From the kitchen of Usha and Vasant Lad come their favorite recipes. Passed along through both their families, these recipes are examples of balanced, tasty food from a long line of vegetarian cooking. Experience the health benefits of Ayurvedic cooking.
My mother was born in Khandala, India, a small town of beautiful green hills. She grew up in Pune, and attended the nursing school affiliated with the Seth Tarachand Ramnath Ayurvedic Hospital, a teaching institute, then attached to Pune University. It was here that she met my father. My mother watched her mother cook for the family and this started her interest in food. At the nursing school, she learned about the Ayurvedic approach to healing and that a good diet is essential. Usha is known for her loving and intuitive approach to food.
My father was born in Pune, India. As a child he loved drawing and painting but, as a teenager and determined to become an artist, his father convinced him to be a healer. My father’s love of art can be seen in the illustrations in this book. Dr. Lad attended Tilak Ayurvedic Medical College in Pune. He stayed on at this college to teach and eventually became the Residential Medical Officer at the college hospital. He is now Director of The Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He loves to show people the beauty of Ayurveda, the mother of all healing. My father is author of Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing, Secrets of the Pulse: The Ancient Art of Ayurvedic Pulse Diagnosis and co-author of The Yoga of Herbs.
Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc, Ayurvedic Physician, brings a wealth of classroom and practical experience to the United States. A native of India, he served for three years as Medical Director of the Ayurveda Hospital in Pune, India. He was Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Pune University College of Ayurvedic Medicine for 15 years. He holds a Bachelor’s of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAM&S) degree from the University of Pune and a Master’s of Ayurvedic Science (MASc) degree from Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya. Vasant Lad’s academic and practical training include the study of Allopathy (Western medicine) and surgery as well as traditional Ayurveda.
Beginning in 1979, he has traveled throughout the United States sharing his knowledge of Ayurveda. In 1984 he came to Albuquerque as Director, principal instructor and founder of The Ayurvedic Institute.
The author of numerous books, Vasant Lad is respected throughout the world for his knowledge of Ayurveda. Vasant Lad has written 12 books on Ayurveda as well as hundreds of articles and other writings. With over 700,000 copies of his books in print in the US, his work has been translated into more than 20 languages.
Included in this book are chapters on:
- The principles of Ayurveda and individual constitution
- Maintaining one’s health, digestion and constitutional balance
- The importance of proper food combining for optimal well-being
- Setting up an Ayurvedic kitchen and planning menus inclusive of every member of your family
- More than 100 recipes of delicious Ayurvedic cuisine
These important sections provide even more benefits from Ayurveda:
- Nearly 300 simple remedies for everything from the common cold and skin problems to stabilizing blood sugar in diabetics, all using familiar household herbs, fruits and vegetables!
- A chart for determining your individual constitution.
- Comprehensive food guidelines for basic constitutional types.
- A listing of the qualities of foods and their affects on the doshas.