There are many Ayurvedic cookbooks available that specialize in teaching you how to prepare healthy, balanced meals using the principles of Ayurveda, a holistic system of healing from ancient India.
Using Ayurvedic cookbooks is a very practical way to integrate Ayurvedic principles into your lifestyle. If you are interested in using Ayurveda for your health and healing, the foods you eat will play a very large role; a proper diet is the most effective way to restore balance in the body.
How to Choose an Ayurvedic Cookbook
If you do not already know your prakruti (constitution), nearly every Ayurvedic cookbook will contain a 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.
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. It can be difficult to find ingredients if you don’t know what you are looking for.
Some Ayurvedic cookbooks consist mostly of Indian style recipes, if you do not not like Indian food than look for an Ayurvedic cookbook that uses Western ingredients.
Recommended Ayurvedic Cookbooks
Popular choices of Ayurvedic cookbooks 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.
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