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Bring your body into balance with over 100 healing recipes for a modern Ayurvedic lifestyle. The ancient science of Ayurveda teaches that food is divine medicine with the power to heal--but the best foods for one person may not be beneficial to another. Unlike many diets with rigid, one-size-fits-all guidelines, Ayurveda is a lifestyle that recognizes the ever-changing need Bring your body into balance with over 100 healing recipes for a modern Ayurvedic lifestyle. The ancient science of Ayurveda teaches that food is divine medicine with the power to heal--but the best foods for one person may not be beneficial to another. Unlike many diets with rigid, one-size-fits-all guidelines, Ayurveda is a lifestyle that recognizes the ever-changing needs of each individual. Join author Sahara Rose on a journey to wellness and discover how to eat according to your body's specific needs. Identify your Dosha, or mind-body type, and find out what foods are best for your body. Learn how changes in season and climate affect your digestion and how to adjust what you eat accordingly. Rather than focusing on calories, you'll focus on food qualities. Rather than focusing on macronutrients, you'll focus on tastes--and you'll feel better than ever. Fall in love with cooking as you explore more than 100 plant-based, gluten- and dairy-free recipes for every meal of the day, including contemporary twists on classic Ayurvedic cuisine, such as turmeric-ginger kitchari and gut-healing seaweed broth. Packed with practical guidance and beautiful photography, Eat Feel Fresh integrates traditional Ayurvedic wisdom with contemporary nutritional science, and invites you to change your relationship with food and connect with your highest self. Sahara Rose is a millennial thought-leader who is taking the torch of Ayurveda and burning it brightly. This is the second book of hers I have had the pleasure to introduce and an example of her dedication to modernizing Ayurveda so its wisdom can transcend time. Let it inspire you to make food choices that serve not only your body, but also your spirit. --Deepak Chopra, MD "Eat Feel Fresh provides a much-needed plant-based solution to Ayurvedic nutrition that the world has been waiting for." --Mark Hyman, MD New York Times best-selling author "Sahara Rose brings the perfect combination of intelligence and accessibility to her new book, Eat Feel Fresh. Her recipes are more than just food, they offer insight into healing and inspiration to live a healthier, fuller life." --Kino MacGregor, Ashtanga Yogi and author "Eat Feel Fresh provides a wealth of knowledge about the Ayurvedic way of cooking. This book is well organized, a treat to your eyes, and a sheer pleasure to read. Sahara Rose is a shining light who will inspire you towards a healthier and happier lifestyle." --Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar, Ayurvedic physician and author


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Bring your body into balance with over 100 healing recipes for a modern Ayurvedic lifestyle. The ancient science of Ayurveda teaches that food is divine medicine with the power to heal--but the best foods for one person may not be beneficial to another. Unlike many diets with rigid, one-size-fits-all guidelines, Ayurveda is a lifestyle that recognizes the ever-changing need Bring your body into balance with over 100 healing recipes for a modern Ayurvedic lifestyle. The ancient science of Ayurveda teaches that food is divine medicine with the power to heal--but the best foods for one person may not be beneficial to another. Unlike many diets with rigid, one-size-fits-all guidelines, Ayurveda is a lifestyle that recognizes the ever-changing needs of each individual. Join author Sahara Rose on a journey to wellness and discover how to eat according to your body's specific needs. Identify your Dosha, or mind-body type, and find out what foods are best for your body. Learn how changes in season and climate affect your digestion and how to adjust what you eat accordingly. Rather than focusing on calories, you'll focus on food qualities. Rather than focusing on macronutrients, you'll focus on tastes--and you'll feel better than ever. Fall in love with cooking as you explore more than 100 plant-based, gluten- and dairy-free recipes for every meal of the day, including contemporary twists on classic Ayurvedic cuisine, such as turmeric-ginger kitchari and gut-healing seaweed broth. Packed with practical guidance and beautiful photography, Eat Feel Fresh integrates traditional Ayurvedic wisdom with contemporary nutritional science, and invites you to change your relationship with food and connect with your highest self. Sahara Rose is a millennial thought-leader who is taking the torch of Ayurveda and burning it brightly. This is the second book of hers I have had the pleasure to introduce and an example of her dedication to modernizing Ayurveda so its wisdom can transcend time. Let it inspire you to make food choices that serve not only your body, but also your spirit. --Deepak Chopra, MD "Eat Feel Fresh provides a much-needed plant-based solution to Ayurvedic nutrition that the world has been waiting for." --Mark Hyman, MD New York Times best-selling author "Sahara Rose brings the perfect combination of intelligence and accessibility to her new book, Eat Feel Fresh. Her recipes are more than just food, they offer insight into healing and inspiration to live a healthier, fuller life." --Kino MacGregor, Ashtanga Yogi and author "Eat Feel Fresh provides a wealth of knowledge about the Ayurvedic way of cooking. This book is well organized, a treat to your eyes, and a sheer pleasure to read. Sahara Rose is a shining light who will inspire you towards a healthier and happier lifestyle." --Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar, Ayurvedic physician and author

