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Kitchen in the Clouds: The Essential Vegan Guidebook: A Resource to Nourish and Inspire Body, Mind and Soul
     

Kitchen in the Clouds: The Essential Vegan Guidebook: A Resource to Nourish and Inspire Body, Mind and Soul

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by Karen Alexander, Suzanne Wood (Illustrator)
 
An easy to use resource for creating delicious food for the family table, Kitchen in the Clouds contains over 200 fat free, animal free recipes. Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Brownies, Holiday Lentil Loaf, Sweet Potatoes and Sugared Apples-you'll never be disappointed!

More than that, this book is a feast for the eyes and the soul. An inspiration for those who

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An easy to use resource for creating delicious food for the family table, Kitchen in the Clouds contains over 200 fat free, animal free recipes. Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Brownies, Holiday Lentil Loaf, Sweet Potatoes and Sugared Apples-you'll never be disappointed!

More than that, this book is a feast for the eyes and the soul. An inspiration for those who are facing life threatening illness, or those who simply want to improve their health, Kitchen in the Clouds contains up to the minute research on the why's and how's of vegan living and its impact on individual health and the health of our planet.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781885733344
Publisher:
Windover Press
Publication date:
10/01/2001
Pages:
3003
Product dimensions:
8.22(w) x 10.96(h) x 0.72(d)

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There is a place that exists in the center of your heart. Here your body and mind are perfectly formed, designed to be just as they need to be for this passage of time on Earth. In each of your trillions of cells, a mystical force resides- the alchemical union of spirit and matter that can heal all suffering. That power remains suspended outside time and space, only waiting for an invitation to enter into the realm of matter. Its birthing place is that still, sweet temple called the human heart.

Wherever human consciousness awakens, there is hope. Wherever the spell of industry is broken, there is hope. Wherever there is courage to step past the limits of sensory perception, there is hope.

In the ceaseless rhythm of the oceans, a shimmering drop of dew, a child's tears, in the mists in the forest, the trickle of a stream, in these things beat the heart of the universe. And when you hold a child in your arms, when you feel your lover's heart beat against your own, when the light shines through the clouds in a certain way, then you cannot help but remember. You have a place in the divine order. You are as important as the totality of all that is.

And there is good news reverberating from every corner of our planet. As people begin to awaken, more and more emphasis is being given to the importance of wholeness, of unity, of healing. Whether we look outward into the heavens, or inward to the deepest corners of our hearts and minds, the answer is the same. We cannot ignore nature if we wish our bodies to survive. Our health and vitality during our lifetime on Earth depend on our ability to harmonize with the laws governing all of nature. By doing so, we rejoin the stream of all creation- our only place to heal.

Old patterns of thought are rapidly falling apart and a new vision of reality is revealing itself in our innermost being, as it is in scientific laboratories around the world. The shimmering energy body of the cosmos is coming into view, revealing an undeniable unity behind all that exists. The vision spoken about in the mystical branch of every religious tradition is emerging once again.

Physicists have broken down the illusion that anything exists separately from anything else. The ancient view that everything exists as one interconnected whole is being supported by all branches of science. Researchers admit that their investigations are overlapping with what used to be the province of philosophy and religion. This has enormous implications, both scientifically and spiritually.

Medicine can no longer ignore the emerging view of reality. Writers like Deepak Chopra, Andrew Weil, and Bernie Siegel have opened our eyes to a different way of seeing ourselves. The illusion that the physical body is separate from the mind and heart of the person is giving way; we are leaving behind the notion that our brain is the only part of us that can think or feel, and that our bodies are just along for the ride. Countless studies point to the elaborate intelligence contained in every cell of our bodies. Patients are no longer willing to be regarded as defective machines in for repair. Increasingly, they are unwilling to passively submit themselves to their doctors, and a fate that is issued to them by the medical profession.

It is an exciting time; a time in which all of the great branches of human inquiry at last join together in celebration as that which has appeared separate and contrary is at last united. With the advent of the new millennium, we stand on the threshold of perhaps the greatest of all ages- the age of healing.

A thousand unseen hands Reach down to help you from their peace-crowned heights, And all the forces of the firmament shall fortify your strength.

