When Jessica Murnane first moved to a plant-based diet six years ago, her inaugural meal was a far cry from the fresh and colorful dishes the wellness advocate, who previously lived in Chicago, has become known for. “It was,” she says, “a salsa taco. I literally had no clue how to cook.” The longtime sufferer of endometriosis decided to give the green life a shot after doctors suggested her only chance at a pain-free life would be a hysterectomy. “One of my friends found some information about how a plant-based diet could help endometriosis pain,” she remembers. “I was very skeptical, but then every single day I just felt better and better, and then I felt so great that I ended up not getting the hysterectomy.”
Since then, the former junk-food obsessive (Murnane admits her major food groups were once Sour Patch Kids and Diet Coke) has gone on to found One Part Plant—a movement aimed toward helping people eat one plant-based meal each day.
And through One Part Plant: A Simple Guide to Eating Real, One Meal at a Time ($28, Harper Wave), Murnane’s new cookbook, she’s helping home cooks everywhere see the green side. With unfussy recipes, and tips for grocery shopping and eating out—plus an enlightening forward from writer, director and fellow endometriosis sufferer Lena Dunham, and recipes from big-name chefs like Ruth Reichl and Daniel Holzman—Murnane’s main goal is to make eating well approachable. “I am not expecting you to go crazy and become a raw, vegan, gluten-free person for the rest of your life,” she says. “There is zero judgement when you pick up this cookbook.”
Originally published in the March issue of CS