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Health, Taste and Traditions: A Vegetarian Journey from Ayurveda to Modern Times

Health, Taste and Traditions: A Vegetarian Journey from Ayurveda to Modern Times

by   Shuchi Agrawal (Author)  
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Sold By:   Garuda Prakashan

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Today, the aspects of health and longevity outlined in ancient Ayurvedic texts are being reexamined and appreciated across the world.

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ISBN 13 9798885750714
Book Language English
Binding Paperback
ASIN 9798885750714
Publishing Year 2022
Total Pages 218
Publishers Garuda Prakashan  
Category Culinary Books   Indic   Indian Knowledge Systems (IKS)  
Weight 200.00 g
Dimension 21.59 x 14.00 x 1.70

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Shuchi Agrawal tackled the subject of Ayurveda in a manner that allowed me to understand a subject that I have long misunderstood. So much valuable information and tasty recipes in a perfectly held package. Health, Taste and Traditions is a great book and I highly recommend it.
Review by - Robin de Lafforest, March 12, 2023

𝗔 𝗚𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗼𝗺𝘆 𝗛𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗼𝗻 𝗟𝗶𝗽-𝗦𝗺𝗮𝗰𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗔𝗿𝗿𝗮𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗙𝗹𝗮𝘃𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗳𝘂𝗹, 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵𝘆, 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗛𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗹𝘆 𝗩𝗲𝗴𝗲𝘁𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗗𝗲𝘀𝗶 𝗗𝗶𝘀𝗵𝗲𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗔𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗰 𝗔𝘆𝘂𝗿𝘃𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗰 𝗔𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗮 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗠𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗚𝗼𝗼𝗱𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗔𝗹𝗹 𝗔𝗴𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗼

It is another first for me — reviewing a cookbook with hundreds of mouth-watering, sumptuous Indian vegetarian food items. I will leave the cooking part for readers to try, and relish the various recipes, and concentrate here only on health aspects. Yet again, it is not only a recipe book but a well-researched manuscript on our ancient Bharatiya medical system of Ayurveda and its significance to the humankind. The first few chapters inform us about our body constitution and how balancing the 𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘥𝘰𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘴 of 𝘷𝘢𝘵𝘢, 𝘱𝘪𝘵𝘵, and 𝘬𝘢𝘱𝘩 is important to lead a healthy life. They also mention about Ayurvedic version of balance diet, involving the three essentials of taste, source, and quantity. The author, being a professional nutritionist, takes due care in giving right authentic information by attesting Vedic sources through Sanskrit hymns. She gets into the minute details of how, when and in what proportion each vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices should be consumed, according to the season, climate, and weather conditions. Ms Agrawal recommends to go for local organic foods, a must for Ayurvedic lifestyle, rather than for exotic hybrid foreign ones. The book devotes a separate chapter for healthy, simple, and best diabetic food — and it is very much mentioned in our Ayurvedic scriptures. The author takes every opportunity to prove how Ayurvedic items, which we use in our day-to-day cooking in our kitchen, have more medicinal quality inherent in its natural form and how to make good use of it in a traditional and tasty way. What I like about the author's approach is she gives the basic outline of tradional way of cooking and then indulges with her list of healthy and aromatic dishes, ranging from basic masala preparations to flavourful fat-rich, ghee-laden mithais. This information-heavy book, peppered with colourful laminated photos, is all about food and health that one must know about, especially we Bharathiyas, as Ayurveda has been part of our DNA from time immemorial, but neglected due to modern science and medical advancement. I highly recommend this book if you are health conscious and a foodie looking for desi vegetarian dishes.
Review by - Akilesh Sridharan , June 01, 2023
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Modern scientific research has also confirmed several Ayurvedic principles related to diet and nutrition. These include the concepts related to a balanced diet, medicinal aspects of spices, and benefits related to a vegetarian diet.

Shuchi’s book Health, Taste and Traditions: A Vegetarian Journey from Ayurveda to Modern Times combines the knowledge from several ancient Ayurvedic texts, including Ashtanga Hridayam and Charaka Samhita, with current research on diet and nutrition to suggest how anyone can make healthy and delicious food with ingredients commonly available in one’s kitchen.

The book explores several questions related to day-to-day cooking such as—which oils are best suited for cooking? How to add more greens to you diet? How to make delicious dietary choices for a diabetic person? Be it daily cuisines or festivities, snacks, or deserts, this book simplifies how to make unique, easy, and delectable recipes without comprising your health.