Wooster’s Madhavi (Maddy) Vaidya has written a cookbook based on the plant-based diet recommended by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. Dr. Esselstyn, a renowned surgeon and researcher at the Cleveland Clinic, wrote a book called ‘Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease” and advocates a diet with no meat, no dairy, and totally oil-free cooking. There is a growing interest in this type of eating, particularly for people with heart disease.
That is how Maddy got involved.
“My husband Uday, had heart disease so he was fascinated by the fact that your diet can cure your heart disease. He started following this strict diet and got excellent results with respect to his cholesterol, just 3 months into the diet.”
But how do you still make it taste good??
“I am from India and have moved to the US 3 years ago. We have been vegetarians growing up but giving up dairy products and not using a drop of oil, was a challenge. I just let my creative juices flow and started to use a variety of whole grains, legumes, beans and vegetables, infused them with Indian spices and flavors to make delicious food. The key is to follow the diet strictly but without compromising on taste. And that is what I have in my recipes.”
Maddy has a PhD in Biochemistry and have always been interested in health and nutrition. She has also practiced and taught yoga for 35 years. Her cookbook is in production and is expected out this summer.