30 review for Eat Feel Fresh: A Contemporary, Plant-Based Ayurvedic Cookbook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    This book is stunning!!!! The photos and approach just speak to my soul - so much so that after reading my library copy, I hopped onto Amazon to order one to keep. All of the Ayurveda books I’ve previously read relied heavily on ghee (and other foods I don’t eat), so to have a 100% plant-based cookbook is wonderful! I love how the author takes an ancient health system and puts a modern twist on it...she recognizes how drastically the food industry has changed (pesticides, growth hormones, GMOs, This book is stunning!!!! The photos and approach just speak to my soul - so much so that after reading my library copy, I hopped onto Amazon to order one to keep. All of the Ayurveda books I’ve previously read relied heavily on ghee (and other foods I don’t eat), so to have a 100% plant-based cookbook is wonderful! I love how the author takes an ancient health system and puts a modern twist on it...she recognizes how drastically the food industry has changed (pesticides, growth hormones, GMOs, etc.) and provides guidance as to how to allow for this more modern approach. For example, in traditional Ayurveda, the food philosophy is based heavily on grains...but in this cookbook, vegetables are the staple of each meal. Her focus is getting the body back into balance with an alkaline diet and to do that, one should limit or omit meat, cheese, eggs, and grains. In this book, we also get a brief overview of the chakras and how to bring them back into balance, along with understanding the doshas (the needs and recognizing imbalances). I really enjoyed reading about the qualities of food and how to adjust for our bodies’ specific needs. Overall, this book helps to get more in tune with our bodies and assess what we need. The recipes are broken down into six categories: Breakfasts for your Dosha Six-Taste Bowls Tridoshic Dinners Snacks & Sides Desserts Potions I’ve tried a few of the recipes and love the simplicity of not only the ingredient lists, but also the ease in which to make them. Full of flavor and highly nourishing!! Definitely recommend this book!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This book is amazing. I've been making a recipe a week since January and I love them all!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lecy Beth

    An absolutely stunning cookbook and resource on the ayurvedic lifestyle from Ketabi, with a foreward from Deepak Chopra. The first part of the book takes an in-depth look at Ayurveda and how to determine your dosha then select the foods that you should be eating that will most agree with and rebalance your body. I've followed a basic ayurvedic diet for some time now, but for someone who has no idea where to start, this would be a great resource. Ketabi breaks down what foods are best for each do An absolutely stunning cookbook and resource on the ayurvedic lifestyle from Ketabi, with a foreward from Deepak Chopra. The first part of the book takes an in-depth look at Ayurveda and how to determine your dosha then select the foods that you should be eating that will most agree with and rebalance your body. I've followed a basic ayurvedic diet for some time now, but for someone who has no idea where to start, this would be a great resource. Ketabi breaks down what foods are best for each dosha, including giving a chart about the alkalinity/acidity scale of most common foods, which is extremely helpful. The recipes all look delicious and very easy to follow. The photographs in this book are gorgeous and the pages where there is primarily text have this beautiful mandala design on them. Because this was an ARC, I only have the digital edition, but I am placing an order for the hardcover book because there is so much information in it and I want to be able to highlight and make notes. This will be a staple in my kitchen for many years to come. *Advance copy provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    First off - this book is stunningly beautiful. Lots of Ayurveda discussion of Doshas, Chakras, Prakriti, Vikruti, Tastes, and Qualities of Food. Interesting modern takes on Ayurvedic eating. Includes avocados which are not a traditional Ayurvedic food. While traditional Ayurveda recommends preparing each meal from scratch, serving immediately, and discarding leftovers; most people don't have that luxury. Make it work by planning and prepping ahead. Embrace leftovers because recipes are Plant Bas First off - this book is stunningly beautiful. Lots of Ayurveda discussion of Doshas, Chakras, Prakriti, Vikruti, Tastes, and Qualities of Food. Interesting modern takes on Ayurvedic eating. Includes avocados which are not a traditional Ayurvedic food. While traditional Ayurveda recommends preparing each meal from scratch, serving immediately, and discarding leftovers; most people don't have that luxury. Make it work by planning and prepping ahead. Embrace leftovers because recipes are Plant Based and by not containing animal products they are fine in fridge. While warm food is recommended better cold homemade than warm takeout. Also better to eat cold than use microwave which diminishs nutrients. Lots of Anti Microwave comments. Use your freezer to stash healthy treats like bliss balls. Just because freezers didn’t exist in Ancient Times doesn’t me we shouldnt use anything that makes healthier eating easier. Lots of recipes I'm looking forward to trying. Chai Pancakes Quinoa Porridge Six Taste Bowls - especially the Goddess Bowl All 7 of the Chakra Soups - they're just so pretty! Cauliflower Casserole Tridoshic Kitchari Sweet Potato Lentil Shapperd's Pie Cumin Guacamole Tumeric Sweet Potato Hummus Chai Pumpkin Butter Grain Free Naan Chai Bliss Balls Adaptaogenic Fudge Golden Mylk Chai Latte Rose Cardamom Latte

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bri

    After going vegan a year ago, I heard a lot about Ayurveda but I always found it quite difficult to follow this lifestyle. I love this contemporary twist on it it's so new and perfect for me. The pictures and design in this book are phenomenal and gorgeous. My favorite part has to be the amount of information given before diving into the recipes and the little quizzes to discover your Dosha. Most cookbooks I always skip the intros (guilty as charged) but this cookbook is insightful, informative, After going vegan a year ago, I heard a lot about Ayurveda but I always found it quite difficult to follow this lifestyle. I love this contemporary twist on it it's so new and perfect for me. The pictures and design in this book are phenomenal and gorgeous. My favorite part has to be the amount of information given before diving into the recipes and the little quizzes to discover your Dosha. Most cookbooks I always skip the intros (guilty as charged) but this cookbook is insightful, informative, and worth reading the introductions. All of the recipes in this book sound delicious and contain ingredients I normally use and eat! The recipes are rather quick and easy to make. They don't seem too time consuming which is exactly what I need. I plan on using every single recipe in this book back to front!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Critterbee❇

