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The No Meat Athlete Cookbook: Whole Food, Plant-Based Recipes to Fuel Your Workouts—and the Rest of Your Life

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  667 ratings  ·  80 reviews
A Sports Illustrated Best Health and Wellness Book of 2017

Plant-powered recipes to power you—perform better, recover faster, feel great!

A fast-growing global movement, No Meat Athlete (NMA) earns new fans every day by showing how everyone from weekend joggers to world-class competitors can become even healthier and fitter by eating whole plant foods.

Now The No Meat Athle
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published May 16th 2017 by The Experiment
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Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
Not what I was expecting. I was trying to find something new to eat that hits my macros other than "vegetables and tofu," and of course also "tofu and vegetables," but none of the recipes here really seemed to be unique, or at all targeted to athletes in particular, instead of just generally health-minded people (which are heavily targeted already in vegan books). This presents nothing new to the experienced veg*an eater, but also isn't enough to take the dive for new converts. Honestly I think ...more
A solid half of the year into being vegan, I realized that a plant-based diet does not automatically qualify as healthy. I was still eating a ton of vegan junk food, processed plant-based products, and more than a fair share of takeouts. The problem was, I didn't know my way around the kitchen. So I'm not exaggerating in the slightest when I tell you that The No Meat Athlete Cookbook taught me how to cook, thanks to its beginner-friendly recipes (some of them are blueprints with endless variatio ...more
Steph Myers
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The recipes are solid. Each can be oil-free, which has becomes a thing for me(damn age and genetic high cholesterol). The slow cooker Refried beans are hands down THE BEST I have made and don’t require any sautéing of stuff before you put it in the crock pot. It’s a thing with me: what’s the point of poking something before you cook it and dirtying another pan. Because the focus is athletes, the recipes are really solid in the balanced protein department and there are very few weird ingredients ...more
Rachel Stansel
I've been a no-meat athlete (distance runner) for about 4 years. I was excited to see this cookbook! Overall, it is well designed and presented. The intro sections give alot of good background on common staples and nutrition. Overall, the recipes are straightforward with simple, real food ingredients, most of which I have or can get at the local grocery. I am especially looking forward to the Pineapple-Black Bean Bowl with Roasted Veggies and Black Pea and Collard Stew with Spicy Tahini. YUM!! T ...more
Oct 27, 2017 rated it liked it
This is pretty 101-level stuff IMO. Great if you're veg-curious or stuck in a rut--these are straightforward recipes that can help get you off the ground or give you a template for that plant-based life. As for me, I long ago drank the koolaid about a plant-based diet (22 years of being a vegan-leaning vegetarian) AND I'd say I'm already a highly competent eater/shopper/cook, so I didn't need to be persuaded or instructed, if you know what I mean. I've tried a couple recipes and they've been goo ...more
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
May 16 Update: This book comes out today and I highly recommend it for everyone! You will definitely get some ideas to enhance your health from this book.

An outstanding vegan recipe book and more! Many ideas for incorporating healthy eating into a busy lifestyle. Designed for athletes but I learned many new techniques too. Several great recipes for unique and healthy dishes. Also information on how to design a healthy diet. One unique aspect of this book is several recipes are called blueprints
Tara - Running 'n' Reading
As many of you already know, I'm a huge fan (hoarder) of cookbooks; they don't always pan out. Thankfully, this new release by Matt Frazier and Stefanie Romine did not let me down! I'm neither a vegan nor vegetarian, but there are some wonderful, easy ideas for quick, healthy eating in this book. If you're interested in more info and a sneak peek, you can check out more here. ...more
Mike Doel
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m still not sure whether I’ll end up going completely vegan, but there’s no question that the percentage of plants in my diet has gone WAY up and will likely remain that way the rest of my life. This cookbook is full of practical recipes that speak to me as an early adopter of a whole food plant dominant diet and as a dedicated runner. Great stuff that I will return to again and again. 1 week in and I’ve already made 4 great recipes from it.
Rachel Brune
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m just starting to transition to a more “vegetable intentional” lifestyle, and found this book to be super helpful. Lays out not only a number of tasty recipes, but also talks about the science behind fueling athletes, and none require you attend a culinary institute to cook!
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-g, cookery-food
This is a great book that thoroughly explains how and why a meat free diet is possible and beneficial for athletes. There are so many useful tips, in addition to the great recipes!

