Spices of Life: Simple and Delicious Recipes for Great Health by Nina Simonds

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  • Flaky spinach pie

    • Cheri on March 06, 2011

      This is very good. A labor of love, as prep takes about an hour, with each layer of fillo. Made 1/2 recipe. Yummy.

    • Cheri on March 06, 2011

      Served with glazed carrots and chicken paillards with capers and lemon. Good combination.

  • Gingery peach-a-berry cobbler

    • beetlebug on October 09, 2015

      Huge hit for bbq. Loved the addition of the blueberries to go with the peaches.

  • Soothing miso soup with shiitake mushrooms

    • PennyG on October 11, 2013

      I am feeling a bit under the weather and had all the ingredients to make this. It was very tasty and soothing. A bowl full of tasty healthfulness!

  • Roasted cherry tomatoes

    • PennyG on January 02, 2015

      Hmmmm ... no, this had nice flavor, but not for me. The texture was too soft and one dimensional. Perhaps would be good along with other roasted vegetables for a contrast in texture. I will mash the leftovers into some sort of pasta topping.

    • PennyG on January 03, 2015

      This is an update to my previous note (yesterday) - I mushed these up and added a bit of EVOO, red wine vinegar, Italian herb seasoning & salt and used as a pasta topping. It was really tasty. So much so that I might roast these tomatoes again just to use on pasta!

  • Fluffy lemon quinoa

    • PennyG on January 02, 2015

      This was a great side dish! The lemon really made it pop.

  • Pumpkin-applesauce muffins

    • dinnermints on December 13, 2015

      Big bodacious muffins with lots of flavor - would definitely make again. I made some changes: substituted half of the white flour for whole wheat pastry flour, used 3/4 cup currants + 3/4 cup toasted walnuts instead of raisins, used 1/4 cup of butter (browned it first) and 1/4 cup of canola oil. I had orange juice on hand and used that instead of apple juice. Also, in order to use all of the batter, I filled the muffin tins VERY full, not the 2/3 recommended in the recipe.

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  • Huffington Post

    But Simonds is a cook above all, and a good one... If you choose, you can bypass the tonics and testimonials and dive into more than 175 vivid recipes.

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  • ISBN 10 0375411607
  • ISBN 13 9780375411601
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  • Published Feb 01 2005
  • Format Hardcover
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Knopf Publishing Group
  • Imprint Knopf Publishing Group

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2006 James Beard Award Winner! Healthy Focus Category!


2006 IACP Award Winner: Health & Special Diet Category!

Includes an author-autographed and calligraphed bookplate with each purchase of this title. (While supplies last.)

In this groundbreaking cookbook, Nina Simonds offers us more than 175 luscious recipes, along with practical tips for a sensible lifestyle, that demonstrate that health-giving foods not only provide pleasure but can make a huge difference in our lives.

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.

Nina Simonds has lived, studied, and traveled throughout Southeast Asia. For the past thirty years she has taught cooking classes across the United States and in mainland China. An Asian correspondent for Gourmet and a frequent contributor to The New York Times Sunday Travel section, she is also the author of numerous award-winning cookbooks, including A Spoonful of Ginger, which won both a James Beard Foundation Award and an IACP Cookbook Award. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts.



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