    This is a very beautiful book to look at, filled with colorful, dynamic photos of glorious dishes and the extremely photogenic author. Very high production value! There are some attractive (to me) dishes, however I saw a lot of repetition with recipe ingredients like avocado, butternut squash, cauliflower, quinoa and sweet potatoes. While they are all healthy foods that I enjoy, I felt more like I was reading a cookbook with the theme "100 different ways to use these five ingredients" Overall, mor This is a very beautiful book to look at, filled with colorful, dynamic photos of glorious dishes and the extremely photogenic author. Very high production value! There are some attractive (to me) dishes, however I saw a lot of repetition with recipe ingredients like avocado, butternut squash, cauliflower, quinoa and sweet potatoes. While they are all healthy foods that I enjoy, I felt more like I was reading a cookbook with the theme "100 different ways to use these five ingredients" Overall, more style than substance. *eARC Netgalley*

  7. 4 out of 5

    Renee (The B-Roll)

    When I read the description for this book I was immediately drawn to it.  I had no idea what Ayurveda was but could connect with the idea that we are what we eat, and to go further, we are how our bodies process food.  Those are such interesting ideas and not things that we are taught in the US as children learning to eat and cook.  I think that if I had heard this at a younger age, it would have led to some very fundamental changes in how and what I eat. The first thing I loved about this book i When I read the description for this book I was immediately drawn to it.  I had no idea what Ayurveda was but could connect with the idea that we are what we eat, and to go further, we are how our bodies process food.  Those are such interesting ideas and not things that we are taught in the US as children learning to eat and cook.  I think that if I had heard this at a younger age, it would have led to some very fundamental changes in how and what I eat. The first thing I loved about this book is the depth into Ayurveda that the author goes into.  She obviously has taken a lot of time to study and prepare food in the Ayurvedic way, as to warrant the amount of knowledge she has on the subject.  But seriously, this cookbook is more than just recipes, it's an entire course.  I started taking notes because this is something I am interested in and ended up 5 pages (front and back) later with a ton of notes and things to refer back to.  She is so well-versed in this subject and it is obviously her passion.  The explanation for each thing--doshas, chakras, acid and alkaline foods, alignment, yoga--is all so well-done and detailed.  As you start reading, it doesn't feel like you are reading someone's book on a topic they like.  You are reading someone's passion and life mission.  The author starts the book telling you about her and her problems; she makes the book very personalized.  As you read, you begin to trust her and what she is teaching in this book because she went through her own problems which were fixed by living an Ayurvedic lifestyle, but she also spent ample time living in cultures where this was a key facet to their food culture and health systems.  It's a brilliant collection of time, energy, care, and knowledge that she has compiled into a beautiful and introspective book, packed with exposition, to share and help others. Secondly, and this is something that I noticed from the get to, was the photography.  She says early on that she went to India to do photography for this book, so we know that most if not all of the photos (maybe not all the food photos) were taken in India.  The photography is so bright and moving, it's almost could represent a collection of ethnographic work from the country.  The photos tell stories and they are perfect for this book.  I would buy this book for the photos alone!  The food photos, while just photos literally of food, are just as breathtaking!  They really make the food jump off the page and demonstrate how beautiful simple things put together can be. Next, the setup of the book is so smart.  It starts with an emotional connection to the author and an understanding of where she is coming from and why she has taken on this subject.  Then, she continues with a rich and deep exposition about Ayurveda and the multiple systems that go into our health and the food we eat.  She doesn't skimp or shy away here.  As discussed, she goes over everything a beginner could possibly need, and probably more, even venturing into some academic-feeling work comparing and contrasting yoga with the subject.  Once you have this thick background and base knowledge, she introduces the recipes and does so in a way that is light and easy to follow.  Even though they are all vegan, it doesn't feel intimidating or not satisfying.  Rather, it's the complete opposite.  They are beautiful and seem so easy to prepare and incorporate into your own life and eating routine.  I loved that you get to enjoy the recipes after you feel like you know what you are reading about and the benefits of food.  The setup of the book demonstrates and reflects the author's own connection between mind, body, and food.  You begin with the knowledge-rich, mind-building base and then move to how this works and effects the body.  The book ends with the food that ties directly into those two.  It's an ideal setup and works perfectly for this book.  And lastly, those recipes!  I make a lot of vegan food and eat a lot of it.  I know from experience that finding new recipes and ways to cook things can be daunting.  There were so many recipes and ways of preparing and combining food in this book that I had seriously never thought of.  There were things that I had never seen on Pinterest (where I gather most of my recipes).  I, no lie, copied almost all of these recipes down to use for the future.   On Goodreads, I gave this book 5 stars because it's a good one!  The writing is well-done and clear, the educational based half of this book is concise and easy to follow.  I didn't get bogged down by foreign words or ideas; everything was outlined and explained in a way that was so easy for me to understand and export my own notes from.  I genuinely feel like I learned a lot from this book both about the subject and about myself and food.  I cannot wait to try some of these recipes and get a hardcopy of this for reference in my kitchen.  