Be not afraid to thrust aside half-truths and crasp the whole

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Kitchen in the Clouds: The Essential Vegan Guidebook: A Resource to Nourish and Inspire Body, Mind and Soul 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This truly is an essential book for every kitchen. If you're even thinking about eating Vegan this gem will give you all the support and guidance you need to get started. The special appetizers that makes this book a great discovery are the first chapters. They're dripping with common sense, solid info, and timeless wisdom. Then there's the main course of 200 recipes. You don't even have to be Vegan to love 'em. If you've been Vegan for years you'll still find surprises. We've tried a bunch and so far they taste as good as they sound. The recipes are creative, yummy, and most are surprisingly quick and easy. For apres food, check out the resource pages at the back. There's everything from a weekly shopping list to mail order tinctures. What a find!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reviewer: A reader from Washington, DC United States 'To heal the body, we must accept the fact that it is not a machine,' says Karen Alexander, M.A. We are part of the energy of the universe, but living in the industrial age has corrupted our ability to listen to our bodies. We do the easy thing, the quick fix, the instant cure, rather than reading the important signals that will lead the way to better health and greater peace of mind. Consuming a diet based on plants helps the body to become more in tune with nature. Vegans have lower rates of many types of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, strokes, kidney stones, arthritis, and osteoporosis, just to name a few. They suffer fewer illnesses and have clearer skin. They are living in truer balance with nature. Alexander gives the reader a jumping off point by explaining why it is important to eat this way and how to do it. Many cookbooks give recipes, but no guidance, which can be frustrating for someone who wants to change the way that they eat but has no idea how to begin to change. I found the recipes to be easy to follow and delicious. The black and white illustrations by Suzanne Wood are enchanting. This guide is so much more than a cookbook. I found the ideas fascinating; it made me want to fulfill my responsibility - to take care of my body to help insure harmony in the univers
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reviewer: Jennie Rylee from Boise, ID USA Karen Alexander has authored a very practical, useful guide to vegan cooking and eating. From the shopping lists to the comprehensive explanation for choosing a vegan diet to the simple recipes, Kitchen in the Clouds is the book I've been looking for. I've always aspired to a fully vegan diet, have been lacto-ovo veg for years. This book will allow me to make that las
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reviewer: bettina ultican from Crescent City, California I am new to vegetarian and vegan cuisine and find this cookbook to be a super resource. The recipes are easy to follow and the ingredients simple to find. Best of all they are delicious!! It is so much more than a cookbook, the title 'guidebook' is more accurate, this book covers it ALL. The first chapters give you a thorough education on health, herbs, healing and consciousness. I would recommend this 'guidebook/cookbook/healthbook' to anyone and everyone. If you really care about the health of yourself and your family, this is the book fo
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reviewer: Jim A Peterson from Boise, ID United States Karen's book is the best book I've read on healthy eating and lifestyle in a long, long time. The ease of reading, truth about our food industry and what really works is invaluable information. The recipes are practical, easy to fix and delicious. If you are seriously about having more energy, allow ing your body to heal itself and just feeling good, then read Karen's book and start applying her principals now. It's the best money you will eve
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vegan food can be pretty bland, so I had my doubts, but no more!! These recipies are delicious and thankfully, easy to make. My kids are asking me to make more of the chocolate brownies! Even my husband, formally 'Mister Beef Man', has lost 17 lbs. and feels great! Sloppy Joes, Veggie Chicken Burgers, Cranberry Sweet Potatoes...there's even plenty of holiday food. Thanks for a grea
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reviewer: April J Dorey from Boise, ID USA The Best Cookbook I have Ever Collected!! It has the information to show why someone should be a vegetarian and the knowledge on how to do it correctly. I really like the way the vegetables are described and have the recommended spices directly underneath - A plus. The book is laid out in a logical format that is easy to follow. Every recipe I have made is Superb!!! I have tried vegan recipes from other vegetarian cookbooks before that lacked flavor. The short description of the recipe after the title has assisted me in determing which one to use for the type of meal I want that day - Excellent idea here!! I am just Delighted to have this book in my kitchen to use all the time. The artwork in the book is wonderful. Plus the quotes included
