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Sukham Ayu: Cooking at Home with Ayurvedic Insights (Gourmand Winner - Best Health & Nutrition Cookbook in the World - Second Place) Hardcover – December 30, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Pritya; First edition (December 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 819029931X
  • ISBN-13: 978-8190299312
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 9.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,365,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sukham Ayu, an Ayurvedic cookbook comes as a whiff of fresh air for both, fast paced professionals and people who have been following unhealthy eating habits for long and wish to bring about a change in it. (The healthy life by Rohan Swamy – Feb 04, 2009) -- The Indian Express

Pratibha and Jigyasa say their presentation and book kindled an interest in Ayurveda at the Paris cookbook fair, capturing the imagination of everyone from high profile chefs to fellow writers who are currently experimenting with daliya upma in their respective countries. --
The Hindu Metro Plus.

Sukham Ayu (happy longevity) that demystifies the tenets of ayurveda in a simple easy-to-follow manner. Particularly important is the detailed information on the three doshas along with the food guide at the end, which tells you your ‘prakriti’. (A labour of love by Mukta Hegde – Sept 2009) -- Life Positive Magazine

From the Author

It has been our sincere endeavour to bring to you the great tenets of Ayurveda in simple, easy language and in a rhythm that we thought practical. As you turn these pages, you will find chapters that deal with different aspects of Ayurveda preceding each section of recipes. Thus, the first chapter "Who am I?" deals with the foremost dictum of Ayurveda, which places all of life within three categories of doshas or bodily humours - vata, pitta, kapha. This chapter is followed by a section on sweet dishes. The next chapter is "Self and the Elements" which deals with the connection between the five great elements and human existence, followed by a section on Soopa or soups.

In this manner, sections of simple recipes are interwoven with compact pages of Ayurvedic teachings.More than anything else, this book aims to bring joy into cooking at home. It is, in a way, a culinary journey interspersed with ayurvedic insights, a peek into an ayurvedic system, each chapter leading you back home - with a basic home-style recipe. Although most of the recipes are for daily cooking, the home-style recipes are the first step into bringing Ayurveda and healthy, flavoursome cooking into your home.

The recipe sections feature a selection of tridoshik preparations, which means that they can be eaten by persons of all constitutions (unless under supervised medical or diet treatment). However, any type of food is always more conducive to some and less to others, thus the popular proverb - one man's food is another man's poison. It is always interesting to know which foods one can eat regularly and which one should leave aside for occasional indulgences. So when you select a menu from this book for your family, all you have to do is identify who can eat more or less of each dish, based on the main ingredients.

This is not as daunting as it may seem. When we sent a manuscript of these recipes to a friend to try out, she found that cooking and eating turned into a more conscious activity with the kids cheekily telling their kapha dad to go slow on the kheer, and the elder sister bossing over the younger one saying,"This salad is more for you than me!" What was really heart warming was when our friend said, "It somehow bound us all together and made eating time more fun!"

We hope that along with the tingling of your taste buds, this book kindles your curiosity to know more about this great science of life.

Jigyasa and Pratibha
December 2008 .

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The design of the book is colorful and elegant, with lots of pictures to feast on!
TK
Readers will learn how to identify their ayurvedic type; detect imbalances; select foods, and, most importantly, put the power to heal in their own hands.
Ammini Ramachandran
Enjoyed reading the Ayurvedic information in small packets and understanding myself better in the process.
Aditi Mansingh

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ammini Ramachandran on July 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Sukham Ayu, the latest cookbook by award winning authors Jigyasa Giri and Pratibha Jain, is a celebration of ayurvedic way of eating. With easy to prepare flavorful recipes Sukham Ayu is one of the most accessible tools to learn about self-healing food. Filled with gorgeous photographs, fresh flavors, and practical advice, the book presents the reader with delicious recipes against a backdrop of the rhythms of nature and food as medicine.
From slow-simmered curries with layered flavors to quickly sautéed dishes, these delectable recipes explore the wide world of ayurvedic cuisine beginning with a platter of sweet dishes followed by healthy soopas, an incredible range of aromatic vegetable dishes, tastefully spiced dals, home style breads and rice dishes, irresistible snacks, colorful salads and chutneys to soothing juices and thirst- quenching drinks.

Much more than a wonderful cookbook, Sukham Ayu serves as a concise introduction to ayurveda: the book opens with a primer on the three doshas or constitutions. Readers will learn how to identify their ayurvedic type; detect imbalances; select foods, and, most importantly, put the power to heal in their own hands. The recipes demonstrate how to vary ayurvedic meals to nurture each of the ayurvedic types.

Sukham Ayu both inspires and empowers; awakening the senses and unlocking the alluring world of ayurvedic way of eating. It is a great addition to any cookbook collection.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Navaratan Ramesh on August 27, 2009
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A beautiful book, I enjoyed the information on Ayurveda which was presented in lucid and readable style. The soopa section (soups) have been a great success at home. Its design and content makes it an ideal gift, which is what I have been doing for some birthdays. Thanks for the lovely book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Natesan on October 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Yet another excellent contribution from Jigyasa and Pratibha. This one teaches you a little bit about your body type according to ayurveda, and what foods to avoid, etc. It gives healthy yet tasty options accordingly. Of course, need I mention that this item is definitely worth giving as a gift? Definitely, a collector's item. The composition and presentation of text and pictures are admirable. The book also discusses well-rounded meal plans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TK on July 6, 2012
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In an age where all recipes are available on the internet, the cookbooks that are most valuable are the ones that go beyond teaching us how to cook. They tell a story of a time or a place, inspire us to think about our food, and change the way we eat! Pritya's books do just that. Their first book Cooking at Home with Pedatha (Best Vegetarian Book in the World - Gourmand Winner) recreated the ambience of India in my childhood days. Pedatha reminded me of my grandmom who used to make hearty meals with lots of flavor and texture. With every dollop of ghee went a whopping amount of love.

Their second book Sukham Ayu makes you think about the food itself. Each ingredient has a purpose, and is carefully balanced to complement the other ingredients in a way that brings out the best in them. All the layers of flavor add up to more than the sum of their parts. The wisdom of what these ingredients do for us from an ayurvedic perspective makes a fascinating read. It's a great introduction to ayurveda, but to me, the book was more about treating my taste buds and seeing how flavors are married together than learning about their nutritional benefits (although their's undeniable value to this!). The recipes are contemporary, and ideal for when you have guests over. There are tons of soups, snacks, chutneys and veggie dishes, and some desserts.

Both books have simple, easy-to-follow recipes using common ingredients (there are also suggestions on variations and ingredient substitutions). You should be able to get all the spices used in these recipes in regular food stores (surely Indian food stores).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vayuveg on January 11, 2011
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Presented in uncomplicated fashion, easy to comprehend and practical for everyday usage, this is a must for everyone who wish to cook keeping in mind the ayurvedic insights. The books's subtitle "Cooking at Home with Ayurvedic insights" is so appropriate. It makes the tenets of Ayurveda easy to follow in your home with ingredients to be found in most Indian kitchens. Exotic ingredients are certainly not a prerequisite to great cooking! It is how we use the simple ingredients available in our kitchen wisely, that is imporant in day to day cooking. Sukham Ayu just tells us that! I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for an insight into the vegetarian cooking and Ayurvedic principles to imbibe in their day to day life.
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