The 160 recipes are divided into sections that include Something to Graze On, Appetizers that Make a Meal, Homey Soups, Hearty Stews and Braises, Main-dish Salads, Pleasures from the Garden, Versatile Stir-fries and Sautes, East-West Barbecue, Irresistible Vegetarian, Satisfying Staples: Noodles, Rice and Other Grains, Light and Sumptuous Sweets, and Foods that Fight Common Ailments. Simonds's deep experience with Asian cooking comes through in Technicolor Spicy Sichuan-style Green Beans. But so too does her own heritage, as in Great-Aunt Sophie's Chicken Soup.
The sidebars to each recipe give health information about various ingredients. For Spiced Almonds Simonds explains that the high fat content of almonds is monounsaturated, of a type to help reduce cholesterol, and that the high Vitamin E content can prevent heart disease. As for cinnamon and star anise, Asian physicians prescribe them as digestive aids. A brief profile of a health all star is included with each chapter, the focus on their expertise, and in some cases, their favorite recipes. In Appetizers, Dr. Andrew Weil discusses Vitamin and mineral supplements. In Homey Soups, Walter Willet takes on the food pyramid.
The real strength of Spices of Life, however, is found in the recipes and in Simonds's own experience as a very busy working mother--both in the kinds of food she puts on the table, and how she gets it there. She shares strategies for cooking as well as taking on the challenges of daily life. Her taste for life is equally well-matched by the flavor of the foods she highlights. Hot and Sour Slaw with Barbecued Pork anyone? Now, that's health food! --Schuyler Ingle
We were looking for somewhat simple, healthy recipes but this book contains exotic, different, foreign, odd recipes. Nor for us so we gave it away. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Doug Peter
Wonderful cookbook full of wisdom and knowledge of the traditional and ancient healing properties of Asian foods. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Peg Irions
I so happen to be a house husband whom is a terrible cook. This particular cookbook by Nina Simonds is a wise investment. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jim
Very good recipes, easy to follow with easy to get ingredients. Book also has some good tips for getting healthy.Published 8 months ago by Ms. E
Wonderfully laid out, and very informative. I am loading my pantry with wonderful new products. Get your copy now, today.Published 16 months ago by Brown Bell
A lot of these recipes look great. I bought this book used here on Amazon, but I am new to cooking and so I wasn't sure about some of them. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Blonde_Beautiful_Sparkly
This is probably the best cookbook I've ever purchased, and I own somewhere near 30. The recipes are simple, yet the flavors are a complex mixture resulting in fabulous meals and... Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by Morning Wren
The recipes are varied and creative. Each one has more than met by expectations. I have been introduced to many new flavors. Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by mary agran
I was planning on starting as soon as the book arrived, but several food allergies have recently come out of the closet. Now I have to evaluate the recipes for my trigger foods!Published on January 27, 2013 by diminutivebookgirl