Title: Healing Spices: 50 Wonderful Spices, and How to Use Them in Health-Giving Foods and Drinks
Author: Kirsten Hartvig
Genre: Nonfiction – health, reference, how-to
Number of Pages: 240
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This book profiles 50 spices and provides recipes for using them.
Healing Spices is a fascinating and informative overview of spices and the different world cuisines that use them. I learned about many spices I’d never heard of before, and I now have ideas for spices to try for my own health.
I really loved that the book explains how and where the spices are grown, as well as the history of each spice. I hadn’t realized how precious spices have been and still are. The history of spices is so interesting and made me think about what it must have been like for Europeans when they tasted new flavors for the first time.
One thing I really wish this book had is pictures. It describes what the spices and spice plants look like, but I would have liked to see them in photos rather than having to look them up on the internet.
The recipes are a little intimidating to me. I don’t know what some of them are exactly. I would like to know how to use the exotic spices in more basic, everyday foods. But there are a few recipes I’m going to try.
This book made me wonder how much of this natural medicine has been used for centuries, but which we’ve now forgotten. The book explains the many health benefits of the spices, along with practical suggestions for using the spices to treat ailments. This was so helpful and one of the book’s greatest strengths. I’m excited to try these spices and see how they can benefit my health. Overall this is a helpful book, and one I will continue to reference.
I won a copy of this book through Goodreads giveaways.