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Healing Spices: How to Use 50 Everyday and Exotic Spices to Boost Health and Beat Disease Hardcover – January 4, 2011
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About the Author
Bharat B. Aggarwal, PhD is a professor in the department of experimental therapeutics in the division of cancer medicine at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He has conducted groundbreaking research in the therapeutic uses of spices and been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, Fitness and Family Circle, among many other magazines and scientific journals. Dr. Aggarwal has been interviewed on ABC and NBC radio affiliates and has delivered more than 300 lectures in 30 countries.
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Top Customer Reviews
I love to cook, and now I intend to diversify my spice rack, as well as use them more liberally!
2 1/2 years ago the doctors gave me 2 years to live ...I was 4th stage melonia cancer...I took no chemo, radation, no treatment at all....they test me every 6 months and they say they can't find any cancer. By the grace of God and God showing my wife what spices and herbs to use in a smoothie which she makes me every morning( she read this book cover to cover and researched the spices and herbs herself to make sure ). I can't say enough good things about this book.
David living well in Huntington
You really appreciate the quality of this book when you compare it with inferior books on the topic. Other books typically provide useless speculation, typically along the lines of, "many old wives use this to cure that". It was strangely entertaining to compare different books and find them claiming different herbs/spices as effective for healing whatever ails you. Dr. Aggarwal, the author of Healing Spices, is always careful to quote studies to support his assertions. (As a researcher, myself, I would have liked to have the actual reference; however, I can live with "a study from the University of Tokyo found").
Dr. Aggarwal (who is a professor in the department of experimental therapeutics in the division of cancer medicine at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston) does provide some actual recipes that incorporate the "healing spices"; however, this is not his strong suit. If you find any useful recipes, think of them as a bonus.
I ordered this book after originally taking it out of the library. If found that I was keeping it next to my bed. Yup, this one was obviously a keeper and I have already changed my diet based on this book. If you want just one book on this topic, this book is the one to get.
You can see where this is going... ;-)
This book is absolutely wonderful! I have many books on gardening, herbs, cooking, etc. but this book truly fits the description of being a "treasure trove" of information on the subject of spices. Every spice covered has information on its:
Use in healing (both scientifically validated and folk recommendations)
Use in Cooking
How to grow it
How to process it (for a treatment or for cooking)
Storage and shelf life to maintin potency
Other spices that it goes well with
Types of dishes that it is used in
And even recipes!
And it is all written in a clear, understandable style with helpful tables for quick reference and full color pictures for identifcation if picking them in the wild. (Don't worry, this isn't some text book format, it has a textbook level of information but presented in short, easily read sections that don't try and impress you with their high syllable count.)
When I see a book as well done as this, I wonder why everyone doesn't use this format and put this much care into a reference book? (Simple, they aren't truly experts or simply are too lazy to mold the information into a clean, clear and useable format that can be enjoyed equally by a novice or an experienced learner.)
I could go on but I will stop here and say simply... buy this book if you have ANY interest in herbs and spices for health, cooking, growing or just for historical reference... it will become a well-used friend on your bookshelf.