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  1. 5 out of 5

    Dorine

    RECIPES FROM THE HERBALIST’S KITCHEN by Brittany Wood Nickerson is a gorgeous book filled with sensible advice and tantalizing recipes for novices and experienced cooks alike. I highly recommend this book for a philosophy that satiates your well-being. UPDATE: 11-19-17 - I loved this book so much that I bought a hardcover edition for myself and my best friend. It's even more beautiful in print than the advanced eBook copy I read for review. The photographs in this book are enough reason to buy it. RECIPES FROM THE HERBALIST’S KITCHEN by Brittany Wood Nickerson is a gorgeous book filled with sensible advice and tantalizing recipes for novices and experienced cooks alike. I highly recommend this book for a philosophy that satiates your well-being. UPDATE: 11-19-17 - I loved this book so much that I bought a hardcover edition for myself and my best friend. It's even more beautiful in print than the advanced eBook copy I read for review. The photographs in this book are enough reason to buy it. We all need a pick-me-up in the winter when our gardens are buried beneath snow. That’s when I read my advanced copy of this book. The color and artistry contained within its pages are a pure delight. After the introduction about why we want to use herbs and how they help our bodies, a list of herbs comes next. The common and botanical names are listed, as well as an overall description of benefits. Then the flavor, use in the kitchen, and safety concerns are discussed. Flavor is important for discerning how herbs will be used in cooking for taste, but also give clues on their medicinal uses. This listing isn’t fully comprehensive, but it includes quite a few common culinary herbs used for medicinal purposes that I enjoyed. There are techniques such as dried versus fresh, plus storage advice. I really enjoyed the herb ice idea for cool drinks. There are tinctures, herbal water, herb butter and herb infused oils. The herb butter combos are something I can’t wait to try. The Red Quinoa Salad with Radish and Carrot not only looks beautiful but the ingredients made me drool with want. The garlic scape recipe is so simple and I can almost taste them. If you garden, or get a farm share like me, this book will give you enough ideas for your delectable bounty without wearing out the cook. I zoomed through this book in a few days but I took copious notes so I wouldn’t forget how much it meant to me. Not a novice to growing or using them, I started my first herb garden at the age of fifteen. I attended several herbal seminars before I was twenty. While working several years on an herb farm, herbs became near and dear to my gardening soul. Herbs are in every meal I make and are incorporated throughout my garden as much for their ornamental beauty as for their nutritional value. I am not an avid practitioner of herbal medicine, but I believe in their worth to assist our well-being. This book empowers by teaching us how to recognize what our bodies are telling us and to feed ourselves what our bodies need. That’s something I believe beyond anything else we can do for our overall health. It takes a lot to empress me when it comes to books on herbs or recipes in general. I have a large library of herbal books, both in growing and medicinal uses, including Native American lore. My library of cookbooks is out of control, and I can’t tell you how many books I’ve read through our public library on these subjects, but I’m sure it’s well over several hundred in my lifetime. That said, I will own a hard copy of this book, even though I read the advanced digital copy for review. I can’t imagine not having this in my library when there are so many recipes I want to try. In addition, the philosophy hit me where I live. I’ve discovered the therapeutic benefits of food, not just in the consumption but the preparation. This book reminds me what I’ve discovered on my own. It’s as much about your state of mind when you consume as to whether you’ll absorb the nutrients you partake. A valid reason as any to say a prayer of thanks before you eat. It centers you. I think what I like best about this book compared to others like it is the originality. Many of the recipes are unique to me, yet they’re so simple. If you’re a novice or experienced, you will come away with something new from this book. A chapter that includes bitters to calm cravings was very enlightening for me. One of the philosophies that I found compelling, but also hard to accomplish is listening to our own bodies, then preparing food to satisfy those needs. In a household of more than one, I can envision complete food chaos for the one who makes the food. That’s the only part of this book that I couldn’t imagine utilizing to its recommended extent. After writing this review, I’ve sold myself on owning a hard copy when it releases on June 27, 2017. It’s the perfect gift for those who need or want a push in a positive direction. You are what you eat has more meaning as you begin to understand how to prepare herbalist-minded meals through RECIPES FROM THE HERBALIST’S KITCHEN. With an uplifting, inspiring and delicious book, author Brittany Wood Nickerson has won my admiration. RECOMMENDED READ! Review by Dorine, courtesy of The Zest Quest. Digital copy provided by the publisher for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary Standeven

