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From world-class marathoner and 4-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan and culinary nutritionist Elyse Kopecky comes a whole foods, flavor-forward cookbook that proves food can be indulgent and nourishing at the same time. Finally here's a cookbook for runners that shows fat is essential for flavor and performance and that counting calories, obsessing over protein, and From world-class marathoner and 4-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan and culinary nutritionist Elyse Kopecky comes a whole foods, flavor-forward cookbook that proves food can be indulgent and nourishing at the same time. Finally here's a cookbook for runners that shows fat is essential for flavor and performance and that counting calories, obsessing over protein, and restrictive dieting does more harm than good. Packed with more than 100 recipes for every part of your day, mind-blowing nutritional wisdom, and inspiring stories from two fitness-crazed women that became fast friends more than 15 years ago, Run Fast. Eat Slow. has all the bases covered. You'll find no shortage of delicious meals, satisfying snacks, thirst-quenching drinks, and wholesome treats. Fan favorites include Can't Beet Me Smoothie, Arugula Cashew Pesto, High-Altitude Bison Meatballs, Superhero Muffins, Kale Radicchio Salad with Farro, and Double Chocolate Teff Cookies.


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From world-class marathoner and 4-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan and culinary nutritionist Elyse Kopecky comes a whole foods, flavor-forward cookbook that proves food can be indulgent and nourishing at the same time. Finally here's a cookbook for runners that shows fat is essential for flavor and performance and that counting calories, obsessing over protein, and From world-class marathoner and 4-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan and culinary nutritionist Elyse Kopecky comes a whole foods, flavor-forward cookbook that proves food can be indulgent and nourishing at the same time. Finally here's a cookbook for runners that shows fat is essential for flavor and performance and that counting calories, obsessing over protein, and restrictive dieting does more harm than good. Packed with more than 100 recipes for every part of your day, mind-blowing nutritional wisdom, and inspiring stories from two fitness-crazed women that became fast friends more than 15 years ago, Run Fast. Eat Slow. has all the bases covered. You'll find no shortage of delicious meals, satisfying snacks, thirst-quenching drinks, and wholesome treats. Fan favorites include Can't Beet Me Smoothie, Arugula Cashew Pesto, High-Altitude Bison Meatballs, Superhero Muffins, Kale Radicchio Salad with Farro, and Double Chocolate Teff Cookies.

