Nominated as runner up for The Best Vegetarian Cookbook, 'Samayal - The Pleasures of South Indian Vegetarian Cooking' comes with a free ayurvedic booklet. This little treasure book contains inputs on the great science of healing with some gems of recipes handed down through generations from the sacred lands of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Ayurveda originally took roots in Kerala and the Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala pioneered ayurvedic treatment with medicinal herbs and a vegetarian diet that is most healthy and characterises a life without ailments. For Hindu vegetarians there is a strong moral belief that all life is sacred and killing amounts to violence. Hence the choice of food determines their way of life. In ayurvedic language 'the body is the temple of a man's inner being' So that which we worship cannot be killed.