Book Review: One Part Plant by Jessica Murnane

Title:  One Part Plant: A Simple Guide to Eating Real, One Meal at a Time
Author: Jessica Murnane
Publisher: Harper Wave
Release Date:  February 21, 2017 
Genre: Healthy Lifestyle, Cookbook

"This book is joyful, playful, delicious, and guess what? It will also change your life. I invite you to follow Jessica into the vast green wilderness." —Lena Dunham

Wellness advocate and podcaster Jessica Murnane is the friend you never knew you had. And she's here with a cookbook to help you make a change you never thought was possible.

In One Part Plant, Jessica has a friendly request: that you eat just one meal plant-based meal each day. There's no crazy diet plan with an anxiety-inducing list of forbidden foods. Or pages filled with unattainable goals based on an eating philosophy that leaves you feeling hungry and deprived. Instead, Jessica offers you the tools to easily and deliciously make plants the star of your plate--no matter how much junk food occupies it now.

Jessica knows what it's like to have less than healthy eating habits. Just a few short years ago, her diet consisted of three major food groups: Sour Patch Kids, Diet Coke, and whatever Lean Cuisine had the most cheese. But when her endometriosis — a chronic and painful condition — left her depressed and desperate for help, she took the advice of a friend and radically overhauled her diet. Within months, her life dramatically changed — her pain started to fade and she felt like herself again.

With a unique style and playful tone, Jessica shares what she’s learned on her way to healing her body through food. She keeps it simple and, most importantly, delicious — with 100 allergy-friendly recipes like Creamy Mushroom Lasagna, Easy Vegetable Curry Bowls, Triple Berry Skillet Cobbler, and Chocolate Chunk Cookies.

Featuring her top ten pantry basics, practical advice, and colorful and bold photography, One Part Plant is an inspiring and educational guide to eating real and feeling your best.

"One Part Plant (OPP) is an eating philosophy; it means at least one meal a day is made up of real, whole, plant-based foods." (1)
One Part Plant by Jessica Murname is a cookbook devoted to sharing about the One Part Plant philosophy and what options there are.  If you've read some of my food or nutrition based book reviews, you know I'm always intrigued by the idea of healthy eating, especially eating that minimizes inflammation.  Many illnesses or physical issues derive from inflammation. The more we can naturally avoid or tone down the inflammation, the more we'll feel better. So when One Part Plant came out, I had to try it. 

I love the early chapters of understanding where the author is coming from and what basics we need to know. There's also a chapter devoted to pantry essentials that will be a great staple for preparing recipes in this book. If you're a vegetarian or have checked out diet plans such as Trim Healthy Mama, you would most likely have most, if not all the ingredients. And in all honestly, none of these ingredients are rare or hard to find. You'll be able to find them at your local grocery supermarket. The only one I've had a problem in the past was the nutritional yeast, but now I've seen them at my local Safeway. 
Prior to this book, I'd say at least 3 days a week, and at least one meal of those 3 days, I'm already partaking the plant-based only meal. So it really wasn't difficult for me to try these recipes. I find all the recipes easy to prepare and the ingredients simple. The directions are to the point, and I do like the little personal blurb about the recipe at the start. One thing I must note is that I find the font size a tad bit too small. For someone who has no trouble reading, the tiny fonts was giving me a headache! I did not try all the recipes, but just a couple to see how well it works. It's quite simple and none of the recipes was mind-blowing, but basic enough to become a staple go-to. The "Easy Red Curry Veggie Bowl" was yummy! In all, I think this would be a great cookbook to have on hand. I'm looking forward to trying all of these recipes! 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Jessica Murnane is a wellness advocate, podcast host, and creator of the One Part Plant movement. She has a certification in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and works to raise awareness for endometriosis and women’s health issues. Jessica has contributed to and appeared in countless magazines and websites, including Mind Body Green, The Coveteur, Food 52, PopSugar, and Chalkboard Magazine and has spoken at Apple and Taste Talks. She interviews some of the biggest names in food, lifestyle, and design on the popular One Part Podcast. Through her website (, classes, and restaurant partnerships, she’s working to get everyone on this planet to start eating one plant-based meal each day. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, son, and lots of palm trees.

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  1. I haven't done many plant-only meals in my life but I'm very interested in trying more.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!


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