30 review for Run Fast. Eat Slow.: Nourishing Recipes for Athletes

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Stead

    This book is difficult to rate. Although it's a cookbook, I did read the content from front to back. If I were to break down my rating, I'd say 4 stars for the recipes, 2 stars for additional content, and 1 star for the writing style. As a person on a restrictive diet due to health issues, and one who prefers homemade whole foods to packaged and processed ones, frequently making the same recipes gets old. The authors, who are both runners, have several unique ideas for combining nutritious This book is difficult to rate. Although it's a cookbook, I did read the content from front to back. If I were to break down my rating, I'd say 4 stars for the recipes, 2 stars for additional content, and 1 star for the writing style. As a person on a restrictive diet due to health issues, and one who prefers homemade whole foods to packaged and processed ones, frequently making the same recipes gets old. The authors, who are both runners, have several unique ideas for combining nutritious ingredients with the intent to provide proper nourishment for athletes, however, anyone can enjoy them. In addition to the recipes, the book includes suggested items to have in your pantry, as well as information on remedies for common runner's ailments (linking back to specific recipes that could nutritionally support that condition). On the header of each page, the recipes note whether they are gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan, which was helpful to be able to quickly note which ones best suited my needs. Unfortunately, I first noticed this distinction when I was reading the recipe for pita chips, which was marked as gluten-free, despite the "whole wheat pita bread" required in the ingredients list! The rest of the notations seemed accurate. Although the content is decent, reading through it was agonizing. The whole book sounds like an overly fake infomercial, replete with excessive adjectives and hip buzzwords. Here's an excerpt from the first recipe for a coconut-kale smoothie: "Portland is a small city packed to the brim with creative people churning out incredible food. Lucky for us, you don't have to go to a fancy restaurant to experience an inspiring dish. In fact, some of our favorite spots to chow down at are the endless food carts. And one of our favorite carts to cruise by when we're in the need of a health fix is the Kure Juice Bar. This recipe is inspired by our go-to smoothie at the Kure. Not surprisingly, it's called the Extra Mile. One sip of this refreshing mean-green smoothie and you'll be ready to go that extra mile." I'd highly suggest skimming through the supplementary information and getting straight into the recipes! I haven't tried any yet, but from past experience working with these ingredients, I can tell that they will be full of flavor.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    I didn't know anything about this book before getting it from the library, except that a friend recommended it to me. Based on the title, I expected it to be about half advice on running, half advice on food. It's all food. That's not really a criticism of the book, because I probably could have read the back of the book to find that out, but more of a heads-up for anyone else. I find it hard to give this book a high rating. It doesn't really outline a specific dietary plan or give you definite I didn't know anything about this book before getting it from the library, except that a friend recommended it to me. Based on the title, I expected it to be about half advice on running, half advice on food. It's all food. That's not really a criticism of the book, because I probably could have read the back of the book to find that out, but more of a heads-up for anyone else. I find it hard to give this book a high rating. It doesn't really outline a specific dietary plan or give you definite goals/rules to guide your food choices. Its advice and suggestions are very general. That's probably appropriate given that the authors are not licensed doctors or trained dietitians. One's an olympic marathon runner, and that's impressive, but it really only qualifies her to give advice about running. Reading about an average week of menus for her is interesting, but they don't really give you enough information to truly follow her example. A lot of the advice comes down to cook at home, don't eat pre-packaged food, and eat a balanced diet. That's not very specific, and it certainly isn't specific to runners. Ok, so this won't be laying out a new dietary plan, but most of the book is recipes, so how does it fare as a cookbook? Meh. I tried 5 recipes: a smoothie, some breakfast scones, some trail mix, a chicken and rice stew, and a sauteed pear dessert thing. The smoothie was gross; not drinkable. The scones and pears were both pretty average; enjoyable but not good enough that I'd bother making them again. The trail mix was predictably decent. The stew was actually quite good; I'll be making a copy of that one. I plan on trying out a few more of the entree recipes, but I feel pretty safe making a judgement now about the overall quality of the book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Max

    Great recipes focused on long distance running. Also some explanation is included and useful tips. I already made the superhero muffins and they are wonderful! The recipes are healthy with good ingredients but they are kind of heavy so this is not a book with recipes for when you're trying to lose weight.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    This is the cookbook I've been looking for I could not have found a more perfect cookbook that matches my own views on healthy eating. There is no shortage of healthy fats (including butter!), there are vegetarian recipes, there are meat recipes that are paired with a large doses of veggies,and best of all, they all taste amazing (I do usually add a bit more salt than they call for, but they do tell you to adjust seasoning as necessary). I use this book weekly if not daily and I was so lost This is the cookbook I've been looking for I could not have found a more perfect cookbook that matches my own views on healthy eating. There is no shortage of healthy fats (including butter!), there are vegetarian recipes, there are meat recipes that are paired with a large doses of veggies,and best of all, they all taste amazing (I do usually add a bit more salt than they call for, but they do tell you to adjust seasoning as necessary). I use this book weekly if not daily and I was so lost without it on a recent extended trip that I also bought the ebook to permanently have it available on my phone (which also works great when I'm in the grocery store).

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    My star track athlete sister received this book for Christmas and I swiped it from her for the day. I loooved the way the whole premise of the text, how everything was formatted, and the lovely pictures.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marathon County Public Library

