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Book Review: Sukhamayu - Cooking At Home With Ayurvedic Insights


"Food when consumed without thought can be poisonous. The same when eaten with discrimination is the nectar of life."  Charaka Samhita

SUKHAM AYU - Cooking at home with Ayurvedic insights

By Jigyasa Giri & Pratibha Jain

In these days of health consciousness on one hand and prevalence of fast food on the other, there is a need to discover the correct balance in life style and eating habits. The Ayurvedic tenet of moderation forms the basis of this book. This collection of recipes consists of daily, simple, vegetarian dishes that all Indian homes are familiar with. A closer look will reveal the fine thread of Ayurvedic insights binding them together, for what makes food healthy is proper combinations, compatibility and methods of cooking. Thus, these recipes have been included with a clear focus on freshly cooked food, on the correct use of spices to enhance taste and good health, on the right combinations that make them tridoshik, or agreeable to all doshas.

This book has been researched by the authors (Jigyasa & Pratibha) at KARE (Kerala Ayurvedic research and rejuvenation establishment) which is an Ayurvedic establishment at Mulshi, Pune, started by Dr. Prakash Kalmadi, with the blessings and guidance of Yogacharya Guruji Shri BKS Iyengar.

[114 pages, Art paper, hard cover, MRP INR 495, USD 29.99 All colour with pictures on every recipe page]


Jigyasa Giri and Pratibha Jain are the authors and publishers of "Cooking at Home with Pedatha". This is a coffee table cookbook which features vegetarian recipes learnt from Pedatha, who is the daughter of former President of India, Dr. V.V.Giri. This well designed cookbook has gained International acclaim by media and book lovers and won the Gourmand award from Spain for "Best Vegetarian Book in the World 2006".

What brings Jigyasa and Pratibha together is a common love for Indian tradition, although they are from diverse fields otherwise. Jigyasa is a Kathak dancer, choreographer, and teacher. And Pratibha holds a Doctorate in Philosophy of Language from the University of Madras. Thus you can see a blend of knowledge and aesthetics in their work.



1) I find this is a very handy book as it deals with vegetarian recipes congenial to one and all...it contains details on sattvik food with appropriate presentation for each one to build up a healthy body with a sound mind. My best wishes and blessings to the authors for presenting a useful book on good food for all to choose from. My blessings to all the readers as they embark on this journey of good health and longevity. 



2) As we know, Ayurveda is an ancient science and has been followed since time immemorial. This effort by the authors, Jigyasa and Pratibha, in bringing out a cookbook containing the principles of Ayurveda to millions of housewives, through simple and elegant language is commendable. I am sure that with this book, people will be happily inspired to follow Ayurvedic principles and discipline themselves for simple living and simple eating. 

TARLA DALAL, India's best-loved cookery author


3) An invaluable guide. Its a must if (like me) you believe in not just savoring delicious but also nutritious food. Packed with useful and usable tips, guidelines and insights, it delivers traditional wisdom in a yummy palatable way . Jigyasa and Pratibha have done it again! Healthy vegetarian gourmets, this is for you!

Rashmi Uday Singh, Acclaimed food critic and Writer

Contact the authors at info@pritya.com or call 94440 20011, 9790910664


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