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Book details
  • Genre:COOKING
  • SubGenre:General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:400
  • Format:Paperback
  • eBook ISBN:9781098375287
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098375270

Delicious Ayurvedic Cooking

From India and around the world

by Scott Peterson View author's profile page

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Overview

DELICIOUS AYURVEDIC COOKING Cooking something healthy and delicious is a natural byproduct of using natures intelligence. The joy of something well done is the power of a talented cook, bringing to life nourishment through a blend of natural flavors complementing each other by using what is fresh and in season.

LEARNING VEGETARIAN COOKING When I started cooking it was for meditation courses and I wanted to satisfy both vegetarians and nonvegetarians alike. This cookbook will satisfy these two tendencies with a smorgasbord of dishes from our favorite cuisines around the world.

THE CUISINE OF INDIA The enthusiasm for cooking comes naturally with the cuisine of India. It is an ideal cuisine for a balance vegetarian diet. The cuisine of India is a byproduct that has evolved out of a tradition of living that incorporates a holistic understanding of our relationship with the universe. A few expressions from India's Vedic tradition that express our relationship with the universe is "know thy Self", "The nature of life is bliss", "The universe evolves out of bliss is sustained in bliss and dissolves back into bliss", "The purpose of creation is the expansion of happiness". These Vedic expressions describes the nature of life and our natural desire to be in the bliss that is natural to life in ourselves and in whatever we are doing.

COOKING IN ACCORD WITH NATURAL LAW Foods can be of three types, Sattvic, Rajasic or Tamasic –Nourishing, Stimulating and Dulling. This cookbook favors the use of Pure sattvic – nourishing ingredients and traditional dishes and cooking methods. If we have a good diet, then health will be optimal. If we are enjoying pure sattvic – nourishing ingredients the effects for our health and well-being will be better in every way. It is good to know the different food qualities and their influences.

Description


In this lactose-vegetarian cookbook there are two basic sections, Part I: The Cuisine of: India: and Part II: International Cuisine.

This cookbook uses foods that are Sattvic, there are three types, Sattvic, Rajasic or Tamasic – Vedic Sanskrit expressions for Nourishing, Stimulating and Dulling. This cookbook favors the use of Pure sattvic – nourishing ingredients and traditional dishes and cooking methods. With pure sattvic – nourishing - ingredients the effects for our health and well-being will be better in every way. It is good to know the different food qualities and their influences are and this cookbook offers this experience and knowledge in a simple way.

These recipes are a culmination of cooking for different groups involved with a none-profit educational organization and my time spent in India.

The first half of the book starts off with learning the basics, cooking the cuisine of India. Learning about spices and how to cook spices, making ghee, yogurt and paneer. Then there are 12 different kinds of dishes that make up a complete traditional meal for the gourmet. These are, appetizers, drinks, Raita salads, rice, dahl, entrees, dry curries and wet curries, and regular vegetable curries dry and wet, chutneys, unleavened breads and desserts. Then there are menu suggestions and index of recipes. 

The second half of the book, International cuisine, starts off with our favorite cuisines, American, Oriental, Italian, Middle eastern, Mexican, and Farm country cuisines. Then a smorgasbord of side dishes, Soups, Salads, and how to make your own fresh salad Dressings, Condiments, and Sauces. Then there is a breakfast and dessert section. Followed by menu suggestions and index of recipes for this section.

About the author

Learning Ayurvedic cooking was an innocent learning experience of cooking for meditation courses. My experience of learning vegetarian cooking started in the late 70s as a volunteer on staff for a non-profit education organization with a special interest in the cuisine of India.

My cooking experience came with an enthusiasm that naturally started with the Cuisine of India even before anyone knew anything about the health principles of Ayurveda or Cooking. Cooking came as a joyful hobby, never an intended interest as a profession nor something that needed any training from a culinary school.

I spent time in India and got many good possitive suggestions and ideas from all those who I spent time cooking for. I also have a natural intuition about combining different ingredients that complement each other. Because I always went with my natural intuition and creative imaginations I would keep track of the many memorable creations over the years and have put those recipes into this cookbook.

Cooking for larger groups I had to improvise accordingly with what was available at the time and or in season. Recipes always needed some adjustments accordingly to replace ingredients that are not supportive to a more integrated mind body experience. I was never good at planning things out in advanced anyway, so I would just let the purchasers figure out what was needed, and I would make whatever I could out of it. It made cooking simple for me and allot of fun.

My experience and growing knowledge of Ayurveda and cooking has come with over 40 years of my involvement with meditation and the cooking traditions of India. Now I would like to share what I feel is a unique experience and knowledge of cooking that has evolved from Vedic principles of healthy living that will complement anyone's knowledge or abilities as a cook whether they are professional or cooking for a family or few.

The talent for cooking came from my upbringing, for my mother was a fabulous cook, even though I did not learn from her directly, her delicious cooking was the source of my culinary inspirations. What gave me my day to day creativity and enthusiasm is my daily practice of deep meditation that revitalizes me to be able to handle the stress and pressure of getting a meal out and satisfying all those who I am give nourishment that is supportive to a more integrated mind and body experience. This was my inspirations for this cookbook.

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Kim
Great Cooking Resource Scotty's recipes make such delicious meals and are so easy to follow. He makes it easy to create a 5-star meal that everyone will enjoy. This is a fantastic cooking resource to use for a wonderful vegetarian meal, or for a delicious side dish. Read more
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