WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5
Food has become the topic of much discussion these days. What do we eat? How do we eat? When do we eat? and How much we eat? are a few questions which we are frequently asked every now and then. In an era, when families are getting nuclear day by day and people are getting ever more individualistic, it is highly essential to maintain a connection with whatever small family one is left with. And what better way to revitalise your family life (especially married life) than with the help of the food. In this truly one of a kind book, the author Shonali Sabherwal, who is also one of India’s shining stars in the field of nutrition, emphasises the importance of food in making one more loving, caring, happy and sexy.
The book has been divided into three parts for a better understanding of the readers and to drive home the point that food indeed does –
- Make one more sharing, caring, loving and giving
- Enhances one’s sexual appetite (both men & women)
- Affects moods and paves the way for a healthy and blissful life
In the first part, the author starts with an introduction to the basic anatomy and make-up of men and women, at the same time capturing the role which evolution has played in shaping it up. Later, as the book progresses, the author talks about a related research which she had conducted and about the various sexual dysfunctions in men and women.
In the second part, the focus of the book shifts from basics to the roots i.e. the love diet. The author prescribes three different types which in a nutshell can cover the food choices of most of the global population. The three diets which the author prescribes are as below –
- The International Love Diet – for benefit of lovers of different cuisines (both veg and non-veg)
- The Indian Love Diet – for the benefit of those who enjoy Indian cuisine (both veg and non-veg)
- The All-Embracing Love Diet – for benefit of those who enjoy simpler food than what is prescribed in the above two diets (strictly veg)
In the third part, the author offers the readers a variety of delectable recipes to choose from and follow their love diets. From strawberry kissed banana smoothies to karma casseroles, from mouth-watering mint couscous to luring quinoa tabbouleh, from aphrodisiacal seafood and eggplant salad to quintessential quesadillas, the recipes are sure to tantalise your taste buds and excite your mind. The fact that makes these recipes even more appealing is that they span across all food categories from hot beverages, smoothies, entrees, snacks and desserts to soups.
What I best liked about the book was the magnitude of information it had to offer. Until now, I had been totally oblivious to the fact that food can play such an important role in making us lead a happy, blissful and stress-free life. I also liked the way the author has structured the book into three different parts, with an aim to enhance understanding and initiate action. The diets prescribed are amazing and catering to the needs of different taste palettes. The recipes cherry-picked from among so many others are indeed a treat to have. In the end, like an icing on the cake, the catchy and beautiful cover along with strong recommendations from the likes of Katrina Kaif, Jacqueline Fernandez and Esha Deol makes the book a truly indispensable one for all food lovers and experimenters.