  8. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it! Bring your body into balance with over 100 healing recipes for a modern Ayurvedic lifestyle. The ancient science of Ayurveda teaches that food is divine medicine with the power to heal--but the best foods for one person may not be beneficial to another. Unlike many diets with rigid, one-size- I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it! Bring your body into balance with over 100 healing recipes for a modern Ayurvedic lifestyle. The ancient science of Ayurveda teaches that food is divine medicine with the power to heal--but the best foods for one person may not be beneficial to another. Unlike many diets with rigid, one-size-fits-all guidelines, Ayurveda is a lifestyle that recognizes the ever-changing needs of each individual. Join author Sahara Rose on a journey to wellness and discover how to eat according to your body's specific needs. Identify your Dosha, or mind-body type, and find out what foods are best for your body. Learn how changes in season and climate affect your digestion and how to adjust what you eat accordingly. Rather than focusing on calories, you'll focus on food qualities. Rather than focusing on macronutrients, you'll focus on tastes--and you'll feel better than ever. Fall in love with cooking as you explore more than 100 plant-based, gluten- and dairy-free recipes for every meal of the day, including contemporary twists on classic Ayurvedic cuisine, such as turmeric-ginger kitchari and gut-healing seaweed broth. Packed with practical guidance and beautiful photography, Eat Feel Fresh integrates traditional Ayurvedic wisdom with contemporary nutritional science and invites you to change your relationship with food and connect with your highest self. I don't know a lot about Ayurveda and really don't agree with the alkaline diet theory but I still decided to give this book a try. I have a half Kapha-half PItta body, a Vata mind and their charts made me a Kapha-Vata. Confused? so was I. Next? Assessing my Prakriti and Vikruti and I just gave up at that point as there was too much disparity. Nothing matched for me on pretty much every level so I stopped reading the information. Some of the recipes looked good but there was just too many descriptions of how and who people are to be that I never fit into for me to figure out what the heck I should eat. Good book for those into Aruyvedic things but for a general person like me who finds the whole alkaline eating theory to be bunk, it was just a waste of reading time.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michael Reardon

    Beautiful Ayurvedic/holistic/vegan cookbook with lengthy sections explaining the practices. The science should be taken with a grain of salt (Himalayan pink or sea, obvs) but the recipes are delicious and mostly easy to follow.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    The best! Combines vegan options with ayurvedic methods.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stefani Akins

    I love food. I enjoy gorgeous photography. I practice yoga. And I feel that every day can be a good day when you learn a new thing or two. So, I was quite happy to snatch up a copy of “Eat Feel Fresh” for review. First of all, it is simply the most beautifully illustrated book I’ve had the pleasure to read this year. The colors explode off the pages and bring a smile to your face, which can only be a good thing. Secondly, it is chock-full of new spins on recipes but as always, let’s stick to the I love food. I enjoy gorgeous photography. I practice yoga. And I feel that every day can be a good day when you learn a new thing or two. So, I was quite happy to snatch up a copy of “Eat Feel Fresh” for review. First of all, it is simply the most beautifully illustrated book I’ve had the pleasure to read this year. The colors explode off the pages and bring a smile to your face, which can only be a good thing. Secondly, it is chock-full of new spins on recipes but as always, let’s stick to the advice of the Red Queen and start at the beginning. One thing you will likely notice right away is that Deepak Chopra is literally plastered all over this book, cover to cover and anywhere in between, having written the foreword and being quoted once or twice, as well. If you’re not a fan of Dr. Chopra’s, you won’t enjoy the close relationship he and Ms. Ketabi clearly have. Another point that didn’t take long to irritate me was the reference to an ‘alkaline diet.’ There is no evidence whatever that you can change the pH value of your body chemistry through diet, nor should you. Various parts of your body have different pH values, so what would you even be aiming at? Also, the term ‘detox’ is used, and saying something that silly even once costs you points in a review. Detoxing is done by your organs all the time, every minute of every day, and it is simply incorrect to claim that you need to change your diet to accomplish this. More correctly, you can assist your organs in their admittedly life-supporting function by avoiding to indiscriminately stuff yourself with items of questionable nutritional value. If we can agree on this, then let’s move on to the good stuff, and there is certainly plenty. I had never heard of Ms. Ketabi before, but apparently, she is an expert in the field of ayurveda, the ancient Indian ‘science of life,’ a system of medicine that encompasses far more than simply treating symptoms of illness. “Eat Feel Fresh” gives you a semi-thorough introduction into ayurveda and the three doshas, or elements, that form a person’s body type and personality, frequently in a unique combination. The way you eat can help balance the doshas, leading to increased wellness. I find Ms. Ketabi’s writing personality quite accessible. “Eat Feel Fresh” aims to bring a new, modern approach to ayurvedic principles so that they can be more easily integrated into the Western lifestyle. There is a spiritual component to this approach, as ayurveda is a holistic system. Some may find this esoteric, others refreshing and insightful. Once you have determined your dosha, head right into the recipe part of the book which offers tridoshic meals, meaning there is a base recipe with variations, according to what you have learned in part one. All recipes are gluten-free and plant-based, and the number of recipes containing what some might consider exotic ingredients is very, very small. We love experimenting with food and frequently cook Indian dishes, so our kitchen is well stocked in that regard. If you are only starting to branch out into international cooking, the initial investment could possibly seem daunting, but you will use most spices and staples over and over. There is good basic information about stocking your pantry, meal planning and prepping, what to do with leftovers, and how to prepare basic staples, like grains and legumes. The recipe section ecompasses everything, from breakfasts, bowls, dinners, snacks and sides, to desserts and potions (which actually means teas, mylks, and juices). You won’t be eating endless varieties of curry, either: there are colorful soups, burgers, pizza, shepherd’s pie, tacos, grain-free chapatis and naan, creative variations on hummus, delicious Indian sweets like kheer, and intriguing twists on American favorites, like Raw Rose and Pistachio Cheesecake, Chickpea Chocolate Crunch Bark, and several versions of brownies. As is common these days, there is no nutritional information given for any of the dishes. Would I get a copy for myself? Likely. I am intrigued by the idea of maximizing my personal health and wellness, based on ayurvedic ideas, and most certainly fascinated by a lot of the recipes (I’ve bookmarked a couple to try but have not had the chance yet). I did find some of the information on balancing your doshas a bit confusing, though, and on days when I’m more skeptical than spiritual, the ‘esoteric babble’ would likely bug me to a point. “Eat Feel Fresh” will be published by DK, a publisher with a huge catalog of informational and educational titles. I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a review. It should be fairly obvious that all opinions are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I absolutely love this book! (I recommend the physical copy because the pictures and layout are gorgeous!) I’ve tried five recipes so far and love them! I’ve tried the sun-butter sweet potato brownies (using almond butter instead), the sweet potato pizza crust with a variation of her plant-based pesto recipe. I made the chickpea veggie burgers with the Thai peanut coconut sauce on top (so delicious!!) I plan on trying all of them. I love Sahara’s take on modern Ayurveda. She does an excellent jo I absolutely love this book! (I recommend the physical copy because the pictures and layout are gorgeous!) I’ve tried five recipes so far and love them! I’ve tried the sun-butter sweet potato brownies (using almond butter instead), the sweet potato pizza crust with a variation of her plant-based pesto recipe. I made the chickpea veggie burgers with the Thai peanut coconut sauce on top (so delicious!!) I plan on trying all of them. I love Sahara’s take on modern Ayurveda. She does an excellent job explaining the the different doshas and chakras. Her story about how she discovered Ayurveda was so inspiring as well. All of these recipes are plant-based and gluten free (mostly grain free as well). This way of eating and living is really about balancing out our mind and bodies so that we avoid illness instead of treat illness. Thank you so much Sahara for modernizing and re-introducing such an ancient way of health with yummy recipes. I feel so good after eating everything I’ve tried.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sascha

