Trilogy Sanctuary in La Jolla has published a new vegan cookbook hoping to inspire people to eat better and live healthier.
“We’re really not trying to convert people to be vegan, that’s not what we’re about,” said Trilogy founder Leila Caldera, of her recently published cookbook titled “Healthy Living Through a Plant-Based Diet: A Trilogy Sanctuary Cookbook.”
“But a lot of people eat predominantly meat at every single meal,” noted Caldera adding, “So if they could just add a few more vegan dishes to their weekly meal plan, they would receive a lot of benefits from that. There is a lot of research now that shows that eating predominantly plant-based can have a profound effect on health, especially as people get older.
“I want people to see how easy and simple it is to make really nourishing and delicious meals with plants only. I also want people to feel the difference in eating something healthy, how you feel really energized after a meal rather than bloated and low energy. I want to inspire people to eat healthily.”
It took Caldera two years to both write and publish her vegan cookbook, which is available for $38 at totemtrilogy.com. Her new cookbook is an outgrowth of her one-of-a-kind business model located below and on the rooftop of Trilogy at 7650 Girard Ave.
The rooftop mix at Trilogy features an organic, vegan, and gluten-free restaurant, a variety of yoga, and aerial yoga classes, and Totem, an eco-conscious boutique selling local and responsible brands, featuring clothing, jewelry, crystals, gifts, and tools for spiritual growth and healing.
Of her 2,000-square-foot rooftop space, Caldera said, “I think of it as a community space where lots of like-minded people gather, eat really good foods, do healthy things, and hopefully, as a result, be inspired to live a more healthy lifestyle.”
Caldera’s dairy, gluten, soy, and refined-sugar-free Trilogy Sanctuary cookbook offers more than 85 tasty and nutritious recipes including many of her personal favorites. It also contains recipes from different chefs who’ve cooked in her vegan restaurant over the past seven years.
“It’s really a whole collection,” she said. “It’s a lot of different people, from a lot of different cultures, and a lot of different styles of food which have come together to make this book.”
Not a lifelong vegan, Caldera converted because she found that “eating no dairy or gluten really helped me feel better.” She added a lot of people, especially children, are allergic to dairy products.
The illustrated cookbook is organized into different sections covering a broad spectrum of menu items for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Thumbing through it, one sees everything from raw pizza and flatbread to more traditional items like eggs Benedict and salads,” said Caldera. “There’s actually some cookies, muffins, and cheesecake (not real cheese). It’s pretty extensive.”
“I hope everybody can enjoy it and make a few things,” said Caldera of her cookbook. “And if they don’t want to make a few things, they can come and try it here (cafe) first, where they can eat outside.”
Cookbook: “Healthy Living Through a Plant-Based Diet: A Trilogy Sanctuary Cookbook.”
Where: 7650 Girard Ave., Suite 400, in La Jolla.
Hours: Rooftop cafe is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.