Gorgeous Black Rice Salad from the new Esselstyn cookbook.

Holy healthy head of the table.

My breakfast companions at the recent McDougall Advanced Nutrition Studies weekend were Ann and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.

This means I not only found out that Dr. Esselstyn prefers oatmeal and wheat biscuits to potatoes at breakfast (me too!), but with Ann seating at my left, I heard the buzz about a new cookbook coming down the pike.

Guess what arrived in today’s mail?


Fresh out of the mailing envelope – I was ready to dive in right away.

With the official title of The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook: Over 125 Delicious, Life-Changing, Plant-Based RecipesAnn Esselstyn’s book is co-authored with Jane Esselstyn, R.D.

Cookbooks can be tough – in so many ways.

And believe me, I have a whole new respect for cookbook authors even with the small bit of recipe testing and write-ups I’ve done for The Plant-Based Journey.

Impressive photographs

If you’re going to include photos in a recipe book, they have to be good.  I’m sure you too have seen cookbooks where the pictures of the food are under par – where the food looks dull and slightly out of focus.

Kind of like all the cookbooks were when we were kids.

Well, this one is part of the new breed.

The pictures are colorful, clear, and mouth-watering beautiful, giving new meaning to “eat the rainbow every day.”


Gorgeous Black Rice Salad stands on its own as a complete meal. I opted to serve last night for dinner with a few chunks of seasoned tofu on top.

The book is organized like this:

  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
  • Soups
  • Hummus, sauces, spreads, gravy, and salsas
  • Appetizers and sides
  • Salad dressing
  • Dinners
  • Desserts

Also included is a foreword by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D., and an introductory session by Ann and Jane with plant-based basics.

But primarily this book is about the food.  I couldn’t wait to dive into a recipe (it was hard to pick where to start) so I could tell you more about it.

Realizing I could use some new ideas in the salad department, I settled on the Gorgeous Black Rice Salad.  Besides, it looked too gorgeous and unique not to dive into right away.

Gorgeous Black Rice Salad

Never in a million years would it have occurred to me to put tomatoes, grapes, mango, and arugula together in a salad.

With the black rice as backdrop, not only does this recipe (page 154) deliver on taste, it presents a stunning visual.

How to Win a Copy of The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook

With Anne and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn at the McDougall Advanced Study Weekend.

With Ann and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn at the McDougall Advanced Study Weekend.

Entry in the drawing is easy.

Simply leave your reply to the following question in comments below.

Contest Question:

Which category – from The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease table of contents – could use a new addition in your kitchen:  Breakfasts, Lunches, Soups, Hummus, sauces, spreads, gravy, and salsas, Appetizers and sides, Salad dressing, Dinners, or Desserts – and why?

Winner will be drawn randomly fron all entries entered by Wednesday, August 21, 2014.  

The drawing will take place on Thursday, August 22.

As for me, I’m eyeing the Jalapeno and Salsa Corn Muffins  to try next.

Or maybe the Kale Waldorf Salad or Gingerbreak Biscotti?  Decisions…

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!  And get a copy of The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook: Over 125 Delicious, Life-Changing, Plant-Based Recipes into your hands.

You can also preorder the book HERE.

P.S. Be sure that you have entered your email address correctly so that I can be sure to contact you if you win the drawing!


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