Companion Cookbook to New York Times No. 1 Bestseller, ‘The Daniel Plan,’ to Release Feb. 18


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. 6, 2014 – Dr. Rick Warren, founding pastor of Saddleback Church, and renowned Drs. Daniel Amen and Mark Hyman have joined together with The Daniel Plan Signature Chefs to release “The Daniel Plan Cookbook: Healthy Eating for Life” (Zondervan, ISBN: 9780310344261, $29.99), a four-color, 100-recipe companion to their bestselling book, “The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life” (ISBN: 9780310344292, $24.99), which landed No. 1 on the New York Times Bestsellers list in its first week and has remained on the list for eight consecutive weeks.

“The Daniel Plan” details a healthy lifestyle program based on five essential principles of food, fitness, focus, faith and friends, with the latter three being what Warren describes as “the secret sauce.” The program was developed and originated at Saddleback Church in 2011 and within the first year more than 15,000 church members collectively lost more than 250,000 pounds while experiencing decreases in health issues and stress and increases in spiritual growth and energy.

The Daniel Plan is not a diet, but rather a new way to live. Working with The Daniel Plan Signature Chefs, Sally Cameron, Jenny Ross and Robert Sturm, “The Daniel Plan Cookbook,” available Feb. 18, is based on the essentials written about in “The Daniel Plan” and provides delicious, healthy recipes that are packed with benefits for one’s body.

“In this cookbook you will find a menu of American classics that don’t compromise taste and that will help you live healthier and give you energy to fulfill your God-given purpose,” said Warren. “Food is one of the great ways to create fellowship and build relationships so it is our desire that this cookbook will help individuals rediscover how easy it is to cook fresh, delicious whole foods.”

The cookbook offers easy recipes and four-color photographs as well as tips for a Daniel Plan pantry and kitchen and how to shop, plan menus, save time, prepare ahead, and snack smartly.

“Food truly is medicine and learning to cook is invaluable to your health,” said Hyman, a family physician and Functional Medicine expert, who in “The Daniel Plan” discusses the power of food as a source of abundance, noting that eating real, whole food can be a doorway to reverse chronic disease, create resilient health and easy weight loss and a clear mind. “What is great about ‘The Daniel Plan’ is that it is a ‘real-world’ lifestyle. In creating recipes for the cookbook, we began by thinking about what most people like to eat. We then created versions that fit with The Daniel Plan to show individuals that healthy eating is possible.”

Recipes range from breakfast and appetizers to snacks and desserts and include items such as blueberry French toast, BBQ chicken pizza, Chinese chicken salad, crock-pot beef stew, spinach and artichoke dip, classic meatloaf, baked chicken Parmesan, chocolate coconut pudding and strawberry ice cream.

“‘The Daniel Plan’ isn’t about deprivation, but rather abundance,” said Amen, a physician and double-board certified psychiatrist, who helps readers of “The Daniel Plan” boost their brain’s physical health to turn his or her mind into a powerful tool to fight off cravings, bad decisions and toxic thoughts. “Not only will these Daniel Plan recipes taste great, but they will also help you optimize your brain health, renew your mind, increase your focus, and live with a purpose-driven mind-set.”

The concept for “The Daniel Plan” was developed by Warren after baptizing 827 adults in one day by lowering each under the water and lifting them back up. At that time, Warren literally felt the weight of America’s health problems while being simultaneously convicted by his own unhealthy weight and habits.

He enlisted three highly qualified doctors, Hyman and Amen, as well as Dr. Mehmet Oz, to develop “The Daniel Plan,” which was conceptualized from the Old Testament biblical account of Daniel, who refused to eat the rich foods from the king’s table and challenged the ruler to a 10-day health contest.

In addition to “The Daniel Plan” and “The Daniel Plan Cookbook,” Zondervan also offers “The Daniel Plan Journal” (ISBN: 9780310344322, $14.99), as well as small group materials, “The Daniel Plan: A DVD Study” (ISBN: 9780310824459, $24.99) and “The Daniel Plan Study Guide” (9780310824442, $11.99). Additional resources are also available at 

About the authors

Pastor Rick Warren, D.Min., is a pastor, author, global strategist, theologian and philanthropist. Polls have identified him as “America’s most influential spiritual leader,” and he is often a go-to media resource for cultural and spiritual issues. Warren founded Saddleback Church with his wife Kay in 1980. In addition to a 120-acre campus in Lake Forest, Calif., the church has 10 satellite campuses across Southern California and international campuses in Berlin, Buenos Aires and Hong Kong. Saddleback plans to launch nine additional international locations over the next few years. With an average weekly attendance of more than 22,000, it is among the 10 largest churches in America. For additional information, visit

Mark Hyman, M.D. is a practicing family physician, a six-time No. 1 New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator and advocate in his field of Functional Medicine. He is also the founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center, chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine, a medical editor of The Huffington Post and a regular medical contributor on Katie Couric’s TV show, “Katie.” For information, visit

Daniel G. Amen, M.D., is a physician, double-board certified psychiatrist, teacher and eight-time New York Times bestselling author. Widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on applying brain imaging science to everyday clinical practice, Amen is the founder of Amen Clinics in Newport Beach and San Francisco, Calif.; Bellevue, Wash.; Reston, Va.; Atlanta, Ga.; and New York City. His work has been featured in numerous media outlets, including “The Dr. Oz Show,” “ABC World News,” “20/20,” Newsweek, TIME, The Huffington Post, BBC, London Telegraph, Parade Magazine, New York Times and Cosmopolitan. Additional information is available at

About Zondervan

Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, is a world leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications. For more than 80 years, Zondervan has delivered transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The company’s products are sold in multiple formats, worldwide in more than 60 countries, translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, Mich. For additional information, please visit