    Are you an athlete looking for recipes that will fuel your workouts, help you recover, and work to nourish and support your body? This cookbook is a wonderful collection of healthy recipes and tips from a collaboration between an Olympic athlete and a chef, who both know the importance of taking care of their hard-working bodies. While I personally work to steer clear of animal products, which this cookbook does use in some of the recipes, I still found a good stack of recipes that I can't wait Are you an athlete looking for recipes that will fuel your workouts, help you recover, and work to nourish and support your body? This cookbook is a wonderful collection of healthy recipes and tips from a collaboration between an Olympic athlete and a chef, who both know the importance of taking care of their hard-working bodies. While I personally work to steer clear of animal products, which this cookbook does use in some of the recipes, I still found a good stack of recipes that I can't wait to try out! Sarah M. / Marathon County Public Library Find this book in our library catalog.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway from Rodale Publishing. Because this was an advance copy, it didn't feature full-color photographs that will be in the final copy. For me, color photos are crucial, so the final product will benefit people like me - those who need vivid photos to entice the brain, eye and palate. I also need visuals to motivate me to cook. I really like the concept of this book - nourishing recipes for athletes. I'm not a foodie, but I want my food to be healthy, nourishing and I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway from Rodale Publishing. Because this was an advance copy, it didn't feature full-color photographs that will be in the final copy. For me, color photos are crucial, so the final product will benefit people like me - those who need vivid photos to entice the brain, eye and palate. I also need visuals to motivate me to cook. I really like the concept of this book - nourishing recipes for athletes. I'm not a foodie, but I want my food to be healthy, nourishing and tasty. The book has 12 chapters: book concept, pantry basics, and then nine category chapters (drinks, breakfast, snacks and appetizers, salads, soups, mains, sides, sauces/dressings, treats), runners remedies (recipes in the book for specific issues, such as colds, etc.). If you live in a city with a Whole Foods, you can most likely find ingredients there, even if you live in small city. They do provide online sites where some of the items can be purchased. Some of the recipes are new to me, but some are variations of things I already do. I did like that the authors included a recipe for chicken bone broth and a mineral broth. This looks to be a really good cookbook for athletes who are willing to cook. The book does seem geared toward runners, and it's written by two runners. I don't know that the CrossFit or Paleo crowd will like it as much as the running crowd. Some of the recipes seem heavy on the carb side. This cookbook is part of the slow cooking trend. One of the books strengths is the Treat chapter. These are recipes that satisfy the sweet tooth using fruits, dark chocolate, oatmeal and more. The Sides Chapter was disappointing for me. I am always looking for healthy sides that are made from nonstarchy vegetables. The ones they include are variations of things I already do. Because I'm not someone who cooks a lot, I prefer cookbooks that tell me how long it will take to prep and how long it will take to cook. This cookbook does neither, and some of the recipes look time intensive to prep and cook. Overall, it's a nice cookbook. The recipes look like they would please most palates, so if someone is cooking for a family and only one is a runner or other athlete, the variety of recipes are sure to please most. Most recipes serve 2, 4, or 6. The recipes definitely do look nourishing and tasty.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Yvette (hooked on the nook)

    Excellent new recipe book geared toward clean eating for athletes, especially runners. I love the addition of the herbal remedies for various ailments, such as inflammation, upset stomach, common cold, etc. I am a firm believer that organic cures are the best for the human body. I find I heal quicker. I made the whole chicken recipe in less than 90 minutes with the cauliflower for dinner and it was fantastic. I found that all the recipes are simple to make and can be made in advance and eaten as Excellent new recipe book geared toward clean eating for athletes, especially runners. I love the addition of the herbal remedies for various ailments, such as inflammation, upset stomach, common cold, etc. I am a firm believer that organic cures are the best for the human body. I find I heal quicker. I made the whole chicken recipe in less than 90 minutes with the cauliflower for dinner and it was fantastic. I found that all the recipes are simple to make and can be made in advance and eaten as left overs as I am super busy during the week and don't usually have time to cook. One other suggestion start with the fish tacos with mango salsa. We grilled Halibut on the barbecue and it was out of the world!!! Enjoying the food and I look forward improving my running as result.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Matilda

    a cool book for athletes focusing on the runner. while there are no chapters on how to run faster it's under the concept that if you fuel yourself correctly then the speed will come naturally (or with a lot of hard work in training) haven't tested any of the recipes yet but to do like how each recipe gives you what part of training it is suited for ie speedwork, recovery, long run etc

  10. 4 out of 5

    Becky Fuller

    Lovely cookbook with what appear to be excellent recipes. If I attempted to do these recipes myself in addition to caring for my two small children I would ironically no longer have any time to actually run. Definitely something to aspire to though!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Christine Falbo

    This is the first time I read an entire cookbook cover to cover. Lots of interesting and useful information. I'm excited to try a lot of these recipes!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Great tips and interesting recipes. Unfortunately I’m allergic to several key ingredients (soy, nuts, avocados) so I can only make a few recipes.

