- Paperback: 254 pages
- Publisher: Ayurvedic Press; 2nd edition (October 31, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1883725054
- ISBN-13: 978-1883725051
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 87 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ayurvedic Cooking for Self Healing Paperback – October 31, 1997
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...a tasty, loving rendition of favorite Indian foods. The food guidelines and explanations of food's healing properties are indispensable. --Rebecca Withers, Yoga International, Sept. 1998 --Rebecca Withers, Yoga International, Sept. 1998
From the Author
During and after my internship, I worked as a house physician in the departments of medicine, surgery, gynecology and pediatrics at the Ayurvedic Hospital in Pune. At that time I observed repeatedly how correct diet, combined with proper herbal medicine and lifestyle, can play a vital role in healing. I became increasingly aware that illness provides an "invitation" to change ones habitual patterns.
As my awareness grew about the role of food as medicine, I observed that many health problems seemed intertwined with the stresses of daily life. These include worries about ones job or money, tension and even the stress created by eating the wrong kinds of food and improper food combining. In the last twenty years I have seen many problems, sometimes culminating in serious illness, that were the result of poor food choices and ignorance of the art of proper cooking for oneself and for the family.
In this book you will find simple, practical approaches to food and specific recipes from the Ayurvedic art of cooking to help restore the bodys healthful balance. Though there is much helpful information within these covers, this book is not proposed as a treatment plan for any disease. This, of course, you must obtain from your own doctor.
I met my wife Usha at the Ayurvedic Hospital in Pune where she was a student of Ayurvedic nursing. After we were married, Usha began using her knowledge and love of Ayurveda as her guiding light in preparing our meals. She always brings great love and respect to every stage of food preparation, and she cooks each meal with all of her heart.
My wish is that you will discover in these pages a creative program for better health for yourself and your family. These recipes and healing ways are meant to enter your life as a natural method of healing without any side effects or reactions. Enjoy your Ayurvedic cooking for health, happiness and the healing of family and friends.
God bless you with love and light.
Dr. Vasant Lad
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Some of the recipes are similar to what I grew up eating (I am from India) but after reading this book I got insight into the selection of ingredients in various recipes. In some recipes I prefer to use less amount of Ghee (Clarified butter) than what is stated (which i found to be a bit excessive). The book also has a chart that helps you to determine the constitution of your body and several other charts that list the kind of food suitable/ not suitable for various constitutions. In general I liked the book.
Why only 4 stars?
So there are two formats of this book - one is paperback without colorful pictures and this one (hardback with colorful pictures).
I found that most of the recipes would not result into the food shown in the picture alongside the recipe. I mean the upma recipe has the picture of upma. But the recipe/ ingredient used for the food in the picture is different than the recipe listed in this book. So for a novice in Ayurvedic or Indian cooking this might be confusing. Like, one might wonder - Even though I followed the recipe to the Tee, why my food looks different from what is shown in the picture? Also some of the recipes do not have a picture at all. I can understand certain teas and Ayurvedic milk not being pictured since they all would look more or less same, but certain vegetable and rice preparations also have no pictures. I know this is a very minor point but for a book that is advertised as "hardcover edition! Illustrated with delectable photographs of the recipes throughout the book", I believe it would be better to have real pictures instead of some look alike.
Should you buy this book?
Yes sure! Other than some of the missing or misleading pictures the book is really good and looks beautiful. If you are Ok with that please go for it.. On the other hand, if you only care for the recipes then there is a cheaper version (Paperback) of this book available on Amazon.
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I am using the recipes and suggestions in the book daily and recommend it anyone - beginner or experienced Ayurvedic cook, for great recipes and food