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"While offering a cornucopia of outstanding recipes, YumUniverse offers a great deal more with an informed and informative commentary on why and how to live a plant-based dietary lifestyle. Exceptional and 'kitchen cook friendly', YumUniverse is very highly recommended for personal, family, and community library cookbook collections."
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“Heather takes an often intimidating topic, and shows us that this lifestyle is absolutely possible. And her recipes are some of the most creative and delicious out there. The idea here isn’t deprivation or drastic measures. It’s about cumulative change—making incremental, deliberate health-boosting decisions until they stick, because true wellness is a life-long journey.”
—Brendan Brazier, former Professional Ironman Triathlete and author of the Thrive book series

“Heather's enthusiasm for healthy living will inspire you to get busy in the kitchen! It's hard not to fall in love with her fresh, vibrant, and accessible plant-based recipes.”
—Angela Liddon, author of the New York Times bestseller The Oh She Glows Cookbook and creator of OhSheGlows.com

“In YumUniverse, Heather shares recipes that will give you the very best of health without sacrificing any flavor or fun, proving just how delicious plants can be. If you’re interested in test-driving a plant-based diet, let Heather be your guide, and enjoy the journey!”
—Neal Barnard, M.D., author, clinical researcher, health advocate and founder of the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine

YumUniverse is a gorgeous cookbook filled with tasty, creative recipes that is perfect to kickstart a plant-powerful diet. Heather Crosby’s spirited and encouraging approach to ‘simply eating more plant-powerful foods’ leaves you feeling confident that you can make healthful changes, and keeps you excited about every step ahead.”
—Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition and host of Veria's wellness talk show What Would Julieanna Do?

“Heather Crosby is as glowing, beautiful and health-inspired as the plantiful, UnDiet-friendly decadence she creates in the kitchen. Her creativity using fresh, real-food ingredients makes this way of living effortless. I love having her join me as a crusader for the great life—and this book makes the great life so easy and delicious!”
—Meghan Telpner, director of the Academy of Culinary Nutrition, Author of UnDiet

“Heather is a creative recipe goddess…her recipes provide that 'yum factor' to inspire you to skip right into the kitchen and get cooking more whole, plant foods. I appreciate that her approach is nonjudgmental and embraces all types of plant eaters- even those who eat some meat.”
—Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, author of The Flexitarian Diet

“Heather Crosby's YumUniverse is a bold and beautiful tribute to plant-based, whole foods. These recipes will prove to you that there is no need to choose between food that will nourish your body and food that will delight your taste buds. Heather is a passionate and knowledgeable guide, and her culinary talent is only rivaled by the intelligence and common sense that she brings to healthy living.”
—Gena Hamshaw, C.C.N. and author of Choosing Raw

“Think plant-based, gluten-free food can't be exciting? Think again—with her inspired recipes, beautiful photography, and infectious enthusiasm for healthy living and cooking, Heather Crosby shows that fueling your body with whole, high-energy foods can be anything but boring.”
—Matt Frazier, creator of NoMeatAthlete.com and author of No Meat Athlete: Run on Plants and Discover Your Fittest, Fastest, Happiest Self

“So much more than just a cookbook, YumUniverse provides all the tools you need to thrive, beginning with ‘why’ you’ll benefit from eating more plant-based foods, to ‘how’ to implement baby steps toward change, and ending in a drool-worthy collection of what to ‘eat.’ If you’ve ever thought about moving toward a plant-inspired diet—or even if you’re already a long-term vegan—you’ll find something to love in this enticing, engaging, and educational culinary universe.”
—Ricki Heller, RHN, PhD, author of Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free and Living Candida-Free

About the Author

Heather Crosby is a T. Colin Campbell Foundation certified plant-powerful wellness coach who has developed a unique and well-loved collection of over 500 gluten-free, plant-based recipes on her popular website YumUniverse.com. In an effort to kick medication and heal naturally from disease, she’s been fine-tuning the maintenance of this lifestyle for almost a decade, and sharing what she’s learned for years with thousands of folks all over the world.

She’s not interested in labeling you. Instead, she’s dedicated to helping folks incorporate more health-boosting whole, plant-based foods into their lives so we can all say “goodbye” to dieting and “hello” to building a healthful, inspired lifestyle for the long haul.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: BenBella Books (October 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940363241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940363240
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By LOL VINE VOICE on October 24, 2014
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WOW. I preordered this book 9 months before it was released and I am not disappointed. I love Heather Crosby and her outlook. She has a true gift for making healthy food delicious.
I am not a vegetarian, but I do have a wheat allergy and I am always trying to find ways to add more vegetables into my diet. This is the book.
The book is really well produced. It has solid construction, a layout that is interesting and easy to use and great photographs. Approximately half the book is information on the hows and whys of adopting a more plant based approach. It talks about technique, freezing foods, dealing with social situations...all kinds of things. Then there is a large selection of unique recipes. What I really like is that they are meant to apply to everyone - whether you are a vegan, vegetarian or omnivore, there is something there for you. There are keys to help you find the recipes to meet your needs. The recipes do not involve huge amounts of ingredients or tedious preparation. I think anyone could find something that they would enjoy here. There is even a beginner's green smoothie for people who think they don't like vegetables!!!
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This book is gorgeous and informative, but I am disappointed there are so few recipes. I have already made a lot of the lifestyle and dietary changes she describes, so more than half the book is not that useful to me.

