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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lotus Publishing; First Edition edition (28 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190536735X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905367351
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 1.2 x 26.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Marlene is an outstanding teacher of oriental medicine, I have learned so much about health. The food is delicious as well as being healing and healthy'. Princess Beatrice D'Orleans, Paris 'Marlene's passion and knowledge and experience are transformational'. Ludwig Appletans - Permaculture Teacher & Designer 'With Marlene's programme I have shed around three stones and I am in clear sight of my ideal weight. The sciatica has completely disappeared. I now feel as if I have been given a new body. All areas of my life have improved dramatically and coupled with all of the above, the food is fantastic.' Mark Freegard - Music Producer 'Through Marlene's knowledge and passion for health, nutrition and life-philosophy, I was able to gather the tools which allowed me to steer in a new and positive direction. Her contribution lies not only in the teaching but in the inspiration to continue.' Enrico Marone Cinzano, Entrepreneur, New York 'Marlene has inspired me with her energy, enthusiasm and immense knowledge on how to live life to the full. As a 50 year old mum of four I have sailed through the menopause and enjoy the most vibrant good health and a slim energetic body.' --Janice Clyne; BSc Hons MSc & Macrobiotic Health Coach

Macrobiotics for All Seasons is a cookbook that will inspire your desire for healthy eating and equip you with a plethora of Macrobiotic recipes aligned to the time of year. Watson-Tara begins the book with her insight into the food situation across the world. She boldly calls for people to find a new attitude to food that isn t about dieting but about health . She asserts we must learn how to relax in order to alleviate the stress epidemic and the battle of multitasking from which we are suffering. Watson-Tara goes on to explain that health is about freedom and she offers a guide for making changes to your health, before outlining the principles of Macrobiotics. I like how the book is set out with the chapters containing an introduction to each season, followed by a comprehensive array of recipes for the preparation of a host of macrobiotic dishes. The seasonal descriptions begin the chapters. Here the reader can engage in a display of Marlene Watson-Tara s charming stories relating to the season. One may also discover the eastern Macrobiotic insight connecting the particular organs and elements to the time of year, and the health implications that are pertinent during each season. An abundance of seasonal recipes follow, which cover special drinks, home remedies, soups, vegetable servings, grain dishes, bean delights, sauces, salads and side dishes and of course desserts! This cascade of recipes tracks the four seasons plus an extra season. The fifth season marks the transition from Summer into Autumn and is known as Late Summer in Macrobiotics. Late Summer is an important time of year to nourish the blood sugar balance in the body following the height of summer when plenty of sweet foods carrying simple sugars are likely to have been consumed. At this time of year, Watson-Tara offers recipes for indulging in the complex carbohydrate sugars from sweet ground and root vegetables. I delighted in the Peanut Seitan with a hint of mustard and liver loving greens. Clients I cooked for enjoyed the hearty Millet and Tofu Bake made with a dash of shoyu, rice vinegar and black sesame seeds. The Kasha Pilaf was simple to create and a created a lovely dish with buckwheat, the favoured grain for winter. I varied my pilaf by adding ginger, diced squash and peas for a colourful feast. The recipes for Quinoa with Butternut Squash, Puy lentil and Vegetable Roast and Noodles with Miso- Tahini sauce look equally tempting. I m also looking forward to revisiting the Zucchini and Advocado Hummus and the inviting Chocolate Pudding! A collection of recipes for all seasons. Late Summer Macro Paella anyone? --Positive Health Online

About the Author

For over 30 years Marlene has been actively teaching all aspects of health and wellness. In the last decade she has been teaching her Living with the Seasons workshops in various parts of Europe, America and Australia. She has a list of clients ranging from the movies and arts to members of royal families. In the last 3 years she has been teaching chef's the arts and skills of macrobiotic cooking. Her dietary advice draws from the fields of macrobiotic nutrition, her studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine and common sense. Her favourite saying is: "If you don't look after your body, then where are you going to live"


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By HelenB on 12 Mar. 2012
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I received this book as a gift, it is exciting, informative and easy to follow. Marlene's enthusiasm for her subject is apparent on every page. There is no jargon, it is easy to read and understand. It is truly inspirational. The recipes I have tried so far are tasty, easy and quick to make. I feel and look so much better already and it's only been a couple of weeks. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marlene Watson-Tara on 26 Aug. 2012
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Please take a look at some of my you tube clips (link above)showing you how to cook many recipes in my book 'Macrobiotics for all Seasons'. These short clips will give you an idea on how to create fantastic health by adopting the principles of eating with the seasons.

