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

by Sumei Yu

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | November 7, 2013 | Hardcover

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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 of Cracking 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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 10 × 9 × 2.84 in

Published: November 7, 2013

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0471757071

ISBN - 13: 9780471757078

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

by Sumei Yu

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 10 × 9 × 2.84 in

Published: November 7, 2013

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0471757071

ISBN - 13: 9780471757078

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Chapter 1: Earth, Water, Wind, and Fire: Finding Your Home Element.

Chapter 2: Basics.

Chapter 3: Earth.

Chapter 4: Water.

Chapter 5: Wind.

Chapter 6: Fire.

Resources.

Index.

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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 of Cracking 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.

From the Jacket

Earth, Water, Wind, Fire:

A Revolutionary Way to Use the Ancient Wisdom of Thai Philosophy in Your Kitchen, Your Home, Your Life "Discovering your home element will allow you to use your diet to achieve harmony with nature. With the information you gain by knowing your home element, you can adjust your menus in response to the weather, the season, the time of day, or how you feel for optimum health and emotional well-being. "Your home element has a spiritual dimension as well. To discover its presence is to discover your true self. To know your home element is to know your inner voice. This light of wisdom illuminates your way as you journey through life. Its sustaining energy provides you with a sense of direction and fortifies you against life''s problems. When you follow the path of your home

element and listen to your inner voice, you will be rewarded with a life of well-being and a state of physical and spiritual harmony that is called suk sabai: contentment, clarity, and happiness."
—Su-Mei Yu

"The Elements of Life offers a large vision of how a culture can integrate well-being, beauty, and superb taste into one''s daily meals. Food as healing goes far beyond the dry, functional approach we''re more accustomed to. This is a gorgeous, inspiring, and promising book."
—Deborah Madison, author of Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone and What We Eat When We Eat Alone?

"The Elements of Life is more than a cookbook. It is at once scholarly, yet accessible, and groundbreaking in its recipes and intriguing stories about the Thai traditions of healing. Su-Mei Yu nourishes our bodies and spirit with her wisdom."
—Grace Young, author of The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen

"Imagine the greatest collection of mouthwatering recipes in one book. This is it. Su-Mei Yu is a miracle worker, and the ancient health wisdom she shares can and will change the way you eat forever."
—Deborah Szekely, founder of Rancho La Puerta and Golden Door "

A welcome and thoughtful introduction to the traditional Thai approach to food and health. Among the recipes, some traditional and others created by Su-Mei to suit North American kitchens and

palates, there are dishes to suit all temperaments in all seasons."
—Naomi Duguid, coauthor, with Jeffrey Alford, of Hot Sour Salty Sweet: A Culinary Journey Through Southeast Asia and Beyond the Great Wall: Recipes and Travels in the Other China

About the Author

Su-Mei Yu was born in Thailand to Chinese parents and lived there until she was fifteen, when she was sent to boarding school in the United States. After stints as a social worker and an assistant professor, in 1985 she opened Saffron, the first Thai restaurant in San Diego, which has received national acclaim. Yu writes frequently for food magazines including Food & Wine, Fine Cooking, and Gastronomica. Also the author of Asian Grilling and the IACP Award-winning cookbook Cracking the Coconut, she lives in La Jolla, California.
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