    This book really appealed to me – firstly because I love cooking with herbs, and secondly because of my former life as a medical herbalist practitioner. The book expertly combines these two areas, dealing with all the readily available and well-known culinary herbs: “culinary herbs are powerful because they have an embedded history in our culture that is already part of a common language … they are widespread and accessible”. Each herb is introduced with a picture, its Latin name, its flavours, This book really appealed to me – firstly because I love cooking with herbs, and secondly because of my former life as a medical herbalist practitioner. The book expertly combines these two areas, dealing with all the readily available and well-known culinary herbs: “culinary herbs are powerful because they have an embedded history in our culture that is already part of a common language … they are widespread and accessible”. Each herb is introduced with a picture, its Latin name, its flavours, a run-down of its main therapeutic properties, and its uses in the kitchen. At the end of the herb’s monograph are any safety concerns. There is very good advice on herb safety (often lacking in populist herbals). This book errs on the side of caution, which is to be highly praised. Safety concerns are listed with each introduced herb. While culinary herbs are generally safe, some may cause problems in certain people when used in medicinal quantities. In particular, some herbs can interact with pharmaceutical medication, and can have adverse effects on pregnant women. Please – if in doubt consult a qualified, registered and insured herbal practitioner (in UK they have MNIMH or MCPP after their name). The ‘flavours’ mentioned are just as important to medical herbalists as they are to cooks: sweet/bland, salty, sour, astringent, pungent, bitter. The book gives a list of common foods and of herbs that fit into each category. In Chinese cuisine food and medicine are often indistinguishable – and here too are suggestions for eating yourself into good health – while really enjoying your food. There is a section on how to store herbs and advice on how to make various herbal preparations such as tinctures, teas and infused oils and vinegars that can then be used medically or in the kitchen. After the formal herbal monographs, come the wonderful recipes. I tried eleven of the recipes, and the results ranged from very tasty, to excellent, and there are many more recipe that I want to have a go at. The recipes were a real mix of meat, fish based and vegetarian – salads, baking, frying, roasting and boiling – starters, mains, sides and sweets. No recipe was “way out there”, but all had a nice tweak (usually herbal) that made them something special. The instructions were easy to follow, and oven temperatures (though unfortunately not weights) were always given in imperial and metric measurements. Some of my favourite recipes were “Braised Chicken with Shallots and Figs”, “Leek and Gorgonzola Custard”, “Butternut Squash stuffed with French Lentils and Walnuts”, “Baked Eggs with Parsley Pesto” and the delicious “Deep-Sea Purple Kraut”. I had always wanted to try fermenting vegetables, and the purple kraut recipe was a great introduction. Not only did it taste amazing, it was so much fun to make, and it looked so appetizing waiting on the kitchen counter for the 3 weeks it took to ferment. I am so looking forward to trying the fermented “Dilly Beans” when we have this year’s surfeit of French beans in the garden. This is an excellent cookbook, and an excellent (and safe) introduction to herbal medicine, that will be an asset to anyone’s collection. I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Noel

    I love herbs. I love growing them, and I love cooking with them. I wanted this cookbook mainly for the recipes. It has everything from herbal infused oils, honey, syrups and so much more. We love baked eggs in our house, so I couldn't wait to try the Baked Eggs with Parsley Pesto. I will say you could use this with most pestos, and I would actually prefer it with basil, but then basil is one of my favorite herbs. Sickness in the house? Grandma's Chicken Soup will fit the need perfectly. Everyone I love herbs. I love growing them, and I love cooking with them. I wanted this cookbook mainly for the recipes. It has everything from herbal infused oils, honey, syrups and so much more. We love baked eggs in our house, so I couldn't wait to try the Baked Eggs with Parsley Pesto. I will say you could use this with most pestos, and I would actually prefer it with basil, but then basil is one of my favorite herbs. Sickness in the house? Grandma's Chicken Soup will fit the need perfectly. Everyone healthy at your house? Grandma's Chicken Soup will STILL fit the bill!! We're coming into cooler weather some, so soups jump to the front of my dinner choices and this is a great one. From Ratatouille to Oven Poached Salmon, Cheddar and Dill Crackers or Spanakopita with Fresh Herbs and Wild Greens, there is a great variety of exciting dishes to try within the pages of this book. There is also a multitude of great information about the individual herbs, seasonal information and more. I received a copy of this book from Storey Publishing for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Brain

    I'm super excited! I finally got rid of my HSV-1. I got diagnosed of herpes back then in 2015 from my husband who never told me he had the virus. I got tested at first when i first had the virus and i My doctors prescribed Antiviral medicine for me which really helped me a lot in suppressing the virus. I finally got cured using herbal protocol ordered from an African herbalist. I used his Products and it completely fought the virus and was tested negative. You can DM the herbalist Dr Kham for he I'm super excited! I finally got rid of my HSV-1. I got diagnosed of herpes back then in 2015 from my husband who never told me he had the virus. I got tested at first when i first had the virus and i My doctors prescribed Antiviral medicine for me which really helped me a lot in suppressing the virus. I finally got cured using herbal protocol ordered from an African herbalist. I used his Products and it completely fought the virus and was tested negative. You can DM the herbalist Dr Kham for help if needed via his Email: [email protected] or WhatsApp: +2348159922297. His medicine is 100% strong and active in eliminated herpes permanently. I can't explain my feelings right now. I'm supper excited.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Juliet Benson

