YUM plant-based recipes for a gluten-free diet


By Theresa Nicassio PhD
Published by D&D Publishing
ISBN 978-0-9939156-0-4
Hardcover |$35.00 USD| 8½” × 11″
368 pages; colour illustrations throughout
eBook – $9.99 USD (via Amazon)

A 2016 “Best in the World” Gourmand Award Winner, YUM: plant-based recipes for a gluten-free diet, has a scope that extends far beyond the typical cookbook in any genre. 

EAT Magazine’s 2016 BEST GIFT PICK, YUM: plant-based recipes for a gluten-free diet makes healthy eating delicious, even if you or your loved ones have allergies or food restrictions. YUM is a perfect gift for anyone desiring to live a healthier, more vibrant or conscious life.

YUM is a masterpiece in several ways” (Sandra Cabot MD). The soulfully written 368-page lifestyle/art book is perhaps the first entirely plant-based book that does not promote veganism or any other special diet. With its one-of-a-kind 10-page Special Diet & Allergy Chart and all recipes easy enough for a twelve-year-old to make, YUM makes navigating multiple dietary needs a breeze.

Kids, teens and adults alike enjoy relishing in the beauty and deliciousness the book has to offer, whether or not they have special dietary needs. However, YUM is a game-changing “must-have” for those who live with food sensitivities, autoimmune challenges, heart disease, cancer, autism, ADD, or diabetes.


2016 Gourmand “BEST IN THE WORLD” COOKBOOK AWARD (Category: Best Diet Book) 2015 Gourmand Canadian Champion as the “Best Diet Book” in the country awards
Silver Medalist for the NAUTILUS: BETTER BOOKS FOR A BETTER WORLD (Food, Cooking, Healthy Eating)
Bronze Medalist for the IPPY Independent Publishers Book Award (Nutritional/Vegetarian)

“A thorough, informative cookbook for healthy meals; ideal for those with food restrictions.”
~Kirkus Reviews

Refreshingly free of politics and polemics…Kid- and family-friendly…inventive riffs…simple and ingenious…Even carnivores will find dishes…hard to resist.
~ Publishers Weekly (*Starred Review*)

gluten-free plant-based recipes

Order the complete book of YUM which features:

  • Over 180 delicious and easy-to-make gluten- and refined sugar-free vegan recipes that your whole family will enjoy that are all simple enough for a 12-year-old to prepare.
  • Fun ways to bring real food to life for you, your friends and your kids
  • Notes about ingredients by a registered dietitian (Bev’s Bits) and nutritionist (Haely’s Hints).
  • Beautiful food, garden and lifestyle images throughout, as well as life-enhancing stories and reflections by the author.
  • An extensive “Funky Ingredients” chapter describing over 50 less-familiar ingredients, including a discussion about sweeteners, information about their propensities to spike (or not spike) blood sugar levels and different culinary uses for each.
  • A complete special diet and allergy chart for all recipes.
  • Tips for creating a more sustainable kitchen, including ways to reduce food waste.

YUM is much more than a recipe book—it’s a much-needed and long craved for resource for your body, a feast for your mind and senses.

Finally, you can have your cake and eat it too!

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“With her YUM ‘philosophy’ and accompanying recipes, Dr. Theresa Nicassio makes me think of the beautiful and bountiful way of life in Southern Italy, with its emphasis on food, family—and also fun. Her psychological background brings a much-needed dimension to the discussion of special diets and the role that food plays in the total picture that makes up our health.”

Alessio Fasano MD, Director, Center for Celiac Research and Treatment
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

“Just holding and looking at this fabulous book makes me want to eat every one of the recipes.  Not just eat but prepare myself.  So many new and innovative  ingredients make the book stand out of the crowd of the usual fare.  I have found Dr. Theresa’s YUM creations feeding well the body and the heart.  

Saul Pilar, MD Integrative Physician

“Theresa Nicassio gives healthy eating the look and taste a gourmet cook would love. Armed with the recipes in this book, you’ll find yourself head over heels in recipes that pack a nutritional punch as well as a hefty dose of deliciousness. Eating a low-fat, vegan diet is the best way to promote health, and Theresa has embraced this in her YUM philosophy. Pairing wholesome plant-based foods with her recipe-making talents, these easy-to-make meals will leave you feeling better than ever.”

Neal Barnard MD, President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

“Congratulations to Theresa Nicassio PhD for putting together such a well researched, well organised and easy to use cookbook. YUM is sure to encourage many people to try a gluten free diet – this book showcases such a plentiful and incredible variety of delicious food.

YUM is a masterpiece in several ways. It is beautiful to look at and the photography brings the colors, textures and shapes of the foods and meals into a vibrant living experience. It reminds us that healthy foods are the art of nature. It is a masterpiece of healthy food combining, which will help those with gut problems and food sensitivities to not feel as deprived. It has cleverly excluded foods that are toxic or promote inflammation and replaced them with healing and delicious foods.

Hippocrates taught doctors that good health begins in the digestive tract and that food should be our medicine. This beautiful recipe book embraces those eternal principles in a modern and exciting way. To feel well and energetic and to have a clear and happy mind we need a healthy gut and liver. The gut brain connection is huge. The gut – immune connection is just as huge.

