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(2017) Happy Belly tells the personal story of Yasmine Nazmy, it is the accumulation of three years of her life, her recipes and her vegan lifestyle. What inspired Yasmin to write her recipe book in the first place? Last year, while giving a workshop on gluten-free and dairy-free foods to women who have children with Down Syndrome, which means they are required to follow a strict diet, one women stood out to Nazmy. Among the many participants attending, was one woman who came all the way from another city in Egypt, located two hours away from Cairo. The woman came all the way, to attend a workshop just so she could learn how to be able to make a few things for her daughter, and that’s when it struck her, “if I wrote a book I could be saving these parents SO much time and money! As soon as I got home that day, I opened a Word document and started writing.” For Nazmy, this is isn’t just another one, in a market of millions of recipe books. It’s a book that is aimed to change lives, to help people make better choices and inspire them. Some of the recipes included are actual recipes that are used in Nazmy’s own business Earthly Delights which she makes and sells, yet she is more than happy to share the recipes with anyone willing to listen, “I believe no one owns copyrights on food. I may not be here tomorrow, so I want to give what I can, while I can, knowing that it is making people live happier healthier lives!” Nazmy is self-publishing her book, she’s managing everything from design to photography. Starting February, Nazmy plans on meeting with people who would be interested in buying her book during book signing events, Q&A sessions, cooking demos and workshops. She’ll be hosting her events at health centers and markets (like Osana Wellness Center & Zamalek Market) with the intent of involving her audience as much as she can. Happy Belly is not your average recipe-book; it’s a very personal piece of work made with a genuine ingredient, that is to change people’s lives. You can stay up to date with Nazmy’s book release date on her Facebook page, Livin Green with Yasmin We managed to get our hands on a couple of exclusive recipes to give you a taste of what it’s like to have a Happy Belly!