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"I’m in love with this book―and Laura Plumb! She is an example of the awakened Divine Feminine. Ayurveda Cooking for Beginners is a delightful guide to supporting and nourishing the health and well being of powerful women. Laura has created a way for us to grow our 'balance-arsenal' of foods that bring rejuvenation, energy, and vibrancy. In this book, Laura shows what is possible in the realm of holistic wellness." ―Hemalayaa, Transformation Facilitator and Leadership Coach

“Hippocrates said 'Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.' In Ayurveda Cooking for Beginners, Laura Plumb makes it such a joy to create delicious, healing meals that one’s relationship with food is forever transformed.” ―Melanie Fiorella, MD, Associate Clinician Professor of Integrative Health at UC San Diego and visiting staff member of the Chopra Center’s Mind-Body Medical Group

"Absolutely delicious book! Ayurveda Cooking for Beginners is a beautiful guidebook that brings awareness to healthy foods and fosters a love for cooking."—Dr. Manisha Kshirsagar, BAMS, co-founder and co-director of the Ayurvedic Healing Clinic in Santa Cruz, CA, and author of Enchanting Beauty

"As Director of the Kerala Ayurveda Academy, I have personally witnessed Laura's profound understanding of the deeper principles of Ayurvedic wellness. Ayurveda Cooking for Beginners should have a central place in the kitchens of everyone desiring a healthier, happier life."— Dr. Jayrajan Kodikkanath, Ayurvedic doctor, director of Kerala Ayurveda Clinics and Academy

"Laura has made it easy and enjoyable to bring the healing science of Ayurveda into your kitchen and enjoy delicious nutrition. You will be healthier, your family will thrive, and my prediction is there will be fewer visits to the doctor!”—Dr. Ramkumar Kutty, founder and director of the Vaidyagrama Ayurveda Healing Community

"In Ayurveda Cooking for Beginners​, Laura Plumb has made the profound knowledge of Ayurvedic nutrition accessible to everyone. As you enjoy her many creative recipes, you will also learn about how food can balance your own individual mind-body constitution and support you in optimal wellness.”—Dr. David Frawley, Vedacharya and author of Yoga & Ayurveda​

About the Author

LAURA PLUMB is an internationally recognized teacher of Ayurveda, Yoga, and Jyotish. She is the creator of the popular Ayurvedic food blog Food: A Love Story and the cofounder of the Deep Yoga School of Healing Arts. With a 53-part television show called VedaCleanse and a 12-part series called Divine Yoga, Laura is regarded as a leader on mind-body medicine and the power of the Vedic sciences to promote sacred and sumptuous living. She is a graduate of the American Institute of Vedic Studies and Kerala Ayurveda Academy.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Rockridge Press (February 20, 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 234 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1623159636
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1623159634
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.4 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.9 x 0.7 x 9.9 inches
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cauli Tacos - YUM - The meals are simple and delicious!
By Erin Douglas on February 5, 2018
I bought the kindle version a few days ago and love it. The intro to Ayurveda is fun to read.
I have done one of the author's, Laura Plumb, cleanses last year and she is just a beautiful soul.
I am so happy to have this book. I work for an Ayurvedic company, and still need help with cooking for the seasons and my imbalances.
Yesterday I made cauli tacos!
shaking the florets in a bag of rice flour and turmeric before cooking in ghee. I cooked them until they were soft, then slathered in avocado mash another recipe from the book (avocado, mayo, lemon, pepper), drizzled with the white sauce from another recipe in the book, and then for extra glorious yum added a bit of basil pesto. ALL recipes from the book. You will WOW your meat eating company with these recipes. 😇Heavenly!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Opportunity for Play & Experimentation in the Kitchen
By Inkslinger on September 26, 2018
Ayurveda Cooking for Beginners is a helpful resource for the burgeoning Ayurvedic practitioner or inquisitive epicurean. Whether you have been dabbling in Ayurveda for a while or are completely new to the concept, Laura Plumb’s book clearly articulates the science and methodology behind the system while providing fun, flavorful, and healthful recipes for practice.

I had been experimenting with Ayurveda for several years when I bought the book. Having read through several Ayurveda books that were touted to be for beginners but lacked approachability, I was pleased to discover that this book was a comprehensive snapshot into the way Ayurveda works, including explanations about doshas, their relationships to flavors and seasons, and how it comes together to help a person stay well. This is pertinent in Ayurveda, for without it, the recipes may not make sense to someone.

Ayurveda Cooking for Beginners is not just a cookbook. It is a jumping off point to begin creating the space for an Ayurvedic lifestyle. By incorporating many of these recipes into my weekly meal plans, it has taught me to plan in advance in a way I never did before. It has encouraged me to pay attention to how flavors coalesce; how and why my body responds; and to really be present in the preparation and consumption of my meals.

A person can keep it simple by focusing on the basics presented in the book, such as the various kinds of milk (almond, pumpkin, or coconut—you will never want to buy store-bought again!) and seasonal spices, each of which is easy to incorporate into an existing diet. Or a person can really dig in and incorporate a number of these stand-alone recipes in their weekly meal plan. You can begin with recipes that have fewer steps and slowly expand as you become comfortable and familiar with the processes.

Experienced cooks will enjoy the more intricate recipes, such as the Cauliflower Tacos, Cabbage Salad, or the Crusty Apple Pie. Meanwhile, novice chefs and those who rarely cook can still enjoy the simplicity and time-saving recipes, such as the Sweet Potato Jackets, Chocolate Pudding, Pistachio Rice with Tahini Yogurt, and the various kinds of milk, teas, and sauces/snacks presented in the book.

This book includes unique ingredients and methods for cooking, which encourages experimentation and play in the kitchen. It’s easy to become overwhelmed when working with unfamiliar ingredients. Yet, Ayurveda for Beginners encourages the home chef to have few expectations. Laura includes helpful anecdotes at the beginning of each recipe. She shares her experiences making the dish for the first time herself (e.g., chapatis) or provides tips and variations for the dish. The endnotes provide the ideal dosha and season matches as well as additional pairings or suggestions.
While you can cook these recipes as presented in the book, you can also serve them alongside some of your existing favorites. For example, I love making the spinach paneer and serving it alongside curried lentils. The ginger tea has also become a favorite, and when I need more anti-inflammatory food in my diet, I add turmeric root to it.

I have incorporated many of these recipes into my yoga retreats and workshops. The feedback is outstanding. Hands down the Cauliflower Tacos turn every head. (Some of our family favorites are listed above.)

In my experience, it’s rare that a person buys a cookbook and uses it daily or weekly. I have dozens of cookbooks—each lovely in their own ways—but this is the first time I have returned to a book so repeatedly that I have memorized many of the recipes.

Side Note: While not everyone will appreciate this books’ minimal inclusion of food images or other conventional cookbook approaches, those who are adventurous, curious, experimental, and have a general love of food and wellness have a lot to gain from this book.

Ayurveda is different from other dietary structures. It’s not about counting calories or grams, measuring portions, avoiding specific food groups, or loading up on particular food groups. It’s an energetic food science and may not satisfy a person who is looking for predictably measurable outcomes. It will, however, satisfy those who enjoy digging beneath the surface of what and how we eat.

Pictured: Variation on Laura's chocolate pudding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best cookbook I’ve ever bought. Pleasantly surprised. Delicious easy recipes. Also, fascinating to read
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