Over 200 recipes split into seasons with an array of soups, grain and bean dishes, vegetables from land and sea and naturally sweetened desserts. This book also has home remedies and medicinal teas for each season to keep you in tip top condition all year round.

Enjoy.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By catperson on 17 Mar. 2012
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I've tried several wholefood-type regimes over the years but I never lost 2 stone until I tried macrobiotics! I was lucky enough to attend one of Marlene's courses, felt the difference within days and converted my husband too. We've been eagerly looking forward to this book to expand our menu, as many of the recommended ingredients are a bit unfamiliar and even once you have one recipe it's hard to know what else to do with them. A previous macrobiotic book I bought seemed to be for people who had never so much as boiled broccoli before; this is well pitched, enthusiastic and reassuring without being patronising, and calls on a huge range of flavours and nutritious ingredients.
There's all the background here that a novice (or improver) might need on food and health, very persuasively presented, plus a selection of "home remedies" for particular types of ailment, eg. a tea for high blood pressure and another for joint problems.
Once you venture into a health food shop and find that they have miso paste and 4 types of seaweed (sorry, sea vegetable) there on the shelf it becomes less daunting. They're not cheap, but I find the cost is largely offset by not buying meat or processed food (and less alcohol!). Macro Paella is really delicious and Greek-style Lentil Burgers very tasty - will be trying the salads and dressings once the weather actually warms up. The season demarcation is quite strict, reflected in the index which lists recipes alphabetically, but separately under each season - so if you're being naughty and eating out of season, you may have to skim through all 5 sections to find the dish (summer is divided into 2).
Barley cakes for tea tomorrow - can't wait!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shirley on 16 May 2012
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Macrobiotics for all Seasons is a great introduction to understanding our connection with nature and how to eat and live with the changing seasons. The author recognises that many of us, in our busy modern lifestyles do not and gives fascinating insight into how we can keep our bodies healthy with great explanation on disease prevention.
The book is very well presented with beautiful coloured photographs sporadically placed throughout each chapter that offers comprehensive information in five parts which encompass the seasons of spring, summer, late summer, autumn and winter. Each Seasonal chapter contains cleansing teas and home remedies for the specific organs relating to that season, delicious recipes of which I have tried many, general ways in which to live in accordance with the seasons and how you will become increasingly energised by doing so.

It is a very enjoyable book to read and the first 5 chapters in particular are for me the most impressive self-help book I have ever read. The book relates all this information in such an easy to understand format. Whilst it is great for people who want an introduction to the practices within, it is also appropriate for people who already have knowledge of Macrobiotics. I recommend this book as it contains plenty of tips, and suggestions for diet, weight loss, healthy living and lifestyle.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lynda Benham on 24 April 2012
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I have a number of Macrobiotic cookery books but this is the one that I use all the time. I still meet people who seem to think that all I eat is plates of brown rice, steamed vegetables and seaweed. A few minutes spent browsing this book would soon destroy that myth as it is packed with delicious, and easy to make, recipes. These include soups and starters, main courses and desserts but also a range of healing drinks to address specific complaints, aid weight loss and stay energised and vibrant. The book is beautifully presented, well laid out and easy to use with lots of tempting colour photographs.

But it is also much more than a collection of recipes. Until very recently people had little choice but to eat locally grown, seasonal food and that is what our bodies have evolved to do. The recipes, and healing teas, in the book are organized according to season to help us do this so that we are working with nature. There is also clear and easily understandable information about the theory underpinning macrobiotics which is all about the energy of food and how we can use it to keep in balance - and thus to allow the body to heal itself (I have Type 2 diabetes. In the first 4 months of eating macrobiotically I lost 2 stone and my blood sugar levels are now almost normal and still falling).

Whether you are new to macrobiotic nutrition or already a convert you will find this book a delight to read and to use.
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