What to Eat for How You Feel: The New Ayurvedic Kitchen (Rizzoli, 2017) is my first cookbook. In writing it, I have sifted through and synthesized a great deal of knowledge and recipes that I’ve learned largely during my years of study and practice of SV Ayurveda. This book is now in its 6th edition.


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This indispensable kitchen companion brings the ancient art of delicious healthy cooking to the twenty-first century with flavors adapted for the contemporary Western palate.

Drawing on my many years of vegetarian cooking, catering, and teaching, in this book I explain how to create flavorful meals with seasonal ingredients by applying Ayurvedic principles. With food combinations, methods of preparation, and healing spices customized for individual needs, this is an inspirational guide to achieving optimal health through a personalized way of living and eating.

This beautiful volume features 100 recipes for breakfasts, soups, salads, main dishes, one-pot meals, treats, and beverages in three seasonal-based chapters. It includes an ingredient guide along with recipes for staples such as cultured ghee, fresh cheese, yogurt, nondairy milk alternatives, dressings, chutneys, and spice blends.

I offer practical ways to bridge the ancient wisdom of food with modern living beyond the boundaries of India. Dishes such as Asian-style Stir-Fried Red and Black Rice, Italian-style Spinach Risotto, and French-style Braised Root Vegetables are accessible to all and carry the healing benefits of Ayurvedic cooking.

Production Team

My deepest gratitude to the team who produced What to Eat for How You Feel:
William and Susan Brinson (photography), Martynka Wawrzyniak (Rizzoli editor), Sarah Smart (stylist), Micah Morton (food stylist), Leda Scheintaub (copyeditor), Ellen Scordato (consultant editor), Stephanie Munguia (photography assistant), Jan Derevjanik (design).


“Divya Alter chronicles food’s powerful ability to transform our bodies and our health: physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. She writes with the clarity of someone who has studied carefully and whose mastery of her subject spans the theoretical as well as the practical. Namaste, dear Divya, for offering your inspirational book as a gift to those looking to tap the healing power of food—deliciously. I’m so glad it found me.”  — KAREN PAGE, two-time James Beard Award–winning author of The Flavor Bible and The Vegetarian Flavor Bible 

“Divya Alter’s What to Eat for How You Feel is based on a living Ayurvedic tradition and is remarkable for conveying primal, jargon-free information. She writes eloquently and helps you attune to your ever-changing digestive needs with healing meals.” — REBECCA WOOD, Julia Child and James Beard Award–winning author of The Splendid Grain, author of The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia

“Divya Alter’s sattvic meals incorporate the balancing facets of Ayurveda to promote healing, wellness, and great digestion, and you can feel her heart and soul in her recipes! This book is a must-have for anyone wanting to live a healthy lifestyle and cook beautiful, healing meals at home.” — DR. PRATIMA RAICHUR, author of the bestselling book, Absolute Beauty: Radiant Skin and Inner Harmony Through the Ancient Secrets of Ayurveda 

“This book is a treasure. Get a copy and become inspired about the power that food can have on your well being.” — AGAPI STASSINOPOULOS, author of “Wake Up to the Joy of You: 52 Meditations and Practices for a Calmer, Happier Life”

“I have been a vegetarian for 45 years, in constant search for sumptuous, healthy, easy-to-digest Ayurvedic cuisine. I finally found it in Divya Alter’s exquisite cooking. Now Divya has written the perfect ‘how-to’ Ayurvedic cookbook and everyone can prepare—and enjoy—delicious, healthy eating at its best.”— BOB ROTH, Executive Director of the David Lynch Foundation, author of Transcendental Meditation

“Alter shares three recipes each one deemed particularly beneficial for a different season and dosha. And because foodie FOMO is real, all recipes have modifications for the rest of the digestive types. Finally, you can have what your friend’s having, minus the side effects.”— WELLANDGOOD.COM

“What to Eat for How You Feel: The New Ayurvedic Kitchen is a wonderful expression of the enormous love of Divya Alter’s heart, and each recipe will surely nourish and awaken joy in your body, mind and soul.”— RADHANATH SWAMI, author of the bestselling books, The Journey Home and The Journey Within

“Divya Alter is more than a chef; she is an artist, a teacher, and a healer. In her beautiful book What to Eat for How You Feel, Divya carries on the tradition of authentic SV Ayurvedic cooking by creating appetizing and appealing recipes to nourish the body, mind, and spirit. She brings her deep knowledge into our own kitchens so that we can eat well, and also feel fabulous. Highly recommended!” — LISSA COFFEY, author of the bestselling book, What’s Your Dosha, Baby? Discover the Vedic Way for Compatibility in Life and Love

“This books is a marvel, an elegant, articulate, easy-to-follow presentation of ancient culinary wisdom in accessible contemporary language. It is a cookbook that deserves a place in the wisdom section of bookstores.”— JOSHUA M. GREENE, Editor, Lord Krishna’s Cuisine: The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking; Author, Gita Wisdom

“I highly recommend this beautiful volume to be the constant companion of any serious practitioner of yoga who wishes to engage diet as a powerful means to take one’s yoga practice into deeper realms. In Divya Alter’s book, we can expect to discover something of the unimagined beauty and pleasure of spirit, which, amazingly, you will glean through the sweet words of guidance and wondrous recipes contained therein.”— GRAHAM M. SCHWEIG, Ph.D., ERTY500, author and translator of Bhagavad Gītā: The Beloved Lord’s Secret Love Song

“An alternative to the Standard American Diet (SAD) is something to rejoice about. My patients and people everywhere can rest assured that they won’t have to adjust the recipes. They are healthy and delicious just the way they are. And that’s no small achievement!”— DR. MARIANNE TEITELBAUM, Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum, Chiropractic and Ayurvedic Physician

“Non-vegetarians and vegetarians alike will delight in the attractive and tasty dishes that grace the pages of this informative cookbook. Divya Alter’s recipes are eminently doable, and the food created from them is pleasing and nutritious—and, in the unique Ayurvedic way, just suited for one’s individual needs. From kitchen newcomers to cuisine connoisseurs, everyone will find the content and recipes of this excellent, carefully-researched book nourishing to their body as well as their heart.”— VISAKHA DASI, author, Five Years, Eleven Months and a Lifetime of Unexpected Love

“Divya Alter offers a sensible, time-honored way of getting right with your body, mind, and spirit, by rediscovering the wisdom within yourself that connects you with the world through truly nourishing food.”— KENNETH VALPEY, Ph.D., co-author and translator of The Bhagavata Purana: Selected Readings

“Eating Ayurvedic clears the body and mind from blockages and helps us feel happiness and bliss. You experience a clear communication between your body, mind, and senses, and you can easily control them. On a soul level, eating the right foods in the right way makes the light of our soul shine—you experience a tangible connection with the divine energies.” —THE-NUMINOUS.COM

“This new Ayurvedic cookbook is too incredible not to talk about. It is different than your average cookbook.”—PUREWOW.COM

“In what should be considered more than a cookbook, What to Eat for How You Feel: The New Ayurvedic Kitchen beautifully captures the importance of what and how you eat as a spiritual practice.”— BOOKSFORBETTERLIVING.COM