  13. 4 out of 5

    DCW

    The book contains some broad bits of common sense food wisdom, but it was not helpful to me without macronutrient information.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Michael-lust

    I am excited to try the recipes I this book to not only eat healthier, but to help the runners in my family.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    I got some good recipes from this book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    Great layout. Easy to read, user friendly, encouragement for new tastes, delicious and healthy recipes with the active person in mind. Okay, I haven’t run for days, but there is still hope! This recipe book has inspired me to make the effort to get back at it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gwen

    Nothing really groundbreaking, but I appreciated the authors' emphasis on "food as fuel" and that eating well can help with your training and some running-related ailments. (Caveat: I'm not a serious runner like the authors, so their needs are not necessarily my needs...) While none of the recipes wow-ed me (I was underwhelmed at their side dish options and yet *another* recipe for "bone broth"), I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the sauces and dressings chapter. I'm in a bit of a Nothing really groundbreaking, but I appreciated the authors' emphasis on "food as fuel" and that eating well can help with your training and some running-related ailments. (Caveat: I'm not a serious runner like the authors, so their needs are not necessarily my needs...) While none of the recipes wow-ed me (I was underwhelmed at their side dish options and yet *another* recipe for "bone broth"), I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the sauces and dressings chapter. I'm in a bit of a rut when it comes to salad dressings these days, so I'm looking forward to trying out some of these. Recipes I bookmarked: Blueberry-Lemon Cornmeal Scones (59) Preheat oven to 350*. Whisk together 1 C. cornmeal, 1 C. flour, 1/4 C. sugar, 2 tsp. baking powder, and 1/2 tsp. salt. With a pastry blender, work in 1/2 C. cubed butter. Separately, whisk together 2 eggs, 1/3 C. plain Greek yogurt, 1 tsp. vanilla, and zest of 2 lemons. Add to dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Fold in 1 C. (frozen) blueberries. Roll or drop scones of desired size and place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until lightly browned on the bottom. Carolina Tarragon Chicken Salad (92) Whisk together 1 mashed avocado, 1/4 C. plain yogurt, 1/4 C. chopped tarragon, 1 TBSP finely chopped shallot, 2 TBSP lemon juice, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Stir in 1.5 lbs./3.5 C. shredded chicken (thighs ideal), 1 chopped Granny Smith apple, (3 ribs celery, diced), and 1/2 C. chopped walnuts. Stir to combine, taste for seasoning, and refrigerate. Lemon Miso Dressing (168) In a large jar with a lid, shake together 1/2 C. olive oil, 1/3 C. lemon juice, 2-3 cloves minced garlic, 2 tsp. miso paste, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Use a fork to whisk the miso in the dressing, if necessary. Apple Cider Vinaigrette (173) In a large jar with a lid, shake together 1/3 C. olive oil, 1/4 C. apple cider vinegar, 1 TBSP Dijon mustard, 1/2 minced shallot, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper. [For Creamy Apple Cider Vinaigrette, add 2 TBSP tahini. For Maple-Dijon Apple Cider Vinaigrette, add 2 tsp. maple syrup.] Runner's High Peanut Sauce (175) In 1 TBSP coconut or olive oil, saute 1 diced onion and 1/2 tsp. salt for ~5 minutes. Stir in 3 cloves minced garlic and saute ~1 minute. Whisk in 1 can unsweetened regular coconut milk, 1/2 C. (unsalted) peanut butter, 1 TBSP soy sauce, 1 TBSP sugar, and 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes. Bring to a simmer and whisk until peanut butter melts. Simmer, uncovered and over low heat, stirring occasionally, or until the sauce thickens, ~10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1 TBSP lime juice. [Good over rice + veggie bowl.] Fig Jam Cookies (199) Preheat oven to 350*. In a food processor, pulse together 10 oz. dried figs, 1/3 C. tahini, 1 TBSP water, and 2 tsp. cinnamon. Puree until smooth. Separately, whisk together 1 1/2 C. (whole wheat) flour, 1 C. almond meal, 1/2 C. sesame seeds, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Melt 1/3 C. coconut oil in the microwave; stir in 1/2 C. maple syrup and 1 tsp. vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and mix to form a dough. Divide dough into three pieces. Roll each piece into a 12"x4" rectangle. Divide fig mixture into thirds; roll each third into a 12" log. Place fig log into center of dough; fold dough over figs and gently press to seal. Repeat with remaining dough + fig mixture. Slice each log into 8 pieces. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kim Johnson

