Eat, Taste, Heal: An Ayurvedic Cookbook For Modern Living is a compendium of recipes and information that combines groundbreaking and seminal work within the field of holistic nutrition and healthy living. The collaborative effort of a medical doctor, a patient, and a professional chef, Eat, Taste, Heal is enhanced throughout with color photography, features an extensive background information (Ayurvedic Concepts in a Nutshell), a great deal of solidly practical instruction (Buying, Preparing & Storing Vibrant Food), then goes on to present the reader with “The ABC’s Ambiance, Blessing & Consumption”; “The Rhythms of Nature”; and “Food as Medicine”. From Stewed Apples with Dates and Cinnamon; Avocado Soup with Cucumber; Warm Almond Milk with Coconut & Mango; Braised Chicken with Cilantro Reduction Sauce; and Steamed Kale with Lemon and Dill Butter; to Cream of Beet Soup with Puy Lentils; Samosas with mango Chutney; Braised Bok Choy, Fennel & Tofu with Lemon & Coriander; Green Beans & Carrots with Fried Almonds, Chapati (Indian flat bread); and Chocolate Saveur with Coconut Creme, Eat, Taste, Heal will quickly prove a popular and appreciated addition to any household cookbook collection.
In Part I, The Guidebook, the authors have done a commendable job of condensing the vast expanse of Vedic wisdom into manageable pieces while still offering a decent yet thorough overview. This book is an excellent introduction for Westerners; important concepts such as doshas, daily and seasonal routine, health and disease, and food basics are all given adequate due. With an emphasis on the elements of food & taste, the reader gains a clearer understanding of why the recipes are relevant to each particular dosha.
In Part II, The Cookbook, the authors specifically address the issue of cooking for different doshas in one family, a puzzlement for many who discover Ayurveda. Many people will find the information on organics, sustainability and modern food concerns (such as GMO’s, food irradiation, and pure water) very useful and informative, though it does not pertain solely to Ayurveda.
Eat, Taste, Heal is gorgeously photographed and filled with colorful, easy to read charts, sidebars and overviews. The layout is user-friendly and the stunning food photography inspires a reader to actually attempt the recipes.
My one slice of criticism is really just a design issue. The organization of the recipes seems a bit odd to me, and there is only a pale gray footnote on the bottom of some pages to indicate the different sections (Vata breakfast, Pitta lunch, Snacks, etc.). Also, I wish the Expanded Recipes were not in a separate area; many do not seem complex enough to warrant being sequestered in a different section. Still, this is just a personal preference and in no way diminishes the outstanding quality of the book. The recipes are clearly labeled for Vata, Pitta or Kapha and substitutions are offered to amend the dishes for other doshas.
At the heart of Ayurveda rests the importance of developing a relationship with oneself. Eat, Taste, Heal serves as a clear and inspiring (not to mention tasty!) guide along the path of self discovery. The entire text hums softly with heartfelt gratitude and love. Could your entire life change with the purchase of just one book? With this one, it quite possibly could.[tabs type=”horizontal”][tabs_head][tab_title]Pros[/tab_title][tab_title]Cons[/tab_title][tab_title]Summary[/tab_title][/tabs_head][tab]With respect to Ayurveda, this is an amazing book. The authors have found a way to explain complicated concepts in an easy way.[/tab][tab]The Recipes needs more refining, there are a few recipes that needed major modifications before they worked.[/tab][tab]The authors are a unique trio: physician, patient, and chef. Dr. Thomas Yarema M.D., director of the Kauai Center for Holistic Medicine and Research, Daniel Rhoda, a patient who found healing through Ayurveda, and Chef Johnny Brannigan, an internationally trained Ayurvedic chef.[/tab][/tabs]
The book is highly recommended if you don’t mind experimenting with the recipes. Else on occasions you may end up cooking certain recipes that don’t taste that good.
|Review: Eat-Taste-Heal: An Ayurvedic Cookbook for Modern Living