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Be A Plant-Based Woman Warrior: Live Fierce, Stay Bold, Eat Delicious

Be A Plant-Based Woman Warrior: Live Fierce, Stay Bold, Eat Delicious

by Jane Esselstyn, Ann Crile Esselstyn
Be A Plant-Based Woman Warrior: Live Fierce, Stay Bold, Eat Delicious

Be A Plant-Based Woman Warrior: Live Fierce, Stay Bold, Eat Delicious

by Jane Esselstyn, Ann Crile Esselstyn


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The original “Julia Child of plant-based cooking” teams up with her daughter to offer a multigenerational celebration of the power of a plant-based lifestyle—with 125 recipes.

The Esselstyn family is three generations plant-based strong. Encouraged to create recipes without dairy and meat when her husband’s research pointed to the impact of diet on reversing disease, Ann Esselstyn began feeding her family creative, plant-based meals more than thirty years ago. She and her daughter, Jane Esselstyn, are bolts of energy from the same strike of lightning and have become fierce, big-spirited advocates for a plant-based lifestyle, reaching hundreds of thousands of fans through their previous books and their popular YouTube channel.

At eighty-six and fifty-six, respectively, Ann and Jane are pictures of ageless health and vibrancy and spend their days hiking, doing yoga, gardening, cooking, and spreading the message that diet is the key to living a happy, strong, and disease-free life. Be a Plant-Based Woman Warrior explains how women everywhere can pass on this important legacy in their own families through the generations, and illuminates how plants powerfully support a woman’s body and mind. This cookbook is a call to action and a message of hope for any and all to be Plant-Based Women Warriors filled with vitality and in control of their own health.

Be a Plant-Based Woman Warrior includes more than 125 recipes made for women on the go, from Apple Flax Flapjacks and Black Ramen Bowls, to Portobello Sliders with Green Goddess Sauce, to Mint Chip Outta Sight Brownies. And it includes big-flavored dinners like Sweet Potato and Cashew Ricotta Lasagna and Plant-Based Pad Thai, sure to tempt even the most reluctant vegetable-focused eaters. Full of life, captivating energy, and delicious food, this cookbook brings readers to the Esselstyn family table, where plants and joy are at the center.

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ISBN-13: 9780593328910
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/23/2022
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 9,394
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ann Crile Esselstyn has been called "the Julia Child of plant-based-cooking." She was an award-winning English teacher for twenty-seven years, all while juggling raising four children, coaching, and figuring out how to cook delicious and appealing plant-based, oil-free food (pre-internet!). Ann's singular focus is on creating recipes to prevent and reverse heart disease, and she collaborates with her husband, Dr. Caldwell B Esselstyn Jr., in counseling patients. Ann and her daughter, Jane, also feature heart-healthy recipes on their YouTube channel. Ann graduated from Smith College and received a master's in education from Wheelock College. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio, next door to Jane.

Jane Esselstyn, R.N., is a fresh, charismatic voice in the plant-based movement. She brings her passion, energy, and can-do attitude to her presentations, cooking demonstrations, and cookbooks. As well as being a nurse, researcher, middle school sex ed teacher, and mother of three, Jane hosts a popular YouTube channel with her spitfire mother, Ann Crile Esselstyn. Jane created the recipes for the #1 New York Times bestseller Plant-Strong and The Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet. She is the coauthor of The Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet with her brother, Rip Esselstyn and of The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook with Ann, who is her next-door neighbor in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Introduction: HEAR US ROAR
We are Plant- Based Women Warriors and this is our front line. A call to arms for vitality and uncompromised health.
A rallying cry for booming energy and rejection of disease. Join us as we press onward with plants, love, and each other. Be a Plant- Based Woman Warrior.
Live fierce.
Stay bold.
Eat delicious.
The fiercest person I know is my mother, Ann— and how lucky that we live next door to each other. Ann’s energy and “hop- to” is my daily dose of “hell yeah.” Try to keep up with her at eighty- six years old— it is exhausting! In a single day, it is not unusual to see her run, lift weights, sweep, rake, do yoga, haul brush, plant gardens, cook, and shop. She does not stop: Activity and engagement are Ann’s perpetual states.

