Herbs are on my mind. Herbs for medicine, cleaning and of course cooking. I've been deep into books this summer covering all things herbs. After meeting Jessie Hawkins founder of Vintage Remedies at the Cincinnati Home School convention my mind has been in full force with wanting to enhance my families life through plants.
I was thrilled with the opportunity to review Jessie Hawkins' The Kitchen Herbal. This book is the perfect starting point for a beginner looking to expand the use of every day herbs for health, wellness and culinary uses.
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Usually, when starting out on the journey towards any subject we sometimes dive in, overload our brains and loose interest because of it. The Kitchen Herbal doesn't overwhelm. It is simple but sophisticated with its objective. The herbs used are those that most of us have growing in our garden, kitchen windowsill or are readily available to pick up at the local grocery store.
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I'm no stranger to some of the common herbs, one of my favorites is Sage. If you look up Sage in The Kitchen Herbal you'll find an introduction to the herb Salvia Officinalis, the latin name for Sage. You'll also be welcomed with further information on this good-for-you herb. Did you now the word Sage means "to be saved"? Isn't that interesting! Did you also know that sage has always been considered a cure-all herb, benefiting just about every ailment and culinary dish it encounters? How cool is that! Sage also offers calcium, iron and vitamin A. Again, new to me.
Not only does The Kitchen Herbal aim to expand your knowledge on the medicinal uses of each herb, it also provides you with yummy recipes like Garlic Sage Butter, Baked Eggs with Ricotta and Sage, Butternut Squash and Sage Sauce, Citrus Sage Couscous, Cranberry and Sage Relish and Garlic and Sage Mashed Potatoes! Plenty of uses for just one herb.
Of course sage isn't the only herb highlighted in the book. There are seventeen others to get the ball rolling for you. I'm truly happy to add this book to my kitchen library. I can't wait to start cooking and using herbs even more in our daily lives.
If you're interested in the book, head over Vintage Remedies to check it out.