    This book inspires me to incorporate more healthy fats into my diet - for my skin and hair and for the nourishment that females need to remain well balanced nutritionally. I loved seeing the pictures of Elyse and Shalane and their friendship. It’s more than just a cookbook - this is a testimony of realizing dreams, living healthy, and believing in oneself. It’s about realizing success through hard work. Shalane won the NYC Marathon after the book was published - Elyse gave up a ten year career This book inspires me to incorporate more healthy fats into my diet - for my skin and hair and for the nourishment that females need to remain well balanced nutritionally. I loved seeing the pictures of Elyse and Shalane and their friendship. It’s more than just a cookbook - this is a testimony of realizing dreams, living healthy, and believing in oneself. It’s about realizing success through hard work. Shalane won the NYC Marathon after the book was published - Elyse gave up a ten year career in another field to devote more time to cooking and writing a cookbook with her best friend. The recipes appear easy to make. I cannot wait to try the roasted Brussels sprouts and the salmon and sweet potato cakes. I love the quiet simplicity of Shalane - such a humble spirit that she keeps her bronze Olympic medal from Beijing in her sock drawer to avoid becoming complacent. I need that kind of spirit! This is the kind of reading that inspires and motivates a person to want to make positive changes!

  19. 4 out of 5

    George J. Kloss Jr.

    I love food. I like Whoppers and Wendy's Spicy Chicken sandwiches. When my marathon running daughter said she was going to cook a meal from this book, I was worried. Especially after she brought out the kale and quinoa and Garbanzo Beans. I held my breath and tried her first dish. Holy crow! I liked it. She made a second dinner. I loved it. And so on. And here I am writing a reivew for a book I have not read. I just am blessed to live with someone who has. What the heck? People who run marathons I love food. I like Whoppers and Wendy's Spicy Chicken sandwiches. When my marathon running daughter said she was going to cook a meal from this book, I was worried. Especially after she brought out the kale and quinoa and Garbanzo Beans. I held my breath and tried her first dish. Holy crow! I liked it. She made a second dinner. I loved it. And so on. And here I am writing a reivew for a book I have not read. I just am blessed to live with someone who has. What the heck? People who run marathons aren't normal. Or so I thought. They are beautifully normal. And these specific marathon, olympic and smart chef people, know how to eat. This book needs to be in everyone's kitchen. You must try this stuff. It is so good. It is delectable. It will change your mind about all that is healthy and looks too healthy to be fun and a joy to eat. Have at it. RF. ES. is required. It needs to be read. Read it and change the world we live in for the better.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Erin Sagester

    Great recipes. Unc grads!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Susan Gualtier

    Phenomenal cookbook; not just for runners! This has some of the best recipes I've tried in a long time.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Thebestdogmom

    Lots of good recipes. I will try a few. I'm glad I got it from the library and didn't buy it. It was kind of pricey for a cookbook.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Leah Hanley

    4.5 stars. I liked a lot of things about this book. For one, these recipes are for anyone who subscribes to more of a “whole foods” type of lifestyle, the recipes are great examples of how healthy food doesn’t have to be disgusting or flavorless, and the authors do a good job teaching about quality of ingredients and how to tailor recipes. What I didn’t like about this book was mostly the bombardment of what I call “fan club” photos and references to famous runners that honestly I just don’t 4.5 stars. I liked a lot of things about this book. For one, these recipes are for anyone who subscribes to more of a “whole foods” type of lifestyle, the recipes are great examples of how healthy food doesn’t have to be disgusting or flavorless, and the authors do a good job teaching about quality of ingredients and how to tailor recipes. What I didn’t like about this book was mostly the bombardment of what I call “fan club” photos and references to famous runners that honestly I just don’t connect with or care about. I suppose you see the same type of nonsense in books written by famous chefs and cooks who are using their fame to sell their recipes. Sorry, but your recipes should sell themselves! I don’t want to see pictures of athletes all over my cookbooks because I’m not an athlete, and if I wanted to see pictures of famous tv chefs I’d watch their show on tv. Other notable aspects of this book: -comprehensive list of pantry items and fresh foods -sample weekly meal plan using recipes from the book -beautiful full-page photos for most (not all) of the recipes -most recipes include easy-to-find ingredients, with some exceptions being a few flours, grains, and seaweeds that you will have to find in a health food store -there is a small section where recipes are listed as aids to different ailments; anemia, amenorrhea, low energy or irritability, colds and flu, dehydration, digestion, inflammation, muscle aches, and stress fractures. Overall, this is actually a pretty good book for anyone trying to teach themselves how to use unprocessed foods on a daily basis. If you already do, it’s still good for meal planning ideas, healthy inspiration, and using food in a somewhat holistic health fashion (though this is not a holistic health book).