    The first thing that struck me as I paged through Eat Feel Fresh was how beautiful the photography was. The prepared dishes are exquisite art that makes you want to immediately grab a fork or spoon. I was peripherally aware of the Ayurvedic lifestyle from an article I read a few years ago, but like a lot of things, I read it, found it intriguing, but didn’t pursue it further. However after reading Sahara Rose Ketabi’s Eat Feel Fresh, I want to try out the recipes for my particular dosha and see w The first thing that struck me as I paged through Eat Feel Fresh was how beautiful the photography was. The prepared dishes are exquisite art that makes you want to immediately grab a fork or spoon. I was peripherally aware of the Ayurvedic lifestyle from an article I read a few years ago, but like a lot of things, I read it, found it intriguing, but didn’t pursue it further. However after reading Sahara Rose Ketabi’s Eat Feel Fresh, I want to try out the recipes for my particular dosha and see what happens. Another thing I loved about this book is that it’s like a vegetarian’s paradise. I can eat every single one of these recipes! You don’t know how infrequently that happens (yes, unless I’m looking at a vegetarian cookbook, ha). The recipes include a lot of familiar favorites but with a slant. Pho, Shepherd’s Pie, and tacos are included and sound absolutely delicious, and healthier. Lentils for breakfast is a thing, and one I probably want to try as having a big dose of protein first thing in the morning is a great way to start the day. I also like the idea of a savory oatmeal as I’m a huge fan of oatmeal. There are different takes on the Buddha bowl, a variety of hummus recipes, including one with sweet potatoes, which sounds intriguing. I’m not always keen on sweet potatoes, but in a hummus with turmeric? That might just happen in my kitchen. And, oh, goodness, the raw rose and pistachio cheesecake looks simply too beautiful to eat, but considering how I love pistachios that’s unlikely to happen. And the spiced pistachio milk is also likely to happen. Yum. I highly recommend Eat Feel Fresh, especially if you feel as if you’re in a rut and your body could use a jump-start. I just wish I could share the photographs with you! I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Bayer

    There are things I love about this book and things that are just so-so. The photographs are stunning. Every one is the type that would get a million likes on Instagram -- think gorgeous smoothie bowls swirled with color and then sprinkled all over with flowers. There are also lots of photos of the author, India, etc. Ketabi gives a lot of information about Ayurveda and also how she adapted it to fit her modern vegan lifestyle. The information is great if you want to learn about Ayurveda or want t There are things I love about this book and things that are just so-so. The photographs are stunning. Every one is the type that would get a million likes on Instagram -- think gorgeous smoothie bowls swirled with color and then sprinkled all over with flowers. There are also lots of photos of the author, India, etc. Ketabi gives a lot of information about Ayurveda and also how she adapted it to fit her modern vegan lifestyle. The information is great if you want to learn about Ayurveda or want to adapt it for a plant-based diet. I don't really follow Ayurveda but it was a good intro to it. The recipes did not strike me as super helpful or appealing to me. I cook vegetarian and do try to cook vegan dishes at least a few times a week, but I doubt I'd cook these recipes much. It was interesting that she had notes about how to change recipes depending on your type (like leave out the garlic if you're this type). Recommended if you want to learn about Ayurveda and are vegan. Also if you just like pretty food pics. :) You may want to preview it at the library first. My rating system: 1 = hated it 2 = it was okay 3 = liked it 4 = really liked it 5 = love it, plan to purchase, and/or would buy it again if it was lost I read a temporary digital ARC of the book for the purpose of review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sini

