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The Modern Ayurvedic Cookbook - Healthful, Healing Recipes for Life

The Modern Ayurvedic Cookbook

Healthful, Healing Recipes for Life

By Amrita Sondhi
Categories: Vegan & Vegetarian, Cooking, Health
Paperback : 9781551522043, 336 pages, 2006


Amrita Sondhi is co-host of The Ayurvedic Way on One: The Body, Mind & Spirit Channel in Canada.

Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old holistic healing tradition from India whose history is linked to the development of yoga, in which physical and spiritual well-being comes from a number of sources, including a healthful diet based on one's individual constitution. Today, it has a growing constituency, including well-known practitioner Dr Deepak Chopra.

Ayurveda is about achieving a physical and spiritual balance through a number of means, including diet. This all-vegetarian cookbook based on Ayurvedic traditions features delectable and nutritious recipes that appeal to particular doshas, which are one's personal constitution based on physical and mental characteristics: air (vata), fire (pitta), and earth (kapha) (the book includes a dosha questionnaire so readers can determine their own). And while the recipes are authentically Ayurvedic, they feature easy-to-find ingredients and modern-day cooking methods appropriate for busy lifestyles.

Recipes are divided into Breakfasts, Appetizers, Salads, Soups, Entrees, Grains & Breads, Sweets & Desserts, and Condiments. The book also includes yoga postures (with photographs), cleansing programs, and information on aromatherapy, colour therapy, and menu plans. There also are suggested meat substitutions for non-vegetarians (Ayurveda is not exclusively vegetarian, although this book is).

Written with both converts and beginners in mind, The Modern Ayurvedic Cookbook is a twenty-first-century approach to an ancient tradition that will restore your health, energy, and sense of well-being.

Amrita Sondhi's second cookbook, The Tastes of Ayurveda, was published in 2012. Partial proceeds from the sale of this book will go to ­support the Pamoja Foundation, www. pamoja. org.

Now in its fourth printing.


Includes a cornucopia of nourishing recipes that are in tune with nature and one's body.
-Vancouver Sun

- Vancouver Sun

The Modern Ayurvedic Cookbook will make a welcome and impressive addition to personal and community cookbook collections.
-Midwest Book Review

- Midwest Book Review

Full of accessible and delicious recipes inspired by Amrita's circle of friends and family.
-Shared Vision

- Shared Vision

Offers easy, veg-friendly recipes. ... Try the Spicy Chickpea Soup with coconut, cilantro and yogurt.

- Curve

The Modern Ayurvedic Cookbook offers more than 200 vegetarian recipes rooted in Ayurveda's nutritional principles. ... [Amrita's] meals are also just plain tasty.
-Georgia Straight

- Georgia Straight

What a delightful, delicious book this is. A book designed for truly nourishing your individual bodies and ensuring that everyone you cook for leaves the table feeling good, centred, and as Amrita says, "joyful. "
-Cahoots Magazine

- Cahoots

In front of me is a new vegetarian cookbook: The Modern Ayurvedic Cookbook. Ayurvedic is a big word that may turn casual readers away, but for serious foodies seeking soothing and healing recipes, vegans and those who are into holistic health, this one works. ... It's a friendly cookbook that anyone can use and appreciate, including those who just enjoy cooking and those who simply love Indian vegetarian cuisine.
-The Dining Out Guide

- The Dining Out Guide

This cookbook provides a wide-ranging survey of accessible vegetarian cooking, with some more challenging fusion fare.
-North Shore News (North Vancouver, BC)

- North Shore News

I am pleased that Amrita Sondhi has written such a wonderful book! Not only as a cookbook, but also as a valuable resource and as a comprehensive introduction to the profound health science of Ayurveda, I heartily recommend this book! The recipes are tasty and easy to prepare, and the appendices offer important information on yoga-asana, aromatherapy, color therapy, and detailed menu plans, making it one of the most user friendly books about Ayurveda I know.
-Frank Jude Boccio, Ayurvedic Practitioner and author of Mindfulness Yoga: The Awakened Union of Breath, Body and Mind

- Frank Jude Boccio