Book Review: The Ayurvedic Kitchen | Learn the Ayurveda Way of Living

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Book Title: The Ayurvedic Kitchen

Author: Sonal Chowdhary and Dr Asghar

Format: Kindle

Published By: Westland Publications

ASIN & Edition: B09M67BYG2 & First

Genre: Non-fiction

No.of pages: 216

Rating: 3/5

About the Book:

To help make Ayurveda an integral part of your life, Sonal Chowdhary and Dr Asghar have put together a host of nutritious and wholesome recipes that take into account Ayurvedic principles and Ayurvedic diet even as they incorporate modern influences, international cuisines and global ingredients.

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The Ayurvedic Kitchen

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Also included are the fundamentals and norms regarding doshas, cooking and seasonal routines as distilled from various classical Ayurvedic texts. An accessible and essential cookbook for harmony and holistic health, The Ayurvedic Kitchen aims to empower you with the information you need to create energy and mind-body balance.

About the Authors:

Sonal Chowdhary is a holistic nutrition consultant with a specialisation in weight management, sports and clinical nutrition. She is a certified Ayurvedic nutrition consultant and a medical yoga therapist. She is also a certified holistic cancer coach from the Centre for Advancement in Cancer Education, Richboro, PA, US. She is an exercise prescriptionist from the American College of Sports Medicine-approved Exercise Science Academy. She has also authored a book—Traditional Recipes for Pregnancy and Motherhood. She takes an integrative approach to wellness and consults her clients through the online digital medium (www.sonalchowdhary.com). She has also featured as a guest speaker in various corporates and colleges as a health educator.

Dr Asghar is the founder-director of Greens Ayurveda in Azhiyur, Kerala. Greens Ayurveda is a renowned centre for Ayurveda treatment and study programmes (www.greensayurveda.com). Dr Asghar is a graduate in Ayurvedic medicine and postgraduate in yoga therapy and considers his mission to be a spiritual one, a mere instrument of the Almighty and his blessings. The locals believe that his touch holds sacred healing qualities, and his reputation has spread internationally. Patients/students from all continents flock to the centre for treatment and education in Ayurveda. As an international consultant, he provides Ayurvedic services worldwide and travels across the globe for Ayurveda workshops and consultations. He is also the author of two books on Ayurveda.

Book Review:

Ancient India practised the science of Ayurveda for many ages. Before the advent of modern medicine, it was Ayurveda that was probably the only medicine that was made in use. It dates back to the kingdoms and ancient empires of India. Susrutha, who is the first surgeon in history probably, must have used Ayurveda for healing. In this manner, Ayurveda is one of the oldest sciences of medicines whose origin can be dated back to 3000 -5000 years. Ayurveda is also a method of holistic healing.

The treatment is specific and is based on prevention rather than cure of the illness. The approach to healing is made on a personalised basis, and people of all ages and following different occupations are known to have benefited both personally and spiritually owing to Ayurveda’s wisdom of healing.

Also, it is a known fact that these Ayurvedic medicines are not only used to heal physical illnesses but also mental illnesses. The Ayurvedic medicines help in the purification of the body in a natural way. When the foreign bodies and toxins are removed naturally, the body regains its lost immunity. Thus, the resistance from the diseases helps rejuvenate your body and regain good health.

According to many books and articles, Ayurveda, five elements make up the universe — Vayu (air), Jala (water), Akash (space), Teja (fire), and Prithvi (earth). These elements are believed to form three different doshas, which are defined as types of energy that circulate within your body. Each dosha is responsible for specific physiological functions.

Coming to this book, The Ayurvedic Kitchen by Sonal Chowdhary and Dr Asghar, the contents talk about the ancient ayurvedic wisdom on diet, nutrition and lifestyle. Keeping in view the health benefits reaped through the Field of nutrition and dietetics that follow the principles of Ayurveda, this book is a great help to everyone. The book can be referred by medical practitioners and nutritionists.

The book is divided into two parts. Part 1 talks completely about the history of Ayurveda, its benefits, and its ways to practice. The second part deals with the types of foods and recipes that are and can be prepared according to the principles of Ayurveda and the ayurvedic diet.

Keeping in mind the five elements, various recipes like soups, gruels, bread, salads, curries, and many other Accompaniments are mentioned. The book is written in a simple and common language. The recipes are all Indian, and thus, every Indian can easily understand the recipes. The book is for everyone, and this well-researched study will be definitely useful to everyone.

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