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Dean Ornish is a legend amongst WFPB advocates but this book was disappointing. The first half is worth a read but otherwise too many recipes (with nothing new). Too many pages relevant to US only (eg products & brands). Too much promotion of cornish.com (only needs to be mentioned once). Read 'How Not To Die' and 'Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease'. These two books are all you will ever need ... they changed my life.
The book was really disappointing as the ingredients for the recipes are difficult or impossible to find in UK. Also the recipes cater for really large numbers. I only cater for myself and whilst I can freeze 3 extra portions these recipes are for 6, 12. So for me the book was a waste of my money. Perhaps for someone in the US with a large family and wanting to entertain groups this book is for you.
I just couldn't read some of the more helpful materials in the Appendix easily on any of my devices. I don't like having hardcopy books anymore, and there is no Audible version yet, so it's a bit disappointing.
I bought the book because of hearing an interview with Dean Ornish and being intrigued by the studies cited in that interview. I thought the book would help me figure out how to live a plant-based whole foods lifestyle. However, the book was a disappointment & I had to return it. The most serious issue was that Appendex A was touted as having 2 weeks of menus of prepared foods you could buy to make the transition easier - but they were IMPOSSIBLE to read - extremely small print - even if I tried to read it on my computer. Given the kindle version is only $1 less than the printed version, this is TOTALLY unacceptable. In addition, I was surprised that a glance through Appendix B shows that despite all the talk about "Whole Foods", there were lots of processed foods including a bunch of fake-meats (including TVP "textured vegetable protein") listed there.
I appreciated the research and science, supporting lifestyle changes. The supporting advice sections were mostly common sense. A good reminder to incorporate good habits and vegan food for a healing lifestyle. Was hoping more info on dietary options. The recipes were mostly meals featuring soy. Having a soy allergy, they were not much help to me. Over all the book could have been better without the how to, common sense sections.
This item was recommended by my cardiologist, so I thought it was worth the read. What a waste of money! It didn’t teach me anything new or tell me anything different. It basically said eat right, less stress, exercise, and get some sleep. We already all know that stuff. Wouldn’t waste my money on this book, Do not recommend it to anyone.