With her emphasis on the tonic properties of a wide variety of foods, herbs, and spices, this book also brings us up to date on the latest scientific research. In every recipe gathered from cultures around the world in which good eating is a way of life Simonds gives us dishes that are both irresistible and have a positive effect on one s well-being. For example:
-Cardamom, a key digestive, subtly seasons her Steamed Asparagus with Cardamom Butter.
-Cinnamon, which strengthens the heart and alleviates nervous tension, adds spice to her Fragrant Cinnamon Pork with Sweet Potatoes.
-Basil has long been used as a healing salve and in teas. So who wouldn t feel rejuvenated by a delicious bowlful of Sun-Dried Tomato Soup with Fresh Basil?
-Peanuts, which fortify the immune system and lower cholesterol, provide a tasty, crunchy accent in Sichuan Kung Pao Chicken.
-Mint, which has many healing properties, from taming muscle spasms to dissolving gallstones, can be relished in Minty Snap Peas accompanying Pan-Roasted Salmon or in a Pineapple Salsa served with Jerk Pork Cutlets.
-And peaches give us vitamin C, beta carotene, and fiber. So enjoy them in a wonderful Gingery Peach-a-Berry Cobbler.
To help us understand what part these health-restoring foods can play in our lives, Simonds peppers Spices of Life with lively interviews with a variety of experts, including Dr. Jim Duke, who offers anti-aging advice from his Herbal Farmacy; Dr. Andrew Weil, who discusses his latest nutritional findings; and Dr. U. K. Krishna, who explains basic Ayurvedic practices for healthy living. And more.
With its delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes and concise health information, this delightful book opens up a whole new world of tastes for us to enjoy every day and to share with family and friends."
- ISBN-13: 9780375411601
- ISBN-10: 0375411607
- Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
- Publish Date: February 2005
- Page Count: 400
- Dimensions: 9.46 x 8.27 x 1.12 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.85 pounds
Good and good for you
I stay away from the trendy-hype cookbooks that make grandiose health or diet claims or promise a five-day or five-week fix. But a cookbook by Nina Simonds that offers "Simple and Delicious Recipes for Great Health" is another matter. Simonds has written nine books on Chinese cuisine and culture, including the multi-award-winning A Spoonful of Ginger, and has made the Asian approach to foodsustenance, sensory delight and the sensible way to promote good healthaccessible and achievable for overworked, over-stressed, fast-food-inundated Americans (and that probably includes all of us!). Her latest, Spices of Life, extends beyond Asian cooking with 160 recipes inspired by her travels through Asia and Europe, and many family favoritesfrom her son Jesse's Crispy-Baked Potato Pancakes to Hoisin Turkey Thighs with Squash, Portuguese Clam Stew, Curried Coconut Sweet Potatoes and "therapeutic" Spiced Pears in red wine. Sprinkled among the recipes are interviews with leading authorities on health-restoring foodsdoctors Jim Duke, Andrew Weil, U.K. Krishna and David Heber among them. Sidebars offer info on the nutritional benefits of ingredients, as well as their traditional Chinese and Indian values. Nina Simonds wants you to have it all"The pleasures of the table as well as excellent, long-lasting health."