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YumUniverse: Infinite Possibilities for a Gluten-Free, Plant-Powerful, Whole-Food Lifestyle

YumUniverse: Infinite Possibilities for a Gluten-Free, Plant-Powerful, Whole-Food Lifestyle

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by Heather Crosby, Brendan Brazier (Foreword by)

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More than 150 plant-based, gluten-free, soy-free recipes!

No matter where you land on the diet spectrum, more whole, plant-based foods can enrich your life and improve your health.

If you’re transitioning to a plant-based diet or you just want some ideas for preparing scrumptious veggie dishes, Heather Crosby provides a step-by-step guide to


More than 150 plant-based, gluten-free, soy-free recipes!

No matter where you land on the diet spectrum, more whole, plant-based foods can enrich your life and improve your health.

If you’re transitioning to a plant-based diet or you just want some ideas for preparing scrumptious veggie dishes, Heather Crosby provides a step-by-step guide to simply adding more delicious, health-boosting meals to your existing routine, whether you’re a meat-eater or a vegan.

YumUniverse: Infinite Possibilities for a Gluten-Free, Plant-Powerful, Whole-Food Lifestyle offers a creative collection of more than 150 craveable recipes without meat, dairy, gluten, or soy. But this is more than just a cookbook—it’s a treasure chest that will help you build health-promoting habits and recipes of your own for a lifetime. As a former veggie-phobe, Heather knows firsthand how overwhelming yet rewarding the transition toward a plant-powerful diet can be, so she offers expert advice for folks seeking to adopt and maintain a whole-food approach to what they eat.

Fans of YumUniverse.com, Heather’s inspirational food website, and new readers alike will discover recipe goodness like her Fig & Caramelized Onion Tart and Almond-Cardamom Cream Chia Pudding with Fresh Berries, as well as divine desserts like Mexican Unfried Ice Cream and Chocolate & Salted Caramel Stack Cake.

A plant-powerful, gluten-free lifestyle is delicious and doable. So, say “goodbye” to the dieting roller coaster and embrace a long-term wellness adventure with tasty, healthy, plant-inspired cuisine.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"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."
Midwest Book Review

“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

Library Journal
Motivated by health issues, Crosby started on a journey from the standard American diet to one based on whole fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and seeds. The author's website, yumuniverse.com, followed with information, encouragement, and recipes to aid others. Her first book uses a similar formula, starting with reasons to adopt a whole-foods, plant-based diet and information to help readers succeed in embracing this new lifestyle. The second half of the book contains easy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, desserts, and such basics as non-dairy milks, cashew cheese, and smoothies. Throughout, Crosby urges readers to swap ingredients based on taste or what they have on hand, and to have fun in the kitchen. Peppered with vibrant illustrations and photos of most recipes, the book is a visual treat, although some fonts are small. VERDICT Anyone interested in a whole-foods approach to a vegan diet has many recent books to choose from, such as titles in Lindsay Nixon's "Happy Herbivore" series and tie-ins to the documentary Forks Over Knives—all solid choices. Here the strengths are in the chummy, supportive tone, appealing design, encouragement to be creative, and focus on being both gluten- and soy-free.—Jude Baldwin, Coll. of the Siskiyous, Weed, CA

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Meet 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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YumUniverse: Infinite Possibilities for a Gluten-Free, Plant-Powerful, Whole-Food Lifestyle 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Serena_87 More than 1 year ago
My friend told me about YumUniverse the website, and I discovered the book and knew I had to check it out! I'm a gluten-free vegan, but I love how this book isn't about one particular way of eating, but about how to just incorporate a healthy lifestyle with lots of whole foods. It's not about eating meat or not although the vegan recipes are perfect for how I've chosen to eat. I saw some reviews where people were disappointed about the lack of recipes (there are lots, trust me) so if you're just expecting recipes from page one to the end you might feel a little disappointed. It's really a book about incorporating a whole, healthy lifestyle and giving you practical tools to do it with plenty of recipes and tips to get you started! (Heather is a great writer too and you'll feel encouraged, not discouraged!). The first part of book she shares her own story, and there are tips and information and concepts about health in the first part that she makes super easy to understand. I'm learning tons and I recommend this book!
Anonymous 12 months ago
Anonymous 12 months ago
The green eyes girl stands in the kitchen, her long blonde hair is straightened and she wears short jean shorts, cowboy boots and a plaid crop top
ChristmasCityVegan More than 1 year ago
Beautiful book to add to any cookbook collection. It is a plant strong guide that will lead you to a healthy lifestyle. For anyone new to our lifestyle, it's a great place to start. If you are a long time vegetarian/vegan it's a great refresher to keep you on track. Lots of great recipes.To reclaim our health we must get back to whole foods, a clean simple diet plant based and unprocessed. Highly recommended.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
I was blown away by this book! You don't have to be a health nut or a foodie to easily incorporate plant-based, gluten-free foods into your life. YU just have to start. YUMUNIVERSE by Heather Crosby is an amazing, inspirational step-by-step guide to making positive changes in your existing routine.  It allows you to take baby steps towards a delicious plant-based, allergy-friendly diet and includes more than 150 recipes that are scrumptious and easy to prepare!  Don't expect a guilt trip! Heather is very non-judgmental and isn't interested in labeling people by what they eat. She simply advocates eating more plants and whole foods, and encourages the reader to take what they want from the book. YUMUNIVERSE is so much more than a cookbook!  It's a road guide to health. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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