If you wish to more deeply delve into herbs here’s a new title that, to my eyes, is a first of its kind. In The Healing Kitchen, Holly Bellebuono takes herbs multiple steps beyond how most cooks use them. She demonstrates using edible and medicinal herbs in every snack, beverage and condiment “…as a tasty opportunity to nourish, protect, and revitalize yourself and those you love.” And she makes it easy.
For example, you can make an electuary in as much time as it takes to stir powdered herbs into honey. Bellebuono offers a Spicy Ginger Electuary, a Tangy Electuary for Immune Support and a Cinnamon Molasses Spread for Biscuits. Spread your own concoction, or one of her recipes, onto toast, stir it into tea or lick it off the spoon.
The 140 recipes that Bellebuono has collected include finishing salts (like Wild Greens Gomasio); herbal teas (like Persimmon Seed Coffee); as well as recipes for everyday dishes that feature innovate uses of herbs. Rather than just rice pudding for dessert, why not Nettle Rice Pudding or, for that matter, Rose Petal Rice Pudding!