Eat-Taste-Heal: An Ayurvedic Cookbook for Modern Living (Anglais) Relié – 1 janvier 2010
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The books goes into detail and explains things in such a practical and inspiring way.
As for the recipes, we tried two and both were complete failures: one was a fried potato cake
and the other a bean and cauliflower dish. I cook a lot of Indian food using cookbooks so I was
very disappointed. My other cookbooks have never failed like this.
The photos are spectacular and motivate you to prepare the dishes. My husband
and I had a good laugh because the bean dish was supposed to be a "pitta" dish for cooling the mind
and body and in the end, my husband was very aggravated...Just our own experience...I will try more
recipes (by myself).
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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, sustainibility, 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.
As a professionally trained chef, it's inspiring to find Ayurvedic recipes that ignite and inspire, ones that rise above meager health food or standard Indian fare. All previous Ayurvedic cookbooks have left me hungry for something better, more appealing and refined. Mostly, I've had to create my own recipes. The offerings in Eat, Taste, Heal are complex enough to be interesting without being overwhelming or difficult, and the cross cultural flair is welcomed. For those who feel more confident in the kitchen (or simply have more time) check out the Expanded Recipes.
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.
I have followed Ayurvedic cooking for a few years and have reaped many healthy results from it (besides enjoying some of the most wonderful meals that I have ever experienced). Obviously, I came to this book with very positive expectations. I guess that I found two areas of the book that I did not like - the first part and the second part.
The first part sounded like a Western MD giving a very judgmental and negative-slanted presentation. It was all about what TO DO and what NOT TO DO. He crossed the line on allowing his readers to own their own thoughts. He also put much emphasis into the 'magic bullet' view of 'when this is wrong - do this' or 'to fix this symptom - do this'. To me, Ayurveda is more about cherishing one's Dosha (constitution) through food, thought, activity, etc in a whole life setting. When one looks to the symptoms, one looks (and gives power to) the negative expression of the body. The presentation of Ayurveda that I have been exposed to honors my intelligence and informs me that my life and health are my responsibilities. Gentle guidance then follows.
The second part of the book, the Recipes, is yet another presentation of Macrobiotic cooking. They ARE clean, healthy recipes. They just are not the rich, complex, exotic recipes that I have come to associate with Ayurvedic cooking. These recipes would actually make a good Macrobiotic Cookbook. People following these recipes would do very well for themselves and their health. That's just not what I intended to purchase.
I guess this book fills an important niche in presenting Ayurveda to a new audience. I was just looking for an Ayurvedic cookbook with wonderful recipes. If anyone out there is looking for this, then I would highly recommend Heaven's Banquet/Hospodar and Healing Cuisine/Johari. The latter is authentic and the former is a combination of authentic and adapted Western dishes. And when Ms Hospodar gives Ayurvedic instruction, it is like she is sprinking rose petals around you - enjoyable bits of information that invites you to select what you want to 'own'.
Eat right - digest well - live long - and enjoy.
A few months ago I had a severe health scare and needed to change my diet drastically. The problem I found with many of the alternative health cookbooks was either the recipes were too complex and required too much time investment or they were just depressingly tasteless and boring. An example being the recipes in 'Healing with Whole Foods', although I absolutely love the information in that book, none of the recipes appealed to me.
In Eat, Taste, Heal, I found a straight forward and easy guide to finding out which Dosha you are and how to adjust each recipe to meet that type. Then the recipes... the recipes are just fantastic. There are two sections; one for the on the go lifestyle which is great for my busy schedule and another with more detailed and complex dishes. These I have tried on special occasions. The breakfast recipes are great, I never liked oatmeal until I tried the recipe in this book and now I have it almost every day.
The first special occasion meal I made was with the vegetable korma dish and the Chickpeas and Chana Masala sauce. On a whim I added the recipe for chapati which I had never made before. Everyone was blown away at how good it all was, a couple of my guests who were exposed to some of the best traditional indian food in England actually said that it was just as good.
On top of all this, I have found a noticeable improvement in my digestion and overall health.
Needless to say, I highly recommend it.