Cookbooks are of great use to anyone choosing to integrate Ayurvedic principles into their lifestyle. If you do not already know your questionnaire to help you determine your prakruti. A good Ayurvedic cookbook will teach you all about your individual constitution and how to eat the right foods to restore and maintain the balance of your unique nature.(constitution), nearly every Ayurvedic cookbook will contain a
A good cookbook should also include an introduction into some of the basic principles of Ayurveda such as what constitutes the three doshas (vata, pitta, kapha) and about the six tastes (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, astringent). A detailed food appendix which breaks down each food by category and lets the user know the effect of each food on the doshas should also be included.
Other helpful information that you may want to look out for is a description of the traditional Ayurvedic ingredients as these are often unfamiliar to the average person.
Many Ayurvedic cookbooks consist of primarily Indian recipes. Popular choices include The Ayurvedic Cookbook by Amadea Morningstar and Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-Healing by Usha Lad and Vasant Lad. Ayurvedic Cooking for Westerners by Amadea Morningstar shows how to cook typical Western dishes using Ayurvedic principles.