    Stop Treating Your Herpes with hospital pills – There’s a Cure for Herpes genital with the help of Dr Kham Natural Herbal Medicine, I was Cured from Herpes genital with Dr Kham Natural Herbal Medicine there is a New Methods for Hiv Cure, Herpes Cure Research and News How to Cure Herpes genital Fast? The good news is that there are ways that you can naturally cure your Herpes without hospital medication kindly Email herbalist Dr. Kham via [email protected] or Whatsapp: +2348159922297 You Stop Treating Your Herpes with hospital pills – There’s a Cure for Herpes genital with the help of Dr Kham Natural Herbal Medicine, I was Cured from Herpes genital with Dr Kham Natural Herbal Medicine there is a New Methods for Hiv Cure, Herpes Cure Research and News How to Cure Herpes genital Fast? The good news is that there are ways that you can naturally cure your Herpes without hospital medication kindly Email herbalist Dr. Kham via [email protected] or Whatsapp: +2348159922297 You can Also visit his website: https://dr-kham-herbal-home.webnode.com/ or visit his Blog at https://drkhamcaregiver.blogspot.com/

  6. 4 out of 5

    Darryn

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review. Beautiful cookbook with a great collection of recipes. Some that I will have to make include, "wild herb and green garlic soup", "lemon roasted asparagus with baked goat cheese", and "oven poached salmon with creme fraiche and caper dressing". There is also a section at the beginning about individual herbs, their uses and flavors. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review. Beautiful cookbook with a great collection of recipes. Some that I will have to make include, "wild herb and green garlic soup", "lemon roasted asparagus with baked goat cheese", and "oven poached salmon with creme fraiche and caper dressing". There is also a section at the beginning about individual herbs, their uses and flavors.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Susan Connell Biggs

    Britanny's love for plants and life radiate from every page of this book. Even just leafing through the gorgeous photos one leaves feeling nourished. Brittany empowers all, through her book, to reclaim the joy and love that is involved in creating a healthy relationship with our bodies, with our food, with the land. I can't make enough of the oregano pesto and so many of her recipes! I've given this book as a gift to so many people. Britanny's love for plants and life radiate from every page of this book. Even just leafing through the gorgeous photos one leaves feeling nourished. Brittany empowers all, through her book, to reclaim the joy and love that is involved in creating a healthy relationship with our bodies, with our food, with the land. I can't make enough of the oregano pesto and so many of her recipes! I've given this book as a gift to so many people.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Preston

    I love this so much. Many herbal guides are overwhelming, with a hundred or so herbs. This book zooms in on 12 herbs that double as culinary and medicinal. After 70 pages of introduction, the rest of the book is filled with herb filled recipes. I checked it out from the library, but a days in decided I needed my own copy. I'm looking foward to working through the book, one herb at a time, to really familiarize myself with the many properties of each one. I love this so much. Many herbal guides are overwhelming, with a hundred or so herbs. This book zooms in on 12 herbs that double as culinary and medicinal. After 70 pages of introduction, the rest of the book is filled with herb filled recipes. I checked it out from the library, but a days in decided I needed my own copy. I'm looking foward to working through the book, one herb at a time, to really familiarize myself with the many properties of each one.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    I've been following Brittany's work for years. She's a wise soul with a deep knowledge for food, healing and the magic of plants. This book teaches wellness and offers many delicious recipes that aren't super complicated. This book is wonderful because she is just as much a cook as an herbalist. It also offers beautiful pictures of her home + dishes! You'll be dreaming about a trip to Western Mass after this read. I've been following Brittany's work for years. She's a wise soul with a deep knowledge for food, healing and the magic of plants. This book teaches wellness and offers many delicious recipes that aren't super complicated. This book is wonderful because she is just as much a cook as an herbalist. It also offers beautiful pictures of her home + dishes! You'll be dreaming about a trip to Western Mass after this read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Erika

    With a conversational style, Nickerson shares both her extensive knowledge and adaptable recipes. She inspires readers to change the way they think about food, medicine, and the changing of the seasons. Simple in its philosophy, this book brings readers back to the age-old reasons we eat and shows them how to recapture lifelong health. This is a cookbook you'll want to read again. With a conversational style, Nickerson shares both her extensive knowledge and adaptable recipes. She inspires readers to change the way they think about food, medicine, and the changing of the seasons. Simple in its philosophy, this book brings readers back to the age-old reasons we eat and shows them how to recapture lifelong health. This is a cookbook you'll want to read again.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Annie Kay

