow this diet. The food is DELICIOUS and the recipes are practical!
THANK YOU, IVY!
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