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  • Paperback: 395 pages
  • Publisher: Lotus Press; 1st edition (May 31, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0914955144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0914955146
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ayurvedic Cooking for Westerners offers familiar Western foods lovingly prepared with Ayurvedic principles. Learn how to cook fresh, easy to make recipes for healthy folks, as well as those with illnesses, including allergies and candida.

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180 of 183 people found the following review helpful By Seth Heidkamp on February 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
I own this book (ACFW) and The Ayurvedic Cookbook (TAC) and I must say that I rarely open this one, while I use at least 3 recipes out of TAC every week. The problem is that while this book stays true to the principles of Ayurvedia, the recipes aren't as tasty as they could be. This book tends to follow the Western macrobiotic ideals of "steam some rice, steam some veggies, let's eat", where TAC uses a wide array of spices. Comparing side by side similiar recipes, TAC's carrots and parsnips has about a half dozen spices, while ACFW's carrots, parsnips and peas has none. Which do you want to eat? This comparison is valid for many other recipes as well, which is somewhat disturbing given the importance TAC places on spices as a part of Ayurvedia. This book seems aimed at the more political/masochistic Western vegetarian (there is a sidebar on being nice to meat-eaters) who sees bland food as some kind of right of passage. While there's good information on Ayurvedia, you can do better with The Ayurvedic Cookbook.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 2004
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This book is interesting to read and great help in deciding what to eat to balance your vikrities (imbalances). You start out learning some Ayurvedic basics and then you can test yourself to find out what your dosha (constitution) is. Then you learn what foods and tastes agrivate or calm that dosha. It tells you a little bit about what the symptoms of an imbalance might be, but I got more descriptive information about that on the Internet. One reason I like this book is because me and my fiance are different constitutions, and this book tells us which foods will calm/ balance us both. There are simple instructions on most recipes that explain how to modify the recipe so that it suits a person with a different constitution. It also has codes for what seasons to eat what food, and every chapter or so has interesting blurbs about different foods and philosophies. That part I enjoy. And from my experience, Ayurveda WORKS. Fast and precisely.
Feeling flighty, hyper, dried out and flaky? Balance your Vata. Feeling irritable, is your skin oily, have heartburn, or an infection? Balance your Pitta. Are you overweight, or sluggish? Balance your Kapha. Eating ayurvedicly will heal all/ any of those (and many other) ailments very quickly. I haven't been sick at all since I started paying attention to my ayurvedic needs, and I used to get sick all the time. I am a Pitta person, and by eating to calm pitta imbalances, I wiped out acne in a short time (a week) - something prescription creams and antibiotics didn't help with at all. In doing so, I also managed to become a less angry, irritable person. But remember that this is a continuous process. Balancing one dosha can offset another. That's why its such a fine art and requires years of training to become a certified practitioner.
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73 of 80 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 1998
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This is a super book for people interested in Ayurveda who think this health system can be followed using only Indian foods. Morningstar prooves this myth wrong. Her recipes are familiar and are coupled with a wealth of interesting and useful information. I'm glad I have this book on my shelf.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "everydayayurveda" on December 1, 2001
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This cookbook provides a thorough explanation of Ayurvedic concepts, including the 5 elements and 3 constitutions or doshas. Each recipe comes with a -/+/0 to indicate that a certain dish can calm, aggravate, or have a neutral effect on each dosha. Living in a multi-dosha household, this feature alone makes the book one of my favorites! The recipes and ideas in this help meld ayurvedic principles with traditional American life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Caroline on May 22, 2011
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This book can be a useful reference when cooking for your dosha, and some of the recipes are pretty good. There are however several recipes with rather extreme errors - not enough liquid or too much, for example - so that it can be frustrating to cook from this book. Whenever I try a recipe I have a pencil handy so if something is wrong with the recipe I can make a note of it so that I either know how to correct it next time or stay away from that recipe. These recipes can not have been properly tested before the book was published. I would advise less experienced cooks to stay away from the book because the number of errors in recipes will make it very frustrating to use.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nat Kat on December 29, 2012
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I've had Ayurvedic Cooking for Westerners for 3 months and never used it. For example, the recipe for Yam soup looks so bland and boring that I bought a yam soup packet from Trader Joe, reverse-engineered the recipe based-on the ingredients label and got a better soup recipe for FREE.

The recipes are pretty much the original vegetarian recipes from USA 1970s before we got more sophisticated veggie cuisine. The writer adds some text about ayurvedic principles ... but this doesn't make it a good cookbook. Recipe for mashed potatoes? Really?
This book might be useful to someone completely new to vegetarian cooking with a phobia for spices.

For serious students of Ayurveda and a better beginner's cookbook, I recommend Usha Lad's book Ayurvedic Cooking for Self Healing.

Bottom line: If you know any vegetarian cooking already ... SKIP Ayurvedic Cooking for Westerners. Plenty of better cookbooks cover the same material on Ayurvedic food principles. If you already know to cook crepes with organic buckwheat flour and fresh organic eggs, this book will be too simplistic for you and a waste of money.

2 stars instead of 1 because the "rotation diet" concept looks interesting and if you have NEVER EVER in your WHOLE LIFE tried any vegetarian or foreign food, this book is a non-threatening way to dip a toe into the vegetarian pond.
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