by dr. john m. berardi

When I first started out writing about nutrition, I have to admit that I don't think I ever envisioned writing a dessert book.

But a few months ago my good friend and excellent photographer, Jason Grenci, approached me with the idea while shooting the photos for a new cookbook we've been working on. And it wasn't just an idea - he had the recipe ideas, the photo concepts, the works. So we got down to business, and the result was this book you're now reading, Gourmet Nutrition Desserts.

In fact, I loved the book so much that I ultimately decided to make it freely available to all. What better way to promote our Gourmet Nutrition cookbook and the Precision Nutrition system than to show people that healthy, high-performance eating can taste this good?

So I'd like to first thank Jason for making this happen, and I'd also like to thank my good friend Dr. John K. Williams for the inspiration.

About two years ago now, John and I sat down and wrote a book called Gourmet Nutrition.

We were getting pretty tired of people saying that healthy food tastes like crap, or that it lacks "variety." And we were getting even more tired of seeing people use that as an excuse to eat poorly or to justify a lifestyle that even they knew was unhealthy.

See, the whole "healthy food tastes bad" excuse is just lame.

Having worked with thousands of clients around the world as a professional nutrition consultant for over 10 years now, everyone from Olympic athletes to cardiac patients, from people just looking to eat healthy to those looking to make huge changes to their bodies, I've pretty much seen it all. And I can tell you that there is some truth to the cliché: some "health food" is just plain awful, and a lot of it is not healthy at all. And what's worse is that people are content to eat it, mostly because they don't think there's an alternative.

But I can also tell you that there are many people who eat healthy meals every day -either to feel better, or look better, or get strong enough and fast enough to reach the edge of human performance - and they do it by eating delicious meals and great tasting food.

Every day, there are people out there eating healthy, easy-to-make meals that could be found in gourmet restaurants. Meals that could impress the most discerning foodie. Meals that could fool a first date, or a reluctant spouse, or picky-eating kids. Meals that just plain taste good.

Meals that, when planned and eaten consistently, can improve and even completely transform your body.

And how do they do it? With Gourmet Nutrition.

Look, we've been there. We've eaten all that terrible food too. But at a certain point, it gets tiresome. It gets old.

So we sat down and wrote Gourmet Nutrition, originally as an e-book, much like the PDF you're reading right now. We came up with over 100 meals, from quick delicious snacks right up to five-star sit-down feasts, and everything in between. We added general cooking instructions, helpful food facts, tips on grocery shopping, stocking your kitchen and preparing meals for a hectic, on-the-go lifestyle.

And people loved it. We got great feedback on it, except for one thing: people wanted it as a hardcopy, as an in-the-flesh book they could hold in their hands and lay flat on their counters while they cooked.

Fair enough. We not only did that, we went a step further.

Rather than just giving everyone the recipe book, we wrote out the entire nutrition system we use with clients to go with it, to show you how to build those meals into a complete plan that will deliver the results you want.

Because, if you're reading this, you're probably not just eating for the heck of it. You're trying to achieve something. You're trying to change your body to work the way you want it to work, to feel the way you want it to feel, to look the way you want it to look.

And to change your body, you need a plan.

That's where Precision Nutrition comes in. It's a complete nutrition system covering absolutely everything you need to know. It includes the Gourmet Nutrition cookbook, it's printed and bound, and it's delivered right to your doorstep.

It also includes membership to our private support site, where you have access to hundreds of user-submitted recipes, support from our coaches and thousands of members worldwide, and online resources like results tracking software, goal-specific exercise programs designed by the top coaches in the world, and many more member exclusives just like this Gourmet Nutrition Desserts book you're reading right now.

I hope you enjoy these great Gourmet Nutrition desserts. And if you want more meals where these came from, along with a plan to put it all into action, find out more about Precision Nutrition.

All the best,

John M. Berardi, PhD, CSCS President, Precision Nutrition

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