Monday, June 25, 2012

Our New Cookbook: Nourishing Meals

Hello dear readers! We are excited to finally announce the details of our new cookbook, Nourishing Meals: Healthy Gluten-Free Recipes for the Whole Family. It has been years in the making and we much appreciate all of your emails, comments, and suggestions as it helped shape the book. The book is due out at the end of August, 2012. You can now pre-order it from our website and get a FREE e-book containing 16 of our favorite recipes from the book (more details at the bottom of this post).

Right now we are facing an epidemic of childhood diseases and disorders such as obesity, autism, ADHD, allergies, and diabetes. Many of us are searching for ways to help our children not only survive, but thrive in this world. We dug into the research and found many connections between environmental exposures, dietary habits, and the prevalence of these conditions. In Nourishing Meals you will find an overview of this information presented in an easy-to-read format.

The purpose of this book is to help you transition into a gluten-free lifestyle and also provide the tools you need to make informed dietary choices.

Nourishing Meals contains over 300 new whole foods recipes, as well as detailed information about health particularly relating to nutrition for conception, pregnancy, and childhood. You'll learn about the nutrients needed and how to best obtain them, as well as factors that can affect health during these critical stages, such as environmental exposure to chemicals. We also covered many of the causes of food allergies and sensitivities, and what you can do to help prevent them. And because raising a healthy child also involves making sure they actually eat nourishing food, we provided detailed information on raising healthy eaters from pregnancy onwards (yes, healthy eating habits actually begin in the womb!).

Before each recipe chapter you'll find information pertaining to that chapter and "10 Tips." For example, in the Salads and Vegetables chapter you'll find information on the vital phytochemicals in plants as well as ways to get your children to eat more vegetables. There are then 10 Tips for adding more vegetables to your child's diet. In the Dessert chapter we discussed alternatives to refined sugar and offered 10 Tips for using natural sweeteners. We hope that this will make the book more practical for you.

The book consists of vegan, vegetarian, meat-based, grain-based, grain-free, nut-free, nut-based recipes...pretty much the whole spectrum of eating....because there is no one way nor one perfect diet for everyone. Additionally, speckled throughout the recipes, you will find detailed nutrition tips to help you understand exactly why certain foods are beneficial for health!

Here are some of the Recipes:

Apple Cider Baked Beans, Spicy Lentils and Rice in Cabbage Leaves, Raw Burritos with a Spicy Mole Sauce, Grain-Free Chicken Nuggets, Apricot Glazed Chicken, Tandoori Salmon, Sloppy Joes, Grain-Free Zucchini Lasagna with Pine Nut Ricotta, Sweet Potato Falafels, Quinoa Tabouli, Coconut Brown Rice, Spicy Coconut Quinoa Amaranth Casserole, Dairy-Free Fettuccini Alfredo, Chicken and Chard Chili, Hot and Sour Soup, Moroccan Lentil and Cabbage Soup, Cream of Broccoli Soup, Raw Breakfast Tacos, Baby Green Smoothie, Blueberry Cherry Smoothie, Kale and Egg Scramble, Winter Vegetable Hash, Coconut Banana Breakfast Cake, Overnight Quinoa Hot Cakes, Sourdough Buckwheat Crepes, Homemade Gluten-Free Tortillas, Grain-Free Coconut Flour Biscuits, Yeast-Free Seed Bread, Sourdough Teff Bread, Everyday Sandwich Bread, Burger Buns, Kale Apple Walnut Salad, Picnic Coleslaw, Pecan Crusted Chicken and Apple Salad, Smoked Salmon Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing, Kale Chips, Creamed Kale, Rutabaga Fries, Roasted Cauliflower, Berry Parfaits with Orange Cashew Cream, Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Vegan Maple Pecan Pie, Grain-Free Vegan Chocolate Sunbutter Cookies, Grain-Free Carrot Spice Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream Frosting, Oat-Free Fruit Crisps, Frozen Banana Coconut Cream Pie, Homemade Coconut Kefir, Cashew Sour Cream, Lacto-Fermented Dilly Radishes, Vanilla Plum Butter, Kale-Herb Seaweed Sprinkle....and so much more!