    I love this author, and love this book. It is gorgeous and filled with good ideas and inspiration. It's actually sort of perfect - I've used these recipes often, look to this book for ideas season by season, and it comes through every time. This book really captures the author's voice. Love. I love this author, and love this book. It is gorgeous and filled with good ideas and inspiration. It's actually sort of perfect - I've used these recipes often, look to this book for ideas season by season, and it comes through every time. This book really captures the author's voice. Love.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jen Sangiovanni

    This book is gorgeous and the recipes are so simple. Perfect for people who have gardens and cook with the seasonal Ingredients

  13. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    If you ever wondered what to do with garden produce and herbs, this books holds some answers. Particularly the page 252 and on section about winter proved to be helpful to me.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    It would only be better if more of the recipes were plant-based.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Recipes from the Herbalist's Kitchen is a beautiful, informative, cookbook. With recipes that look delicious and photographs that are simply gorgeous. The recipes in this book are arranged beautifully by season and feeling. Every recipe is well laid out, and easy to understand. The dishes and accompanying photographs made me incredibly hungry. I am most excited to try out the roasted sweet potatoes with sesame peanut aioli and baked ricotta. These are recipes that should be simple for most home Recipes from the Herbalist's Kitchen is a beautiful, informative, cookbook. With recipes that look delicious and photographs that are simply gorgeous. The recipes in this book are arranged beautifully by season and feeling. Every recipe is well laid out, and easy to understand. The dishes and accompanying photographs made me incredibly hungry. I am most excited to try out the roasted sweet potatoes with sesame peanut aioli and baked ricotta. These are recipes that should be simple for most home cooks to serve up and many have the potential of becoming staple recipes due to their natural and comforting quality. You do have to read through a lot of information at the beginning that is interesting, but if you are mostly interested in the recipes, don't give up! The major info dumping could have been moved to the later portion of the book with references in the recipes to the relevant information. Even though I was interested, I felt myself getting impatient waiting to get to the yummy stuff. The author clearly is passionate about her subject matter and as an herbal enthusiast myself I appreciate that passion. I do feel as though some readers could misunderstand some of the early passages in the book. Please don't use the information in the book to stand in for medical advice is something is wrong. Do your own research and find trusted medical practitioners to consult and discuss any health concerns with. This book was provided to me by the publisher for a fair and honest review. Thank you. Note: I do not use the star reviewing system. I believe my review speaks for itself and the star ratings are too subjective to be truly useful.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jess Macallan

    I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Beyond the lovely pictures and appealing layout, I was impressed with the down-to-earth advice, and helpful uses outlined for the herbs. Each herb gets a comprehensive write up complete with information, uses, kitchen uses, and safety concerns when applicable. The author also offers easy DIY ideas for making tinctures, herb butters, infusions, vinegars, teas, salts, and more. By far my favorite pa I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Beyond the lovely pictures and appealing layout, I was impressed with the down-to-earth advice, and helpful uses outlined for the herbs. Each herb gets a comprehensive write up complete with information, uses, kitchen uses, and safety concerns when applicable. The author also offers easy DIY ideas for making tinctures, herb butters, infusions, vinegars, teas, salts, and more. By far my favorite part of the book was the recipes. I bookmarked far too many to list here, but top of my list includes: Deep-Sea Purple Kraut, Lavendar After-Dinner Tea, Vital Roots Kimchi (yes, I have a thing for fermented foods), Apricot-Cashew Bars with Coconut and Rosemary, and Turmeric Fire Cider (which I make each year, but haven't tried with turmeric). If that isn't enough to convince you, the recipes are in chapters with names like Adapt, Challenge, Nourish, Invigorate, and Transform. The options are varied, and offer gorgeous pictures, simple ingredient lists, and healthy dishes along with a few self-care recipes. I definitely recommend this book for anyone looking to add the power of herbs to their daily life.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amy Kreydin

    This cookbook is a great introduction to using herbs in the kitchen. The author gives readers an overview of the tastes of herbs and what biophysical and energetic actions each taste group imparts. Recipes are well described and fall into categories unique to herbalism. As a fan of 'food as medicine' concepts I am pleased to see a book like this coming on the market and think this will be popular amongst seasoned herbalists, home cooks, and families striving for clean and nourishing meals and sn This cookbook is a great introduction to using herbs in the kitchen. The author gives readers an overview of the tastes of herbs and what biophysical and energetic actions each taste group imparts. Recipes are well described and fall into categories unique to herbalism. As a fan of 'food as medicine' concepts I am pleased to see a book like this coming on the market and think this will be popular amongst seasoned herbalists, home cooks, and families striving for clean and nourishing meals and snacks.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    This book is just gorgeous with it's photos and layout! It is filled with recipes and information that you will return to again and again. It would also make a wonderful hostess gift. Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC. This book is just gorgeous with it's photos and layout! It is filled with recipes and information that you will return to again and again. It would also make a wonderful hostess gift. Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Duclos

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