"Be careful what you take in, for thought incorporated into yourself becomes or creates your form."

At a time when the spotlight is shining brightly on the world of self-care, Madeleine’s work transcends the cookbook genre and presents an opportunity for individuals to tap into the highest level of consciousness. On a variety of levels, from improvements in energy to mental health and concentration, the recipes in this cookbook are dedicated to improving both one’s physical and spiritual outlooks on life. Though the objective is to practice self-control through a divinely-directed diet, there is little doubt that implementing these recipes can spur a lifestyle change.

In many ways, Madeleine’s method of telepathically receiving recipes is similar, on one level, to Srila Prabhupada and the message he received in his dreams from Lord Krishna, setting off the path to Krishna consciousness during the 1960s. What makes many of these recipes intriguing (aside from their mouthwatering taste) is the humility and love that is invested into them. A sense of serenity and calm graces each recipe, embodying its own source of meditation through how we feed our body, mind, and soul.

As for the recipes, Madeleine has provided primarily soy substitutes for red meat products with energy in mind. Positive energy and life force through interconnectivity with all beings is central to the frame of mind presented in this book. Whether it is the “Spicy Au Gratin Sauce” or the “Sweet Sausage” recipes, the author first dazzles with an image to savor, subsequently followed by crystal clear instructions. Her ability to customize these recipes for different levels of spice, for instance, is a boon to her readers; she understands that one recipe cannot fit all her audiences. Furthermore, the commentary within the recipes adds a personal element that is not always present in cookbooks. An ideal example is her “Tofillo Roll” recipe, where she injects a paragraph to preface why she finds this particular dish tantalizing.

For all recipes, Madeleine is especially attentive to her audiences’ needs and what they are likely to have in their pantry. In particular, the “Quick Skillet Macaroni Dish” recommends ingredients like soy mozzarella and grated soy parmesan cheese. However, a “Variation” section provides alternatives like fresh oregano and roasted seaweed. In addition to a comprehensive ingredients list, the instructions provided are thorough to the point that almost anyone would be able to create these dishes.

Not only does this cookbook include an intriguing repertoire of food types and condiments—from the hearty and nurturing eggplant soup to the avocado-lime dip—it also explores a variety of ethnic cuisines, including, but not limited to, the almond-encrusted salmon and curried chickpea patties. All food, the author reiterates, is a representation of our energy and spirit, so not just in taste, but in presentation, one should do justice to these recipes. Rarely are cookbook recipes infused with a strong and authentic narrative commentary. Going through these recipes and understanding the telepathic nature of how these recipes came to Madeleine is intriguing but also creates a sense of responsibility with how we approach food. Combining concepts such as self-care and health with gratitude and meditation in a cookbook filled with intriguing and easily manageable recipes, this unique book is a surefire must-read.

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