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The Plantpower Way: Whole Food Plant-Based Recipes and Guidance for The Whole Family Hardcover – April 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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Another thing I love about this book is its deft balancing of big ideas and tiny details. The recipes, lists of kitchen gadgets, pantry management tips, and guidance for changing habits complements the larger vision: remaking ourselves into the best possible versions we can imagine.
One wonderful example: Julie (an inspired and inventive cook but by no means a trained chef) tells a story about a professional chef attending one of her early cooking demos. After the class, he approached and asked her, one pro to another, about her choice of a particular knife to cut the zucchini. She replied, slightly embarrassed, that it was the closest knife.
It's a great metaphor for our own paths of transformation. Many times I've aspired to some standard of perfection, only to give up when I couldn't attain it. Many times I've wished I could start somewhere else, further down the path, rather than where I am in this perfect moment. Cutting the zucchini with the closest knife reminds me that I can only start where I am, and that my own sincere, mindful efforts are all that's ever needed to begin the process of change.
The other thing this book did for me was reinforce how absolutely possible such a transformation is. When I first heard about Rich Roll, it was in the context of the story he told in his previous book, Finding Ultra. In short, a 40-year-old junk food addict, unhappy with life and career, overweight and unhealthy, turns his life around and competes in some of the world's toughest endurance events within the space of a few months.
In other words, mission impossible for the rest of us. Rich is some kind of freak of nature, a caterpillar destined to find his wings and soar above the everyday world that you and I inhabit. Only after meeting Rich and Julie and their family did I come to see them as "ordinary" in the best sense of the word: regular people who simply make a fierce commitment to their own reinvention. They reminded me of the simple way Cambodian Buddhist monk Bhante Dharmawara described the Buddha: "He was just a man who remade himself."
And that's where this book bridges the gap between Rich's Hero's Journey and our own. While we may not choose to run 5 Ironmans (Ironmen?) in 7 days, we each have a mission encoded in our spiritual DNA. Something that we are meant to express, to give, to do, to become. And very few of us will ever discover that mission, let alone have the guts to start and the stamina to persevere, unless we respect our bodies enough to fuel them lovingly. Or as Julie and Rich put it, the PlantPower Way.
Which brings me to the bit of the book I found most moving and powerful, their discernment of the three paths on the PlantPower Way: vitality, performance, and transformation. While they inform and reinforce each other, each path represents a starting point that will resonate with some of us but not others. You might aspire to elite athlete status. I might want to feel well enough to dig a small pond in my garden. Someone else may be looking to head off heart disease in order to accompany their child down the aisle in 15 years.
In one sense, this is another vegan cookbook, which is how it's categorized on amazon. In another, deeper sense, this is a playbook for family creativity, harmony, and delight. Get it. Share it. And find your own version of Ultra.
I could, however, see someone who doesn't own a lot of the kitchen tools, like a mandolin or food processor, finding some of the recipes to be a bit more difficult. They use a Vitamix every day, but we still don't own one yet. We've managed without one. They also use a lot of nuts, which can get expensive. I buy them in bulk at Costco and Wegman's. I also try to stick with the recipes that utilize what's in season to help reduce cost.
Other than that, it's also an enjoyable book to read! The photography is great, as well! I find their approach incredibly inspiring. This is definitely going to be a regular go-to book for us. I highly recommend it!!!
When I first discovered I had high cholesterol and discovered the research about the benefits of a plant based diet, I had no idea how to start. I ate veggie burgers for every meal. I wish I had had this book back then. Now this book will become my prescription for patients on how to change your life and your health with beautiful, delicious, and nutritious food.
This book is definitely worth 5 stars.