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The Sacred Kitchen: Higher-Consciousness Cooking for Health and Wholeness, Culinary Wisdom, Ancient Traditions, and Vegetarian Recipes to Paperback – May, 1999

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577310926
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577310921
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Simone Gabbay on July 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
I opened the pages of this title expecting to read an extraordinary cookbook, but I found much more: a handbook for conscious living and for celebrating life in the food energies that we take in as nourishment for body and soul.
How many of us realize that the thoughts we entertain in our minds and hearts while we cook have a direct, tangible effect on the nourishing potential of the food we prepare for ourselves and our loved ones, family, or friends? If we think of kitchen work as drudgery and grumble and groan over the chores of meal preparation, how can we expect such a meal to taste well and be easily digested? If, on the other hand, we consciously channel positive, loving energy through our hearts and hands into the foods that we cook, we will create a meal that not only tastes wonderful but also heals and regenerates those who eat it.
The authors, Robin Robertson, a professional chef, cooking teacher, food writer, and author of five cookbooks, and Jon Robertson, an accomplished writer, editor, author, and researcher of sacred literature and spiritual philosophies, have put together a comprehensive manual for reclaiming the sacred in the seemingly mundane process of food preparation. Too often, valuable energy is wasted when cooking and meal times are regarded as time robbers which prevent us from accomplishing what we believe to be more important tasks. Correspondingly, we try to cut corners with nutritionally deficient fast foods and meals eaten "on the run."
The Robertsons suggest that by changing our attitude toward food preparation and by allowing the process of cooking to become a flowing meditation exercise, we can rediscover the art of creating meals that are truly wholesome and healing.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Shellie L. Hall on June 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book opened my eyes and my mind to what can truly be achieved through cooking. I have never really been one for cookbooks - but this is much more than that. This book contains not only recipes for the stomach, but recipes for the spirit as well. The sidebar quotes are inspirational - and I have now learned how to turn my eating space into a "Centered Dining Experience."
Thank you Jon and Robin for opening my eyes and my mind to experiences and wonderful tastes that I never would have imagined. I am looking forward to more "Sacred" books.
This book should be featured on Oprah.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cassandra Barnes on March 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
Robin Robertson is a former restaurant chef, caterer, and cooking teacher who now writes cookbooks and food-related articles. Jon Robertson has spent more than twenty-five years researching spiritual growth, worked as writer and photographer, and taught at the college level. They've combined their skills and knowledge to produce The Sacred Kitchen: Higher Consciousness Cooking for Health and Wholeness, a "practical guidebook meant to inspire family and friends alike to once again pull together for their physical, mental, and spiritual nourishment, particularly at mealtimes."
Many people lead very stress-filled lives, and preparing a meal is often just one more thing that has to somehow be fitted into an already overcrowded schedule. The Robertson's emphasis is on turning the kitchen into an oasis of peace and tranquility, where meal preparation is a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. They say that "in sacred texts from all over the world, we learned about the secret energies of food and the hidden meaning behind the act of cooking itself."
All cooks transfer some of their energy to the food they prepare. A meal cooked with love in a stress-free kitchen has significant healing effects on those eating it. The Robertsons emphasize the importance of "mindfulness" in food preparation. Mindfulness is focusing on what you're doing as you're doing it, rather than thinking about something else. Mindfulness relaxes and energizes those who practice it.
Each chapter includes one or more recipes based on the information in that chapter. Additionally, one chapter is devoted to general information about specific foods, such as grains, followed by a collection of recipes.
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