AUSTIN, Texas (November 13, 2002) Celebrating the season traditionally enjoyed by sharing food with friends and family, Whole Foods Market (Nasdaq: WFMI) will extend the special introductory price of $19.99 on its first-ever cookbook, The Whole Foods Market Cookbook: A Guide to Natural Foods with 350 Recipes (Clarkson Potter, 2002) through the holidays. The book's incredible success following its late August release resulted in the company's 139 stores nationwide selling out of the first print run in just over a month. Whole Foods Market, the world's largest natural and organic foods supermarket, restocked its shelves with the popular cookbook just in time for creating and sharing new holiday favorites and flavors at home.

With recipes featuring traditional ingredients in addition to some sure-to-become favorites, The Whole Foods Market Cookbook also includes holiday menu ideas, a comprehensive natural foods glossary, and tips on cooking with natural foods and fresh ingredients, making it an ideal gift for epicureans at heart or for those leading a natural and organic lifestyle. To brighten any food lover's holiday, pair the book with some staple ingredients — like the Whole Foods Market 365 Everyday Value™ aged balsamic vinegar — or prepare a basket containing the makings to create a featured cookbook recipe such as Harvest Vegetable Shepherd's Pie with Orange Mashed Yam Crust. Or include key ingredients for an appetizer like Raspberry-Stuffed Brie Wrapped in Phyllo or a festive side dish such as Wild Rice with Pecans and Cranberries.

Written by Chef Steve Petusevsky and Whole Foods Market team members across the United States, the cookbook offers delicious options for entrees, appetizers, soups, desserts and beverages. A vast selection of recipes feature fish, seafood, poultry and meat, and more than 200 recipes are vegetarian or vegan. Also included is healthful cooking advice, menu planning tips, recipes for children, pantry stocking suggestions, and wine and cheese recommendations, which are perfect guides for this time of year for both experienced cooks and kitchen novices.

The Whole Foods Market Cookbook is available at all Whole Foods Market stores, select independent bookstores and national chains, and online booksellers.