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    I've held off on getting this cookbook for a while because as a vegan, I did not think there would be a lot (if any recipes) that were relevant for me. However, after some more in depth review reading and then a trip to the book store to flip through some (okay-all) of the pages, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of vegan, vegetarian, and vegan adaptable recipes in this book. So with out further adieu I bough the book. All of the recipes have labels on the pages: vegan, vegetarian, I've held off on getting this cookbook for a while because as a vegan, I did not think there would be a lot (if any recipes) that were relevant for me. However, after some more in depth review reading and then a trip to the book store to flip through some (okay-all) of the pages, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of vegan, vegetarian, and vegan adaptable recipes in this book. So with out further adieu I bough the book. All of the recipes have labels on the pages: vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan/vegetarian option, and so on. Even some of the recipes that include eggs and or butter I can easily make vegan with a few swaps of my own (see below). There were not a lot of recipes that included meat and for a few of those you could swap tempeh, tofu, or just leave it out all together. This book has some good recipe ideas. So far I've tried the 'Can't Beet Me Smoothie' and the 'Superhero Muffins' (I used flax eggs and applesauce instead of chicken eggs and butter). The salad and soup recipes look pretty good, too. Overall I enjoyed reading about the health benefits of whole foods (short section in the beginning) and foods that can help remedy common runner ailments and injuries (short section in the end). It was also fun to read more about Shalane and Elyse: their running careers, friendship, lives, and how the book came to be. I'm looking forward to checking out their next cookbook, due out later this year.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    To Read: Yes, if you are an athlete or want some inspiration, but it’s not a particularly interesting read for non-runners. It is interesting to read about the real-life of an Olympic athlete, and one of the authors, Shalene Flanagan, is an Olympic medalist. But there is not a lot of depth to what they cover, just a few interesting stories about the authors’ friendship and their athletic feats. To Look At: There is not much too look at. Some of the recipes have photos, which are pretty standard. To Read: Yes, if you are an athlete or want some inspiration, but it’s not a particularly interesting read for non-runners. It is interesting to read about the real-life of an Olympic athlete, and one of the authors, Shalene Flanagan, is an Olympic medalist. But there is not a lot of depth to what they cover, just a few interesting stories about the authors’ friendship and their athletic feats. To Look At: There is not much too look at. Some of the recipes have photos, which are pretty standard. Again, if you want to be inspired to work out and eat healthy, these photos definitely serve that purpose. To Cook From: Yes, there are so many recipes here that I want to try. The recipe for Parmesan and Herb-Crusted Cod worked great. I really like that the recipes seem pretty simple, without too many ingredients that you would have to make a special trip to the health food section to get. Since I have already bought this book, I will definitely get the chance to try out more of the recipes, and I will share my results.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    This book caught my eye because I am forever on the hunt for healthier recipes and I loved the idea of this book. I read through the foreword which explains how these 2 women got to know each other as college athletes and what prompted the writing of this book. Most of the recipes are straightforward and don't need an excess of prep work. The Sweet Potato Breakfast Cookie is one that you needed an extra step of baking your sweet potato ahead of time. Not a big deal and wow, what great flavor! This book caught my eye because I am forever on the hunt for healthier recipes and I loved the idea of this book. I read through the foreword which explains how these 2 women got to know each other as college athletes and what prompted the writing of this book. Most of the recipes are straightforward and don't need an excess of prep work. The Sweet Potato Breakfast Cookie is one that you needed an extra step of baking your sweet potato ahead of time. Not a big deal and wow, what great flavor! There is maple syrup in it for sweetness but no dairy which is something I look for (although the vegan 'butter' does work in a lot of these recipes. I made the lemon miso dressing which was great. Also made the Runner's High Peanut Sauce which took some work and I wasn't crazy about how it mixed with my homemade stir fry but the sauce itself tasted good. The cocoa-coconut macaroons were so good that I had to control myself from eating too many of them at once. Lots of good choices in this book!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Christie

