The Ultra-Metabolism Cookbook


Book Description:

200 Delicious Recipes that Will Turn on Your Fat Burning DNA
By Mark Hyman, M.D.
Scribner November 20, 2007
ISBN-13: 978-1-4165-4959-8

Ignite your fat-burning furnace with the foods that will reprogram your body to lose weight naturally. Learn which foods will send instructions of weight loss and health—and which ones will send messages of weight gain and disease. Work with your body instead of against it, and, for the first time, look your best, feel your best, and perform your best. Packed with delicious, easily prepared dishes for each phase of the plan, THE ULTRAMETABOLISM COOKBOOK: 200 Delicious Recipes that Will Turn on Your Fat Burning DNA offers everyday, easy, elegant recipes to the countless Americans who have been won over by Dr. Mark Hyman’s breakthrough fat-burning revolution, ULTRAMETABOLISM and the ULTRASIMPLE DIET. Based on the rigorous research behind the new science of nutrigenomics—the study of how nutrients influence which genes are expressed, ultimately controlling weight and health—THE ULTRAMETABOLISM COOKBOOK serves up recipes to nourish the cells and revitalize the whole body. The ULTRAMETABOLISM COOKBOOK stems directly from the seemingly abstract work of the Human Genome Project, using the most recent research in genetics to create a smarter approach to health and weight loss. As Dr. Hyman explains, a steady diet of real, whole foods—foods high in fiber and colorful, plant-based phytonutrients; foods low in glycemic load, a measure of how rapidly a food enters the bloodstream and raises blood sugar; foods your great-grandmother would have served—acts like natural medicine. Muscle and joint aches, nasal and chest congestion, fatigue, fluid retention, and resistance to weight loss are among the troubling symptoms that can be healed through diet and nutrition.

To help new readers reap the benefits of Ultrametabolism, Dr. Hyman presents a quick summary of the program’s core principles and seven keys. First and foremost, he describes how to compose the perfect meals, simply accomplished by eating a variety of real, whole foods and avoiding refined carbohydrates and sugars. Then, he moves on to the heart of the book: 200 easy-to-prepare, delicious recipes. Offering much to please every palate, the dishes are grouped together to suit the two phases of the UltraMetabolism plan. In Phase I, a three-week detox from all processed foods, and the most common illness and obesity causing food allergens, plus stimulants like coffee and alcohol, eaters can dig into Rosemary White Bean Dip with Red Pepper and Fennel Strips, Gazpacho with Shrimp, Cashew Chicken Salad, and much more. Adding a wide variety of tasty options, Phase II promises to rebalance anybody’s metabolism in four weeks, providing the foundation for a leaner, more active body and a healthier, more rewarding life.


Mark Hyman, M.D., is the editor in chief of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, the most prestigious journal in the field of integrative medicine. He is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller UltraPrevention, as well as the author of the New York Times bestsellers UltraMetabolism and The UltraSimple Diet. A sought after lecturer, he has appeared on The View, The CBS Early Show, Good Morning America Weekend, and PBS, and serves as an AOL coach. After ten years as co-medical director at Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires, founded The UltraWellness Center ( in Lenox, Massachusetts. He welcomes visitors to his websites, and


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Success Through Play™ comments:

A few months ago one of our Contributing Editors, Anne, was watching PBS and was introduced to Mark Hyman, M.D. and his Ultrametabolism concept. Anne sat through several hours of Dr Hyman's lectures, glued to the television screen and what was immediately apparent was that the Ultrametabolism Philosophy was not another fad diet, but rather a scientificly based lifestyle program that Anne wanted to learn more about. During the lectures, Dr Hyman emphasized the importance of eating a plant based diet and stressed how pivotal it is to "cook from scratch" and eat unprocessed foods that are low glycemic. Following the lectures, Anne immediately ordered the book: Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss and eagerly awaited its arrival in the mail. Anne was introduced to a new waiting of eating and began to enjoy cooking and eating meals again; food was no longer a source of stress or guilt. Anne reports that her energy level has sky-rocketed and she has a new outlook on life. She shed the 25 pounds that had tipped her BMI in the wrong direction and is now at a healthy weight for her frame and height. The book has given Anne the foundation from which she now bases her lifestyle and has taught her to prepare simple meals which are nothing short of delicious and very satisfying! Anne was looking for a cookbook which was based on the Ultrametabolism principles, and was delighted to find out that The Ultra-metabolism Cookbook, was now available. Simon & amp;Schuster rushed us a review copy and we would like to thank them!

