Book Review #36: Sattvik Foods of India

Name: Sattvik Foods of India

Author:Anupama Shukla
No. of Pages: 156
Genre: Cuisine
Publisher: Platinum Press (An Imprint of Leadstart Publishing)
Price: Rs. 299/-
Published in: 2015 

How did I get it? From the publisher.

The blurb of the book says:

‘You are what you eat’, is a much repeated adage which is less understood and hardly ever embraced. In the pace and stress points of the modern world, the food that we eat only serves to satisfy our hunger, titillate our taste buds and in some cases, fill a deep-seated psychological need for security or love. Most often, what we eat has very little connection with what each of us really needs to eat. Hence, Sattvik Foods of India is a cookbook with a deeply significant difference. People are introduced to the fundamentals of well-being through the understanding of how each person is different in terms of elemental composition and nutritional requirements. Shattering the myth that healthy food is largely tasteless, this book presents more than 70 easy-to-follow delicious sattvik recipes from various regions of India. Those who are willing to travel down the road to wellness with this book as guide, will not only develop a clearer understanding of the subtle but undeniable connection between right food and wellbeing, but also expand their culinary repertoire. Presented in simple language, this valuable volume is both an engaging read and satisfying to the palate of the serious practitioner and curious reader alike. 


Anupama Shukla is a bureaucrat by profession. She grew up in a family that observed many guidelines related to a Sattvik lifestyle, but like most teenagers paid scant attention to them. Growing older, she moved from taking her body (and mind) for granted, to becoming increasingly aware of how what we eat shapes who we are. Her other interests include healing through aromatherapy and Bach Flower Remedies. Anupama can be reached at:  


The cover of the book depicts a platter of food served in a traditional leaf plate. Sattvik is a word from the Vedic philosophy which means pure. Sattvik food means the food which enables the body to stay in balance. The book is a collection of vegetarian Indian food recipes. The author starts with a note on sattvik foods and explains why it is important to eat the right food. She gives a introduction on the ayurvedic perspective of food. She also gives information on the effects of the common foods that we regularly consume.

The recipes are simple and easy to cook. I tried a couple of them, and they turned out quite well.

I give “Sattvik Foods of India” 3 stars on a scale of 5.

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