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gluten-free, dairy free, sugar free, egg free vegan plant-based recipes


A 2016 Starred Publishers Weekly recipient and “Best in the World” Gourmand Award Winner, YUM: plant-based recipes for a gluten-free diet is an inspirational “Masterpiece” of one woman’s courageous journey from despair to triumph, sharing the treasures she learned along her path back to health after a single event turned her life and her relationship with her body upside down.

With a scope that extends far beyond the typical cookbook in any genre, YUM honours the body and spirit, as well as the mind in times of disability and when hope is nowhere to be found. EAT Magazine’s 2016 BEST GIFT PICK, YUM makes healthy eating delicious, whether or not you or your loved ones are vegetarian or vegan or need to avoid gluten or sugar.

YUM is a game-changing “must-have” for if you or your loved one lives with food sensitivities, autoimmune challenges, heart disease, cancer, autism, ADD, or diabetes, and its unique 10-page Special Diet & Allergy Chart makes navigating multiple dietary needs a breeze.

YUM is also available on Amazon in hardcover copy and ebook formats.


PW starred“Refreshingly free of politics and polemics, Nicassio’s book strictly focuses on the food, offering thoughtful and practical recipes… Kid- and family-friendly … as well as inventive riffs…—all of which are simple and ingenious. …Even carnivores will find dishes … hard to resist.

~Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“A thorough, informative cookbook for healthy meals; ideal for those with food restrictions…YUM philosophy is inclusive—even die-hard junk-food addicts or meat lovers can enjoy her recipes alongside those who need or choose to avoid certain foods.”

~Kirkus Reviews

“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
World-renowned pediatric gastroenterologist, research scientist, Harvard Professor,
Director, Center for Celiac Research and Treatment, Massachusetts General Hospital,
and Author of Gluten Freedom

“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
Author of The Cheese Trap, Power Foods for the Brain,
 Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes ,
and The Cancer Survivor’s Guide, 


Dr. Theresa Nicassio is an ordinary woman whose life path as a Registered Psychologist (#1541) beginning in the mid-1980’s and later as a special needs mom took a horrific turn when her health took an unexpected nose-dive after the birth of her daughter in 1997.

Instead of enjoying motherhood as the active woman she had been prior her pregnancy, Theresa found herself unrecognizable, living a nightmare of disability and chronic pain, without anyone cluing in for over twelve years that her suffering was related to food sensitivities and autoimmune dysfunction. During that time, her greatest fear was that her daughters would be left motherless before they graduated high school.

You will learn more about Theresa’s story from debilitation to a vitality that she didn’t know would be possible, as well as the many gifts and discoveries that she uncovered along the way that led to the creation of her “Masterpiece” that is changing lives around the globe.

Offering you simple solutions to the “ache” that you feel about your health, relationships, and the future of the planet, Theresa uses her integrated personal and professional knowledge to provide you hope in the face of despair, helping you heal from the inside-out.


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