You have to admire a book that received a nearly perfect satisfaction score from more than 100 buyers.
If you're familiar with the Amazon review system, you know it operates on a 1 to 5-star scoring system. One star means that the reader was not pleased with the book they read, and 5 stars is a perfectly positive rating.
That said… The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook: A Seasonal Guide to Eating and Living Well, has a sterling 4.8-star customer satisfaction rating.
The Idea for the Book
The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook:
A Seasonal Guide to Eating and Living Well Review
By Kate O'Donnell
The book starts with a Readers Note from the author.
In the Readers Note, Kate, the author/Ayurvedic practitioner/yoga teacher says:
The diet and lifestyle I introduce in this book have greatly supported me in sustaining a life of service in an urban environment and balancing a spiritual path with the duties of daily life.
Who is the book for?
Part 1 contains 3 chapters or 51 beautifully illustrated pages. It is here where you learn the basics of Ayurveda and the principles of Ayurvedic eating.
- How Ayurveda works
- What Yoga has to do with it
- The 5 Element and 20 Quality theory of nature
- How to align with the seasons in your cooking
- The causes of imbalance or how we get out of whack
- Important concepts of Agni, Prana and Ojas
- When and how to eat for the best health of your life
- Tips for improving digestion
- Keeping meals simple
- Organizing your pantry and spice rack
- Using seasonal food lists
- Cooking for your family
I have many favorites with dog-eared corners so it was hard to choose which ones to share with you… But here are just a few meals and treats that we love at our house.
- South Indian Sambar (so good!)
- Carrot Ginger Soup with roasted chickpeas
- Detox dal Soup with dosa
- Cardamom limeade
- Herbed hummus
- Fall Roasted Spiced Vegetables with Whipped Tahini Sauce
- Red Pumpkin dal
- Raw Beet Slaw with Lemon and Mint
- Sunbutter truffles
As mentioned previously, you can tweak and adapt all the recipes to seasonal spices and vegetables. The whole idea is to have you eating the freshest and most appropriate energy influencers for you mind-body energy balance.
The last 24 pages of the book are extremely helpful. Here you'll find topics like:
Tools and techniques you need for an Ayurvedic kitchen
Cooking Tables and Seasonal Shopping Lists.