The section 'Plant based nutrition in a nutshell' explains why it is important for athletes to eat nutritiously, with a plant based diet. Also included is a list of foods to eat everyday because of their nutritional benefits.

A section on oil free cooking techniques offers new ways to cook foods without the oils that a
Chloe Noland
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I can't exactly say I'm finished with this cookbook, since I am still using it and relying on it heavily - but having tried a little over a third of the recipes, I feel like now is a good time to write a review.

I've been vegan for about 8 months now, and one of my reasons for turning so was what I had been reading about the amazing benefits for recovery and athletic performance. As a runner, I really wanted to drill down into my nutrition as a vegan, and get the most help with meal prep, plannin
Jul 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
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I fast forwarded (selectively) speed read through this cookbook to see if I would want to buy the book. I will buy the book when I can. I think the recipes are good to great, easy to prepare and very helpful. However, some cooking skill and equipment will be very helpful.

The part of the book that was disappointing were the references to Korean food. Before you jump all over me, I want to say that I have lived in South Korea for more than two decades. I am not an expert on Korean
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a really useful, informative and inspiring cookbook. It's packed full of interesting information on nutrition and what kind of foods you should be fuelling your body with as an athlete - or just anyone who exercises, really! This isn't just for the elite (of which group I DEFINITELY do not belong!)

The recipes are easy to follow whilst still being inspiring and they all look delicious. Even if you're a hardcore carnivore you'll enjoy these recipes
This is a great cookbook for those interested in trying a whole food, plant-based, and/or exclusively vegan diet. It offers a lot of information on nutrition and tips for time-saving food preparation, as well as variations on many of the recipes so if you find a favorite, you can still change it up from time to time. I tried several of the recipes and found some that were five-star favorites with my family: the Savory Rosemary-Black Pepper Scones, the Shiitake Bakin' as part of the "Bacon," Lett ...more
Paula Shreve
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a vegetarian or vegan; just an omnivore looking for ways to expand my healthy foods repertoire. I'm also not a great athlete--I just love to be active and run a 5k/10k or half-marathon once in a while. I'm just beginning my training schedule for a full-on marathon, and I want to fuel my body with the best diet I can.

I love the tone of this book--inviting, flexible, non-judgmental. The recipes are great for busy households (most of the main course dishes can be on the table in 30 minutes
Andrew Fast
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What's not to like, the recipes aren't too complicated. The nutrition and rationale is thoroughly explained in the intense introduction... As a fairly recent Vegan (2 months.. oh yeah) I did a couple months of transitioning and dabbled in my wife's recipes the whole last year (all delicious) since I train pretty hard and had SOOO many preconceived notions of deficiencies and ultimate perils should I go all in.

Well 2 months later, I can run every day should I choose to (vs 3x max per week due to
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health
A good general book on starting out cooking vegan with lots of good descriptions about pantry, kitchen and planning, and a variety of recipes. But for a book for athletes worried about protein, it had NO information, and I mean NO info, on how much protein an athlete (or normal healthy person) needs each day and how much protein is in each recipe. This omission is just inexcusable. And I was deeply shocked to read the authors took a multivitamin. If you can't get the right vitamins from your dai ...more
I am a new vegetarian and so I am looking for options for dinner that are healthy, meat-free and hopefully delicious. I found all three in this book.

There are healthy tips, recipes and menu plans that take a vegan dinner from bland to exciting. There are dessert and energy bar recipes included that are as tasty as they are healthy.

I was impressed with the credentials of the author and his providing the healthy information was pleasant and easy to gain insightful information. I am not an athlet
Alberto Gulino
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great read!