    This book is so amazing that I don’t even know where to start! First of all, it’s divinely beautiful with a lot of pictures and of gorgeously plated food and life in India in vibrant colours. Secondly, it is not just your average millennial cookbook. It also contains a lot of information about Ayurveda, the doshas, and basically everything you need to know in order to start healing yourself with food. The recipes in the book are mouthwatering and after having tried a couple of them I can tell th This book is so amazing that I don’t even know where to start! First of all, it’s divinely beautiful with a lot of pictures and of gorgeously plated food and life in India in vibrant colours. Secondly, it is not just your average millennial cookbook. It also contains a lot of information about Ayurveda, the doshas, and basically everything you need to know in order to start healing yourself with food. The recipes in the book are mouthwatering and after having tried a couple of them I can tell that they also work wonderfully. Every single recipe in this book sounds delicious and makes me want to prepare it right away. My only complaint is that there are a couple of recipes in the book that don’t have pictures and I’m craving to see how those meals would have been plated. I have even caught myself leafing through the book when I’ve had a stressful day and need to wind down. I am 100 % sure that Sahara’s divine vibes come through even when just reading this book. She’s put so much work and effort in this book that it continues to amaze me every time I open it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Monette Chilson

    Sahara does such a wonderful job making Ayurveda accessible to everyone. Her wisdom and recipes are contemporary, yet grounded in the ancient Ayurvedic traditions. I can't wait to test out the recipes!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kelsi

    Like most reviews have mentioned, this book is beautiful. Overall, it’s a good resource for pretty simple Ayurvedic recipes and just new recipes in general that I’ve enjoyed making. They’ve all tasted great as well, although they certainly don’t look as pretty when I make them ;) I didn’t read through all reviews on here so I apologize if I’m repeating too much of what others have said already. A few things bothered me about the book and author though. First, many of the health claims she makes, Like most reviews have mentioned, this book is beautiful. Overall, it’s a good resource for pretty simple Ayurvedic recipes and just new recipes in general that I’ve enjoyed making. They’ve all tasted great as well, although they certainly don’t look as pretty when I make them ;) I didn’t read through all reviews on here so I apologize if I’m repeating too much of what others have said already. A few things bothered me about the book and author though. First, many of the health claims she makes, especially in the first part of her book, are pretty well-known to me by now. However, for others who are new to Ayurveda (or even to eating healthy) and want to learn more about the claims in her book, it would be nice to provide formal references to where she’s learned this information. It would make her more credible. I also did not like that most of the recipes are made for one person. I understand that much of her following is the millennial gen who maybe don’t have partners or families that they’re cooking for, but do these people never cook for friends or want leftovers? Bigger recipes would be more convenient for most, I would argue. She also did not include how long it takes to make the recipes like most traditional recipes do. Not that my cooking speed is ever as fast as the recipe says, but I would at least like to have an idea of how long one recipe takes compared to another. This final critique may seem petty but I was bothered by how “glamorous” she looked in the photos, especially when compared to others in the photo and the environment. The stark contrast between her apparent “wealth” and “privilege” and the setting and locals of India left a bad taste in my mouth. She certainly is photogenic and I can’t criticize her for being herself but she just seemed to stand out so much as a “Westerner.”

  18. 4 out of 5

    Emy Roque Cisneros

    This is a beautiful book. The design is stunning and Saharas language is accessible and to the point. Im confused by some of the terminology that's used describing Ayruveda and food. For example. Sahara related food to having a vibrational frequency (redundant) related to bioelectricity. Not sure if she knows what bioelectricity is because it seems to not be used in the right way here. The reason I say that is because she talks about vibration related to abstract energy whereas bioelectricity is This is a beautiful book. The design is stunning and Saharas language is accessible and to the point. Im confused by some of the terminology that's used describing Ayruveda and food. For example. Sahara related food to having a vibrational frequency (redundant) related to bioelectricity. Not sure if she knows what bioelectricity is because it seems to not be used in the right way here. The reason I say that is because she talks about vibration related to abstract energy whereas bioelectricity isn't abstract. That's my main problem with Ayruveda is they use terms that aren't necessarily being used in the right way so not sure if it's to sound more sciency? I do like how the vibration discussion helps to give a "why" for good habits. However this easily falls into the appeal to nature logical fallacy. Doesn't mean she's wrong just means the argument isn't very good. I highly recommend this book though as it doesn't focus on calories or macros but rather whole foods. Also doesn't treat everyone the same. Some will find the repetition (i.e. so many sweet potato recipes) overwhelming or bleh but it also gives many ideas to a typically not eaten good (i.e. cauliflower). Ive been implementing some of the practices and have noticed my digestion getting better.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Katerina

