- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Lotus Publishing (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: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,526 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"
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like her way of living but the book, as a cookery book, is hopeless.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Book arrived within quoted timescale. Brand new and good price.
I have several books on macrobiotics as my interest started due to wanting to investigate alternatives... Read more
The book is a nice introduction to macrobiotics and the concept of seasonal cooking is helpful as well - it makes sense once you read the explanation as to why certain foods are to... Read morePublished on 9 Jun. 2015 by Marritza
I suffer from chronic pain and have had enough of taking an abundance of medications with horrible side-effects. Read morePublished on 28 Nov. 2014 by Heidi.M
Wow! What a life changing book!! Macrobiotics for all seasons has everything you could need to begin, maintain and grow your macrobiotic lifestyle! Read morePublished on 12 July 2014 by mopatop2002