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Plant Magic Cookbook

From bestselling author Desiree Nielsen comes over 100 deeply flavourful and wildly delicious recipes for everyone who wants to eat more plants and feel good.

About the Book

I am so incredibly excited to share Plant Magic with you! This book (my fourth! how is that possible??) is my love letter to the beauty, flavour and abundance of plant-based cooking.

Plant Magic is not about labels. Or food rules. It’s for everyone who wants to eat in a way that feeds your body and soul at the same time. One that welcomes a few moments of joy and pleasure into our lives as we get our hands dirty and relish in the sights, sounds, flavours and colour of plant-based eating.

Not too fussy…but so delicious you’ll crave it. This is the food I want to eat.

One of my favourite things about creating plant-based recipes for a living is that it allows me to take the guesswork out of healthy eating so you can just focus on dinner.

As a dietitian with 15 years of experience, I’ve spoken with thousands of people over who feel so confused about what healthy eating looks like.

Are oats okay? Can you get the protein you need from plants? What about lectins? Overwhelm is chipping away at our relationship with food and I want to help you rekindle that joy. Even on a busy weeknight.

Plant Magic is nourishing, approachable food for the way we live now. From tofu as delicious as potato chips to vegetables you’ll crave….and I can’t wait for you to hold it in your hands!


What People Are Saying about Plant Magic

“If you’re looking for visually stunning, unbelievably appetizing, and deeply nourishing plant-based recipes, look no further than Plant Magic. You’ll be in for a culinary treat of colourful plant-filled meals that you’ll want to make on repeat.”

Carleigh Bodrug
New York Times bestselling author of PlantYou

“Desiree wants you to enjoy what you eat, and with her recipes in your back pocket, you most definitely will! They are all nourishing, flavourful, and fun, celebrating how versatile and delicious plants can be.”

Jeanine Donofrio
New York Times bestselling author of Love & Lemons: Simple Feel-Good Food

“Desiree offers so many delicious ideas for every meal of the day. Whether well-seasoned, sauced up, stewed, baked, roasted, or blended, Plant Magic has a little of everything!”

—Lauren Toyota
Creator of hot for food and bestselling author of Vegan Comfort Classics: 101 Recipes to Feed Your Face

“Desiree’s plant joy is infectious in this fun collection. Her creative recipes close the gap between wanting to eat more plants and actually cooking these nourishing foods on a consistent basis.”

—Laura Wright
Award-winning author of The First Mess Cookbook

What to Expect

In Plant Magic, I share approachable ways to incorporate plants into your everyday meals, along with how to dial up your pantry and tricks for coaxing the best out of simple foods like beans, grains, and vegetables.

Plant-based cooking doesn’t have to be expensive, time consuming, or restrictive. Whether you’re craving morning things, stuff on bread, one pot (or pan) dishes, salads, tasty noodles, really good sweets, or everyday tonics and potions, Plant Magic makes cooking and eating joyful. 

Get ready to make Earl Grey Breakfast Loaf; An Easy, Cozy Lasagna; Lemony Chickpea and Potato Stew; Cumin Lime Black Bean Burgers; Sunshine Panzanella; Black Olive and Za’atar Focaccia; Tempeh Nachos; Rocky Road Blender Brownies; Carrot Cake with Cashew Frosting; and Hibiscus Lemonade.

Featuring gorgeous photography throughout, Plant Magic shows you just how delicious plant-based food can be and that sometimes, healthy eating looks like a kale salad and sometimes, it looks like cake.

More praise for Plant Magic

Plant Magic is filled with colourful, flavourful, and easy-to-prepare recipes that you’ll want to make again and again. Let Desiree show you just how delicious and easy plant-based eating can be!”

—Toni Okamoto
Author of Plant-Based on a Budget Quick & Easy

Plant Magic is a stunning collection of recipes that showcase how simple and non-restrictive plant-based eating can be. From An Easy, Cozy Lasagna to Black Olive and Za’atar Focaccia, Desiree’s recipes are rich with creativity and flavour.”

Hannah Sunderani
Bestselling author of The Two Spoons Cookbook

About The Author

Desiree Nielsen is a registered dietitian and bestselling author of Eat More Plants and Good For Your Gut. She hosts The Allsorts Podcast and is a frequent contributor to media outlets such as Globe and Mail, Eating Well Magazine, Best Health, People, Parade, Prevention and the mindbodygreen podcast.

Desiree runs a private practice and consulting firm with a focus on plant-based nutrition and gut health. She appears regularly on local and national television including The Marilyn Denis Show, The Social and Breakfast Television. She lives in Vancouver, Canada with her husband and two children.

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