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Spices of Life: Simple and Delicious Recipes for Great Health Hardcover – February 1, 2005
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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
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This is a very liberating book in that a quick run through the recipes gives one the sense that if we make and eat these recipes, there is nothing of which we are depriving ourselves. And, unlike a similar collection of `healthy' recipes from the Mediterranean, most of these recipes have exotic tastes of ginger, fish sauces, tamarind, Kaffir lime, lemongrass added to the strong but familiar tastes of garlic and chilis. All this is backed by the strong assurance arising from the Alfred A. Knopf cookbook publishing team, headed by the renowned culinary editor, Judith Jones, the midwife of great cookbooks from Julia Child, Marcella Hazan, and Lydia Bastianich.
All this means is that the book is very attractive to look at and enjoyable to read. It also means that the selection of recipes is a lot broader than you may find in the average healthy eating cookbook. They all shout exceptions to the playful quote from New Yorker food writer, Calvin Trillin who says `Health Food makes me sick.'. I confess that I often find myself agreeing with Herr Trillin on this point, as I do with most of his observations.
The chapters in this book are:
`Something to graze on' with recipes for snacks plus lots of advice on the belief that eating little but often is a very good idea. Recipes include soybeans, vegetables and dips, pickled carrots and glazed onions.Read more ›
I welcome this book on healthy cooking which doesn't simply forbid some foods and scold us for lazy eating so much as it encourages living and eating healthy through easy-to-prepare, family-friendly, delicious recipes. Thank you, Ms. Simonds, for another wonderful cookbook!
Then the second sentence under Basic White Rice says that she prefers the fluffy long grain varieties such a basmati and jasmine. I buy jasmine in 25 pound bags. Then after the basic rice comes Fried Rice, two kinds of Pilaf, Herbal Rice and some more.
The difference in this book is that the follows the guidelines of the Department of Health and Human Services in the formation of a healthy diet. Instead of the basic guidelines, the book uses the guidelines as a start for the development of delicious as well as healthy dishes.
The author spent years in the orient learning their culture which strangely enough tends to followed the HHS recomendations fairly closely.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not what I expected, recipes are bland and not very family friendly. Not many pictures either.Published 6 months ago by Jessica M. Tracy
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 10 months ago by Doug Peter
Wonderful cookbook full of wisdom and knowledge of the traditional and ancient healing properties of Asian foods. Read morePublished 11 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 11 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 17 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 on January 10, 2014 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 on November 15, 2013 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