Title: Spice Apothecary : Blending and Using Common Spices for Everyday Health
Author: Bevin Clare
Publisher: Storey Publishing
Release Date: June 23, 2020
Book Source: NetGalley
_“Spices are universally recognized as a source of flavor and aromatics, but in cultures around the world, these plant parts have a long history as a source of medicine. In Spice Apothecary, author Bevin Clare combines her training in herbalism and nutrition to inspire a return to the kitchen spice cabinet for better health and healing. _
Focusing on 19 common culinary spices that are easy to source and prized for their flavor, this practical guide highlights each spice’s role in supporting wellness goals and delivers creative and impactful ways to incorporate key health-boosting spices into everyday life. To bolster the immune system, chili, garlic, ginger, and mustard are best. Celery seed, parsley, and sage support kidney function, while the respiratory system benefits most from ginger, mint, and thyme. Learn the best way to harness each spice’s medicinal power, the proper way to store spices, and how to determine your daily dose. Then, prepare customized dried spice blends and use them in delicious dips, soups, sauces, and even sweets that deliver flavor and healing. “ – Amazon
Spice Apothecary by Bevin Clare would be a fantastic book for a beginner herbalist or someone wanting to learn more about the plants around them and what they can incorporate daily into their lives to help improve their health.
I also think someone who has been using spices in cooking or for medicine for awhile might enjoy this book because I know I get stuck in a pattern and reach for the same spices over and over, and this would be a reminder that there is a world full of spices to share their gifts with us.
Spice Apothecary is laid out in a thoughtful manner, starting with Chapter One and Our Connection to Spices which contains some history and the different plant families. Chapter Two is How Medicinal Spices Works which goes more in depth into the science and research in regards to spices.
Chapter Three talks about Creating Your Spice Apothecary aka buying, storing, dosing, etc… and takes a look at the various spices. Chapter Four gives an even more detailed description of the 19 spices and breaks them down into various blends to help with digestion, heart health, emotional well-being, and more. And Chapter Five has a bunch of recipes that you can use the spice blends that you made in Chapter Four as well as other recipes to enjoy. Besides all of this you get beautiful photos and drawings and lots of resources for you to explore more.
Spice Apothecary is definitely a book that I will be adding to my herbal non-fiction book collection.
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