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The Herbal Kitchen
50 Easy-to-Find Herbs and Over 250 Recipes to Bring Lasting Health to You and Your Family
Kami McBride
ISBN: 9781573244213
Book (Paperback)
Conari Press
$18.95
7 x 9
256 pages
B&W illustrations
October 1, 2010


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“Wow! I learned a lot from The Herbal Kitchen and I'm keeping it in my kitchen so I can refer to it often. I love this book!" -Christiane Northrup, MD, author of the New York Times bestsellers: Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

"Thanks, Kami, for keeping grandma's old-fashioned remedies and recipes alive with an easy, unintimidating plan for making herbs a part of everyday life." -Elise Collins, author An A-Z Guide to Healing Foods and Chakra Tonics

"The Herbal Kitchen is a beautifully written guide to expanding your herbal repertoire. This is a book that can bring more fun, flavor, and health into your life." -Brigitte Mars, author of Rawsome! and The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine
Do you enjoy eating garlic bread? Does oregano always find its way into your spaghetti sauce? Do you garnish potato salad with paprika? Then you are participating in the ancient tradition of using herbs to enhance the health benefits and digestibility of your food.

With over 250 recipes for herbal oils, vinegars, pestos, dressings, salts, cordials, syrups, smoothies and more, The Herbal Kitchen provides the information necessary to prepare, store, and use herbs, and create a long term healthcare plan.

From the introduction:
The current spice rack is a remnant of the wisdom of how to bring the earth’s harvest into our house to feed and keep our families well. It is the accumulation of thousands of years of experience all powdered and packaged into convenient one ounce jars. Take a deeper look at your spice rack. The herbs come from all over the world, having touched many hands; they carry the lineage of our ancestors’ embodied knowingness that using plants in the kitchen helps keep us well.



The Herbal Kitchen will help you to recognize the extraordinary pharmacy that already exists in your own kitchen--one that will boost immunity, heal sickness, enhance energy, and ensure overall health and vitality, all without the need for fancy equipment or specialty products.

Kami McBride is an herbalist and inspiring teacher that has helped thousands of people learn to use herbal medicine in their daily lives in ways that are healthy, safe and fun. She teaches experiential herbal programs in reviving the art of home use of herbal medicine. Her work is centered in sustainable wellness practices, creating self reliance and revitalizing our relationship with the plant world. Kami’s extensive knowledge of healing plants is infused into her specialty of herbal cooking for preventive health. She empowers people in understanding how to use herbs in the home setting for prevention and every day common ailments. Kami founded the Living Awareness Institute serves as an instructor of herbal medicine at Solano Community College, Napa Valley Junior College and College of Marin. (Photo credit: Michael Conyers)
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"The Herbal Kitchen is a tremendous resource. Everything you ever wanted to know about the healing power of herbs and spices are nicely tucked within these pages. This is a must have book for everyone’s kitchen!" -Rebecca Katz, MS author of The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen: Big Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery

"No kitchen is complete without the treasure trove of botanical wisdom found in this wonderful book!" -Deanna Minich, PhD, CN, nutritionist and author of Chakra Foods for Optimum Health, An A–Z Guide to Food Additives, and Quantum Supplements

"The Herbal Kitchen is a breath of fresh air and more. It is full of simple and convenient tips to transform 'weeds and waste' into exotic and nourishing culinary delights." -Margaret Beeson, naturopathic physician

"Finally, a cookbook for using herbs! If you’ve ever cooked with herbs, made herbal tea, eaten pesto with basil (or edible flowers as Kami suggests) you will love this book. If not, you need this book. The Herbal Kitchen is the most extensive list of recipes using herbs you will find anywhere. Your food becomes your medicine, as it has always been, and through the gift of Kami McBride's recipes, this ancient usage of herbs remains alive." -Pam Montgomery, herbalist, educator, and author of Plant Spirit Healing and Partner Earth: A Spiritual Ecology

"Be prepared for a whole new way of thinking about herbs--Kami McBride resurrects traditional knowledge of herbs’ medicinal and culinary attributes for use in the modern kitchen." -Ann Vileisis, author of Kitchen Literacy

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Sample Content:
Foreword, Introduction, Chapter 1:Kitchen Medicine and Culinary Culture