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The Elements of Life: A Contemporary Guide to Thai Recipes and Traditions for Healthier Living

The Elements of Life: A Contemporary Guide to Thai Recipes and Traditions for Healthier Living
Author: Su-Mei Yu
ISBN 13: 9780471757078
ISBN 10: 471757071
Edition: 1
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 2009-09-18
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 336
List Price: $35.00

Discover the Thai approach to food and wellness-and use nature's elements to eat for optimum health, beauty, and spiritual well-being

The traditional Thai philosophy of diet and health involves eating meals planned around your "home element"-earth, water, wind, or fire-as well as the weather, time of day, and other factors. In this book, award-winning author Su-Mei Yu explains this age-old philosophy and gives you information and recipes to help you prepare meals that will promote better physical, spiritual, and emotional health.

She describes the personal characteristics related to the each of the four home elements, as well as the tastes, flavors, aromas, and natural ingredients best suited to them. She shows you how to identify your home element and eat foods that accommodate it through different times of the year and different times of the day. Beauty treatments geared to your home element will help you to relax, rejuvenate, and feel renewed.

This beautifully designed book

  • Includes an interactive wheel that helps you calculate your elemental sign
  • Explains how to plan meals appropriate to your home element
  • Offers tempting recipes for every home element, season, and time of day
  • Shares dishes with a delicious variety of ingredients and flavors, from Cold Soba Noodles to Stir-Fried Chicken or Port with Watermelon Rind
  • Contains beauty, mind, and spirit sections with recipes for face masks, hair treatments, and massage oils based on each home element
  • Features more than 120 full-color photographs of finished dishes and life in Thailand

Written by the IACP Award–winning author ofCracking the Coconut and Asian Grilling, the simple, inspiring recipes and straightforward, easy-to-follow advice found in The Elements of Life will inspire you to live according to the elements and follow a traditional path to health, beauty, longevity, and inner peace.

Publishers Weekly

Yu, author of Cracking the Coconut and chef/owner of the San Diego restaurant Saffron, explores the Thai approach to food and wellness in this unique and illuminating collection. Based on the belief that fresh, locally grown vegetables are natural remedies essential to maintaining good health), the book details the four elements of life: earth, wind, water and fire. To be healthy, all of our bodies' elements must be in harmony, which occurs through a diet that combines the most beneficial tastes, flavors and aromas of our element and allows for varying factors such as time of day and weather. Recipes help achieve this balance and are grouped together by element. Yu provides a wide array of options for each meal, including stir-fried shrimp with asparagus; cool rice vermicelli with grilled vegetables; noodles with Chinese broccoli and pork or chicken; and mango sorbet with young coconut ribbons. Headnotes list the ailments each dish will improve. Yu also includes recipes for facial masks, massage oils and sachets that calm the mind and the senses. An informative and appetizing look at Thai tradition and its relation to food, this book offers a new perspective on healthy eating. (Oct.)

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