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."
"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