If you read G&M regularly, you know that I don't review books very often, so the fact that I'm reviewing this one means I loved it!
Here's what the book is about: The Tao of Beauty proves that the latest beauty secrets are 5,000 years old.
Ford fashion model Helen Lee comes from a long line of Chinese herbal practitioners & when she found that Western beauty solutions weren't helping her remedy the stress of a full-time modeling career, she turned back to the Chinese herbal therapies her mother had taught her. In The Tao of Beauty, Lee demystifies for you the use of food & herbs for inner health & outer beauty with: a concise overview of Chinese medicine & Chinese herbology's basic elements.
Read on to learn more about the book.
The author brings a variety of topical recipes, most made from food items. Many recipes are simple, use foods widely available & are easy to prepare. Some of the edible recipes are quite good & very simple.
The book doesn't talk about the very fleeting 'cover-girl' beauty here, this book is for those women who are already beautiful on the inside & might think that it doesn't show on the outside yet. Once you read this book you'll understand many other things & you'll be grateful that Helen Lee decided to write about her secrets.
And.....there are other surprises for you..like the Hair Growing Soup.....you'll ♥ it! According to Helen Lee, you can eat your way to great hair. Her Black Sesame Seed Soup can be eaten as a snack or even for dessert & supposedly provides skin & hair benefits.
Although I like some of the recipes the author shares with us, I doubt her knowledge of herbal medicine. She has certainly paid a little attention here & there & collected many recipes, but she contradicts herself quite often. At the beginning of the book she lists items according to their yin/yang nature. So, for example, chicken is neutral or yin/yang. But later in the text she refers to chicken as a warming or yang food.
In the various sections on skin care, she lists beneficial foods & foods to be avoided. In several places, however, she contradicts herself. For example: she says that for a certain skin condition, you should avoid cool-energy foods, but her list of beneficial foods include several cool-energy items.
Overall, the book is interesting to read because the author uses food as medicine, but it contains many inconsistencies.
My Overall Rating
At the end of the day, I give The Tao of Beauty a 4/5. Please don't waste your precious time on reading any other book on beauty except this one!!! As you know real outside beauty can be generated only by the inside beauty.
If you want to check the book out for yourself, The Tao of Beauty is available at Flipkart.com for Rs. 901.