This book did change how I view sports nutrition. Book is easy to read and keeps reader engaged. The only thing I would have liked is a week or two of meal planing and insights on how this way of eating effects the diabetic athlete. I recommend this book to anyone trying to improve health and add heathy recipes to their life. I would have given a 5 star if a meal plan would have been included along with more emphasis on strength and conditioning rather than endurance training. Overall
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am new to a plant based diet. This is a great book for newbies. The introductory sections provide a starter course for eating a healthy plant based diet. I especially appreciated the section on using minimal and the tutorial for sauteing without oil. The recipes are inventive, but most do not contain exotic ingredients. I'm excited to try the lentil Bolognese sauce. This is a solid cookbook with a number of photos of recipes.

Full Disclosure - I received a copy of the cookbook from the publishe
Carmel March
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Awesome recipe book for athletes, families, or just anyone, with easy, delicious, and unique recipes and blueprints to craft your own. I loved the informational sections, too, really makes this a comprehensive cookbook to have laying around your kitchen. Looking forward to working my way through the recipes!
Carolyn Stein
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vegetarian
This is really an excellent addition to my cookbook shelf. While I am sure it is excellent for vegan athletes, it is also just a wonderful vegan cookbook. It is well-organized with a lot of color photographs. The recipes all look easy to prepare and delicious. I believe that this is destined to become one of my favorites.
Got for a steal (7.99) at McKay used bookstore in Nashville on my wedding anniversary trip though this clearly isn't used and am going to gift it to those who will get the most use out of it. Still such a good read! written very well with great points on a variety of topics and many recipes I've saved for later to try. I love the approach of a grain, a green, and a bean which is how I try to eat and ideas for spicing this up. would recommend especially for athletes! ...more
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love all of the extra information in the book! You get a good sense of why Matt and Stepf chose to include each recipe/item. The chapter at the end about meal planning was especially helpful. There is a lot to know and it this process can be intimidating but they have done a great job preparing you for success.
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health-diet
Great cookbook for someone starting a plant-based diet. It has solid information about nutrients, a good variety of recipes and fabulous photos. One thing I really liked about this cookbook was the "blueprints". These are basic ideas for recipes you can create yourself. Since I tend to cook in an experimental way, I thought these ideas were great starting points.

Jul 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the educational chapters as well as the practical labels for each meal (you can easily flip through recipes to find "fast" ones to cook if you're in a hurry).

The recipes themselves were a little overwhelming at times, but if you stock up on the key ingredients, you'll use them throughout most of the book.
Jul 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
I just picked this up for the recipes. There are some good ones in here, like the Garlicky Rosemary Potato Soup, Almost Instant Ramen, Basic Dal, and Slow-Cooker Coconut-Matcha Brown Rice. Some good salad dressings as well. Most of the recipes use ingredients you'll likely have on hand and they're all pretty easy. Some lovely pictures, too. ...more
Kim Giramma
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome introductory book for athletes interested in moving towards a plant-based diet. I really liked the introduction by the authors, both endurance athletes. The recipes are simple and have variations for vegetarian, vegan, and even no-oil options.
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, cookbooks, 2018
This is an EXCELLENT whole food plant based cookbook! All of the recipes can be turned into no oil as well, if that is something you're attempting to avoid. I know I'll be using this cookbook frequently. ...more
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was loaded down with such interesting recipes that I ended up purchasing it. My main criticism for this book was really the lack of photos of prepared dishes, but the majority of the recipes were interesting, appealing and had simple prep instructions.
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Matt Frazier is a vegan ultramarathoner and founder of the No Meat Athlete movement.

Frazier shares training tips and vegetarian recipes on his site, No Meat Athlete. When he's not running, cooking, or blogging, Frazier's a full-time graduate student working on his Ph.D. in applied math. He also enjoys reading, gambling, music, and brewing beer. Frazier lives in Maryland with his wife and son.

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