Queen of quotes as I am, this one is from Jessica Prentice. 👆🏻
Deep nourishment and deep connection are what makes us tick. Human beings are sustained by community and relationships, the sense of truly belonging. And food is such a centre piece in our lives to bring us together and share, nourishing us with a sense of place and kinship.
Ayurveda recognises that certain actions are inherently nurturing to the body and spirit. The wrong kind of food and habits around eating can be very destructive but when appreciated and when we learn to source food responsibly and prepare it with care being mindful of its origin and potency we profoundly nurture ourselves and our loved ones. The act of sharing food with family and friends is one of life’s small pleasures that will never fade. It’s just purely and simply good for the soul.
But the food industry and healthy eating recommendations these days are a minefield, I’ll give you that. They’re certainly joy killers. They also ignore the body and our environment as holistic systems so food categories or specific foods like specific conditions are extracted from their context and tackled in isolation which causes more problems than it solves.
Ayurveda on the other end is the medicine of our ancestors. It treats the person as a whole. It supports a holistic view of our health and environment and cooking is one of its pillars. It brings the pleasure back into eating and encourages connection.
I was lucky to get a preview of Laura Plumb’s new cookbook “Ayurveda Cooking For Beginners, An Ayurvedic Cookbook To Balance & Heal” which officially comes out this week and I feel such an incredible privilege. Laura makes Ayurveda accessible to all with such clarity and wisdom packaged in a modern whilst exquisitely beautiful format that’s user friendly.
Before sharing her sumptuous recipes Laura takes you through the foundations so that you gain a solid understanding of the principles that form this science of life to promote health, wellbeing and energy – and host fabulous dinner parties. She has clearly put not only her years of studies, experience and practise but her heart into this gem of a book. I think I have found my new course manual!
And here is a teaser recipe for Cauli Tacos to delight your senses. Remember to share.
“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relatives.”