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Love the Foods that Love You Back book cover

Hardcover / 7 ½” x 9 ⅜” / 256 pages / 100 color photographs

ISBN: 978-1-5996-2164-7

Rizzoli New York

LOVE THE FOODS THAT LOVE YOU BACK: CLEAN, HEALTHY, VEGAN RECIPES FOR EVERYONE, by food writer and advocate Cathy Katin-Grazzini, is for the food curious and people who like to cook as well as for home cooks who want to reinvigorate their repertoires and uncover the healing properties of food. One thing that Katin-Grazzini guarantees is that her recipes are sure to be crowd pleasers whether you’re an herbivore, carnivore, or omnivore. Offering tried-and-true advice for setting up for success, stocking a pantry, and mastering the building block recipes, she also serves up such tasty, global-inspired fare as Curly Tzatziki Salad, Pulled Barbecue Jackfruit, Early Spring Miso Soup, Pasta alla Puttanesca, and a Savory Torte with New Potatoes, Tomatoes, and Snap Beans. The chapters on breads and sweet treats will have you baking frequently and saying farewell to processed foods.

"Plants are rising in popularity, so I want to entice food lovers and excite their imaginations with creative remakes of traditional favorites as well as new dishes that are delicious, original, and by the way, really good for us, the planet, and our fellow creatures," says Katin-Grazzini. 


Katin-Grazzini began her journey into the whole-foods, plant-based world after her husband Giordano’s life-threatening surgery. She ramped up her research, received a degree in plant-based nutrition from Cornell, and discovered that changing they way we cook and eat can transform health and give us a biological reboot!  With her culinary and nutrition expertise, she will guide home cooks through the delicious, nourishing power of plant-based foods across more than ninety recipes without oil, salt, meat, dairy, or sugar. With her fresh and flavorful dishes, you will discover foods that are not only soul satisfying but also good for the body.  


LOVE THE FOODS THAT LOVE YOU BACK is just the kind of inspiration for those who want to eat mindfully but don’t want to skimp on taste and the foods they crave.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Cathy Katin-Grazzini is the founder of Cathy’s Kitchen Prescription LLC and is food editor for VEGWORLD Magazine. Certified in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at Cornell, she went on to complete professional culinary training at Rouxbe Cooking School. Katin-Grazzini is a member of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and trained as a PCRM Food for Life instructor. She and her husband Giordano Katin-Grazzini, who photographed this cookbook, live in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Recipes chapters include

  • Building Blocks      (sauces, dressings, spice blends, fruit sweeteners and glazes)

  • Lighter Fare           (appetizers, salads, sandwich fillings, finger foods, vegetable entrées)

  • Warm Belly                 (soups, stews, bean and tofu dishes)

  • Good Grains              (pastas, gnocchi, risottos, gratins, savory pies and tortes)

  • Breaking Bread      (sourdoughs, sweet breads and buns, crackers, pizzas, flatbreads)

  • Sweet Treats          (custards, sweet pies, tarts, cookies, scones, energy bars)

What They're Saying!


“The recipes look delicious, with so much variety to choose from!”

—Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, New York Times bestselling author, founder,


“Can a plant-only, (oil and salt free) diet even taste better than one that includes oil, salt and animal products?  Can we protect our health, aid our planet, and still enjoy gourmet flavor and eating pleasure? Yes, and yes! My lifelong friend, Cathy Katin-Grazzini has produced a fantastic and beautiful cookbook…that you must get.”

—Joel Fuhrman, M.D., Seven-times New York Times bestselling author, President, Nutritional Research Foundation

"As a physician boarded in Lifestyle Medicine and Internal Medicine, I am ecstatic to have found this incredibly beautiful collection of recipes from Cathy Katin-Grazzini. Trying to cook delicious meals to nourish those trying to reverse and prevent what seem like ubiquitous chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, depression/anxiety, etc., it has been a breath of fresh air to have this resource where the recipes don't have to be heavily adapted because they call for processed sugars, oils, and high fat ingredients. This book celebrates the tantalizing possibilities that artful, skillful, knowledgeable, and creative combinations of whole plant foods can produce. Katin-Grazzini offers a healthful and accessible approach to enjoying food fit for daily consumption and joy-inspiring celebration. Her banana poppy seed bread is being made almost daily in our home with how fast our children, neighbors, friends and we ourselves gobble it up. A must-read primer for successfully equipping a home chef with meal possibilities that will be clamored for and you can know is undoubtedly healthful and nourishing without reservation."

— DL Chen, M.D. , DipABLM, FACP, Esperanza Health Center, Philadelphia PA

“… a remarkable resource. It will delight those who are new to healthful eating and will also provide innumerable new dishes for more experienced folks who would like to bring their recipes to a whole new level.” 

—Neal D. Barnard, MD, FACC, President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

"My wife and I have long embraced and espoused this very principle- we can love foods that love us - our health, our planet, our fellow creatures - back.  Looking across an expanse of cultures and rich culinary traditions, this book beautifully, deliciously, and lovingly delivers on that promise."

—David L. Katz, MD, MPH, President, True Health Initiative, Past President, American College of Lifestyle Medicine

Love the Foods That Love You Back is a high standard to meet in elegant low-fat vegan cooking. This book is filled with starch-based recipes from all over the world. The kinds that satisfy your appetite and give you an energy-packed day, with dishes of corn, potatoes, rice, and wheat, paired with colorful fruits and vegetables. Buy it and use it. It’s beautiful.”

—John McDougall, MD, writer, teacher, and Mary McDougall, researcher and inventor of low-fat, vegan cooking



Cathy holding her first cookbook, Love the Foods that Love You Back

"Are you looking for a fun and delicious way to improve your health and the health of the planet?  Then this book is the book for you.  Love The Foods That Love You Back will have you loving every meal in no time!"

—Robert Ostfeld, MD, MSc., Professor of Medicine and Director of Preventive Cardiology, Montefiore Health System

"Some good recipes to keep on your kitchen shelf! And, oh yes, it ensures good health."

—T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry, Cornell   University, Co-author, The China Study, founder, T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies

“… an extraordinary cookbook with breathtakingly beautiful photography.  Cathy Katin-Grazzini’s wisdom and transformation of peasant traditions from around the world will convince anyone who reads it that plant-based no oil food is incredibly delicious and a secret to vibrant health.”

—Ann Crile Esselstyn, Co-author of

The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook

"If Cathy's book was available 45 years ago when I became vegan, everyone would have gone vegan.  Beautifully photographed, you wish you could eat the food right off the page!  With recipes like Layered Vegetable Torte, Baked Chard in Bechamel, and Pear and Blueberry Tart, you'll think you died and went to vegan heaven.  Healthy food never looked or tasted this good."

— Chef AJ - author of the bestselling

The Secrets To Ultimate Weight Loss

“Cathy takes us on a culinary journey around the world in Love the Foods That Love You Back. Her recipes are full of complex flavors, while still being approachable for the everyday home cook. Each dish is a celebration of whole foods, plant-based ingredients and the beauty of plant-based eating.”

—Alora Middleton Hale, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief at VEGWORLD Magazine

"Cathy's book is extraordinary--& believe me I get to see LOTS of Vegan/Health-related books. It should become a classic.​"

—Ann Haigh, On the Menu Radio with Ann & Peter Haigh


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