Recipes from the Herbalist’s Kitchen by Brittany Wood Nickerson

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This book was released on June 27, 2017. I received a copy through NetGalley.

This book is based around the idea that you can heal yourself with the herbs and foods you choose to eat. This is not that they are a replacement for medicine, more like preventative medicine. Getting the right nutrients in your diet can absolutely keep you healthy, and this book focuses on herbs in particular and which ones can help with what.

The book is first divided into talking about different flavors, such as sweet, salty, pungent, sour, etc. and what food and herbs fall into those categories. Then each herb gets its own spotlight as to what it is, how it’s used, and what it’s good for. For example, basil, the author writes, can help with digestion when it is added to dishes, but in general we usually just sprinkle a little on top of pizza. It’s often mostly used in pesto.

This section is followed by a section of recipes for teas, tinctures, butters and oils, using herbs for various medicinal and culinary uses.

The main recipes follow, divided into sections for nourishing recipes, invigorating recipes, comforting, challenging, and transforming, with chapters about adapting to the seasons and sharing with others coming at the end.

 

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