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A Simple Celebration: A Vegetarian Cookbook for Body, Mind and Spirit Hardcover – February 25, 1997


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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.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (February 25, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517707322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517707326
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,049,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
Cooked Honey! Anyone who has studied Ayurveda in the least knows that cooked honey is one of the most toxic things you can eat. Hardboiled eggs that are then fried! Ayurvedic? Gimme a break. To call this book ayurvedic is misleading. Try "Heaven's Banquet" if you want real ayurveda. If you're just looking for vegetarian recipes and will be satisfied with fifty (count 'em!), stick around.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is about love. As you read the descriptions of Aruvedic personality & body types, you find your perfect reflection personified. The reverence for food preparation, choice, and content provides food for thought as well as a balance for one's body. Simple dishes nourish the spirit, as do the recipes contained therein. Grace, quality, and charm are the components of a lifestyle resulting in this type of holistic cuisine. Permission to slow down, observe and savor life are granted as you experience the pages of this memorable cookbook.
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By A Customer on April 13, 2003
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I was excited when I got my book in the mail. I esp. like the desserts and am looking forward to trying the other interest recipies.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 18, 1999
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A book that has opened my awareness to consciously tune into not only the energy of food but to also be ever aware of the consciousness that I bring to food preparation. Great vegetarian recipes, easy to follow and so far always delicious!
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