I recently had the privilege of befriending Author and Herbalist, Kami Mcbride, via the online world of blogging. It’s such a blessing when people can come together through similar interests and philosophies.
Kami just released her newest book, the Herbal Kitchen.
Throughout this year I’ve been writing about my heightened interest in homegrown herbs for culinary and medicinal uses. I’ve doubled the amount of herbs I’m growing this year and I’m still trying to strategically plant perennial herbs (to my area) in my edible landscape.
Herbs fascinate me. They are beautiful, smell of heaven and have uses that go far beyond spaghetti sauce. I’m a still a baby to the world of herbs and have SO much to learn so meeting Kami through the blogosphere was a gift from above.
Kami had been reading my blog and offered me her book to review.
I literally gobbled it up.
The Herbal Kitchen is about the personal and communal joy of putting nature in your cupboard. It is about reclaiming the indispensable skill of using herbs to prevent sickness and take care of home ailments. Nurturing the life around us with the medicine from the kitchen revives our relationship with the plants and empowers our ability to understand our food, our body, and our relationship to sustaining healthy life.
In reading through the forward and introduction she began to explain how we have lost the true art and skills of cooking. Cooking using real food and the basics of using herbs to not only compliment and flavor our dishes but in their relationship to our digestive health.
I didn’t know that. Herbs not only have healing and antibacterial properties but they are yet another way in aiding our bodies to digest and assimilate what we eat.
Did you know that stuffing your turkey with sage helps keep away colds that begin circulating around Thanksgiving? Or that adding ginger to a fish meal kills pathogens found specifically in fish? And when you sprinkle fennel into your meat marinades, it helps you digest the fat in the meat more easily?
What I also enjoy about Kami’s writing is that in her book she also goes into taking things one step at a time. With our busy world, she carves out a couple hours every week to get together with her children or at least one other person to make oil infusions, herbal honey and other herbal recipes. She makes it fun and practical.
the Herbal Kitchen
In the book are descriptions and illustrations on 50 easy to find herbs complete with gardening tips and their medicinal properties. There are also over 250 recipes for herbal waters, herbal drinks, herbal smoothies, herbal honey, herbal vinegar, herbal cordials, herbal oils, herbal ghee, herbal pesto, herbal sprinkles and salt and even includes herbal foot soaks and baths.
I am personally delighted to have this book on my shelf.
I am excited to share this giveaway with my readers. Kami McBride has offered 2 copies of her book, the Herbal Kitchen, to giveaway!
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Every comment must include an email address – it’s ok if you comment with your blog account as long as I can get to your email through your blog! The giveaway ends June 30, 2011 and is open to the Continental US only. The winner will be chosen by random.org.