Heartful Kitchen:  A Cookbook for Every Body 

Enjoy delicious, everyday recipes from Maria Cooper, a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef with over 14 years of international and special diets experience!

For simple shipment, purchase a copy of my cookbook here!
While it's also available on Amazon, it's less expensive for you and supports me directly when you buy the book via my website. 

Boulder, CO locals! If you happen to be picking up nourishing foods at Golden Hoof Farm, grabbing an organic juice at Wonder, browsing at Boulder Book Store, exploring Peppercornor dancing at Alchemy of Movement, feel free to pick up a copy of the cookbook there! 

Salida, CO locals! The book is available at Howl Mercantile & Coffee.

Greensboro, NC locals! The book is available at Scuppernong Books

Charleston, WV locals! The book is available at Taylor Books.

I'm delighted to be sharing my brand new book with you, Heartful Kitchen.

My intention in writing this book is to offer you simple solutions and delicious recipes free of inflammatory properties. In other words, big flavor with no fuss

Recipes are centered on organic and grass-fed meats, responsibly sourced seafood, organic plants, nuts and seeds, healthy fats, and rich spices.

Expect nutrient-dense, mouthwatering meals, simple recipes and satisfying flavors that will have you and your loved ones asking for more!

I have also included organizational tips, a shopping guide, and many easy-to-incorporate solutions to support your busy lifestyle and leave you feeling deeply nourished.

Heartful Kitchen is user-friendly to special diets such as gluten-free, dairy-free, Auto-Immune Protocol Diet (AIP), The GAPS Diet, FODMAPS, Plant Paradox, and Low-Histamine Diets.

My goal with Heartful Kitchen is to empower you to bring simple, healthy, delightful recipes into your weekly rotation, free of inflammatory properties, and loaded with flavor!

Enjoy a sneak peek of the mouthwatering dishes featured in Heartful Kitchen!

The Heartful Kitchen Cookbook supports you to:

  • Integrate a protein, vegetable, and healthy fat-based diet into your lifestyle, in a balanced and financially sustainable way, no matter where you live.
  • Focus on nutrient-densewhole foods, such as organic meats, seafood, plants, healthy oils, rich spices, and fresh herbs.
  • Create delicious and inspiring recipes free of gluten, dairy, grains, nightshades, legumes, or sugar.
  • Care for your health and special dietary restrictions with recipes denoted for AIP, GAPS diet, FODMAPS, Plant Paradox, and Low-Histamine Diet. 
  • Prepare nutritious meals in advance and serve them throughout the week

  • Sustain digestive health practices, including soaking and sprouting organic nuts, making organic bone broths, and more
  • Turn your kitchen into a sanctuary and make space for your well-being


My journey with writing Heartful Kitchen

Heartful Kitchen been in the works for four years, and this year, more than ever, I have been investing much love and intention into bringing this book into your hands.

This book is born from my many years as a chefhealth advocatecoach, and a lover of food, as well as my personal healing journey.

My original creative project, many years ago, was to publish my grandmother’s book of family recipes, which she, my mom and my aunt had been compiling for years!

My grandmother, Mary Rose Yunis, was my number one inspiration for cooking as a young girl. She was the one who opened my eyes to the importance of attention to detail, of taste, of love of food and food as giving

However, things took a turn when my health challenges arose. While I loved the roots of the cuisine my grandmother had taught me, my body couldn’t handle the flour and butter that were part of many of my Lebanese family recipes. 

Meanwhile, my coaching, personal chef clients, and customers continued to ask me for healthy recipes they could cook at home. 

This is when I began to work on Heartful Kitchen: as a means of keeping track of and organizing my recipes to nourish my body at home amidst my busy lifestyle, and to offer those I love a simple way to do the same. 

It took multiples cycles of creation and re-creation, and ultimately, I realized that in order to suit our busy modern day lifestyles, the key was to keep these recipes as simple as can be, while remaining mouthwateringly delicious and satisfying.

This book has roots from deep within me, and within my family. It has been healing for me to create these recipes and prepare them over and over, nourishing myselfmy family and my friends.

The recipes and offerings from Heartful Kitchen are just that: an offering.

Not mine, but given to me through my own life experience: summers cooking with my grandmother, many nights in the kitchen with my mothergrowing up, my rich experience at the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute withincredible instructors and friends, international travel and assisting with opening a Spanish-American restaurant in Madrid, Spain, learning from my knowledgeable healing doctors over the years about deep nourishment, preparing foods with and learning from my talented co-chefs at Highland City Club, and continuing to let the ingredients speak for themselves while drawing inspiration from the sweet earth. 

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Wherever you are in your journey, you deserve to be nourished.

I provide one-on-one Nourishment Coaching to get you on the path of health and vitality. Through tools, recipes, and education, I support you to fuel your life with what you need to thrive.

Contact me to re-energize your health journey and bring creativity, fun, and sanctuary to your kitchen and body. I specialize in special diet needs, food allergies, and trouble-shooting food for busy cooks.