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  • Do you want to eat delicious food that allows you to
    lose weight and keep it off permanently without hunger or
    deprivation?
  • Do you want to throw away your
    medications and recover from chronic illnesses such as heart disease,
    high blood pressure, and diabetes?
  • Do you want to
    maintain your good health, live longer, and enjoy life to the
    fullest?

If you said yes to any of these, then the Eat
to Live Cookbook
is for you.

Through his #1 New York
Times
bestselling book Eat to Live, Joel Fuhrman, M.D.,
has helped millions of readers worldwide discover the most effective,
healthy, and proven path to permanent weight loss.

Now the Eat
to Live Cookbook
makes this revolutionary approach easier than
ever before. Filled with nutritious, delicious, and easy-to-prepare
recipes for every occasion, the Eat to Live Cookbook shows you
how to follow Dr. Fuhrman's life-changing program as you eat your
way to incredible health.


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Reviews for Eat to Live Cookbook: 200 Delicious Nutrient-Rich Recipes for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Reversing Disease, and Lifelong Health:

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October 9, 2013

No matter what diet you follow, this cookbook has something for you.
I think this is a great place to start if you want to test the waters a bit and see what eating nutritarian is all about. The first 30 pages have everything you need to get started. It won't require the all out chaos in the family meal plan - occurring when the family is forced to eat what you are eating; rather, you can fix any one of these fantastic recipes as a side dish and skip the main course. They will like it too.

If you aren't familiar with what Dr. Fuhrman teaches, there is a enough instruction in the book to get a good overview. I didn't begin to eat greens regularly until 3 years ago when I started following the Eat to Live plan. Now, they are a normal part of my diet and I don't think twice about it - I wish I had THIS cookbook in 2009!

There are a couple of points that should be emphasized. First, he clearly explains that it's better to add vegetables and fruits to your diet than to be overly focused about organic/GMO/etc... Not that these are unimportant, but if cost or availability is a concern, eating regular versions of these vegetables is far better than skipping. He points out that most science studies cited for health benefits used conventional varieties of vegetables and fruits. There is an excellent guide on which produce is most likely to have pesticides and it can help you focus limited budgets where it will be most healthful. All the recipes for diabetes and metabolic disorder are clearly marked.

Next, he and the 6 guest chefs created guides on how to select the best vegetables, etc... These are throughout the book, so if you don't know what to look for our how to make the perfect selection, there's help doing it along with many other tips and tricks. These are sprinkled within the recipes and most are set apart from the text in green highlight or boxes. As well, if you don't know how to sauté with water or prepare an artichoke, it's here in easy to follow directions. He even has a guide to spices!

One helpful hint if you're not accustomed to eating fresh vegetables daily - start slow when shopping. Until you get the flow of fresh greens and vegetables, buying too much at one time will result in too much ending in the compost pile or disposal. Once you get the hang of it, you'll have a good feel for when and what to buy and you are in and out of the grocery store with just a few things. If you spread that out with some of the recipes made of staples, or soups and stews which can be stored/frozen, you're never far from a great tasting healthful meal.

There are suggestions on additions if you aren't eating a vegan diet, which may not be as healthful, but will be welcomed for mixed-diet households. Dr Fuhrman encourages people to eliminate the calorie dense animal food, but he doesn't beat people up with it. I choose the plant-versions, because that's what I prefer.

Finally, his AMAZING approach to making dressings deserves noting. This is the single item that allowed me to fully convert to eating this way. They are delicious and EASY to make. Once you make one or two examples, you can literally make unlimited sauces and dressings with his easy to understand 4-ingredient approach. I know others have "complained" a bit by him promoting his ingredients, but he always offers alternatives in the recipes that can be found at your local grocery store. Many of his items are available here on amazon if you'd rather buy than make. That being said, anyone can make dressings fresh in just a few minutes and if you keep just a few key ingredients in the house, you're always ready to go! Remember, they aren't just for salads.

