ISBN: 9781615193400
Publishing: May 16, 2017
Price: $24.95 US
Paperback: 320 pages
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YumUniverse Pantry to Plate
Improvise Meals You Love—from What You Have!—Plant-Packed, Gluten-Free, Your Way!

What are you craving? + What’s in your cupboard? = A plateful of YumUniverse goodness!

It’s no secret: Cooking at home is good for you—especially if you are trying to eat more plants (or less gluten). But cooking recipe after recipe can make a healthy lifestyle hard to stick to. Sometimes it’s nice to eat without planning (and shopping) ahead of time!

Enter YumUniverse Pantry to Plate: Improvise Meals You Love—from What You Have!—Plant-Packed, Gluten-Free, Your Way! In this one-of-a-kind recipe playbook, healthy living enthusiast Heather Crosby shares ingenious master recipes that home cooks can customize endlessly. For example: Pick any grain, one or more veggies, and a complementary aromatic, sauté them together in your choice of sauces, and voilà! You’ve just improvised a hearty, nutritious “scramble.”

Are you a recipe renegade who likes to bend the “rules”? A new vegan or vegetarian seeking more kitchen confidence? Are you tired of going shopping for just one missing ingredient? Infinite possibilities await you in your own YumUniverse!

“For whatever time of day, this cookbook is full of uncomplicated instruction and delicious advice for making everything from ‘crave-worthy, on-the-go’snacks to heartier meals.”—Foreword

“A novel idea that just might transform noncooks into creative home chefs.”—Booklist

“This title can help cooks to feel more comfortable modifying and improvising variations from recipes. . . . A fun, customizable collection of contemporary vegan and gluten-free foods.”—Library Journal

Praise for Heather Crosby

“Heather’s enthusiasm for healthy living will inspire you... It’s hard not to fall in love with her fresh, vibrant, and accessible plant-based recipes.”
Angela Liddon, New York Times best-selling author of The Oh She Glows Cookbook
“I’ve admired Heather Crosby since she started out years ago... she has truly changed the way hundreds of thousands of people transition into, and maintain, a plant-powerful lifestyle and now she brings her energy, dedication, and approachability to ‘YumUniverse’... 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.”
—Brendan Brazier, former Professional Ironman Triathlete and author of the Thrive book series
“If you are looking to improve your health, eating a plant-based diet is the best thing you can do. 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. More than a cookbook, this is also a guidebook— her helpful tips for the transition period make this an invaluable resource for anyone who is new to this way of eating. If you’re interested in test-driving a plant-based diet, let Heather be your guide, and enjoy the journey!”
— Neal Barnard, MD, author, and founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

YumUniverse is a gorgeous cookbook filled with tasty, creative recipes that is perfect to kickstart a plant-powerful diet. It’s also a comprehensive guidebook filled with the must- have tools and know-how to help transition and maintain an inspiring wellness adventure for a lifetime. 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?

“I believe you become a plant-based eater by having fun and experimenting with new recipes. 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. Her step-by-step tips help you feel confident and supported. 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 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 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, CCN 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 and author of No Meat Athlete: Run on Plants and Discover Your Fittest, Fastest, Happiest Self

“Finally, the comprehensive, plant-powerful book you’ve been waiting for! 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. Heather’s extensive knowledge and experience as an online plant-powerful pioneer and foodie is evident throughout this lavish, stunningly photographed book. YumUniverse goes beyond recipes to prove you can take control of your health and achieve vibrant, plant-inspired wellness— all without gluten or refined sugars!”
— Ricki Heller, RHN, PhD, author of Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free and Living Candida-Free

Heather Crosby’s first book, YumUniverse, was covered by, Reader’s Digest, and NPR’s “It’s Your Health,” among others. She is a lover of plant-inspired foods, and the recipe developer and photographer of her popular website, (100,000+ monthly visitors). She also holds a certification from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. She lives in West Virginia.