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Book Review - The Chopra Center Cookbook

Nirmala Garimella

The Chopra Center Cookbook
Nourishing body and soul

New Age guru Deepak Chopra whips up an entirely new subject – delicious and nutritious meals in this cookbook coauthored by David Simon and Leanne Backer. This one might appeal to quite a few skeptics because firstly it is a philosophy that can be practiced in the Kitchen: with results. Secondly, the book is all about eating healthy. With over 200 recipes and 30 days of meal plans there is an interesting mix of modern cuisine with the ancient practice of Ayurveda.

A very striking introduction tells you about seven simple rules to follow. It recommends that there should be variety in the food we eat, that food must be used as a means to fulfill your hunger, meals prepared must be tasty and delicious, natural foods and ingredients should be the key, and herbs and spices are essential in cooking. Each point is further elaborated to incorporate the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda on utilizing all the six senses for maximum health.

There is also a chapter with a repertoire of ingredients to keep in your kitchen or pantry. These include lentils, spices, herbs, grains, nuts and seeds, condiments and baking supplies. There is a section devoted to Ghee, clarified butter and its usefulness in Indian and Ayurvedic cooking.

The one disappointing part of the book is the lack of visuals and photographs. Cookbooks that are visually appealing are more popular and easy to read than those without.

From such simple recipes as the Basic Dhal to Braised Tofu with Mango tomato Salsa. Buddha’s delight Vegetable Stir Fry, Rainbow Risotto, Tuscany bulgur pilaf the book invites the reader to sample some of these unusual and nutritious recipes for the total mind, body and soul connection.

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