I have been actively practicing and studying Ayurveda for upwards of 4 years now and have read lots of Ayurvedic literature. Not only do I find that Robert E. Svoboda's Prakriti, Your Ayurvedic Constitution is very well written, but I use it as a personal reference at home. I strongly recommend this book.
Thanks, everyone, for posting recommendations for books of interest. I have Heaven's Banquet, but I'll be looking into some of the others. I'm still working my way through Robert E. Svoboda's Prakriti, Your Ayurvedic Constitution (2nd ed.). It seems like a good introduction, using one's constitution as the foundation for the nutritional and other aspects of Ayurvedic healing.
I like Eat, Taste, Heal. Sometimes I read it straight like a book and other times I flit around to the recipes, shopping notes, health information, etc. I checked it out from the library but then I HAD TO HAVE my own copy for the recipes so I picked up a copy at Half Price Books.
I've read A Life of Balance, but it was a few years ago. I remember I liked that it had recipes and food lists for specific doshas instead of just focusing on monodoshas.
Right now I'm reading Stop Your Cravings by Jennifer Workman. I like it. It has great recipes, but I don't find they're very informative about tailoring them to specific doshas, which is fine if you're already aware of what's good or not good for you, but might be confusing for someone new to ayurveda. There are also workoout schedules by dosha in there, which I've never seen before.
I also just got Eat Taste Heal by Yarema, Rhoda, and Brannigan. I really recommend this one. Not only does it have amazing recipes that are identified by dosha, but it also has clear guidelines of what substitutions to make if you want to tailor the recipe to your dosha. Plus, it's written by an ayurvedic doctor, patient, and chef. I've never heard of ayurvedically trained chefs in North America. It's a very well written book with recipes for spice blends and teas by dosha too. It's got a lot more information than cooking, though. I just started looking at it yesterday, and I've already decided I need to buy this one. (I got it from the library.)
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