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The Modern Ayurvedic Cookbook

Healthful, Healing Recipes for Life

by (author) Amrita Sondhi

Arsenal Pulp Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2006
General, Vegetarian & Vegan, Indian & South Asian
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2006
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Amrita Sondhi is co-host of The Ayurvedic Way on One: The Body, Mind & Spirit Channel in Canada.

Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old holistic healing tradition from India whose history is linked to the development of yoga, in which physical and spiritual well-being comes from a number of sources, including a healthful diet based on one's individual constitution. Today, it has a growing constituency, including well-known practitioner Dr Deepak Chopra.

Ayurveda is about achieving a physical and spiritual balance through a number of means, including diet. This all-vegetarian cookbook based on Ayurvedic traditions features delectable and nutritious recipes that appeal to particular doshas, which are one's personal constitution based on physical and mental characteristics: air (vata), fire (pitta), and earth (kapha) (the book includes a dosha questionnaire so readers can determine their own). And while the recipes are authentically Ayurvedic, they feature easy-to-find ingredients and modern-day cooking methods appropriate for busy lifestyles.

Recipes are divided into Breakfasts, Appetizers, Salads, Soups, Entrees, Grains & Breads, Sweets & Desserts, and Condiments. The book also includes yoga postures (with photographs), cleansing programs, and information on aromatherapy, colour therapy, and menu plans. There also are suggested meat substitutions for non-vegetarians (Ayurveda is not exclusively vegetarian, although this book is).

Written with both converts and beginners in mind, The Modern Ayurvedic Cookbook is a twenty-first-century approach to an ancient tradition that will restore your health, energy, and sense of well-being.

Amrita Sondhi's second cookbook, The Tastes of Ayurveda, was published in 2012. Partial proceeds from the sale of this book will go to ­support the Pamoja Foundation,

Now in its fourth printing.

About the author

Amrita Sondhi is a certified yoga instructor and Ayurvedic cooking teacher; and owner of Movement (, a cutting-edge clothing line specializing in sustainable fibers. Currently she is co-host of The Ayurvedic Way, a television program broadcast in Canada on One: The Body, Mind and Spirit Channel. She lives on Bowen Island, British Columbia, Canada.

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Editorial Reviews

This cookbook provides a wide-ranging survey of accessible vegetarian cooking, with some more challenging fusion fare. -North Shore News

The Modern Ayurvedic Cookbook will make a welcome and impressive addition to personal and community cookbook collections. -Midwest Book Review

Full of accessible and delicious recipes inspired by Amrita's circle of friends and family. -Shared Vision

Includes a cornucopia of nourishing recipes that are in tune with nature and one's body. -Vancouver Sun

I am pleased that Amrita Sondhi has written such a wonderful book! Not only as a cookbook, but also as a valuable resource and as a comprehensive introduction to the profound health science of Ayurveda, I heartily recommend this book! The recipes are tasty and easy to prepare, and the appendices offer important information on yoga-asana, aromatherapy, color therapy, and detailed menu plans, making it one of the most user friendly books about Ayurveda I know. -Frank Jude Boccio, Ayurvedic Practitioner and author of Mindfulness Yoga: The Awakened Union of Breath, Body and Mind

The Modern Ayurvedic Cookbook offers more than 200 vegetarian recipes rooted in Ayurveda's nutritional principles.... [Amrita's] meals are also just plain tasty. -Georgia Straight

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