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Spice Apothecary

Blending and Using Common Spices for Everyday Health

If you are in tune with using food as medicine, Spice Apothecary will earn a prized place on your shelves. In it, Bevin Clare summarizes the healing properties that are inherent to various plants and traditional remedies within many different cultures. A more detailed exploration of the health-boosting qualities of some common spices follows, with simple recipes to easily incorporate them into your daily diet.

Organized and approachable, this is an enthusiastic introduction to herbalism. Its chapters review the healthful compounds of plant families, showing how phytochemicals interact with each other and within human cells. Zippy illustrations, charts, and luminous, well-labeled color photographs document spice varieties, and there’s important information for obtaining the right kind of spices, along with storage data and daily culinary dosages.

Nineteen essential spices that are recommended for apothecary work are detailed. Home cooks will likely have most in their spice cabinet already; others, like Calendula and Holy Basil, are less on culinary radars. Clare highlights each spice’s effects on human anatomy and physiology, making it clear how to use them in everyday blends, teas, and delicious dishes from soups to ice cream, tailored to your specific health needs. Got aching joints? Try the Heart Synergy Fudge, which is packed with cinnamon, turmeric, black pepper, and cayenne. Cold coming on? A warming cup of Hot Ginger Lemonade will help to boost your immunity.

Clinical studies about the healing properties of these essential spices are listed in the bibliography, while sidebars relay the traditional uses of spices in Nigeria, India, Crete, and Zanzibar to zest things up.

With the focus on readily available and affordable spices and recipes, Spice Apothecary makes it easy to explore new ways of preventing and combating illness. As Clare notes, “We have an opportunity to fill our lives (and plates) with spices and find pleasure in their delicious medicine.”

Reviewed by Rachel Jagareski

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