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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556436432
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556436437
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Simon G. Brown has been practicing a macrobiotic lifestyle for nearly 25 years. In the mid-1980s, Brown studied under Mishio Kushi in Philadelphia and assisted him with consultations. He also regularly helped cook macrobiotic meals for the 90 or so people who would go to the center to eat. In 1986, Brown returned to London to run the Community Health Foundation—Europe's largest natural health center at the time. Brown later started his own counseling practice and began teaching macrobiotic courses. Brown is also a highly regarded practitioner of feng shui and shiatsu, and a best-selling author on these subjects.

Michio Kushi is recognized as the world authority on macrobiotics. He became a proponent of macrobiotics after meeting its founder, George Ohsawa, in Japan in 1945. In the early 1960s Kushi and his wife Aveline founded Erewhon, the first natural food company in the US. In 1971 Kushi and his students founded the East West Journal and later the East West Foundation, for macrobiotic teaching and research. In 1978, Michio and Aveline founded the Kushi Institute, an educational organization with centers throughout America and Europe. Kushi's seminars and lectures have attracted thousands of health care professionals and other supporters. His life and teachings have been written about in Life, Paris-Match, Interview, and other publications. He has written several dozen books on the relationship of diet to health and well-being, including The Macrobiotic Way (Avery, 2004), The Macrobiotic Path to Total Health (Ballantine, 2003), and The Cancer Prevention Diet (St. Martin's Griffin, 2004).

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Easy to read and very informative.
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I 'jazz' up the recipes with other ingrediants from the book to suit my taste and it's simply great.
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The book explains macrobiotics-- theory and diet, very well.
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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Alisa A. Waxman on June 10, 2007
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At last a beautiful book on macrobiotics. Wonderful photographs, great information, easy to follow guidelines and tempting recipes. I am excited to recommend this book to my clients, students and friends. Simon presents a sometimes confusing philosophy in a clear and interesting manner which makes you want to dive in and have a go. This is a must for anyone who wants to make positive changes to their diet and lifestyle. Fantastic!
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By ultrarunnermeri on January 11, 2008
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This book is a fabulous book , i highly recommend it. First off, it is beautifully laid out with the pictures and design. The book explains macrobiotics-- theory and diet, very well. Also, the recipes in the back section were great. I have made a few already. One of the best sections discusses how to be more efficient in macrobiotic cooking and meal preparation. When i first started with macrobiotics, i was spending a couple hours a day in the kitchen, but the advice given in the book has really helped me streamline my menus and time. I could not recommend this book more highly than i do!
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Discount Natural Foods on June 4, 2007
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I was thrilled to get a copy of Modern Day macrobiotics last year considering how the book does such a wonderful job in bringing macrobiotics into the modern ages. It covers the latest in scientific dietary theories so you are left with an understanding in how to incorporate these into your practice of macrobiotics. It also does a wonderful job in helping you to understand how to make macrobiotics work best for you, how do you want to live your life, and how to best adapt it around that. The recipes are wonderful, and the illustrations and pictures are breath taking, along with the wonderful and informative charts and graphic tools.

The best part is that you can join the author's yahoo group once you obtain the book, and this will help you to obtain maximum benefit from it.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Bickay on July 5, 2007
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This book is most faithful to its title, 'Modern' - I have read a lot of materials regarding macro and this is by far the most practical, encouraging, yet very informative book ever. Some macro books are very informative but tend to be too conservative that readers, especially newcomers to macro diet tend to be intimidated or would have difficulty sticking to the diet. This macro book is sensitive to the current lifestyle and offers choices to make going into and staying in a macro lifestyle easier and more fun.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By loves2read on February 6, 2009
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I've been through the wars with macrobiotics...from the endless brown rice only diet to the "raw" macrobiotics approach...for, off and on, forty years. This is the best that the macro-vision can testify to. A beautiful book, with engaging photographs, intelligent information, and, best of all, very rewarding recipes, all merging together to give the reader a healing and joyously appealing approach to a very diverse and often stringent lifestyle.

Macrobiotics can be so utterly daunting, so conservative, unbending, and foreign, that we often throw the baby out with the bath water. Brown's book is informative without being preaching; kind, and encouraging. Do try it out. It is enormously beneficial.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 3, 2007
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More than just another collection of terrific recipes guaranteed to please the palate and satisfy the appetite of even the most gourmet of diners, "Modern-Day Macrobiotics: Transform Your Diet And Feed Your Mind, Body, And Spirt" also presents vitally important information about the importance and health benefits of eating whole, living foods; explains about how eating the foods that are right for the human body can actually enhance our physical and mental energy; why it is necessary to add quality, variety, and flexibility to our diets for health and enjoyment; how to design a personalized macrobiotic diet for a single day, for three months, or for the rest of our lives; as well as where and how to buy wholesome ingredients. Of special note is the advice and guidance for creating menu plans. Enhanced with almost eighty delicious, step-by-step, easy-to-prepare recipes ranging from Shoyu Soup with Carrot and Radish; to Chinese Cabbage and Sauerkraut Rolls; to Nutty Rice Pudding, "Modern-Day Macrobiotics" is very highly recommended, especially for students of nutrition, alternative medicine, and healthy family dining.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By WNPK on July 28, 2010
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I purchased this book after my doctor recommended I look into a macrobiotic diet to help balance my hormones. I spent time at a macrobiotic restaurant that has a small collection of books that they sell first, browsing through the various options. This one really jumped out at me, for a couple of reasons:

1) I did not grow up cooking American or European food. I learned how to cook based on Indian cuisine, and that is the type of food my family and I eat at home most of the time. This book teaches you the principles of macrobiotic cooking in such a way that you can adopt it to whatever cuisine is most familiar and comfortable for you. It's made it easier for me to adapt to this way of eating, since the flavor of my food is satisfying, but the content of it is better for me.

2) I liked out way information about macrobiotics was presented. The layout of the information is very clean and easy to understand. Symbols for the different qualities of food make it easy to remember the principles, and it's much easier to absorb the material when you don't have to read textbook-like pages.

3) The pictures of the food are appealing. At the end of the day, it's a cookbook and I want to feel like the food I make is going to be appetizing and presentable.

4) Simon Brown's writing style is educational, warm and inviting. I think anyone who reads this book as an introduction to macrobiotics will get a good start, and will certainly learn enough to be dangerous.

I'm really happy I got it, and I'm even happier that I am using the principles and recipes in the book. My husband is eating this way with me, and he's not going hungry, and neither am I. In fact, I started feeling better after 3 days, which is so encouraging.
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