Old School Tools

  • Mortar & Pestle: Marble, Granite or Brass
  • Wooden or Bamboo Spoons
  • Silicone Spatula
  • Stainless steel or rubber Spatula
  • Stainless steel Ladle
  • A good chef knife (I have only one knife!)
  • Iron or stainless steel pots & pans (I prefer glass lids)
  • Wok (iron or stainless steel) & Wok ring
  • Stainless steel indian spice container with multiple compartments
  • Set of stainless steel or glass mixing bowls
  • Whisk
  • Bamboo Cutting Board
  • Microplane Grater
  • Vegetable Peeler
  • Stainless steel strainers of different sizes
  • Measuring cups & spoons
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Parchment Paper

Electric Tools

  • Water Boiler favorite brand: Krups
  • Electric “Immersion” Mixer
  • Electric hand mixer
  • Coffee Grinder (to use for spices)
  • Food Processor – with grating attachment favorite brand: Cuisinart
  • Blender favorite brand: Vitamix
  • Ice Cream Maker favorite brand: Cuisinart

Gluten Free Favorites

  • Pasta: Ancient Harvest Quinoa Pasta
  • Pasta: De Boles Corn Spaghetti
  • Baking Flour: Authentic Foods GF Classical Flour
  • Flatbread: Nature’s Highlight Brown Rice Pizza Crust
  • Rye Bread for Toasting: French Meadow Bakery Organic European Sourdough Rye

Dairy Free Favorites

  • Homemade Almond Milk
  • Trader Joes Almond Milk
  • Pacific Brand Almond, Hazelnut, Hemp or Rice Milk



Eat, Taste Heal, by Thomas Yarema

1/2 Ayurvedic information and 1/2 gourmet-ish recipes.  Well laid out Ayurvedic principles.


Heaven’s Banquet, by Miriam Kasin Hospodar

International recipes – great egg-free baked goods section!  Lot’s useful kitchen tips.  Great for both new and experienced cooks.

Vegan Cookies, Invade Your Cookie Jar

Vegan cookie recipes (not all healthy, but you can replace ingredients)

In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan

Looks at the myths of modern nutrition, and points to the value of eating naturally, like our great grandmothers did.


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