- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books (March 4, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780738217406
- ISBN-13: 978-0738217406
- ASIN: 0738217409
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 90 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thrive Energy Cookbook: 150 Plant-Based Whole Food Recipes Paperback – March 4, 2014
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"Brendan gets it! His nutritional approach is what supercharges results."
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"Thrive Energy Cookbook is a must-have for gourmets and athletes alike."
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"When world-class athletes want to get even better, Brendan is the man who gets the call."
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"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."
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"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
"Former Ironman triathlete Brendan Brazier is nothing short of a phenomenon. Not only did he show the world that professional athletes can excel on a vegan diet, he is the creator of the Vega line of plant-based nutrition products. When thumbing through his brand-new Thrive Energy Cookbook (Brazier's fourth book), I was astounded by the quality of his 150 whole-food recipes--which include a delightful chia seed blueberry pudding, a sumptuous yellow peanut curry rice bowl, and a mouthwatering strawberry-goji berry dark chocolate cheesecake. I want it all."―VegNews (Cofounder Coleen Holland)
"From the bestselling author of the Thrive series comes 150 plant-based, nutrient dense recipes. 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."―New You
About the Author
Brendan Brazier is the bestselling author of the "Thrive" book trilogy ("Thrive, Thrive Fitness, " and "Thrive Foods"). Brendan is a former professional Ironman triathlete, and the creator of the award-winning whole food nutritional product line, Vega. He is also a two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion. Recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on plant-based nutrition, Brendan is a guest lecturer at Cornell University and presents an eCornell module entitled "The Plant-Based Diet and Elite Athleticism." He lives in Los Angeles. brendanbrazier.com
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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.
I did enjoy the smoothies in this book and really liked the idea of categorizing certain recipes as pre and post workout foods. I think this information will be useful to me- when I have the time to track down specialty ingredients.
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.)
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.