I'm grateful to him on many levels - health and weight, but equally important is he is a fantastic man with an unrelenting drive and passion to help people get better using nothing but food. It works if you follow it.

In the past, getting started has been the biggest obstacle for most people and this cookbook is definitely a big help.
4

August 8, 2016

A good start for vegan cooking
This cookbook is much easier to buy into if you read the Eat to Live book first. The recipes make more sense when you have the context of the entire plan in your head. Having said that, there are a lot of problems with this book. In my case, I decided to try this diet as several others had failed, and my doc had just doubled my statin drug. I retrofitted my pantry and fridge and started tackling the diet and the recipes. It was costly, not just for all the stuff I had to buy at the health food store, but for much of the food I threw out. I did NOT buy all the Fuhrman products -- to me, his product-shilling is the one thing that really wrecks his credibility...and the fact that you can't even log onto his website for support/additional info without forking out at least $40/month. You do not need even one of those products to make these meals. Use Mrs. Dash's and your own spices for seasonings, and instead of flavored vinegars, add your own. (I.e., instead of buying fig vinegar, chop a few dried figs, simmer them in some balsamic vinegar and water for 15 minutes, strain out the figs and dump that into your recipe.) Be a little creative. Also, some of the ingredient amounts are off...either too much or too little. Many of the recipes, esp. those by 'famous' chefs, are impossibly complicated (and the couple I tried tasted awful). Bottom line, this diet works! After 5 weeks, I'm down 15 pounds and feel terrific. Headaches, hand/feet cramps, indigestion and insomnia have disappeared. I do not miss dairy, meat, fish, carbs at all. I do add a sweet potato or some brown rice occasionally. I also use a tiny bit of cooking spray when I saute vegetables - that water sauteing is for the birds. Don't bother with the 25-ingredient soups and entrees, don't be afraid to substitute with stuff on hand or omit some of the more exotic stuff. This is a diet for life, and is surprisingly easy to adapt to after the first week or so. You will not be disappointed. Also - search online for vegan recipes - very large selection out there, and most use fewer and more common ingredients. Good luck!
5

June 23, 2016

I am writing you to thank you for giving me the tools to turn my life around after reading your books I feel that this sounds li
For my review, I am posting a letter I just wrote to Dr. Fuhrman. It sums up the reversal of my diabetes and high cholesterol in just over three months;

Dr. Fuhurman,

I am writing you to thank you for giving me the tools to turn my life around after reading your books I feel that this sounds like a cliché, but it is the only think I can say.

The short story is that on March 9, 2016 I was being tested to see if I could lower my very high life-insurance monthly payments and I had my first A1C test done. It came in at 6.5. I knew I had some high fasting blood sugar levels (usually the highs between 109 and 130) but I did not know I was on the doorstep of diabetes. I don’t know why none of my doctors ever had me take an A1C before. This seemed like a death sentence since my father had lost a leg and died of causes related to his Type 2 diabetes.

I had picked up your book The End of Diabetes several years ago and tried it but stopped. Now I picked it up and read it with a new commitment. It is now three months later and the results are nothing but miraculous. I have lost 25 pounds (198 to 173 pounds). My A1C is now 5.5. My cholesterol went from the low 200’s to 142. My Chol/HDL ratio went from 3.3 to 2.8. All of my panel tests are in the normal range and I have stopped my statin. The icing on the cake is that when I received my new labs last week I submitted them to my insurance company and they just told me that I now qualify for their lowest rate for my age group and my rate is being reduced by 50!

Here is my situation. I am a 49 year old male who is half East Indian (my dad) and half German American. My adult life I saw my dad deteriorate from the horrible affliction of Type 2 diabetes.

This once Olympic athlete (Melbourne, Australia 1956 Olympic games), my dad was a powerful swimmer but after moving to the USA taking on all of the weight that comes with the meat-intensive American diet, I saw him diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes when he was in his late 50’s. By the time he was diagnosed, he was really falling apart. This included heart disease, dialysis and the amputation of one of his legs. He passed away when he was 70.

