Winner of the 2012 James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award in the consumer and popular books category awarded by the American Botanical Council
Breakthrough scientific research is finding that spices-even more than herbs, fruits, and vegetables-are loaded with antioxidants and other unique health-enhancing compounds. Studies of dietary patterns around the world confirm that spice-consuming populations have the lowest incidence of such life-threatening illnesses as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.
Bharat B. Aggarwal, the world’s foremost expert on the therapeutic use of culinary spices, takes an in-depth look at 50 different spices and their curative qualities. Starting with Ajowan and ending with Wasabi, each entry gives a significant amount of information, including: what the spice is made up of, what it does/heals/prevents, what spices it pairs best with, foods it works well with, a recipe and how to buy the spice. In addition to having very simple drawings of each spice/plant in entries there is an eight-page guide in the center of the book with colored photos of each of the 50 spices. The book offers spice “prescriptions”—categorized by health condition to match the right spice to a specific ailment.
Hardcover with jacket all in 2-color, 4-color insert, 336 pages