Here is the Chapter Outline:

Part 1: Foundations of Health
   1. Why Whole Foods?
   2. Why Gluten-Free?
   3. Why the Rise in Food Allergies and Sensitivities?
Part 2: Raising Healthy Children
   4. 7 Ways to Help your Child THRIVE!
   5. Nourishing your Growing Child
   6. Packing a Healthy School Lunch
Part 3: The Recipes
   7. Getting Started
   8. Smoothies
   9. Breakfast
 10. Breads and Muffins
 11. Soups and Stews
 12. Salads and Vegetables
 13. Whole Grains and Noodles
 14. Main Meals
 15. Dressings, Dips, and Sauces
 16. Wraps and Rolls
 17. Snacks and Treats
 18. Desserts
 19. Beverages
 20. Preserving the Harvest
Part 4: Appendix
 21. Resources and Recommendations
 22. References

We bet by now you are really wishing you had a copy in your hands! You can pre-order the book from our website and when you do we are offering a FREE e-book containing 16 of our favorite recipes, with full color photos of each recipe, so you don't have to wait until August to get a taste of what Nourishing Meals offers (okay, they are all our favorites, but we think you'll like these!). If you don't care for the e-book, you can also pre-order the book from

Here are the recipes you'll get in the e-book:
 1. Blueberry Cherry (Chia) Smoothie (vegan)
 2. Basil Zucchini Frittata
 3. Gluten-Free "Wheat Bread" (vegan)
 4. Yeast-Free, Gluten-free Pita Bread (vegan)
 5. Apple Almond Muffins (vegan)
 6. Creamy Tomato Asparagus Soup (dairy-free)
 7. Spicy Greens Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette (vegan)
 8. Cucumber Arame Salad (vegan)
 9. Picnic Coleslaw (vegan)
10. Dilled Quinoa and Pea Salad (vegan)
11. Apple Cider Baked Beans (vegan)
12. Grain-Free Chicken Nuggets (egg-free and dairy-free)
13. Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (vegan)
14. Ginger Macadamia Nut Energy Bars (vegan)
15. Apricot Almond Snack Cake (grain-free, dairy-free, no sweeteners)
16. Chili-Garlic Fermented Green Beans (dairy-free - no whey needed)

It is our hope that this book will support your family in health for years to come! Happy Cooking and Healthy Eating! ~Ali & Tom

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About the Author

Alissa Segersten holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University. She is the founder of Whole Life Nutrition, the mother of five children, a whole foods cooking instructor, professional recipe developer, and cookbook author. She is passionate about helping others find a diet that will truly nourish them, and offers elimination diet recipes, healthy gluten-free recipes, paleo and vegan recipes, as well as tips for feeding your family a nourishing, whole foods diet. Alissa is the author of two very popular gluten-free, whole foods cookbooks and guidebooks: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals. She is also the co-author of The Elimination Diet book. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!


  1. Hurrah, and congratulations!! :D I know this must have taken a ton of work, and I hope your loyal community supports you with lots of orders!

    Question for you: can you give an estimate of approximately how much of the book would fall into the vegan/vegetarian range?

    Many thanks, and can't wait to get my copy!

  2. How many non-vegetarian receipes are included in your new cookbook?

  3. Can't wait!! I just love you first cookbook, it really helped me when I first made the transition into gluten free-dairy free/egg free/ cooking!

  4. Hooray! (With a happy dance)

  5. Hooray! Congratulations on another huge accomplishment. My copy of your first book is so well used and loved, and I know this new one will be too...can't wait to read it. :)

  6. Congratulations, Ali! I have been waiting for this book for as long as you have been writing it. I am so excited that it is almost here. Your new recipes sound wonderful! Count me in for a preorder.

  7. I say.. YESSSSSSS!!! I join that other blogger in the dance! I m tapping my way around!!


  8. Congratulations Ali! So many amazing recipes!!

  9. I love your first book and look forward to this one. I, too, would like to know how many recipes are vegan/vegetarian. It sounds like the book will explain why gluten is bad for us but is it bad for everyone? In any case, I can't wait for the book. I am sure it is wonderful!

  10. I have just read through the ebook and now I am even more excited to get the book in a couple months! Every recipe has a beautiful colour photo. Thank you for providing an ebook to whet our appetites.

  11. Congratulations, Tom and Ali! And sign me up! I love your original cookbook and use it all the time, and I'm excited that your new one is arriving. Your recipes and photos are wonderful and inspiring. You two know your stuff, you work hard at all this, and it shows.

