YUM: Plant-Based Recipes for a Gluten-Free Diet Wins “BEST IN THE WORLD” Gourmand World Cookbook Award


Highlights empowerment & inclusivity in the face of dietary restrictions…


D&D Publishing is pleased to announce that YUM: Plant-Based Recipes for a Gluten-Free Diet by Dr. Theresa Nicassio has won 2nd in Gourmand International’s 2016 BEST IN THE WORLD Awards (Category: Best Diet Book). These prestigious Awards are compared to the Olympics in scope and in glamour to the Oscars, with over 10,000 submissions from 209 countries competing for this year’s awards.

Representing Canada as the 2015 National Champion and global award winner, Dr. Theresa Nicassio’s game-changing cookbook, YUM: plant-based recipes for a gluten-free diet, opens the world of possibilities in a way that no other cookbook has been able to do, infusing life-giving messages throughout its pages.

“Nicassio somehow manages to infuse her sunny perspective on life into the soul of this book, thus inspiring the reader—no matter their dietary restriction—to press on and find joy in food again.” -Jules Shepard, Founder of gfJules™ and author of Free for All Cooking, The First Year: Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free


As more people are learning about what foods they (and their loved ones) can’t eat (with the prevalence of conditions like celiac disease, lactose intolerance, ADHD, and diabetes on the rise), uncertainty about what food options they can eat has become a growing problem.  YUM has stepped up to the plate to hold readers’ hands through this often overwhelming challenge, including a unique 10-page Special Diet & Allergy Chart that makes navigating multiple dietary needs a breeze.

Not only does Dr. Nicassio offer practical tools and terrific recipes to make lifestyle changes easy, fun and sustainable, but she does so with an unparalleled compassion and insight. As a Registered Psychologist and as a mom who has herself struggled with food allergies and intolerances, Theresa’s personal and professional reflections and suggestions are intelligent, grounded and insightful—offering hope and a fresh perspective for living with the challenges life presents; food related or not.

“Her psychological background brings a much-needed dimension to the discussion of special diet and the role that food plays in the total picture that makes up our health.” -Dr. Alessio Fasano, Director, Center for Celiac Research and Treatment, Massachusetts General Hospital, and author of Gluten Freedom

Following the award presentation, Dr. Nicassio said, “It is an honor to be a part of such an esteemed event —let alone receive a top award from among such an incredibly gifted group of culinary professionals.  It’s my hope that YUM makes life easier and more delicious for everyone, regardless of whether or not food restrictions are an issue.”

The news of this award is coming on the heels of several other prestigious medals, including a Gold Medal for the 2016 The Next Generation Indie Book Awards, a Silver for the 2016 The Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and a Bronze for the IPPY-Independent Publisher Book Award; all presented at the 2016 Book Expo America.

Dr. Theresa Nicassio (“The Inclusive Chef”) is a Registered Psychologist, author, gourmet raw food chef and nutrition educator—an integrative mind-body wellness expert who has been educating and empowering clients, students, and the public since 1987. Theresa also contributes to public awareness through her blog, media interviews, and as a frequent speaker for groups and at health and lifestyle events.

YUM: plant-based recipes for a gluten-free diet can be purchased online on or from and


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