My story is one of always trying to eat well and be mindful to exercise at least three days a week. I saw my blood sugar levels slowly raise over the last fifteen years since I started monitoring them through our family doctor. My big struggle always seemed to be my very high cholesterol levels which I have combating with a statin.

My first wakeup call to my ever increasing cholesterol and triglyceride levels was when our daughter was born six years ago and I wanted to get life insurance for the first tiem. I was put in the highest insurance rate due to my cholesterol levels being so high. I vowed to better my health to be re-tested to prove to myself that I have reversed my health and save money.

This is when I first picked up your Eat to Live book. I used it for a summer and felt great but then slipped back into my old complacency of eating what my wife cooked for dinner which usually consisted of meat and dairy products. As I mentioned above, the A1C test results of 6.5 hit me like a ton of bricks and I did not want to end up like my dad. My wife was very supportive in my need to completely focus on my health. She still eats her meat and dairy products but makes sure there are plenty of salads and veggies at dinner. I am in charge of making sure the house is well stocked for me.

I have to admit that I religiously followed the aggressive diet for six weeks and then transitioned into a vegetarian diet modeled after the Eat To Live guidelines and Recipe Book.

It is wonderful to feel this great and I do not mind the continual commitment to eat a nutri-tarian diet. I love it.

Thank you very much for providing me with the tools to make such and aggressive turn-around.
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March 12, 2018

Dr. Furhmans "Eat To Live Book" is very enlightening ...
Dr. Furhmans "Eat To Live Book" is very enlightening and worth five stars, but the Eat To Live Cookbook is hugely disappointing. The recipes require many ingredients, often as many as nineteen. Most of the recipes result in quantities large enough to feed several families. Dr. Furhman insists that "longevity depends on getting "skinny'", which is the exact phrase he used. But the desert recipes often call for as many as 20 dates, which is an incredible number of calories or carbs, whichever you use. So you end up with a huge desert but able to eat only tiny bits if your watching your weight. The recipes and quantities are such that it would be difficult to halve or quarter the amounts. The recipes are not practical for one or two people and not practical unless you want to spend hours of food preparation. I doubt that many of the people who gave it five stars actually cooked with it and were impressed because it is at least an attractive book. Attractive but not practical.
3

March 20, 2018

but Eat to Live- Quick and Easy is a better quality book
This book is ok, but Eat to Live- Quick and Easy is a better quality book. This book has more recipes than Quick and Easy, but they clearly skimped on the production quality of this book. Perhaps when it was first released, it was self published? And they had no budget for a professional designer to fix the layout? There are some photos of the food, but they're all grouped in the middle of the book (as if added as an afterthought- the pages aren't even the same size as the rest of the book pages), and many of the recipes have no photo at all. It makes it very difficult to browse through the cookbook and decide what looks appetizing.
3

August 4, 2017

Helpful
Learning to eat right is a challenge when I don't have things like tahini, amino acid soy substitute (very tasty) and tofu in my kitchen. But I've lost weight very quickly and found many health benefits and I am willing to learn. The book is helpful but I hoped for some more simplistic recipes, fewer ingredients. Dr. Fuhrman's youtube videos are helpful too. I've added many more ingredients to my salads than ever before and change it up with a variety of beans both hot and cold. That has helped to keep hubby interested.
5

July 6, 2016

Great cookbook to jump start a healthy lifestyle !
My son's eye doctor recommended this cook book for him as he's struggling with a rare auto-immune deficiency that effects his eyes. Great menus packed with recipes rich in vegetables, natural fiber and the list goes on. My son certainly doesn't need to loose weight but eating healthy rich in iron foods definitely makes a difference combating his symptoms. And, did I mention, the recipes are delicious !
5

