Spice Health Heroes
Spice Health Heroes examines the culinary, nutritional and medical applications of the everyday and more exotic spices found in your pantry
Spices are celebrated the world over for the depth of flavour that they bring to the dishes to which they are added. The alchemy of roasting and blending the perfect spice mix is a careful balance of sweet, sour, bitter and spicy that can elevate a dish to something truly special. But beyond their remarkable taste, many spices have huge benefits to health and nutrition that are only now beginning to be recognized in the Western world.
This beautiful cook book includes a detailed study of the history, myths and traditional uses of spices. Spice Health Heroes examines the culinary, nutritional and medical applications of the everyday and more exotic spices found in your pantry. Medical and nutritional claims are backed by contributions from an impressive team of international medical professionals and institutions.
With more than 80 recipes, including contributions from some 20 internationally renowned chefs from around the world, such as Yotam Ottolenghi, Peter Gordon, Christine Manfield and April Bloomfield, Spice Health Heroes takes you on a journey through the spice cabinet and will inspire you to add a fragrant spice to every meal.
If cooking is an art and baking is a science, NATASHA MACALLER is a pastry chef who flawlessly dances in both worlds. A former professional ballerina, Natasha, who is known as the ‘Dancing Chef’, brings the same diligence and precision to the kitchen as she did to dancing. Many people think that dancing and cooking are worlds apart, but to Natasha, both are performance arts, creative disciplines that demand dedication and hours of painstaking practice.
She challenges herself constantly, and delights in creating new cooking or taste sensations and designing ‘First and Last’ dishes and retro cocktails. Tash divides her time between Los Angeles, London and New Zealand, teaching cookery, restaurant consulting and writing. She teaches her elegant comfort style of starters, desserts and drinks in the U.S. and abroad, including at Haagen-Dazs International, Leiths Cooking School in London and The Culinary Institute of New Zealand in Kerikeri, and is also currently collaborating with Chef Anne Conness’ new restaurant Stausal, serving Nuevo Rancho Cuisine in El Segundo, L.A., which opened in September 2015.
Natasha’s first cookbook, Vanilla Table: The Essence of Exquisite Cooking from the World’s Best Chefs (Jacqui Small, UK) was published in 2015, with the help of 33 international chefs who each contributed their own dazzling recipe to this landmark cookbook. Spice Health Heroes is her second book and, like the first, is beautifully photographed by Manja Wachsmuth.
Natasha is a member of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs (WCR), Les Dames D’Escoffier (LEDI), International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) and New Zealand Chefs Association.
This book is visually stunning with recipes contributed by a selection of extraordinarily talented and renowned chefs. This collection is both palate and health pleasing and with so much to offer this recipe/health book has secured a place in my kitchen library.
The book is divided into sections determined by the properties of the spices:
- Energy spice
- Warming spice
- Restorative Spice
- Calming Spice
Check out this very special book – there are many simple and delicious ways to add spice to your life!
Wow, Carol! You always find the most interesting cookbooks! It’s so interesting, too, that different spices have not just cooking and taste value, but health value, too. Really interesting, and I’ll be looking forward to your posts from the book.
Margot – the recipes here look stunning yet most are so easy to prepare. Sweet, savoury, tisanes, starters, curries, vegetable dishes…ice creams…they all look and sound delicious.