Healthy eating has never been more popular and it has been proven in many recent studies that there are positive benefits of eating the right balance of natural foods such as fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and beans - ingredients that are the foundation of a vegetarian whole food diet. This exciting collection of over 100 health-giving recipes features tempting recipes for breakfasts and brunches; soups and light meals; main courses; tarts, pies and pizzas; salads; side dishes; desserts; and cakes, bakes and breads. A fascinating visual guide follows with information on every kind of natural whole food, from fruit and vegetables to grains, nuts and seeds, and from dairy products and tofu to herbs, spices and store-cupboard basics. It includes essential facts about key health benefits, traditional healing qualities and nutritional value, with details about how each food boosts health and vitality. With up-to-date information on the crucial link between diet and health, this cookbook is an inspiration to anyone interested both in food that can make you live, look and feel better, and in the creation of dishes that are absolutely delicious to eat. The author, Nicola Graimes, has been a food writer, editor and stylist for over 20 years, but her interest in vegetarianism extends far beyond that. She was the editor of Vegetarian Living magazine for 5 years and has written many books and articles about vegetarian food, healthy eating and children's diets for both trade and consumer magazines. Nicola is particularly interested in the healing aspects of food and is a strong advocate of organic foods.