August 12, 2017

Fuhrman knows what he is talking about and this book is great. If I could give it more than 5 ...
This is the second book that I purchased from Dr Fuhrman. The first one was for my husband with diabeties. When he was diagnosed his blood sugars were 600 and he was prescribed insulin which he did not take. He decided to go on Dr. Fuhrman diet and followed it and did exactly what Dr. Fuhrman prescribes in his book and within 3 weeks his blood sugars were at 116. His A1C level was at 16 when he was diagnosed and in three months it had gone down to 6. He has continued to maintain. The second book was for my sister-in-law. She was diabetic plus she only has one kidney which was starting to become weak and she was over weight. She started the diet from this book and within 6 weeks she has lost over 40 lbs and when her lkidney was tested again recently it was functioning normally. Her Dr took her off all her diabetes medication and told her she did not need it any more. He told her to continue what she was doing because it worked. Dr. Fuhrman knows what he is talking about and this book is great. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would definitely do so.
5

July 8, 2016

This is the miracle you've been looking for!
this is my new Bible! My husband and I have lost almost 80 pounds between us in the past 2 months on this diet, and my husband has been taken off of his medications for cholesterol and diabetes. This is the miracle you've been looking for!
3

Aug 26, 2013


More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/

The Eat To Live Cookbook is based upon other books by Dr. Furhrman and focuses on his work with individuals who want to be healthier (weight loss or disease control). It is a companion to his other book Eat To Live.

In the preface, he lays out the foundation for the recipes: foods to eat every day, foods to avoid, quantities to take and how to prepare or cook those foods. A lot of the emphasis is on green leafy

More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/

The Eat To Live Cookbook is based upon other books by Dr. Furhrman and focuses on his work with individuals who want to be healthier (weight loss or disease control). It is a companion to his other book Eat To Live.

In the preface, he lays out the foundation for the recipes: foods to eat every day, foods to avoid, quantities to take and how to prepare or cook those foods. A lot of the emphasis is on green leafy vegetables and beans - and so the recipes do contain a lot of those ingredients. His suggestion is to avoid foods like breads, animal-derived products such as meats and dairy, and of course sugary foods and soda. Most of the recipes have a base of what he calls G-Bombs - Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries, Seeds. He also rates foods based upon their nutritional value per calorie. Finally, he gives recommendations on food shopping, preparation, herbs, organic product, etc.

The recipes are of a great variety and interest. Worrisome for me is that I don't live in a major metropolitan center were a lot of exotic or less common fruits/vegetables/greens are available. I've been unable to find chia seed, hemp or almond milk, kale leaves, and other ingredients. Some ingredients are only available here in season. There fortunately not a lot of exotic ingredients - the recipes stick to the staples outlined in Furhman's good food index.

One big issue for me, and definitely a minus star and nearly minus 2 stars is that several of the recipes call for premade items sold on Furhman's website. His book states that the recipes are available online but I haven't found them. And those products are extremely expensive - which makes this whole book feel like a ponzi scheme to get you to his website and buy his products. I would have trusted the book a lot more if the recipe for those 'zests' were in the book as well (and why not, if the purpose of the book is to help us be healthier and not to make him wealthier?).

In any event, it all read well but I think I'll be avoiding his website, which feels just a little too slick with all its upsell pushing.

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2

September 27, 2017

I guess this book provides good guidance. But for those with more sophisticated tastes ...
If I were rating this solely as a cookbook, which is what I bought it for, I would barely give it one star. But I realize that it is an accompaniment to Fuhrman's original book, and as a guide to the uninitiated cook and someone who knows nothing about healthy eating, I guess this book provides good guidance.