I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves eating living, healthful foods and especially those who love to cook.”

Sandra Cabot MD, Author of the award winning
Liver Cleansing Diet book

“Nicassio’s YUM is a food lover’s book for even the reluctant foodie. Her own journey to good health through food is chronicled throughout,  drawing the reader in, as if holding her hand, to join her in a responsibly hedonistic relationship with food. Her encyclopedia of ingredients is one I know I’ll refer to again and again and her recipes are irresistable. The photos are stunning, and as inviting as the text is ebullient. Nicassio somehow manages to infuse her sunny perspective on life into the soul of this book, thus inspiring the reader – no matter their dietary restriction – to press on and find joy in food again.”

Jules Shepard, Founder of gfJules™ Gluten Free Flour and Baking Mixes  and
Author of Free for All Cooking, The First Year: Celiac Disease, and Nearly Normal Cooking for Gluten Free Eating

Delicious, nutritious, and fun! My whole family loved preparing, admiring, and eating these culinary delights.”

David R. Boyd PhD, Environmental Lawyer,
Endurance Athlete and
Author of The Optimistic Environmentalist

“I love the hope-filled, joyful, luxurious approach that YUM brings to gluten-free, plant-based eating. Thank you, Theresa, for helping set people free from the ‘tyranny of shoulds’ with this delightful guide to delicious living.”

Susan Biali MD, Wellness Expert,
Psychology Today blogger and
Author of
Live a Life You Love

“YUM is an exciting passport to a more vibrant and delicious life. A planet-friendly, palate-stimulating collection of plant-based culinary adventures, the pages ooze with amazing recipes, tantalizing photography and love.”

Synte Peacock PhD, Environmental Scientist and
Author of Earth on the Edge

“It is time someone put together this awesome book of gluten free recipes, healthy eating ideas and photographs to show the adventure of food.  The photographs are masterpieces.  You can just about eat the fruit and vegetables right off the page!  Give me a spoon and I will have some of that ice-cream! The colours of the photographs are a delight and tantalizing to the tastebuds.  I will certainly recommend this awesome book to my friends, family and business associates.  It is a keeper.”

Margriet Dogterom Phd, Owner of Beediverse and
Author of Pollination with Mason Bees

“I’m impressed with Theresa Nicasso’s paradigm-shifting gift to the gluten-free world. If you are a foodie, a health enthusiast, or simply looking to make a positive change in your life, YUM is that foundational text that arms you with all the resources, motivation, and inspiration you will need to transform your life. Packed with recipes, complemented by stunning photography, you will never feel deprived when you indulge in the beautiful and nourishing meals that Theresa shares.  If you feel like there’s a better you waiting inside, the recipes in YUM can unleash the inner greatness.”

Vinnette Thompson, Executive Chef of the Raw Food Underground and
Living Light Culinary Arts Gourmet Instructor

“Theresa has joyfully and elegantly presented a YUM Living philosophy of food that encompasses core values that are essential to healing and optimal wellness: mindful eating, self-compassion, non-judgment, personal empowerment, community, and play! Her recipes are delicious and celebrate the beauty and intelligence of the plant world – each dish will “speak to your DNA” with key information to turn on health promoting genes through “nutrigenomics”, so that you can enjoy brilliant health – and have fun while you’re at it!”

Dr Devon Christie, MD CCFP Functional Medicine Practitioner,
Connect Health Centre for Integrative Medicine, Vancouver, BC

“Theresa’s vision to make healthy food taste delicious inspires us to bring the JOY back to healthy eating and is a wonderful resource for patients who have celiac disease or multiple food sensitivities. Absolutely love this!”

Jill Carnahan MD, ABFM, ABIHM, IFMCP,
Medical Director, functional medicine expert at Flatiron Functional Medicine

“YUM is as eloquently written and informative as it is accessible. Enjoy this book in the kitchen or brew up Alex’s Chai Latte and take it in on the couch. YUM will be your friendly exploration guide to a myriad of wonderful tastes and healthy living we can all attain.” 

Rush Dhillon PhD, Biomolecular Chemistry, University of Wisconsin
Researcher investigating aerobic and anaerobic cellular metabolism and
mitochondrial respiration responses to stressors, including aging

YUM Special Feature

Special Diet and Allergy ChartHere is a sample “Special Diet & Allergy Chart” (taken from YUM Mini) as a miniature example of the comprehensive reference chart that you will find in the complete book of YUM: plant-based recipes for a gluten-free diet. The table has been designed to make it easier for you to locate recipes in the book that are more likely to work for you, given your unique dietary needs.

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“YUM: plant-based recipes for a gluten-free diet is a yummy read for anyone interested in adding more delicious, health-promoting plant foods to their diet. Author Theresa Nicassio has a wealth of information and shares it in a book that is beautiful to look at, easy to read and fun to use.”

Cherie Soria, founder and director of Living Light Culinary Institute and author of many books including Angel Foods: Healthy Recipes for Heavenly Bodies and The Raw Food Revolution Diet

“Besides making me wish I was Italian, Theresa represents love in action. Many talk the talk, but she’s the real deal—her recipes are full of her generosity and spirit as well as deliciousness!”

Sharon Hanna, author of The Book of Kale and The Book of Kale & Friends