    4.5/5 Beautifully written, stunning photography, and recipes that make me want to drop everything I am doing and head to the kitchen. Sarah Rose K. does an amazing job at portraying the world of Ayurveda through a more contemporary lens. Many of her recipes capture the soul and heart of Ayurveda. Unfortunately I read the book through a library-copy; however, I have already added this cookbook into my amazon cart for my next large book purchase! I loved all her tidbits and information found at the 4.5/5 Beautifully written, stunning photography, and recipes that make me want to drop everything I am doing and head to the kitchen. Sarah Rose K. does an amazing job at portraying the world of Ayurveda through a more contemporary lens. Many of her recipes capture the soul and heart of Ayurveda. Unfortunately I read the book through a library-copy; however, I have already added this cookbook into my amazon cart for my next large book purchase! I loved all her tidbits and information found at the beginning of the quick book from a quick glance into Ayurveda to kitchen essentials. Truly a well rounded book. The only "complaint" I have is that the base of almost all the recipes were the same 5-6 ingredients. I wish she focused on more diversity in her recipes. While she did add in a few "famous" comfort foods - I was looking for more. This book is labeled "contemporary" but the recipes are definitely more Indian based than not. Which makes sense for the topic of the cookbook; however, when most readers think contemporary they are going to think more local and modern foods.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Celeste

    If you can get past the “I’m a Millennial con-temporizing an ancient science!” sentiment there’s some good substance here and a lot of recipes that work for me. Coming from a familiarity with Ayurveda, it is clear Rose has done her homework here. (That being said I don’t think I would recommend it fully to someone who was new to Ayurveda.) Also note: this is a mainly plant-based approach and mostly eschews Ayurvedic staples such as rice and ghee. Although I’ll never give up basmati and ghee, she If you can get past the “I’m a Millennial con-temporizing an ancient science!” sentiment there’s some good substance here and a lot of recipes that work for me. Coming from a familiarity with Ayurveda, it is clear Rose has done her homework here. (That being said I don’t think I would recommend it fully to someone who was new to Ayurveda.) Also note: this is a mainly plant-based approach and mostly eschews Ayurvedic staples such as rice and ghee. Although I’ll never give up basmati and ghee, she makes some good points such as: 1- Our lifestyles our more sedentary than they ever were and we really need more veg. 2- Refrigeration did not exist in India when Ayurveda was developed. Everything was cooked also because raw foods could make you sick. 3- There are nutritious foods that we have available to us today that also did not exist in India. There’s some lovely and delicious recipes to work with here. Also the book is beautiful. My favorite Ayurvedic recipe book is Morningstar & Desai’s The Ayurvedic Cookbook.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    This is a plant-based Ayurvedic cookbook. This is not another one size fits all book. This book is different because it will teach you how to eat according to your body's specific needs. Did you know that changes in season and climate affect your digestion? This book will teach you how to adjust your eating accordingly and do much more. The book has recipes for every meal of the day as well as some special recipes like 6 taste bowls and more. This book is a journey into yourself not jut a journe This is a plant-based Ayurvedic cookbook. This is not another one size fits all book. This book is different because it will teach you how to eat according to your body's specific needs. Did you know that changes in season and climate affect your digestion? This book will teach you how to adjust your eating accordingly and do much more. The book has recipes for every meal of the day as well as some special recipes like 6 taste bowls and more. This book is a journey into yourself not jut a journey through your kitchen pantry. Some of the recipes jumped right out at me and I cannot wait to make them and serve to my family. The book is filled with amazing pictures, and not just pictures of the foods. There are beautiful pictures featuring sites in India and more. The book is very informative on the Chakras as well as recipes geared towards your Chakras. I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alia

    Incredible, beautiful book that transports you to another world in ancient India-- yet with modern recipes you'd make today! The recipes in this book are out of this world, yet incredible simple to make. I've made a few already and they've turned out DELICIOUS! The author also explains Ayurveda so clearly and really puts in into words that anyone can understand. She also looks at Ayurveda from a modern lens and diligently goes through each aspect and shows how it makes sense (or not) for todays Incredible, beautiful book that transports you to another world in ancient India-- yet with modern recipes you'd make today! The recipes in this book are out of this world, yet incredible simple to make. I've made a few already and they've turned out DELICIOUS! The author also explains Ayurveda so clearly and really puts in into words that anyone can understand. She also looks at Ayurveda from a modern lens and diligently goes through each aspect and shows how it makes sense (or not) for todays time. She also has fun quizzes to find out your Dosha in the kitchen, your natural born Dosha and your current Doshic constitution. This book is the perfect gift for your yogi friend, your mom trying to become healthier, your sister.. really anyone! It is most definitely a book I will forever have on my coffee table. Seriously the most gorgeous book I've EVER picked up!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    First of all, this cookbook has some stunning photos, which I loved! But I chose to read this title because I was just curious about an Ayurvedic lifestyle. Not that it's necessary, but now I am wishing I would've read her first book (Idiot's guide to Ayurveda) just to have a bit more of a knowledge base prior to reading this cookbook. Nevertheless, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of delicious looking recipes and the fact that most included ingredients that you can easily find at any gr First of all, this cookbook has some stunning photos, which I loved! But I chose to read this title because I was just curious about an Ayurvedic lifestyle. Not that it's necessary, but now I am wishing I would've read her first book (Idiot's guide to Ayurveda) just to have a bit more of a knowledge base prior to reading this cookbook. Nevertheless, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of delicious looking recipes and the fact that most included ingredients that you can easily find at any grocery store. On one hand, I was somewhat discouraged because, despite my attempts at expanding his horizons, I didn't see a lot of recipes that I think my husband would try. However, I was very excited to see some new ideas using quinoa because it's so highly recommended and I find myself getting bored of it. Very interesting and certainly pleasing to the eye. This one will make you hungry!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cherie