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kitchen in the Clouds is the book I have been searching for that gives me complete, yet concise, information about nutrition, diet and safe effective ways to allow your body to heal itself. Karen pulls no punches about what food will both hurt or help us to live an energetic, full life without the introduction of multiple diseases and ailments. The recipes are simple to prepare, yet delicious to the taste. If you are serious about feeling better, buy this book and follow Karen's suggestions. Even if you do just a little bit of what Karen suggests, you will feel better. And when you feel better you'll follow more of her suggestions. The price of this book is much less than a visit to your doctor. In fact, if you follow the recipes in this book you'll have a whole lot less visits to your doctor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Karen Alexander has authored a very practical, useful guide to vegan cooking and eating. From the shopping lists to the comprehensive explanation for choosing a vegan diet to the simple recipes, Kitchen in the Clouds is the book I've been looking for. I've always aspired to a vegan diet, have been lacto-ovo veg for years. This book will allow me to make that last leap.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutly love this book. It's filled with acurate, well researched, up to date information to inspire the mind, wonderful insights and art work to warm and inspire the heart and soul, and healthy, easy to follow recipes to nourish the body. There are so many wonderful dishes to try. Finally I have a cookbook I'll actually use!! I highly recommend Kitchen in the Clouds to anyone who loves wonderful tasting, healthy food. (It's going to make a great gift as well!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reviewer: Terry Brown from Seattle, WA United States This truly is an essential book for every kitchen. If you're even thinking about eating Vegan this gem will give you all the support and guidance you need to get started. The special appetizers that makes this book a great discovery are the first chapters. They're dripping with common sense, solid info, and timeless wisdom. Then there's the main course of 200 recipes. You don't even have to be Vegan to love 'em. If you've been Vegan for years you'll still find surprises. We've tried a bunch and so far they taste as good as they sound. The recipes are creative, yummy, and most are surprisingly quick and easy. For apres food, check out the resource pages at the back. There's everything from a weekly shopping list to mail order tinctur
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kitchen in the Clouds is an exceptionally beautiful cookbook and informative resource guide on vegan living. Inviting to read, with beautiful artwork found throughout, it is simply a feast for the mind, body and soul. The author, Karen Alexander, not only provides over 200 delicious recipes full of flavor, but a new model for optimal health. It is a book that you will want to sit down and read, and re-read--her writing is eloquent and inspiring. It was a powerful reminder to me that I can consciously choose health through my every day eating choices. Kitchen in the Clouds proves that vegan meals can be flavorful, appealing and satisfying--both my husband and six-year old son enjoy the recipes! Our family favorites include Perfect Pea Soup, Incredible Burritos, Pilgrim's Lentil Loaf, Baked Cauliflower and Chocolate Zucchini Brownies, to name a few. It's been great fun surprising our meat-eating friends with delicious meals they can't believe are vegan. It is quickly becoming the most used cookbook in my collection! This book is a must have if you want to restore your personal health and experience a vitality you never thought possible--with a side benefit of healing the planet, too. I have many friends I have shared it with who have purchased their own personal copy. I highly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kitchen in the Clouds is a must read for Vegans and non-Vegans! It's like getting Deepak Chopra's wisdom and Mollie Katzen's wonderful recipes all in one book. This book is filled with invaluable health and cooking tips. Things I never knew, and I've been cooking and tending my family's health for over 20 years! The beautiful illustrations, insightful quotations and yummy recipes are laid out in a terrific easy to follow format. I've never read a book like it and the recipes are FABULOUS! I highly recommend it and am giving several as Christmas gifts. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wish I had 'Kitchen in the Clouds' five years ago when my wife was near death with ovarian cancer and on hospice. It was then that we started a vegan diet. We credit her continuing survival to switching to a holistic lifestyle, including vegan eating. But that was quite difficult. Being meat and potatoes eaters all of our lives, we were hopelessly confused as to how to select and prepare vegan foods. Over time, we found some folks to help us¿even hiring some to teach us vegan cooking. Given our experience, I¿d say that 'Kitchen in the Clouds' is the perfect book for those needing guidance for creating a healthy diet. The book is easy to read and beautifully written¿almost spiritual in its sensitivity to personal health, the environment, and the ethics of eating vegan. And, it is packed with 300 pages of helpful and interesting information, including over 200 practical and easy to prepare recipes for breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, and dessert. The narrative portion of the book includes chapters on the rationale of eating vegan, using diet to detoxify and heal, cooking with herbs, the misconceptions of fat, protein and calcium, the politics of agribusiness, nutritional information and much more. I think the 50 page appendix alone is worth the price of the book. Here you¿ll find menu plans, shopping checklists, a glossary of ingredients and how to use them, food safety and storage ideas, internet, mail order, and newsletter contacts, and cooking tips, times, spice use and equivalents explained. I give this book my highest recommendation for those venturing into the, sometimes perplexing, world of vegan cooking.