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The Modern Ayurvedic Cookbook: Healthful, Healing Recipes for Life [Paperback]

Amrita Sondhi
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Nov. 15 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,

Now in its fourth printing.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Author

Amrita Sondhi is a certified yoga instructor and Ayurvedic cooking teacher; she is also owner of Movement (, a cutting-edge clothing line specializing in sustainable fibers. Her first book, The Modern Ayurvedic Cookbook, was published in 2006. She lives on Bowen Island, BC.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Ayurvedic Cookbook for Westerners April 15 2009
This is a great Ayurvedic cookbook for westerners. All of the recipes I have tried from this book, are tasty & easy to prepare. Many of the recipes will make a "westernized" palate very happy. There are recipes for breakfasts, appetizers/snacks, entrees, soups, baked goods, condiments, etc.. The book gives easy to follow tips to adjust the recipe to your "dosha" type. The layout of the book is very clear and easy to understand. Whether you are a new or an experienced Ayurvedic cook, you will love the recipes in this delicious book. This book is a keeper!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Dec 23 2010
What an excellent cookbook. I'm a Master Herbalist and loved reading the ancient art of healing using Indian spices. The recipes are simple, delicious and easy to follow. I thoroughly enjoyed reading and learning how to balance one's dosha through nutritious healthy meals. I received my book yesterday and immediately tried the rice pudding recipe; it had a wonderful subtle fragrance of cardamon/cinnamon, it was the best rice pudding I had ever made. We live in Campbell River, not far from Bowen Island where Amrita resides. Thank you Amrita for writing this excellent cookbook. Diane
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5.0 out of 5 stars the modern ayurvedic cookbook Dec 22 2012
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I found this book chock full of easy to understand recipes with an Ayurvedic approach to life style and cooking.
Great info on an Ayurvedic diet and how to find what your dosha type. This is what I have been looking for!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes Nov. 9 2013
By farron
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Simple recipes broken down in a user friendly format. Great photos and explanations of what the classifications in ayurveda are, and how to effectively use that knowledge in your everyday life. Includes more than just recipes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Healthful Lifestyle Dec 27 2012
By Charles
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So far being used as the book was meant to be used worth the money. The wife loves them very much.
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