But for those with more sophisticated tastes and cooking skills, you will be very disappointed in this book. He calls for water sautéing everything (Eww. A tablespoon of healthy oil in an entire dish never hurt anyone and does a whole hell of a lot for flavor) And one recipe for "braised" kale and squash is actually just boiled vegetables. I don't know what chefs he got to participate in this, but they should really lose their licenses! I've been able to adapt several recipes with proper cooking techniques, but if you follow his instructions, everything is going to taste the same… Boiled vegetables in different combinations-- most of them seasoned with the vegizest and other things he wants you to buy from him.
But the low stars reflect the poor technique and creativity in the recipes, not Fuhrman's overall approach to eating--which is spot on.
3

Nov 11, 2019

Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss was one of the first books I read after switching to a vegan diet in 2006.

Reading E2L moved me from "vegan" to "plant-based" but this particular diet approach left me feeling hungry and "wanting." A little while later I found his "competitor" Dr. McDougal, and did/felt better with his approach to the plant-based diet (a la The Starch Solution: Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good!) I Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss was one of the first books I read after switching to a vegan diet in 2006.

Reading E2L moved me from "vegan" to "plant-based" but this particular diet approach left me feeling hungry and "wanting." A little while later I found his "competitor" Dr. McDougal, and did/felt better with his approach to the plant-based diet (a la The Starch Solution: Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good!) I would describe my now diet as a hybrid of the two (no nuts/fats but also not a lot of grain carbohydrates either) ANYWAY

cleaning out my bookshelf for donations I revisited this cookbook--and the best part of it (imho) is how well Joel summarizes his E2L diet in the initial pages. It's a terrific "cliff notes" for his entire diet plan/book if you don't actually want to read the diet book.

Looking back over the recipes, and retrying a few of them, I find they still leave me "wanting" and can sometimes be bland--even after YEARS of being off sugar/salt/processed food. The recipes either rely on small amounts of fat (seed/nut/avocado) for flavor (I don't find fats to be very flavorful or satiating) OR 1-4 tablespoons of Mrs. Dash or Joel's brand of seasoning--it's simple, you don't need to buy spices but I like using spices and not the same spice blend. He also uses a lot of juices--apple juice and carrot juice--which makes my blood sugar go nuts.

Reviewing my notes in the margins of recipes, most say "Add 1/4 cup quinoa" or "added sweet potato--much better" and "use broth instead of juice, add more vegetables" "NEEDS SPICES"

My husband (who likes/eats nuts/seeds/avocado/fats) does really enjoy the dressings, but also won't bother to make them himself. Even though it's just putting the things in a blender. He'd rather just put hummus on his salad and swirl it around. SO I guess he likes them but not enough to put in that modicum of effort...

Here's a dressing example: 1/4 cup nuts, 1/3 cup plant milk, 1 apple, 2 tbsp cranberries blend.

Here's an example of a soup: 1/2 c split peas, onion, 1 c mushroom, 2 c carrot juice (2lbs carrots), 15-oz tomato sauce, 1.5 lbs kale, 1/2 c cashew butter, 2 T nutritional yeast. (PC 6-8 min, stir in cashew butter and sprinkle with nooche) <-- what gets me about this is he talks about how 'bad' overcooking greens is, so why wouldn't you add kale at the end? Shrug.

People following paleo would enjoy this cookbook (you can always add meat and coconut) and/or anyone following a grain-free/legume-free plant-centered diet such as that promoted by Mark Hyman ...more
4

September 27, 2015

I love the fact that this is an extensive guide for nutritarian meals, however, I wish the dishes didn't have so many ingredients and I wish there were pictures.
2

Oct 27, 2013

So after trying out a couple of the recipes in the Eat to Live cookbook, I've got a few things to say.

The recipes need a little bit of touching up- but that's definitely personal preference. I tried the Mushroom Chili- which I think needs a jalapeno or two, and a couple of dashes of hot sauce. However, I usually make 5 alarm style chili, which is saying something there. My boyfriend LOVED it, as well as a coworker of mine who was almost unwilling to TRY the chili after the last pot I made had So after trying out a couple of the recipes in the Eat to Live cookbook, I've got a few things to say.