    So I bought this book because of raves on Instagram and it looked gorgeous and it had amazing reviews…it is GORGEOUS, just gorgeous, beautifully photographed. But I have a few issues with it: first of all, a lot of the recipe just don't sound very tasty. A lot are really not what I want. The other issue I had was tone. The author talks abt her journey from raw food veganist to hardcore ayurvedic expert...it seemed like her strict control of her diet meant she was missing out on a lot of great fu So I bought this book because of raves on Instagram and it looked gorgeous and it had amazing reviews…it is GORGEOUS, just gorgeous, beautifully photographed. But I have a few issues with it: first of all, a lot of the recipe just don't sound very tasty. A lot are really not what I want. The other issue I had was tone. The author talks abt her journey from raw food veganist to hardcore ayurvedic expert...it seemed like her strict control of her diet meant she was missing out on a lot of great fun stuff...her argument for not using rice and ghee was that when ayurveda was created, both things were more nutritious. Hey lady, wake up and taste the deliciousness of rice and ghee. It just felt like her food advice came from a place of control and disorder. Still, a few (not as many as I had hoped) good recipes and the book is undeniably beautiful.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I've been practicing an Ayurvedic lifestyle now for about 10 years. I really enjoyed reading the first part of this book, with its information on eating principles and techniques. It went much more in-depth than other Ayurvedic cookbooks I've found, and it was accompanied with gorgeous photographs that just made me happy when I looked at them! Going through the recipes I was very excited; they all looked delicious. I tried about half of them, but my overall impression of the results was disappoi I've been practicing an Ayurvedic lifestyle now for about 10 years. I really enjoyed reading the first part of this book, with its information on eating principles and techniques. It went much more in-depth than other Ayurvedic cookbooks I've found, and it was accompanied with gorgeous photographs that just made me happy when I looked at them! Going through the recipes I was very excited; they all looked delicious. I tried about half of them, but my overall impression of the results was disappointed. Some of the dishes were okay, but many of them lacked flavor for me and I felt bored. There was nothing that I found myself craving to make again; and nothing that my kids or my husband would eat with me.

  26. 4 out of 5

    TESSA IWANSKI

    Lots of good info I've tried a few recipes and I loved them all so far. I had no idea I could make a drink with turmeric that actually tasted good. I've been bookmarking recipes that I like so I can find them quickly. Pretty soon most of the recipes will be bookmarked and I'll be back to square one...looking for a favorite recipe. I had trouble finding a couple of spices and had to get creative with some ingredients. I'm using ingredients that I usually don't use and I'm finding that with the rig Lots of good info I've tried a few recipes and I loved them all so far. I had no idea I could make a drink with turmeric that actually tasted good. I've been bookmarking recipes that I like so I can find them quickly. Pretty soon most of the recipes will be bookmarked and I'll be back to square one...looking for a favorite recipe. I had trouble finding a couple of spices and had to get creative with some ingredients. I'm using ingredients that I usually don't use and I'm finding that with the right seasoning the food can be delicious. This book is a good reference and easy to read and understand. Some books get so technical that they lose me. Just give me a good reason to eat healthy and then give me some good, simple recipes to try. This book nails it. Thanks!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Muriel

    Eat Feel Fresh is a planted based ayurvedic approach to eating. I had no idea what to expect nor did I know anything about this approach to eating. This newer ayurvedic approach is plant-based, low glycemic, and alkaline. The diet is low sugar, little wheat, and less dairy. The main focus of the cookbook is that the foods we eat have a direct impact on the way we feel. It isn’t just about eating but our digestion. Eat Feel Fresh looks into the chakras or energy in the body. The 3 body-mind types Eat Feel Fresh is a planted based ayurvedic approach to eating. I had no idea what to expect nor did I know anything about this approach to eating. This newer ayurvedic approach is plant-based, low glycemic, and alkaline. The diet is low sugar, little wheat, and less dairy. The main focus of the cookbook is that the foods we eat have a direct impact on the way we feel. It isn’t just about eating but our digestion. Eat Feel Fresh looks into the chakras or energy in the body. The 3 body-mind types (doshas) are the focus of how we should eat. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha are the doshas and the book details what each dosha's characteristics might be from physical body build to digestion. We are a combination of all 3 but we tend to be more one than the others. Most recipes have ingredients to omit based on the dosha we have. Recipes are heavily focused on bowls, soups, and curries of different varieties. Also included are refreshing drinks for all types are rose cardamom latte, turmeric coconut water, and alkaline green juice. Eat Feel Fresh offers something different to mainstream American diets. Note: I was allowed an advance copy of this book to review. In no way did that affect my opinions.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jennie

    Eat Feel Fresh is a beautiful book with great pictures and vibrant colors. This is more than just a cookbook. It is a book about how to connect your body with your food. All of the recipes either have different versions or augmentations based on the type of eater you are. This book is a great way to think about food as a method of healing. I look forward to making so many of the recipes in this book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pauline Sachar

    This book is like an Instagram version of her Idiots Guide to Ayureda. The photos are lush and inspiring! I would give it more stars if the portions for her recipe were for more than one serving. Meals are most often eaten in community, at least in my household of five, and I need more than one quinoa bowl at a time! Yes, I know how to quadruple a recipe, but come on! If you need a few more ideas on how to fine tune your current wellness routine, check this book (and her other one) out.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I'm fascinated by Ayurvedic cooking, so this beautiful cookbook caught my eye, especially since we're trying to eat more plant-based foods. I love the way this book goes into the basics of Ayurveda and the doshas (mind-body types),which helps in understanding which of the following recipe variations is best for you. And the recipes! I've bookmarked the heck out of this book and have high hopes.

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