Sunday, April 17, 2011

Blogcritics Book Review: Healing Spices

"Healing Spices is a detailed look at the healing and curative properties in many spices, both ordinary and more exotic. Part one of this book discusses ancient medicines and how spices have been used throughout history from about 2,600 BC. This glimpse into history includes the cultures of India, Indonesia, Syria, Egypt and even Rome.

The first part of the book also includes a brief introduction to spices, what they are, and how they work. It also explains epidemiological studies and what they've discovered about different types of spices. There's also information on phytonutrients contained in a variety of different types of spices.

Part two of Healing Spices is a detailed breakdown of 50 different spices. There are fifty chapters and each chapter focuses on one specific spice. The author has only included spices that have been shown to be beneficial based on intriguing or established science. Every spice chapter highlights the specific health condition that is potentially affected by this spice.
Each chapter includes information on the medicinal and culinary history of the spice. They also explain what traditional foods you probably already eat are prepared with the spice."

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