The recipes need a little bit of touching up- but that's definitely personal preference. I tried the Mushroom Chili- which I think needs a jalapeno or two, and a couple of dashes of hot sauce. However, I usually make 5 alarm style chili, which is saying something there. My boyfriend LOVED it, as well as a coworker of mine who was almost unwilling to TRY the chili after the last pot I made had him crying. The only thing they added was some salt and pepper.

The next thing I tried was the Mushroom Stroganoff [We REALLY love mushrooms in my house, what can I say?]. This one here again, I was the only one who didn't like it. Pretty sure it was the tarragon that did it for me, so I'll likely tone that recipe down on that spice if I try it again.

Next thing on my list is the Poached Pears, but the ingredients are a little harder to come by. :/

Cookbook review:
The recipes are incredibly simple, and really easy to execute. The ingredients lists on the other hand are not the easiest things to come by- I only found two recipes in the book in which the ingredients were standard grocery store fair. That being said, it could be just a geographical thing- these ingredients could be a great deal easier to find in other areas, just not readily available to me. Most of the people eating the recipes I tried out loved them, and from what I've seen looking through the book, the recipes all leave plenty of room for adjustments and customization while staying within the parameters of the diet.

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4

Apr 06, 2014

This cookbook is a good overview of Dr. Joel Fuhrman's EAT TO LIVE book/plan--plus it includes recipes. Have tried some that are yummy, some not-so-much, but I LOVE that they are for eating whole-foods, non-sugar, non-fat way. I've tried many new-to-me foods which is fun and enjoyable--never too old to learn. Use this book along with Forks Over Knives recipes I can find online.
2

December 9, 2018

I was disappointed
After reading Eat to Live, I was excited to find out there was a cookbook available (since getting recipes off the author's website involves paying monthly fees). However, after getting the cookbook, I was disappointed in that the majority of recipes would require my purchasing lots of hard to find ingredients, and they didn't sound like I'd enjoy them that much. This is in comparison to some similar recipes I got from another source that don't have lots of exotic ingredients and are easy to fix.
3

September 25, 2017

I'm disappointed in the cookbook
I'm disappointed in the cookbook. I'm new to eating plant based foods w/o meat & so need simple recipes; the meals listed in this cookbook are long with ingredients I've never heard of let alone trying to find them in the grocery store.
5

August 14, 2015

A truly informative book that proves lifestyle change & stick-to-it-iveness is of significant importance to good health. He is right on the money & I wholeheartedly agree with his method.
1

March 12, 2017

If you don't mind shopping for ingredients you never heard ...
If you don't mind shopping for ingredients you never heard of (nor has your local market), then this is the book for you.
3

June 6, 2018

Disappointed. Too much soy.
If you love tempeh or tofu you might like this book. I was hopeful because I am trying to eat less meat and I do not eat dairy products. But, I do not eat soy or soy products. I can’t eat cabbage either. Meanwhile, my SO doesn’t like cauliflower or Brussels sprouts, but I figured I could get around that by making two versions. So, my caveat to others is not about the veggies, but about all the soy. Lots of kale recipes in here too, which is fine with me, but you might feel differently.
3

September 1, 2017

) at Costco and absolutely love being able to see the pictures of all the ...
I was expecting more pictures. I found another version (updated maybe?) at Costco and absolutely love being able to see the pictures of all the recipes.
5

Apr 08, 2014

Ok this is by far the best vegan/plant based cookbook ever. The food is so yummy and healthy, and the ingredients are REAL!!! If you are interested in whole food eating or a Vegan lifestyle this book must be in your library.
5

Mar 09, 2015

Not everyone will embrace this way of eating, but the recipes are really good if you are interested in whole, plant-based food.
1

March 20, 2019

Weak
I loathe cook books without images, and small words. Trashed it! Waste of hard earned money.
1

July 28, 2017

One Star
Recipes are to long

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