Reviewed by David M. Kinchen
BOOK REVIEW: 'The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook': Long-Awaited Cookbook Companion to 'Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease' Now Available

Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr.'s "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease" was a New York Times bestseller when it appeared seven years ago. The plant-based nutrition plan Dr. Esselstyn, 80, who practices at the world-reknowned Cleveland Clinic,  advocates based on his twenty-year nutritional study—the most comprehensive of its kind—is proven to stop and reverse even advanced coronary disease. More than 336,000 readers have benefited from the revolutionary regimen so far, including actor Samuel L. Jackson (see below).

Now, finally, we have "The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook: Over 125 Delicious, Life-Changing, Plant-Based Recipes" (Avery, a member of the Penguin Group (USA), 320 pages,  large-format paperback, profusely illustrated, $25.00). The authors are Ann Crile Esselstyn, Dr. Esselstyn's wife and their daughter, Jane Esselstyn, a team with decades of experience developing delicious, healthful dishes for both their family and Dr. Esselstyn's patients.

“In my lifetime, I’ve understood diet played a big role in the quality of my life, so I ate what I considered to be good for me. From childhood, the litany of ‘eat your vegetables’ was drummed into me, sometimes literally. Naturally, me being Southern, there was always meat served with those veggies, and most times it was used to flavor them. 64 years later, I meet the Esselstyns, and they say ‘eat your vegetables, but eat them raw or cooked with no oil!’ WHAT?! But, I tried it. It’s truly amazing what the things I already liked really tasted like. Even more amazing: the number of plant-based creations that are possible. I won’t go into the gigantic health benefits that came my way as a result of my decision to go plant-based, but I will say that 30 lost pounds and an infinite number of compliments later, I’m more than happy. I hope you’ll treat yourself to one of these recipes and just open that door. I guarantee you won’t close it!”—Samuel L. Jackson

Like Jackson, I've lost 30 pounds since May 2013 and the latest stent procedure to open up my clogged arteries. I feel much better following what is basically a plant--based diet that eliminates dairy and most other animal-based foods. My cardiologist told me to lose the weight and I did it with a modified version of the Esselstyn diet.

Advance Praise for The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook

“This is a great cookbook for treating and reversing heart disease as well as a wide variety of other ailments and diseases. So hear the whisper of your heart and do it a favor. Try these recipes and see for yourself what a fantastic difference they can make for your health. Dr. Esselstyn’s amazing accomplishments are backed up by Ann and Jane’s health enriching recipes.”

—T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study, and Karen Campbell, Director of the Center for Nutrition Studies

Praise for Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn’s Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease

“Proves that changes in diet (and that alone) cause radical changes in the age and disease of your arteries.”

—Michael Roizen, M.D., coauthor of You: On a Diet

“Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn has directed pioneering research demonstrating that the progression of even severe coronary heart disease can often be reversed by making comprehensive changes in diet and lifestyle.”

—Dean Ornish, M.D., founder, President, and Director, Preventive Medicine Research Institute, and author of Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease

“A hard-nosed scientist shows us his secrets for successfully cleaning the rusting arteries of so many patients—and it doesn’t even hurt.”

—Mehmet Oz, M.D., coauthor of You: The Owner’s Manual

“Dr. Esselstyn has always been ahead of his time. His focus on the healing powers of proper nutrition on diseased coronary arteries has now proven right, raising another unthinkable notion—that heart patients can cure themselves.”

—Bernadine Healy, M.D., former Director, National Institutes of Health

“This powerful program will make you virtually heart-attack-proof. On the basis of decades of research, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn has shown not only how to prevent heart disease but also how to reverse it—even for people who have been affected for many years. I strongly recommend this important book.”

—Neal D. Barnard, M.D., founder and President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and author of Breaking the Food Seduction

“Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease provides a practical approach for people to regain their lost health. Considering the worldwide prevalence of coronary artery disease, this book should become the bestseller of all time.”

—John A. McDougall, M.D., author of The McDougall Program

 “Dr. Esselstyn’s eminently successful arrest-and-reversal therapy for heart disease through patient education and empowerment as the treatment of choice will send shock waves through a mercenary medical system that focuses largely on pills and procedures.”

—Hans Diehl, founder and Director, Coronary Health Improvement Project


“Dr. Esselstyn’s solution in "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease" is as profound as Newton’s discovery of gravity. Half of all Americans dying today could have changed their date with the undertaker by following Dr. Esselstyn’s plan.”

—Howard F. Lyman, coauthor of No More Bull! and Mad Cowboy

“If you have heart disease, this book should be essential reading. It could save your life.”

—Michael F. Jacobson, Executive Director, Center for Science in the Public Interest

 I've read and tried to follow many diets, but from now on, this is the one I'll go to and -- with a little bit of luck and a lot of determination -- stick with. You don't need dairy and you don't need meat --- and this is from a guy who loves his cheese and a nice steak! 

Heart disease remains one of today’s deadliest killers, and The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook empowers readers to make their hearts healthier, one delectable meal at a time. My cardiologist is one of the most respected in the Coastal Bend region of Texas, and when he says jump, I respond "how high?"