Book Review: Sattvik Foods of India: Anupama Shukla


Sattvik Foods of India by Anupama Shukla is both a vegetarian cookbook and an essay that explores issues related to food and nutrition in spiritual context and in short, a culinary guide for those who simply want to feel better by eating better with the author take us on a delicious trip to the rediscovery of those typical flavours of Indian cuisine, which take on new life, ethical, healthy and tasty as you can hardly get to the last page without your mouth watering.


The food and more generally the act of feeding, takes on essential aspects in the life of not only in relation to itself, but also as a cosmic and universal core around the whole sphere of social interactions. The food, like the thread of a garland unites people and cultures and is offered in rituals as a divine gift.

Certain foods have a strong "Rajasic" characteristic like coffee, tea, chocolate, carbonated beverages that bring a state of restlessness and agitation in the body, while other foods having a strong "Tamasic" characteristic like meat, fish, eggs, and their derivatives, garlic, onion and mushrooms, alcoholic beverages, cigarettes and tobacco makes the mind gloomy and the body very rough.

The nourishment is what sustains not only the body but also the mind. If the nature is Sattvic, it promotes the development of virtues such as compassion, non-violence, and respect for everything that exists. Sattvic food has a harmonizing effect on the mind and allows the life force of a disease free body. Typically you can define each sattvic food prepared with fresh ingredients, grown naturally and organically, free of chemical additives, preservatives and dyes.

Sattvic food includes all six tastes and nourishes the body and mind and increases the lifespan, pleasure, satisfaction, purity, physical strength, endurance, strength to undo the health imbalances, and freedom from diseases and in a spiritually elevated healthy person, if well combined, simply can maintain physical, mental and spiritual health to give calmness and inner confidence. Among these foods are fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, seaweed and sprouts.

This book includes a collection of around 75 vegetarian recipes drawn from different Indian traditions and practical advice and suggestions according to ayurveda for all occasions, from appetizers to desserts, made from safe and natural ingredients.

The book dishes practical tips on how to nurture your body and mind. Not much different from what would affirm a nutritionist, but this book talks about a special type of vegetarianism, with spirituality redefined as it also means eating more and with a grateful heart and a joyous smile, chewing slowly and consciously focusing on the gift that you're receiving through food that can also help maintain a focus and expansive attitude to absorb nutrients in one's being.

The book presents the subtler qualities of individual foods, as well as those nutritional and use food with creativity, with the author show that a vegetarian diet can be so tasty and colourful. Thanks to this, we begin to understand the link between eating well and feeling good at all levels.

This cookbook teaches us to use the basic ingredients like cereals, vegetable protein, fruits, vegetables and dairy products, so that they can be combined in recipes suitable to provide adequate nourishment and to satisfy the eye and the palate, to put aside the monotony and experiment with tasty recipes that can make the mouth water of anyone.

Thanks to its completeness this manual provides valuable advice on every meal from breakfast to dessert, and we have the opportunity to experience the benefits of healthy food with recipes that use wholesome foods, whole and natural, so as to be able to produce energy, well-being and joy.

A small but comprehensive monograph, divided into practical sections presented by brief yet detailed introductions with many delicious and tempting recipes for every occasion from lighter dishes to those classics, and you will find many quick tips and easy to prepare tasty dishes to enrich your table with delicious dishes, created by combining the ingredients in new ways, with the well-being and the final taste.

The recipes are presented in precise steps that guide the creation of the dishes, which help to achieve amazing results in the preparation of the most delicate dishes. With this book, you can take up the challenge of creating more and different recipes from light appetizers, salads, side dishes, dessert recipes with so many different combinations for a lunch rich in vitamins from start to finish.

The author will fascinate you with her tasty recipes and in the meantime, she will tell you the importance of a lifestyle choice, not only from the ethical point of view, but also for the mental and physical wellbeing. After all, we may find that so everything is more enjoyable as well as beneficial and that the path to happiness and fulfilment can also pass from the stove.





Format: Paperback ♥ Publisher: Leadstart ♥ Pages: 130 ♥ Published: December 2015 ♥ Language: English ♥ ISBN-13: 978-9381115947

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