Take one overweight, overworked attorney and pair him with a holistic vegan chef and you have one of the world’s most celebrated ultra-marathoners. At the age of 40, Rich Roll transformed his life and not only lost nearly 50 pounds but also adopted a new sport. He tackled the Ultraman World Championship. The Ultraman is an invitation only 3-day double ironman competition on the Big Island of Hawaii. It includes a 6.2-mile swim and a 90-mile bike race and that’s just on Day 1. Day 2 includes a 170-mile bike race and culminates on Day 3 with a 52.4-mile run on the searing Kona lava fields.

VV Finding Ultra coverA year later, Roll succeeded at the EPIC5, completing five ultra-marathon races on five separate Hawaiian Islands in less than seven days. Roll is the author of “Finding Ultra” which chronicles his amazing transformation, which has helped earn him a place in Men’s Fitness Magazine’s MF25 fittest men.

Rich Roll, author, speaker and renowned podcast host and his vegan chef wife Julie Piatt have blossomed together to create “The Plantpower Way,” a whole food plant-based cookbook that features great vegan recipes and guidance for the whole family.

This full four-color throughout cookbook likens itself to a coffee table book but, personally, I wouldn’t put it out for others, it might not be there after your guests leave. I view it more as a treasured family scrapbook. It is filled with empowering stories about the Piatt-Roll family and photos of Julie and Rich’s four children including the dog. It also has great recipes and step-by-step directions on how to do the basics like sprouting and making your own plant-based milk beverages. Preparing meals for children can be a challenge – everybody has different tastes and likes. Julie’s recipes cover everything from simple breakfasts to fancy dinners and even some really good desserts (check out the strawberry mint cacao cheesecake recipe on page 275). They even answer the age-old question “to blend or to juice.”

The Plantpower Way by Rich Roll and Julie Piatt

The Plantpower Way by Rich Roll and Julie Piatt

More than empowering stories, fun pictures and great recipes, “The Plantpower Way” also looks into how to shop for produce, what tools you should have in your kitchen and a peaceful, holistic way of feeding yourself and your family. Living your life to the fullest and creating a style that works for you is covered as Julie explores the paths of vitality (to create balance), performance (to maximize physical performance and recovery) and transformation (to help you reboot you into your best authentic self). Inspirational insights on finding your purpose, investing in your journey, gaining sanity in our lives are provided by Rich along with some great resources to help us on the path to attain our personal ultra.

I highly recommend you order a copy of “The Plantpower Way.” It is a great book for someone who just wants to try to live a little healthier and doesn’t know where to start as well as for the newbie and established vegan.