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03 Jul Ann Crile Esselstyn and Jane Esselstyn

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How We Met
Four years ago, I went to Austin, Texas, to the inaugural Engine 2 Retreat.  It was a weeklong event that featured speakers like Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD , Chef AJ, Jeff Novick, RD, and it was all new and foreign to me.  One of my fondest memories was that Rip was anxiously awaiting at the top of the driveway as attendees arrived.
Once attendees assembled in the great lecture hall, speakers were introduced, I remember thinking that it was “really nice” that Rip had included his mom, Ann Crile Esselstyn, and his sister, Jane Esselstyn in the roster of impressive speakers. But little did I know that for me, they’d end up being the stars of this week long endeavor.  And since then, we’ve been friends.
If you’ve ever been to a movie with me, I like to get to the theatre early, get a good seat, and then take in every frame of the movie.  And, I do the same thing at a lecture.  During the retreat, I would head over to the demo area early and perch myself in the front row, with my note book in hand.  My goal was to learn as much as I could from these two amazing women.  I took copious notes and asked even more questions.
What I noticed from this dynamic mother-daughter duo immediately was that cooking a plant-based diet was easy.  Recipes  didn’t need to be complicated.  Ann’s practical approach to cooking was inviting and Jane’s humor and “add-ons” made everything “click.”  Simple message: no sugar; no oil; no salt.  Head to the store, plan your meals, grab a pepper for a snack, and keep thinking about how simple this is.  And, make a waffle from oatmeal and bananas that will be the best thing you’ve ever eaten.
Ann and Jane have taken all of their new recipes and compiled them into a new cookbook that accompanies Dr. Esselstyn’s  Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease (Avery, 2007).  Their  book is currently available for pre-sale on Amazon, and frankly, I cannot wait for the book.  With recipe names like Triple Decker Lasagna and The Dagwood Sandwich, the over 125 recipes will have you excited to create more delicious and nutritious plant-based meals.  Personally, I am hoping that the next time I see Jane, she will make me a Kale Cake from the recipe in the new book.
According to Ann, “It was time for us to write this book.  The longer we eat this way, the better it gets.”  She and Jane had been collecting recipes for years, and friends and Dr. Esselstyn’s patients kept inquiring about more recipes and new menu ideas.  The book packs a plant-based punch and will keep you busy in the kitchen with more fun than ever.
Jane adds that  “Even if you cannot cook, everyone will find the recipes in Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook  easy to make…all you need is a pot, a heat source, and an open mind.”

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To pre-order, click on the site below, and faster than you can slice a potato, that book will be in your mailbox!


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Char Nolan for Engine 2
Char Nolan

Char Nolan is a blog contributor and Engine 2 Extra Coach. She's been plant-strong for almost five years. From Philadelphia, she works in the plant-based whole foods arena, and is also the "vegan features writer," for the "Town Dish." She's lost a great deal of weight from being plant-strong, practices yoga, and is always dabbling in her kitchen to create new, plant-strong recipes. Armed with a degree in public health, Char also holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from e-Cornell.

  • Ian J Davidson
    Posted at 14:18h, 03 July

    I can’t agree more with Char. I saw Ann and Jane in Chicago and their cooking demo was one of the highlights of the retreat! It was like getting a look into their kitchen with the two of them together. Both are fabulous speakers and thoroughly enjoyable to watch and learn from!

    • Char Nolan
      Posted at 15:56h, 03 July

      Exactly. They are great, aren’t they? Thanks for your kind words.

  • E2X Anne
    Posted at 17:11h, 03 July

    I love Ann and Jane Esselstyn! They are pure inspiration and their recipes are the best…simple and delicious! Everyone on my list is getting this cookbook for the holidays. 🙂

  • Leah
    Posted at 18:41h, 03 July

    So excited about this book! Oatmeal and banana waffles: mmmm!

  • Matt J
    Posted at 10:19h, 04 July

    Love to hear stories about leaders such as these walking their talk. I have to agree as well that simplicity is the way to go. Usually the simplest answer is the most correct 🙂

  • Debby Sunshine
    Posted at 18:09h, 13 July

    I am super-excited about The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook which will be coming out in September, and I will be pre-ordering it too! http://veganamericanprincess.com/no-oil-vegan-cooking-gingered-collard-greens-recipe/

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