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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books (March 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078686883X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786868834
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #460,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

"Nourishment consultant" Schatz convincingly urges readers to eschew refined and processed foods and replace them with organic fruits, vegetables and lean proteins. Her "transformational nourishment" incorporates Japanese and Chinese medicine with philosophy, naturopathic nutrition and herbal medicine. The book's first section sets the mood, counseling readers on "coming home to your spirit" and explaining the semantic difference between "Eating" and "Feeding," leading into the more practical and enticing sections. Part two, "Nourishment as Daily Practice," explains the benefits of "vital essence foods": foods that are as close to the source as possible. Schatz advises readers to eat seasonal produce, since not adhering to nature's rhythms can throw a body out of balance. She describes in detail how to flush toxins out of the body by eating the right foods rather than fasting. Part three, "Awakening Your Spirit," lays out predictable advice on being conscious of what foods one introduces into the body and making eating a pleasant ritual. The final section presents healthy, simple, Asian-influenced recipes. Throughout the book, Schatz shares accounts from clients who changed their lives drastically just by changing their diets. There is an important, useful message at this book's core, and Schatz does offer a unique approach to nutrition. Unfortunately, readers must sort through a great deal of filler in order to get to it.
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" . . . powerful way of bringing mindfulness and sensitivity to our relationship to food, to what's cooking, and to who's eating." -- Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., author of Wherever You Go, There You Are

"Hale Sofia Schatz has developed a truly unique approach to nourishment." -- Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddhist Heart and Awakening the Buddha Within

"Hale Sofia Schatz translates the wisdom of the oldest cultures on earth to our modern lives . . ." -- David S. Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D., director, Obesity Program, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School

"Hale changed my life. I never have dinner without her." -- Andre Gregory, director, actor, playwright, star of My Dinner With Andre

"Hale inspires us to see our dinner plate in a new yet ancient light, leading us back to the sensual . . ." -- Mollie Katzen, author of Moosewood Cookbook and Sunlight Cafe

"This book will change the way you think about eating forever." -- Cheryl Richardson, author of Stand Up for Your Life, Take Time for your Life, and Life Makeovers

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Recipes are good and very versatile.
C. Schreck
I recommend this book for anyone who is looking to profoundly change their eating habits while shifting their life trajectory to a more soulful path.
Elise Marie Collins
I originally bought this book in 2006, and have read, reread, and purchased it for several friends.
Kate

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By William W. of Chicago on April 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is an eminently practical and yet authentically spiritual guide to the vital subject of how we nourish ourselves on every level. The author touches us with stories of transformation from her practice and from her personal life.
She gives specific suggestions without pushing the line into dogma. She knows the subtlety of her subject, and she approaches it with a gentle, graceful, but sure hand.
I am greatly inspired by her chapter on Transformational Nourishment. Even the title says it all. We stand with our arms outstretched, reaching for the horizon yet it comes down to the simple day-to-day act of feeding our bodies, hearts, minds and souls.
I have had years of experience trying different diets and I am pleased to say that this book takes all that I know to be true and puts it in clear, useful and inspirational form. It is subtle: you feed yourself in everything you do and think and say and feel. Each breath you take provides further nourishment. Now, which aspect of yourself do you choose to feed, to support, to give life to?
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is a realization.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 2004
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Finally-- a book about food that has absolutely nothing to do with obessing over calories or counting carbs... this is a great book for real people, who think and feel and care deeply about how to take care of themselves on all levels. I think people who have burned out on "diet" books will find this heartfelt approach to food, and to life, extremely refreshing and useful.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K-lulu on May 10, 2004
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If The Buddha Came to Dinner is a wonderful opportunity to connect with the entire wholeness of food and feel great. This book illustrates that, as people, we often eat in our busy lives without connecting to the food. This is easily evident in everything fast these days. The book shows us how to take an opportunity we all have several times a day to connect with food and the spirituality that it feeds.
The book takes you through a very manageable cleanse with many great healthy happy and delicious recipes. Looking at food in this manner has guided me to more clarity, energy, focus, and curiosity in ways to eat refreshingly.
I am grateful to Hale for pointing out a simple and fun way to understand the importance of to whom we feed and how we feed it. This has shown us a way to access a stronger and vivid connection just by looking into what we eat to make us thrive.
I hope there will be more books by this author to come.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 2004
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This book is a perfect combination of inspiration and information to help anyone use food to create greater physical and emotional health. I love that the book is extremely readable and funny but also is full of detailed, practical, step by step directions on how to make healthful choices and changes. I have already showed this book to my father, my sister in law, the woman who cuts my hair, and our teenage babysitter... every one of them found something in the book that made them say.. "this is exactly what I need!" what a gift!!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Schreck on December 22, 2005
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I went on the three-week cleanse and have never felt better. Weight loss, while a goal for me, was secondary to how I felt and the concept of nourishing rather than feeding oneself. (I did lose 20 pounds on the 3 week cleanse.) Be warned though - if you choose to cleanse for 3 weeks it requires a time commitment. I found it helpful to actually plan out a week's menu (for shopping, prep and diverisifcation of meals).

Recipes are good and very versatile. I have several friends who are now also interested in "clean" food and love coming to my house for dinner - even the skeptics.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Elise Marie Collins on March 3, 2008
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Many books on health and diet tell us what we should be doing, shaking a proverbial finger at bad meals, sugary desserts and then nag us to stop the madness. If the Buddha came to Dinner promotes enlightened, soulful eating, not following the latest fad in cloaked in scientific research. Eating mindfully means listening deeply to what your mind, body and spirit want to eat and how your mind, body and spirit react to what you do eat. It is not about superficially changing your dietary habits, only to have them come back vengefully once your diet is "over." I recommend this book for anyone who is looking to profoundly change their eating habits while shifting their life trajectory to a more soulful path.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 2004
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This book is nurturing from the first page. It gently leads you to a pleasantly full stomach and a calm mind amidst the junk food and increasing daily stress of most of our lives. It explains the basic science of good nutrition without getting overly technical and gives you step by step practices to incorporate healthier habits and feel more vitality very quickly. It is ever mindful of the difficulty of always eating the most nutritious food and has many good suggestions for making the best of it. Body and mind live together and this book makes the relationship stronger and healthier than any other nutrition/diet book that I have read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tracy A. Mangold on August 11, 2006
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I just finished reading "If the Buddha Came to Dinner". I thoroughly enjoyed it. One reading isn't enough, I find myself paging through it and stopping at certain sections from time to time. I tried a few recipes and really like them. I just ordered it for a friend of mine. The book speaks to your body and soul.
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