I read a ton, so I figure it’s time to get back to sharing great books on a more regular basis with you guys with my signature Drive-by Book Reviews™.
Quick reminder. I don’t review books I don’t enjoy. Because if a book is a drag, I won’t finish it (my life’s too short) and you don’t need to read about it (your life’s too short). Drive-by Book Reviews share the same fast-n-easy format every time: What is it? What makes it different? Why you need it.
Today’s book is…Crazy Sexy Kitchen by Kris Carr
What is it? Crazy Sexy Kitchen is a plant-based cookbook by New York Times bestselling author and wellness pioneer, Kris Carr and Whole Foods chef, Chad Sarno. As Carr writes on her blog, it’s “filled with inspiration, education, and cooking tips—plus more than 150 nourishing, nosh-worthy recipes. Whether you’re a newbie cook or a fancy cheffy, a vegan or an omnivore, a jet-setter or a hot mama, this book will change your life.”
What makes it different? Two things…
First – Kris. I’ve known her for a few years now. To say she’s a bundle of light would be an understatement. Ever meet someone who’s life and work are so well aligned with their essence that they radiate joy? That’s Kris Carr. To be around her is to smile.
Which is quite extraordinary, considering her personal story and the fact that she’s been living with cancer for more than 10 years. In fact, the “Crazy Sexy” part of the title, which has now grown into a national brand (Crazy Sexy Life, Crazy Sexy Diet), started as the name of a documentary about her called Crazy Sexy Cancer.
Kris’ embrace of life vibrates off the pages as she infuses the book with her journey and her approach to fueling your body for vitality. Which makes the book not only filled with great recipes, but straight-up fun to read (which I don’t think I’ve ever said about a cookbook before).
Second – the recipes are seriously good and you can taste them with your eyes. I am not a vegan. In fact, my nutritional leanings tend more toward a modified paleo approach to fueling my body. So, I eat things like grass-fed beef and I have very little gluten, dairy and and am eternally working on cutting sugar.
I also eat a ton of plant-based foods. And, here’s the thing, I’m a New Yorker, which means through a combination of birthright and genetics, I’m a foodie. I like to eat. And, as my wife and I have discovered over the last few years, we both like to bring people together around food. So I love finding new recipes for plant-based food that make mouths water, look beautiful on the plate and leaves me feeling like I’ve just eaten and, when entertaining, served something great.
Kris and Chad’s recipes deliver on this promise in a big way.
Why you need it. Hmmm, after the first two points, I’m feeling like the only thing I really need to say here is “duhhhh.” If you love food, love creating and sharing food or bringing people together around food AND you want to feel like you’re doing not only your palate, but your and their bodies good, Crazy Sexy Kitchen is for you. If however, you love feeling bloated, fatigued, inflamed and sick and you consider deep-friend Twinkies a vegetable, this ain’t your cookbook.
Kris also has a super cool offer up now as part of the launch of the book. She’s inviting you into her video library of beautifully filmed Crazy Sexy Cooking Classes with her and Chad and her Dinner With Kris series. Details here.
[FTC Disclosure (because being transparent should be fun, dammit!) – You should always assume that pretty much every link on this blog is an affiliate link and that if you click it, find something you like and get it, I’m gonna make some serious money. Now, understand this, I’m not talking chump change, I’m talking a huge windfall in commissions, bling up the wazoo and all sorts of other free stuff. I may even be given a mansion and a yacht, though honestly I’d settle most of the time for some organic dark chocolate and clean socks. Oh, look, a squirrel…. K, I’m back. And if I mention a book or some other product, just assume I got a review copy of it gratis and that me getting it has completely biased everything I say. Because schwag is like a drug to me, put it in my hand and you own me, you’ve been warned (disclosure to the disclosure, that was a joke, or was it?). Huggies and butterflies. Oooooh, shiny…]
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