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on 1 February 2013
What I've really enjoyed about this book is how to takes you on a different journey, approach and view of food. Having sat at a rather depressing table for dinner over the past few years, I took the approach of energising the table, the settings and had an amazing meal with my partner. Taking the suggestions in this book will really help you, and lets face it, we all have to eat - so why not add some mysticism into what you do. I love the recipes in this book too, and love how the Facebook site and website continue to inspire and give you more recipes. A recommended read indeed!
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An insight into the secret alchemy of food is what the author promises with this fairly hefty book, explaining the link that exists between food, nourishment and spiritual awakening.

This is a possible controversial opinion or assertion for many, as the authors state that "...science is beginning to assert what the ancient mystics and seers of the past have known for millennia, that there is an unseen, but viable life force that permeates all things, and we are not separate from this vast sea of energy." Pretty heavy-going for sure and this review shall not debate the merits, or lack thereof, of the claims made. Whilst it is true that we can get more than "just" nourishment from food, it is not entirely clear to this reviewer at least that we receive benefits within a general diet. Of course, spiritual fulfilment can come by participating in specific religious ceremonies, but this book is more than that.

Despite its great layout and engaging photography, this is not the lightest of reads when you take into account this is supposed to be an enlightening experience, a "light bulb" moment if you will. Perhaps it is just a little tongue-tied, verbose overall, leading to the central message being lost at times. Yet if you take the book as a series of components, then individual elements within can still be quite interesting and actionable, even if you don't subscribe to and follow the central theme being promoted. Once you get to the recipes then there is a good, interesting selection on offer. The photographs of the dishes do draw you in and get your taste buds salivating. Each recipe is well-written, contains all the key information and easy to follow. Unfortunately there are probably not enough recipes to make the book worthwhile for those who don't "get" the message, but if you get the chance to look at the book in a bookstore you might find enough to tip the balance.

One should always remain open to new ideas and concepts but this book just feels not so beginner-friendly and it is debatable whether the casual reader will invest the time to really look into things as this reviewer was still "scratching his head" as to the entire meaning after a first glance. Many might not even give it so long. Half the text, make it even more beginner-friendly, add a few more recipes and then things might be a different proposition. Of course, if you "get" the ideas from the get-go, you may have a compelling, comprehensive resource on your hands. So in short, take a look at this book with a neutral mind and go on from there.
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on 11 July 2016
I received this book by 9 July, and although the description stated "Used", it looked as if it was new off the shelf! Loving the book, I have only started to read it, and not tried any of the recipes yet, but its content and colour photographs have kept me hooked. It is easy to read, and in a tone that they, Denise and Meadow, are chatting with you like old friends around a table. Most enjoyable so far.
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on 30 January 2013
the book is very nice, colorufull and extremely attarctive and well presented, full of good tips. I did expect a bit more recepies and less theory though.
The thing that did not impress me at all whas the length of time AMazon took to dispatch it to me.. I pre-ordered the book in November it was supposed to arrive to e the 29th of December and it arrived more then a month after!!
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on 17 June 2013
Uplifting and inspiring cookbok. It has great recipies and very nice articles and input from a spiritual and feng shui perspective. The only thing I miss is international measurements in the recipies, like liters and such, so I wouldn't have to translate. Still, its all worth it. Totally enjoyable! :-)
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on 4 August 2013
I somehow expected a serious approach to a more than serious subject as contemporary views of 'Alchemy', probably through the work of Jung, are qute different than those of my youth when we were taught that alchemists inadvertently might have discovered the roots of modern chemistry but that their search for transmutation of elements came to naught...and yet cookery is perhaps the best example of what they were seaching for. Change, the lack of a permanent substance and the creation and sustenance of life out of dead or dying organic matter is what cooking is all about and this book is nothing than a hodge-podge of quite ill digested material. None of the wonder and mystery of cookery comes through in this book. Lavishly illustrated and badly written and organized it was more than a disappointment. I
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on 9 February 2013
This book was not what I expected. The recipes are not what type of food I and my family like. Too complex. I thought it was going to be more basic foods that everyone could enjoy.
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on 5 March 2013
A really good book everyone shud go for this. It's very informative and puts you on the right track of eating good and healthy. A real boost to oneself.
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on 15 September 2015
Reference book for this field. Congratulations.
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on 27 February 2016
Excellent much better than expected
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