  12. This looks fabulous! I posted it on my Facebook page and pinterest for fertility. Especially since you mentioned you included some recipes for pre-conception. Thanks Ali and Tom for your hard work.

  13. Bless you guys for compiling this! <3 ,<3 I devoured your first cookbook (after seeing it in the Thorne Mediclear pamphlet) & can't wait to dig into this one. p.s. It was fun to recognize Tom as he interviewed Frances Moore Lappe at the Seeds of Doubt conference!

  14. Thrilled! Absolutely thrilled! Major WOOHOO! Congratulations on the birth of this newest "baby"! :) Can't wait to get my own copy!

  15. Yippee!!! I, too, have used and loved your first cookbook - it has made all the difference with the change from "conventional" eating to cleaner, clearer food for us. Congratulations on your accomplishment!

  16. Hurray! Like everyone else, I can't wait to get my hands on the new cookbook! I know it's going to be amazing. Congratulations Ali!

  17. Wonderful! Can't wait to add your second book to my gluten free library.

  18. Thank you Ali & Tom! For Sure sign me up for your new cookbook. I'm sure I'll treasure it just as much as your first. We are so fortunate to have you in our community.

  19. I can't wait to get your book...I am not that far from you in Seattle and I like to support anything local...books included!!!

  20. Very exciting! I'm happy to see you have included grain-free recipes as well since some of us try to limit those.

    Congratulations on what is sure to be another successful cookbook!

  21. Congrats, you guys! Your fist book has always been one of my and my support group's very favorites because it's so much more than a cookbook, so we'll all be thrilled to receive this one! I can't wait to see my preview e-book in a minute. That's such a great idea! You must feel so proud to complete a book that's such an amazing wealth of info and recipes. :-)


  22. Congrats! I have your first cookbook and am bringing it to my gluten-free client retreat for people to peruse. Thanks for another awesome resource.

  23. Congratulations, what a wonderful achievement. I look forward to getting a copy.
    Peace and Raw Health,

  24. Will it be available on Kindle?

  25. Your first cookbook is my main book and I've been eagerly awaiting the second, woohoo! I can't wait to tell all of my friends. Thank you!

  26. I am very very very excited about this book! Going to pre-order when I get home from work. I love your emphasis on a whole-foods diet and also how to get kids to eat healthily and enjoy it. I get the sense that your children choose the healthier option even when presented with frankenfoods from the outside world. That is what I wonder about - raising my (future) children to eat well and then having them run out into the world and binge on doughnuts and milkshakes!

  27. Are all of the E-book recipes included in the actual book?

    Excited for August!

  28. Any chance this one has some pictures in it?

  29. I'm excited to get your new book. I know that you are both young and raising a young family, hence, your book is geared toward helping children eat better. I'm wondering if you've considered providing information relevent to those of us who are older, peri- or post-menopausal.

  30. I'm super keen to order a copy of your new book, but it seems you only ship to the US and Canada, is this right? I live in Germany, and would love to get my hands on a copy!

  31. Crazy--I was just coming here after weeks without checking to see if there might be any info on your new book-YAY! So excited to see that it will be out soon!! Will definitely be pre-ordering.

  32. I absolutely MUST have this wonderful recipe book! Would love to get my hands on your other recipe book, as well.

    I have served our family of 7 several of your recipes already... all big hits!

  33. I'm very interested in your new cookbook, although unfortunately some of the people in our household can't do nuts or raw food. What percentage of the recipes in your new book would you say contain either of those elements?

  34. Hello Ali and Tom,

    My husband and I have your first cookbook and we did your elimination diet, which cured his knee pain (Thank you!). However, there are some remaining health issues. I have searched your site and cannot find any information on the GAPS diet. Can you please comment on your opinion of this approach to heal hay fever, bipolar, and food allergies/sensitivities themselves?

    Thank you kindly.

  35. Hi Ali, I am so excited for your new book. Thank you so much for sharing your cooking talents and resources! I received the e-book and had a question on the instructions for the "Wheat" bread. The text says to add 3 cups Teff Flour, but the recipe only calls for 1.5 (plus the 2 cups Sorghum). I'm assuming I should just add 3 cups of this combo and then mix in the extra as needed? Thanks again for your hard work!


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