    Fresh Recipes for Endurance and Healing Let me start by saying I hate cooking. Hate wouldn’t even be a strong enough word to be honest. However, wanting to run farther and faster, I’ve begrudgingly come to accept that I will have to do this in order to accomplish my goals. I read this book cover to cover and nearly all of the recipes sound like something I can weather. Some ingredients like bison (not available in the Middle East) and farro (not even sure what that is) I won’t be able to try but Fresh Recipes for Endurance and Healing Let me start by saying I hate cooking. Hate wouldn’t even be a strong enough word to be honest. However, wanting to run farther and faster, I’ve begrudgingly come to accept that I will have to do this in order to accomplish my goals. I read this book cover to cover and nearly all of the recipes sound like something I can weather. Some ingredients like bison (not available in the Middle East) and farro (not even sure what that is) I won’t be able to try but the lion’s share are readily available and I’m even making a list to go to their grocery store right now to start making changes. I liked that they said what could be frozen AND how to defrost it. I loved that they discussed runner ailments and the recipes that specifically target those ailments. I heard about this book on the Run The Year (Run 2017 Miles in 2017) Facebook page as many were getting it as a Christmas gift so I gifted it to myself.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I haven’t tested the recipes that I want to try from this yet, so my rating isn’t entirely fair. I found a lot of the recipes that I would make in this book are variations on things I sort of make already, with little twists. So I may try the adjustments and see if anything’s better. The other recipes fall into the “not vegetarian” category (and not able to or not worth adjusting to be vegetarian), or into the category of “this looks good but do I really want to go get a bunch of new ingredients I haven’t tested the recipes that I want to try from this yet, so my rating isn’t entirely fair. I found a lot of the recipes that I would make in this book are variations on things I sort of make already, with little twists. So I may try the adjustments and see if anything’s better. The other recipes fall into the “not vegetarian” category (and not able to or not worth adjusting to be vegetarian), or into the category of “this looks good but do I really want to go get a bunch of new ingredients to test this recipe?” I am definitely up for trying things with Kamut berries and teff flour but I have very limited kitchen cupboard space and like to keep it all organized quite specifically. Once spring gets closer I will definitely try some of the salads, right now I’m still in soup mode and nothing really appealed in that section (except that carrot ginger, possibly).

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I LOVE this cookbook! The recipes are not overly effortful and are delicious. This cookbook does a great job of educating on how the ingredients will fuel your body for its different needs, whether it's energy for a long run, recovery from inflammation, fighting a cold, etc. I also found it easy to use ingredients from one recipe to the next so you start to build up your fridge and pantry, so the process gets easier. I ran my marathon three weeks ago and still turn to this book for what they I LOVE this cookbook! The recipes are not overly effortful and are delicious. This cookbook does a great job of educating on how the ingredients will fuel your body for its different needs, whether it's energy for a long run, recovery from inflammation, fighting a cold, etc. I also found it easy to use ingredients from one recipe to the next so you start to build up your fridge and pantry, so the process gets easier. I ran my marathon three weeks ago and still turn to this book for what they call "indulgent nourishment." I've made the beet smoothie (so interesting), long run mineral broth, minestrone, Moroccan lentil salad, superhero muffins, flu fighter chicken and rice soup, and recovery quinoa salad and all were delicious. I have many more on my list to make and anticipate continuing to heavily use this book. Thanks, Shalane and Elyse!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Shaw

    I really enjoyed this recipe book, especially as a runner. The book is presented well and has beautiful pictures with interesting stories for each recipe. I have already made 3 of the recipes and love the Can’t Beet Me smoothie (my kids love it too despite disliking beetroot). My only reason for not giving it 5 stars is that while runners don’t need to think about calories or protein intake so much (especially marathon runners), I still feel that it would be useful to have the macro break down. I really enjoyed this recipe book, especially as a runner. The book is presented well and has beautiful pictures with interesting stories for each recipe. I have already made 3 of the recipes and love the Can’t Beet Me smoothie (my kids love it too despite disliking beetroot). My only reason for not giving it 5 stars is that while runners don’t need to think about calories or protein intake so much (especially marathon runners), I still feel that it would be useful to have the macro break down. Many other sports require athletes at a leaner and more muscular position and hence require knowledge of protein intake. Overall I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading Book 2.

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