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Eating from Our Roots: 80+ Healthy Home-Cooked Favorites from Cultures Around the World: A Cookbook
Maya Feller



From “one of the most brilliant registered dietitians ever” (Gwyneth Paltrow) comes a culinary trip around the globe with 80+ delicious, healthy recipes for heritage dishes embraced by diverse groups of people living in the United States.

“A multicultural road map to healthier eating . . . While most dietitian-driven cookbooks are full of ‘No!’ . . . this one delights with ‘Yes!’ and makes the reader want to head for the kitchen.”—Jessica B. Harris, Ph.D., author of High on the Hog

The typical American diet is heavy in added sugars, salts, and synthetic fats, but one-size-fits-all nutrition plans often leave many of us wanting more. There’s a more delicious way to eat sustainably and healthfully, by getting back to flavorful traditional cooking methods from cultures around the world including the Caribbean, South America, Africa, the Mediterranean, Asia, and more.
In Eating from Our Roots, Maya Feller, a registered dietitian and nutritionist known for her approachable, real-food-based solutions, highlights nourishing dishes from around the world with a focus on whole and minimally processed ingredients prepared with spices and flavor-enhancing techniques at home. She shares thoughtful and realistic ways to think about how we relate to food, along with nutrition highlights and tips throughout. Maya makes it easy to enjoy the vibrant flavors of your favorite cuisine, whether that’s the foods you grew up eating in the family kitchen or new recipes you’re discovering for the first time. Recipes like:

• Sweet Potato and Leek Soup with Crispy Potato Skins from West Africa
• Salted Cod from Trinidad & Tobago
• Mezze: Cucumber Za’atar Salad, Olive Oil Labneh, and Olives from Lebanon
• Pad See Ew with Chicken from Thailand
• Cajun Gumbo from the American South
• Pao de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread) from Brazil

With more than eighty recipes and beautiful photography throughout, Eating from Our Roots is a love letter to the globe that celebrates its amazing diversity of nourishing, flavorful dishes.


Maya Feller, MS, RD, CDN, of Brooklyn-based Maya Feller Nutrition is a nationally recognized registered dietitian nutritionist. She received her master's of science in clinical nutrition at New York University. Maya shares her approachable, real-food-based solutions through regular speaking engagements, writing in local and national publications, and as a nutrition expert on Good Morning America


Maya Feller is one of the most brilliant registered dietitians ever. She combines a vast and nuanced understanding of nutrition and health with a culturally inclusive and joyful approach to cooking and eating. Eating from Our Roots will be a forever classic—we’ll make these recipes for years and years to come.” -- Gwyneth Paltrow, founder and CEO of goop
“In Eating from Our Roots, dietitian Maya Feller gives us a multi-cultural road map to healthier eating. Drawing from her own background and those of seven of her chef friends, she crafts a cookbook that is at the same time educational and enticing. While most dietitian-driven cookbooks are full of ‘No!’… this one delights with ‘Yes!’ and makes the reader want to head for the kitchen.” -- Jessica B. Harris, PhD, author of High on the Hog

“This beautiful cookbook will invite you to experience flavors from around the world in your own kitchen. I especially love the vegan recipes like Ital Stew from Jamaica and Quinoa Chaufa from Peru, which showcase the vibrant plant-based traditions of so many cultures.” -- Jenné Claiborne, author of Sweet Potato Soul

“There’s a better way to eat for optimal well-being! By exploring the ways people eat sustainably around the world, Maya shows us that a health-supporting lifestyle doesn’t have to be about restriction. In her hands, health means more variety, more creativity, and more flavor.” -- Dr. Will Cole, leading functional medicine expert and New York Times bestselling author of Intuitive Fasting and Gut Feelings

[H]  Rodale Books  /  January 24, 2023

0.56" H x 9.13" L x 7.38" W (1.91 lbs) 224 pages