Part I Nava Atlas Wild About Greens

Nava Atlas is the author and illustrator of many books on vegetarian cooking, most recently Vegan Express, Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons, The Vegetarian Family Cookbook, and The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet. The Vegan Holiday Kitchen will be published in the fall of 2011, and a book on leafy greens will be on the shelves in the spring of 2012.

In addition to cookbooks, Nava also produces visual books on family themes, humor, and women’s issues, including The Literary Ladies’ Guide to the Writing Life (2011), exploring first-person narratives on the writing lives of twelve classic women authors, and commenting on the universal relevance of their experiences to all women who love to write. Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife (2009) is a satiric look at contemporary marriage and motherhood through the lens of a faux 1950s cookbook.

Part II Alan Goldhamer Bravo! Health Promoting Meals

A New Dietary Paradigm for Transforming Health! Book Publishing Company is delighted to release a dynamic new cookbook that offers a revolutionary and holistic approach to healthful eating. Most of us would balk at the idea of a SOS-free diet—one completely void of salt, oil, and sugar. And trying to prepare meals without these basic ingredients would be daunting. With BRAVO! Health-Promoting Meals from the TrueNorth Kitchen, executive chef Ramses Bravo has successfully mastered the art and science of healthful cuisine and delivers palate-pleasing food that also serves as the optimal diet for health.

Ramses had years of experience as a chef at hotels, spas and restaurants. After taking the job at TrueNorth Health Center in 2007, he participated in one of their programs and discovered a new quality of life. Redirecting his love for eating and cooking in a more healthful direction, Ramses took on the challenge of creating and developing a new cuisine that adhered to SOS (salt, oil, sugar-free) guidelines, used whole, unprocessed plant-based ingredients, and still tasted delicious.

Ramses skill at combining simple flavors and textures that complement each other to perfection is evident in this collection of recipes. These dishes will not only help to regulate appetite and maintain weight but also protect against a host of diseases due to the absence of harmful saturated fats and cholesterol. The recipes, 14 days of menus along with helpful tips for using whole foods developed to serve clients from every walk of life, help make for an easy dietary transition. Anyone who wishes to renew their health, lose weight, have more energy or simply make a positive change in their life would do well to experience this style of eating.

Ramses Bravo, the executive chef at TrueNorth Health Center, has been delighting guests with healthful, delicious meals since 2007. He has also worked in numerous hotels and restaurants in California, Hawaii, and West Virginia over his 14-year career, including a position as executive chef for the renowned Kenwood Inn and Spa in Sonoma, CA.

Articulate, inspiring and energetic, Dr. Alan Goldhamer is one of health’s most pioneering and dedicated visionaries. An outspoken professional who doesn’t shy away from a spirited debate, he is deeply committed to helping people stuck in self-destructive cycles reclaim their ability to change their lives. He is the founder of TrueNorth Health Center, a state-of-the-art facility that provides medical and chiropractic services, psychotherapy and counseling, massage and body work. He is also director of the Center’s groundbreaking residential health education program.

Dr. Goldhamer has supervised the fasts of thousands of patients. Under his guidance, the Center has become one of the premier training facilities for doctors wishing to gain certification in the supervision of the therapeutic use of fasting. He is on the faculty at Bastyr University where he teaches the course on clinical fasting and was the principal investigator in two landmark studies. The first, “Medically Supervised Water-Only Fasting in the Treatment of Hypertension” appeared in the June 2001 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. Its publication marked a turning point in the evolution of evidence supporting the benefits of water-only fasting. The second study, “Medically Supervised Water-Only Fasting in the Treatment of Borderline Hypertension,” appeared in the October 2002 issue of the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine. He is currently directing a prospective study incorporating random assignment and long-term follow-up on the cost and clinical outcomes in the treatment of diabetes and high blood pressure with fasting and a health promoting diet. This current study is being conducted in conjunction with the International Union of Operating Engineers who have made participation in this program a fully covered medical benefit for all members afflicted with diabetes or high blood pressure.

Dr. Goldhamer is a graduate of Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon. After completing his chiropractic education, Dr. Goldhamer traveled to Australia where he became licensed as an osteopathic physician.

He is the author of The Health Promoting Cookbook, and co-author of The Pleasure Trap: Mastering The Hidden Force That Undermines Health and Happiness.

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