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Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen: Recipes from the East for Health, Healing, and Long Life [Paperback]

Warren Sheir, and Mika Ono Yuan Wang

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4 Mar 2010
Award-Winner in the Cookbooks: International category of the 2010 International Book Awards Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen reveals how easy it is to tap into the 3,000-year-old secrets of the Eastern healing arts. This entertaining and easy-to-use book provides scores of delicious recipes, anecdotes about various herbs and foods, and all you need to know about acquiring ingredients-even if you don't know the difference between a lotus seed and the lotus position. Highlighting "superfoods," such as goji berries, as well as more familiar ingredients like ginger, garlic, and mint, Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen includes indispensible information: * An overview of traditional Chinese medicine, herbs, and food therapy * Details on 100 healthy Asian ingredients * Healing recipes for common health concerns, including fatigue, menopause, high cholesterol, weight control, and diabetes

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'Mixing the ancient tradition of traditional medicine and healing using herbs and food with western home remedies and recipes, this book offers a wealth of healing kitchen tips....An accessible way to cook health-giving asian meals.' --Health and Fitness Magazine, May 2010

`(A)n informative book on Eastern medicine and philosophies, demonstrating that herbal healing and cooking seek to bring balance to meals and to body and mind as well.....The health-conscious cook could learn a lot and find a different approach to eating to supplement their wellbeing.', April 2010

About the Author

Dr. Yuan Wang, former head physician of several departments of the Chengdu Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital in China, is a faculty member at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) in San Diego. Warren Sheir is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist as well as a PCOM faculty member. Mika Ono is an award-winning writer and editor. They each live in Southern California.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Someone gets it, someone actually gets it 22 April 2010
By Al L. Stone - Published on
I very much like "Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen". This is a very smart book that truly does provide Westerners with some great healthful recipes for both Chinese medicine practitioners and laypersons.

It appears to be a response to the gaping holes in the marketplace for a decent book on Chinese medicine dietetics. While their stated purpose (articulated in their cover letter that accompanied the review copy) is to provide practitioners with a book to suggest to their patients, I also believe that it is a great book for Chinese medicine practitioners as well.

Henry Lu's Chinese Natural Cures: Traditional Methods for Remedies and Prevention and Paul Pitchford's Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition have pretty much owned the marketplace since I've been following such things, but this book promises to rise to the top of the list. It certainly has in my mind. The Lu and Pitchford books are good at listing various herbs that are edible and various foods that have medicinal properties.

However, Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen is more of a cookbook than a list of food/herbs (though it includes both). They're simple, though they do not appear to skimp on taste or presentation. There are also copious variations that you can explore as well as little sidebars that provide additional insight as to the cultural backstory regarding various ingredients.

This book is great for laypersons in that it describes the benefits of a particular recipe in common terms, but it also includes the same information using TCM terms practitioner. Many (but not all) require that one has access to an Asian market.

The main portion of this book, the recipes, are organized by main dishes, soups, desserts, etc. There are also chapters that explain some of the basics of Chinese medicine. What the authors present is the tried-and-true Chinese medicine that is most commonly taught in American schools. I consider this a good thing. There is plenty of good information out there, but it isn't all translated into English. As such, some authors have to fill in the gaps with their own musings. This doesn't seem to be the case with this book. What you read here will not be confusing when comparing the content to other books on Chinese medicine.

I look forward to trying out some of these recipes because of their health benefits, but also because they're so well written.

-Al Stone, L.Ac., DAOM
April 22, 2010
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Wisdom, Modern Jewel 15 Mar 2010
By Daphne Lurie - Published on
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The book, "Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen" is a jewel. I am learning so much as I read through it. The authors present information about Eastern tradition, health and cooking in ways that are as accessible as they are illuminating. The recipes are wonderful, and I am enjoying the anecdotal observations, personal accounts, and dashes of humor sprinkled throughout. This is a beautiful, comprehensive, thoughtfully-laid out piece of work that edifies the mind and spirit, as well as the stomach. Well-done!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book of it's type. 29 Mar 2010
By Sure Lances Alot - Published on
I just picked this up and have to say that I am very impressed.
It is filled with simple yet healthful recipes. The majority of the recipes are traditional recipes from China, Japan, and Korea and will require a trip to your local or online Asian market. For each recipe they discuss the health conditions the dish is beneficial for from both Eastern and Western medical perspectives. Whenever appropriate, the authors share snippets of insight. It also includes a section discussing 100 "super foods."
This book is perfect for both the layperson and for those experienced with Chinese Medicine.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for cooking East Asian food and learning about it! 2 Nov 2010
By Caro - Published on
I usually don't write reviews for books, however I have owned this book for several months and I am still in love with it. I am currently living in Japan and I can get most of the ingredients very easily, which is why I bought the book.

I am especially in love with how the authors explain the health benefits of different components of food and give the reader the basics in Chinese remedies and medicine. It is a good building block to further explore East Asian cooking and the purpose behind it.

Also, the recipes are very easy to read and understand. I enjoy that most of the recipes don't require that much prep time, which is always a bonus.

I can't praise this book enough and I am trying to convince my friends that live in Japan to buy it too. One of the best books on the market about East Asian cooking and its easy to use without too much extra explanation that usually results in confusion on the readers part.

I also like that it is paper bound and it light so it is is easy to transport.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tasty & Easy 28 Dec 2011
By Jason Blalack - Published on
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I am a practitioner of Chinese medicine who has had long time interest in food therapy. This book, not only presents therapeutic recipes for healing, but they are also very easy to make and tasty! I recommend this book to my patients and they have had nothing but positive remarks! Other Chinese medicine cookbooks in comparison use ingredients that are almost impossible to obtain in the West. These recipes and commentary make cooking in a Chinese manner easy and fun, and above all teach you how to integrate herbs and other tricks to heal your body and soul.
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