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Holistic physician Yarema, patient Rhoda and chef Brannigan contribute their individual perspectives on India's ancient medical science, ayurveda, to this attractive volume. Introduced to the system by different routes (disillusionment with Western medical practices, illness and transcendental meditation, respectively), the authors detail an array of ayurvedic techniques (diet, breathing, meditation, exercise, aromatherapy). Much more than a cookbook, this guide can serve as a complete introduction to ayurveda. Readers will learn how to identify their ayurvedic type; detect and treat imbalances and illness; select foods, daily routines and activities best for them; adapt to seasonal and aging patterns; and, most importantly, put the power to heal in their own hands. Based on cuisines from around the globe, the recipes demonstrate how to vary ayurvedic meals to nurture each of the ayurvedic types. The tempting selections include Roasted Sunflower Pâté, Gnocchi with Pumpkin Sauce, Seared Sesame Trout with Coconut Curry Sauce, and Mango and Passion Fruit Cheesecake. The recipes are easy to follow and require little preparation time. The authors stress that adopting an ayurvedic lifestyle requires time, commitment and much self-inquiry, but make an enthusiastic and persuasive case for doing so. Color photos. (Jan. 25)
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"Ayurvedic cooking for healing is ancient, timeless, practical wisdom based upon taste, hot and cold energy and the post-digestive effect of food at the cellular level. A proper diet is good medicine. In the near future, medical professionals, instead of prescribing just drugs, will suggest proper, individualized balancing recipes to their patients. Dr. Yarema, Daniel Rhoda and Chef Brannigan’s profound work in the field of food as medicine, Eat Taste Heal, is a most timely and practical guide for people everywhere." - Dr. Vasant Lad, author of Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Five Elements Press; 1 edition (February 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976917009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976917007
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.1 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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138 of 140 people found the following review helpful By Lincoln Heartsong on August 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
What a beautiful gem! For more than a decade, I've been following and living by Ayurvedic principles and when this book fell into my hands, I felt as if I'd received a gift from the heavens. As an Ayurvedic educator, this is absolutely my favorite guidebook to date. I now recommend it enthusiastically to all my students, clients and friends.

In Part I, The Guidebook, the authors have done a commendable job of condensing the vast expanse of Vedic wisdom into manageable pieces while still offering a decent yet thorough overview. This book is an excellent introduction for Westerners; important concepts such as doshas, daily and seasonal routine, health and disease, and food basics are all given adequate due. With an emphasis on the elements of food & taste, the reader gains a clearer understanding of why the recipes are relevant to each particular dosha.

In Part II, The Cookbook, the authors specifically address the issue of cooking for different doshas in one family, a puzzlement for many who discover Ayurveda. Many people will find the information on organics, sustainibility, and modern food concerns (such as GMO's, food irradiation, and pure water) very useful and informative, though it does not pertain solely to Ayurveda.

As a professionally trained chef, it's inspiring to find Ayurvedic recipes that ignite and inspire, ones that rise above meager health food or standard Indian fare. All previous Ayurvedic cookbooks have left me hungry for something better, more appealing and refined. Mostly, I've had to create my own recipes. The offerings in Eat, Taste, Heal are complex enough to be interesting without being overwhelming or difficult, and the cross cultural flair is welcomed.
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364 of 395 people found the following review helpful By Pat on August 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I'm glad so many people like this book. But I am not one of them.
I have followed Ayurvedic cooking for a few years and have reaped many healthy results from it (besides enjoying some of the most wonderful meals that I have ever experienced). Obviously, I came to this book with very positive expectations. I guess that I found two areas of the book that I did not like - the first part and the second part.
The first part sounded like a Western MD giving a very judgmental and negative-slanted presentation. It was all about what TO DO and what NOT TO DO. He crossed the line on allowing his readers to own their own thoughts. He also put much emphasis into the 'magic bullet' view of 'when this is wrong - do this' or 'to fix this symptom - do this'. To me, Ayurveda is more about cherishing one's Dosha (constitution) through food, thought, activity, etc in a whole life setting. When one looks to the symptoms, one looks (and gives power to) the negative expression of the body. The presentation of Ayurveda that I have been exposed to honors my intelligence and informs me that my life and health are my responsibilities. Gentle guidance then follows.
The second part of the book, the Recipes, is yet another presentation of Macrobiotic cooking. They ARE clean, healthy recipes. They just are not the rich, complex, exotic recipes that I have come to associate with Ayurvedic cooking. These recipes would actually make a good Macrobiotic Cookbook. People following these recipes would do very well for themselves and their health. That's just not what I intended to purchase.
I guess this book fills an important niche in presenting Ayurveda to a new audience. I was just looking for an Ayurvedic cookbook with wonderful recipes.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Eat * Taste * Heal: An Ayurvedic Cookbook For Modern Living is a compendium of recipes and information that combines groundbreaking and seminal work within the field of holistic nutrition and healthy living. The collaborative effort of a medical doctor, a patient, and a professional chef, Eat * Taste * Heal is enhanced throughout with color photography, features an extensive background information (Ayurvedic Concepts in a Nutshell), a great deal of solidly practical instruction (Buying, Preparing & Storing Vibrant Food), then goes on to present the reader with "The ABC's Ambiance, Blessing & Consumption"; "The Rhythms of Nature"; and "Food as Medicine". From Stewed Apples with Dates and Cinnamon; Avocado Soup with Cucumber; Warm Almond Milk with Coconut & Mango; Braised Chicken with Cilantro Reduction Sauce; and Steamed Kale with Lemon and Dill Butter; to Cream of Beet Soup with Puy Lentils; Samosas with mango Chutney; Braised Bok Choy, Fennel & Tofu with Lemon & Coriander; Green Beans & Carrots with Fried Almonds, Chapati (Indian flat bread); and Chocolate Saveur with Coconut Creme, Eat * Taste * Heal will quickly prove a popular and appreciated addition to any household cookbook collection.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Bootsy on October 2, 2006
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I felt compelled to write a review of this book because it has been such a great addition to my life.

A few months ago I had a severe health scare and needed to change my diet drastically. The problem I found with many of the alternative health cookbooks was either the recipes were too complex and required too much time investment or they were just depressingly tasteless and boring. An example being the recipes in 'Healing with Whole Foods', although I absolutely love the information in that book, none of the recipes appealed to me.

In Eat, Taste, Heal, I found a straight forward and easy guide to finding out which Dosha you are and how to adjust each recipe to meet that type. Then the recipes... the recipes are just fantastic. There are two sections; one for the on the go lifestyle which is great for my busy schedule and another with more detailed and complex dishes. These I have tried on special occasions. The breakfast recipes are great, I never liked oatmeal until I tried the recipe in this book and now I have it almost every day.

The first special occasion meal I made was with the vegetable korma dish and the Chickpeas and Chana Masala sauce. On a whim I added the recipe for chapati which I had never made before. Everyone was blown away at how good it all was, a couple of my guests who were exposed to some of the best traditional indian food in England actually said that it was just as good.

On top of all this, I have found a noticeable improvement in my digestion and overall health.

Needless to say, I highly recommend it.
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