The Ultra-metabolism cook was written with the understanding that you have already read the Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss and serves as the ideal companion book. In the introduction, Dr Hyman reviews some core concepts of the Ultrametabolism book, however we would highly recommend that you buy the book: Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss. The Ultrametabolism plan consists of Phase I and Phase II, which is discussed in great detail in the book: Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss. The recipes in the Ultra-Metabolism Cookbook are divided into Phase I and Phase II, with a heavier emphasis on Phase II recipes. The recipes are also categorized by Appetizers/Snacks, Soups, Salads, Fish and Shellfish, Meat and Poultry, Vegetarian Entrees, Side Dishes, Breakfasts, Vinaigrettes Sauces and Dressings. The resource section is very comprehensive and even if you don't live in close proximity to a Whole Foods Store, you will be able to mail order healthy grains etc. The index is well laid out and will making finding healthy recipes quick and easy.

Dr Hyman lists additional resources and links to download additional pdf's and other documents to supplement the guide, which he has authored. Dr Hyman clearly has a great passion to transform the diets of Americans and give the gift of health to everyone who is seeking it.

Dr Hyman has consulted with leading chefs to bring you a wide variety of 200 recipes which have been influenced by many cultures with options for meat eaters, fish lovers and even vegetarians-there is something for everyone! Each recipe comes complete with a nutritional breakdown which is always helpful.

We tested the following 3 recipes:

Apple-Walnut Amaranth, Creamy Chickpea Soup and Coconut Dal with Steamed Broccoli and Brown Rice. The Apple-Walnut Amaranth was a clear favorite and has now become a staple breakfast for many of our Contributing Editors! Simon & Schuster has granted us permission to share this recipe with our readers!

If you are celebrating Passover, this is the perfect nutritious breakfast! Amaranth is a nutty, nutritious grain full of vitamins and minerals and is a complete protein. Find it at your whole foods store or order it via mail. This is a simple one dish meal. The apple and cinnamon are key ingredients and must not be left out! The apple and cinnamon give a subtle sweetness to this dish, without the use of sugar.

Apple-Walnut Amaranth

Serves 4
Serving Size: 2/3 cup


1 cup amaranth
3 cups soy milk (almond milk works great as well!)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch Kosher Salt (optional)
1 Large apple, skin on, cored and diced (a sweet red apple works really well)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Place the amaranth, soy milk, cinnamon, salt (if using), and chopped apple in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Cover pan ans reduce heat to low. Simmer for 25 to 30 minutes until amaranth is soft. Top with chopped walnuts and serve.

As the amaranth starts to thicken, stir continuously.

Creamy Chickpea Soup

This a great way to introduce beans into your diet.

Coconut Dal Curry

The coconut curry dal is a magnificent dish and is so easy to prepare and perfect for a dinner party. Your guests will think that you have been slaving away in the kitchen!

This book is a wonderful addition to your cookbook collection and the perfect cookbook to teach you how to cook delicious and nutritious meals which together with stress reduction, aerobic and strength training, will aid you in losing weight and feeling great. In future editions, we would like to see more plant based recipes and less meat, poultry and fish, as Dr Hyman emphasized in his PBS series.


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Ruth said...

Thank you for posting a recipe. It looks delicious and I can't wait to try it. I am so limited with Passover as it is and this will be a welcome change!

Amelia said...

Thank you for this great book review. I have heard great things about Dr Hyman and I will be buying both books! The recipes look amazing-great pictures.

Beryl said...

Thank you for taking the time out to test the recipes. So often, magazines don't and I really wonder how throughly they have reviewed the book! A cookbook review can't be complete without testing the recipes-these look delicious! I can't wait to buy the books!

Tia said...

As a busy parent, I need recipes that are quick and easy to prepare. We have been relying too much on processed foods. Thank you for this great article!

Greg said...

The coconut dal looks heavenly-I love Indian food!!!!