From Library Journal
Bragg is chef and Simon is medical director of Deepak Chopra's Center for Well Being in La Jolla, California. Here they describe the principles of the center's Ayurvedic philosophy and present recipes for "purification and rejuvenation." Better vegetarian cookbooks abound, from Darra Goldstein's The Vegetarian Hearth (LJ 2/15/97) to Anna Thomas's The New Vegetarian Epicure (LJ 4/15/96). This one is for Chopra's followers.
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Ayurveda (Sanskrit for "science of life") is a traditional system of medicine and health popularized in the West by Deepak Chopra. This cookbook by two of his close associates, a nutritionist and a medical doctor, adapts Ayurvedic principles and cooking for Westerners. Ayurveda teaches that different people have different mind-body constitutions, which can be balanced by the correct choices of foods and tastes. A self-test establishes the reader's constitution (or dosha
); a "Balance of Tastes Chart" outlines specific needs for each constitution. More than 140 meatless recipes list the prominent tastes of each ingredient and of the completed dish and also the influence on each constitution. The freshness of ingredients is stressed, as is the state of the mind and the heart while in the kitchen or at the table. An important chapter, "How to Eat," teaches the reader to honor the natural wisdom of the body in choosing the setting and pace of a meal and in recognizing the body's signals of hunger and satiety. Penny Spokes