I guess I'm just not part of the book's target audience. I've been living a plant-based lifestyle since 2007, plus I have to plan meals for my family. The recipes in this book are not that hearty -- they seem to be designed for single women who do not have children who have hours to spend on food prep for dishes that may be delicious and nutritious, but not that filling.

If you or someone you know is ready to make a huge change in diet and lifestyle and has the time, patience and perseverance to follow Heather's best practices, this is the book. If you are a working parent who has to plan and prepare plant-based meals for the whole family, I would suggest another book, such as Anne Gentry's Vegan Family Meals or Isa Chandra Moskowitz's Appetite for Reduction.
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I bought this book because I wanted to purchase Heather's recipes. I've tried a bunch from her website and they were fabulous. I wanted more! A whole book more. Unfortunately, more than half of this book is about her philosophy and includes rudimentary information about cooking geared to someone who has never been in the kitchen before. How to store fruit? Really? There are less than 140 pages of recipes in this 318 page book. It's going back. Bummer. Not what I expected at all.
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As others have mentioned, there just aren't many recipes in this book. It's mostly fluff about how and why one should consider a plant-based, gluten-free diet. Less than half of the book contains recipes, and many are repeats from the meal plans the author sells on her website. If you have already purchased those, I would pass on the book. I really like the author's blog, and have supported her in the past by purchasing meal plan content. But unfortunately, I cannot recommend this book unless you are brand new to plant-based diets. Even then, there are better books out there.
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I hardly know where to begin. This is the cookbook I have been WAITING for! I am a health coach and I have been a big fan of Heather Crosby's recipes and YumUniverse for several years now. I have never made a recipe from Heather that didn't turn out fantastic - so I was thrilled when I learned that she was going to come out with a full and proper cookbook.

The recipes in this book meet all my criteria for a good recipe: Simple, easy, swap-outs are offered, variations are offered, whole food, plant-based, nutrient-dense, gluten-free, and low/no oil - and, most important, they have to be seriously delicious. This whole entire book is filled with recipes like this! I'm in heaven.

I have already made the Creamy Broccoli and Red Pepper Macaroni salad (amazing), Black Bean Sweet Potato Brownies (decadent), Chickpea, Tarragon and Cranberry Salad (my new favorite lunch), Lentil, Kale and Quinoa Tacos (so easy, but tastes fancy), Raspberry-Chia Jam (everyone will get this for Xmas), Sweet Potato Sauce (great on steamed veggies), Cashew 'Cheese' Sauce (works in a million different dishes) - and I cannot wait to try more. I know they're all going to be great.

Honestly, this book just makes me happy. It's so well-done, well-organized, and written with passion and heart. There are nothing but winners in this book. Buy it and dive in!
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Most vegan or vegetarian books usually don't have many pictures in them. This book has a picture on almost every page and they make me want to make every recipe now. This book is beautiful and I plan to make a few things tonight from it. If they taste half as good as they look in the book I will be happy.
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YumUniverse is beautiful, creative and inspiring. It's not just a cookbook. If you're a long-time vegan or vegetarian, you should definitely read it.
I've been plant-based awhile, and I do my best to avoid soy, gluten, certain sweeteners and wheat. YumUniverse really helped me get back on track with what I truly believe is the best way to eat for my body. The first part of the book is all about the WHY and is filled with tons of info from research studies that will light a fire under your butt to eat better and give you educated, thoughtful responses for when you're hit with questions like "Where do you get your protein?" YumUniverse really inspired me to get back in the kitchen and not only try every recipe in the book, but also revamp a few of my go-to staples from other cookbooks and blogs.

Recipes I've tried so far:
the banana pancakes
quinoa cinnamon toast cereal
shredded brussels and kale w/ miso dijon sauce
veggie pot-pie

Loved them all.
My friend made the chocolate salted carmel cake, and let me tell, you THE CHOCOLATE SALTED CARMEL CAKE IS EVERYTHING! It's so good. I have never had a cake that was that delicious while also being vegan AND soy AND gluten-free!
This is not a quick and easy recipe, but definitely worth the time.
Some of the recipes require more than one pot or pan and more than 10 minutes to make, but I do find that the more I make the recipes, the quicker they come together. Buy it!
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