by Brendan Brazier

Da Capo Lifelong Books, $20.00, 352 pages

Thrive Foods: 200 Plant-Based Recipes for Peak Health is former Ironman triathlete and author Brendan Brazier’s third book in his Thrive series. In his book, Brazier introduces his nutritional philosophy and presents an onslaught of mind-blowing ratios and statistics that are designed to serve as powerful motivators in improving not only our personal health, but limiting the strain our choices have on the environment.

We’ve all heard that we need to eat our leafy greens, but we’re much more likely to do it when we understand why. Chapters four and five break down the components of good nutrition and list the nutrient-dense whole foods our bodies need to thrive. The range of recipes in the book is wide enough to suit anyone wanting to incorporate more whole foods into their diet. Athletic readers will appreciate the inclusion of many nutritional drinks, bars and energy gels. Many of the recipes are raw, but include instructions for a cooked version. At the end of the book, you will find a helpful glossary and a list of the author’s favorite restaurants, throughout the U.S. and Canada that offer dishes within the parameters of his standpoint. Portland’s own Blossoming Lotus boasts a spot on the list and several of their recipes are featured as well.

So much more than a cookbook, Thrive Foods will stay on your kitchen shelf as a handy nutritional reference.

Alicea Swett