We attend a Wednesday yoga class together, and even though she prefers to be in the back row, she still catches everyone’s eye. There she is, balanced in half- moon on one leg, holding a side plank without shaking, and flipping her downward dog like a gymnast. People always ask me after class, “How old is your mom?!” and hastily add, “I want to be her when I grow up!” Ha, I do, too! She has completely redefined aging and stayed in the game. Sometimes, I’m asked if my mom and I are twins. What a compliment! I can only hope to have Ann’s energy and spunk as I grow older.

While trail running, Ann once impaled her lower leg on a branch. Around this time, she had been reading a book about Genghis Khan’s unruly, violent upbringing, and so she figured she could handle a branch piercing her calf. She arrived at home looking fresh from a battle on the Mongolian steppes, with blood streaming down her leg. The ensuing IV antibiotics and gaping wound had her bedbound for a day. Point being, it takes a lot to momentarily impede this Plant- Based Woman Warrior.
What is the secret to Ann’s way of life? What stokes her furnace every day? The answer is simple— a plant- based diet. And daily, she feasts on more food than most other humans!

My parents say they eat a plant- based diet because they want to live long and die fast. My father, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., has been researching the link between a plant- based diet and heart disease for decades. His intense interest was our family’s initiation to this way of eating. At first, Ann learned to create healthy, simple, plant- based recipes for my father’s heart patients. But soon, her motivation became stronger when patients reported other lifestyle- related diseases falling away. Along with plummeting cholesterol and normalizing blood pressure, eating plant- based leveled their blood sugar, reversed erectile dysfunction and autoimmune disease symptoms, and sent their energy levels skyrocketing.

We should all accept the challenge to live long and die fast! The effect would be staggering: less medication, disease, and long- term care, and more living, activity, and— flat out— more quality time with those you love. You may be thinking, , How can the answerer to the many faces of lifestyle-related diseases and suffering be plants? It seems too simple. But we have seen the power of this way of eating too many times not to share and shout this message over the garden wall and from the mountaintops. There can truly be boundless health and hope ahead with a whole food, plant-based diet.

Ann is fierce! When it comes to plant-based eating, we are three generations strong, due to Ann’s love and delicious persistence. She has charmed every single one in our family of twenty to be plant-based. She is a role model for giving things a go. She’ll challenge grandchildren to eat their sweet potato skins, she’ll harvest tall unknown weeds from the garden when out of greens, or she’ll serve up “witches brew” (as the grandchildren call it) for breakfast (see Ann’s Warrior Oats, page 000) on Christmas morning. Ann is completely unapologetic about sticking with this way of eating. As my husband, Brian, says, “Ann is a bully for good.” Always ready to roar at anyone about eating plants.

These days, Ann’s bright light and humor show up in our books, YouTube videos, and cooking demos. When we began presenting cooking demos decades ago, we had no idea we were working because it felt so natural— mother and daughter chatting, bickering, and laughing side by side. What’s most gratifying is hearing from people who decide to try cooking plant- based because Ann makes them laugh, or because our relationship reminds them of their mother- daughter relationship, or we just make it look easy. It is so simple— and transformative— to embrace the power each of us has in our own kitchens.

My parents feel being plant- based is the greatest gift they will ever give to our family— the benefits of a lifestyle- related disease- free life will extend for generations to come. We hope this book will inspire you to be protect your family’s health, too, and make food choices that also nourish the planet! Be tenacious in your drive to change the world around you, whether it’s by chatting with interested pals, barking behind a bull-horn, or being a silent role model. Set the example and make yourself a resource. Choose to be fierce, and roar for your own health!

Table of Contents

Introduction: Hear Us Roar 11

Chapter 1 How Plants Powerfully Support Women 21

Chapter 2 Create Delicious 39

Chapter 3 The Plant-Based Woman Warrior Kitchen 45

Chapter 4 Powerful Breakfasts 53

Chapter 5 Secret Weapons: Sauces, Hummus, Dressings, Salsas, and a Guacamole 75

Chapter 6 Sandwich-Craft and Beautiful Soups 109

Chapter 7 Warrior Salads 145

Chapter 8 Tofu and Tempeh, Tasty Additions 165

Chapter 9 Appetizers, Sides, and Clever Extras 177

Chapter 10 Crackers, Quick Breads, and Other Fillers 201

Chapter 11 Build Your Own Bowls, Handheld Meals, and Dinner Feasts 215

Chapter 12 Dreamy, Daring, and Delicious Desserts 273

Acknowledgments 312

Index 315

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