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I went for this book, not as someone wanting to lose weight but as someone wanting a healthier diet and with an interest in alternative remedies in general, having used such practises as acupuncture and homeopathy. I also know how delicious and healthy the Indian diet can be (it's a million miles from the grease laden takeaways we're used to passing for Indian food over here!) I did see some truth and sense in the initial assessment of your individual type, which is surmised after you answer a series of questions, and as stated in the book, I was very much more one type than the other 2 of the 3 available. Some of the recipes were lovely, such as the fennel consomme with tarragon, and the fish curry, but others were really rather unimaginative. It IS a good guide to healthy eating, and certainly has some easy to follow recipes which won't cost loads of money in ingredients, but other than the introductory chapters which establish your type, and then near the back of the book, the information on precisely what they suggest you eat/avoid eating, there isn't much "new". Previously posted on Amazon under the same username.
This is a beautiful, well crafted and inspiring book! Before anyone 'knocks' this style of eating, they need to try it. Eating delcious food like in this book I've shed my troublesome 5 kilos without dieting. Doing simple changes... like eating my major meal (and my meal containing any animal protein) at lunch has gotten the buddha belly to vanish. Food cravings for unhealthy stuff has vastly diminished. When you eat this well, the body's so nourished it doesn't want junk. I've now just returned from an 10 day Ayurvedic retreat in Bali and feel 10 years younger (Ayurveda WORKS!). I'm keen to incorporate more Western style Ayurvedic meals into my life (as at the retreat they had Indian style meals- very yummy with lots of digestive spices but not my normal way of cooking) and I ran into this book at the local New Zealand library. I now MUST have one in my kitchen. Anjum's has done a fabulous job!
When I first looked at this book I was impressed by the lovely production, the thick glossy pages and the easy to read, personal style of the writing. However after a while I began to see that this is not the book for me. The book aims to help you use the ancient Indian principles of Ayurveda to give you a healthier diet. It tries to help you figure out which type of 'dosha' is dominant in your body, and then guide you in the right way to balance your various doshas. There is a chart to help you work out which dosha is dominant in you. The problem with this for me was that there was no real distinction between the three types in my body and so I was unsure what to do. Also, even if there is a dominant dosha or two dominant ones, the instructions as to how to balance them still sound quite unclear to me. The recipes look a bit hit and miss - there's a bit too much tofu in them for me! Unfortunately only around half of them have photographs with them, and even more unfortunately, there are no calorie amounts or fat measurements with them. This is a shame, as the introduction says that if you don't want to follow the Ayurveda plan then you can still use this as a source of low fat, healthy recipes, but without calories counts there's not much chance of fitting them into a regular diet if you're already following one or keeping a track of how many calories or fat you consume. Unfortunately this book was too complex and unclear for me and I wouldn't recommend it, though I will probably try a couple of the nicer looking recipes. This cookbook is a paperback and has an inflated selling price of £14.99. It is definitely not worth that amount in my opinion. Amazon.co.uk are currently selling it for £7.48 but unless you can pick it up for a pound at a car boot sale, I wouldn't bother! (updated from my review on Amazon.co.uk)