Book of the month: December

“Your body knows the song of healing. Your mind sometimes just forgets the words.”

Have you been interested in Ayurveda, the ancient Indian health system - really the health system that our Western medicine today is still based on? If so, then this book is for you! Sahara Rose has given Ayurveda a fresh upgrade, bringing it into our world of available ingredients, creating plant based Ayurvedic recipes, and making it more easily accessible to everyone.

“Ayurveda is the world’s oldest health system, originating in ancient India over 5,000 years ago. It’s the sister science of yoga, focused on balancing the mind and body for radiant health.”

“Eat, Feel, Fresh” is not just a cookbook with beautiful, vibrant photography and delicious, energizing recipes, but also a crash course in Ayurveda. It takes you on a journey through

  • the seven chakras

  • understanding your dosha: your body type depending on the five elements water, earth, fire, air, and space

  • the six tastes of Ayurveda: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, astringent, and pungent

  • the 10 food quality pairings: for example hot vs cold or heavy vs light

  • and so much more.

“Eat, Feel, Fresh is dairy free, because the dairy we have today is very different from that in ancient India, where cows were sacred and all dairy was raw and organic.”

I have dabbled with Ayurveda for over a decade, feeling inspired by some of this ancient wisdom that still is so helpful today. I have embraced oil pulling, dry scrubbing, turmeric, ginger, and so much more! I love that this book is completely plant based, something that has always bothered me about Ayurveda. The dairy we have today is not the same that was used thousands of years ago. Taking out dairy makes this cookbook so incredibly appealing to me, and all the other people out there who suffer from dairy sensitivity.

My favorite recipes so far are:

  • Chai pancakes: reminds me of everything that is India to me

  • Palak Tofu: finally a delicious dairy free version that taste just as good as the real one!

  • Pho: nothing beats a homemade broth to warm me in the winter

Not only does this book take out dairy, but it also adds more raw and fermented foods as well as mushrooms, which were originally excluded in Ayurvedic cooking. And don't worry, if you don't enjoy Indian food, there are so may wonderful recipes from around the world, all prepared within the Ayurvedic principles. Sarah Rose does a beautiful job of blending the wisdom of the ages with the science of the present. And the best part about this book is that it tells you exactly how to cook for a family where everyone may have a different dosha. As I have said before, this book make Ayurveda accessible for everyone!

If you are looking for a gift for anyone health conscious, you don’t have to look any further. I promise this book will inspire everyone to cook more.

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