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Spice Apothecary: Blending and Using Common Spices for Everyday Health

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Spices are universally recognized as a source of flavour and aromatics, but in cultures around the world, these plant parts have a long history as a source of medicine. In Spice Apothecary, author Bevin Clare combines her training in herbalism and nutrition to guide readers in a return to the kitchen spice cabinet for better health and healing.

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Paperback, 176 pages
Published June 9th 2020 by Storey Publishing, LLC
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San
May 03, 2020 rated it liked it
For people who have no knowledge about medical herbs and species or knows only a little, this book will be a great introduction to it. It contains basic information written in an understandable way and photographs and illustrations are amazing. I personally didn't learn much more than I already have known. ...more
Bookworm Extraordinaire
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
The biggest thing going for this book is how absolutely GORGEOUS it is. Incredibly visually pleasing and well layed out. The information inside is more on the basic side, but would make a great introduction for those just starting to learn about spices and their health benefits!

**Arc via NetGalley**
Alicia Bayer
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book would be a 3-star book for me if not for the gorgeous formatting, photographs and layout provided by Storey Publishing. I honestly am considering buying a copy just to take it apart and frame some of the pages as kitchen art. :) But back to the book....

There are some things I really like about this book. I appreciate that Clare provides daily dosages in teaspoons instead of grams, which makes it easy to figure out how much to incorporate in your daily diet. I also love all the charts,
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Micky Cox
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the most interesting textbook that you didn't know you needed to have in your book collection! Whether you just love to cook or are looking for help in healing organically, this book is for you! It has vibrant colorful pages and pictures to entice your eyes, but the material presented is definitely the meat of the book! It starts out explaining the backgrounds of certain herbs and spices and how they have been used historically to aid in health and healing. Then it gets really good as th ...more
Glen
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This isn’t a chapter book with plot and characters per say. Instead it is a wealth of knowledge about spices and their (mostly unknown) properties for health. My wife who is into holistic healing, I know she does use spices for some ills and ailments thanks to Dr. Oz.

I found the book interesting, chapter by chapter, each about a part of the world, each listing spice origins, their use and healing properties. Recipes are included, mixtures that will produce the maximum health benefit.

I haven't tr
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Kim
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Spice Apothecary by Bevin Clare would be a fantastic book for a beginner herbalist or someone wanting to learn more about the plants around them and what they can incorporate daily into their lives to help improve their health.
I also think someone who has been using spices in cooking or for medicine for awhile might enjoy this book because I know I get stuck in a pattern and reach for the same spices over and over, and this would be a reminder that there is a world full of spices to share their
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Kendall
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So useable and readable! The pictures were like looking at a mood board. I have a lot of spices. This made me excited to throw them into whatever I’m eating.
Lee
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Spice Apothecary is a book about how you can use common cooking spices to help improve your health. The photographs and illustrations are exceptionally crisp and clear. I loved that it explains to you how the different spices affect your body and provides many delicious recipes that I am eager to try. This took spices to a whole new level for me. What a beautiful book to own! My copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to the the a ...more
Cathie
May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
First, this book is wonderful to look at. It is organized well and the photography is beautiful. The information nicely balanced with the educational part being just the right amount. There are some featured people and their experiences. Suggestions for your spice apothecary and how/where to store it. Then some wonderful recipes. I've tried some and loved them. Very happy to have this book in my library. ...more
Tricia
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I feel a bit funny giving five stars to a book about spices, but I have to give credit where credit is due. This book was amazing. It was choc full of useful information presented in a practical way that is applicable in everyday life.

Spices are traditionally thought of as a way to add flavor to ordinary dishes, but they can also be used to promote a healthy lifestyle by helping to prevent certain diseases and improve preexisting conditions. The author shares her knowledge as a herbalist and nu
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Bonnie DeMoss
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a very informative book with beautiful pictures and helpful charts.

Spice Apothecary provides a history of spices plus recipes for spice blends according to both types of cooking and health benefits. Before even finishing the book, I went ahead and made the Peppery Synergy Blend, which supports digestion, balances blood sugar, and reduces inflammation. I added some into a pot of my homemade bone broth wh
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Patricia Blanche
Oct 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I've read the ARC of this book. It's a very interesting read about spices. The focus was on only 19 spices (I wish there were more) but it includes a lot of details about them.

There are spice blends and different recipes to try written in this book with medicinal information. Some even include historical facts.

Since this is an ARC, I ignored some of the text and layout errors I saw and focused on the content. This book contains a lot of interesting information but the way some of the information
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Create With Joy
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Spice Apothecary is a gorgeously photographed and well-organized book that teaches you everything you need to know to effectively use spices for medicinal, healing, and cooking purposes! The book contains everything from herbal profiles on individual spices to recipes for meals and blends. If you're interested in creating a healthy kitchen, consider this an essential reference book for your home!

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley.
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Laurie Garrison
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great book for any newbie looking to get into simple holistic healing. The author brakes everything down so you can learn what formula is great in what food to help you. I loved the recipes in the back. The images in this book are spectacular, totally coffee table worthy.
Alexandra
Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Reader is introduced to a number of different herbs from around the world. images - photographs and illustrations are nicely done. Some great starting point for the herbs. Nicely put together.
Annie
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

Spice Apothecary is a tutorial and introduction to the uses and active ingredients in several common herbs and spices. Due out 23rd June from Storey Publishing, it's 175 pages and will be available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook formats.

Storey is well known for producing practical, sensible, well illustrated books aimed at helping readers get the best out of their lives and live a healthy rewarding lifestyle. Many of their books and leaflet
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Astrid Galactic
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Spice Apothecary is as you would imagine, a book dedicated to the use of culinary spices and herbs use for medicinal or health purposes. It is a beautiful little book that provides as a basic and general guide for those who would like to enhance their health by altering their diet with the use of several readily available spices and herbs. It is not elaborate at all but serves best as an introduction for those not yet all that familiar with their way around the kitchen or with some idea of how t ...more
Jamie Jack
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Culinary and Medicinal Delight

As a foodie and an RN who appreciates complementary approaches to health, this book fascinated me! The author writes so clearly and passionately about using spices for medicinal purposes, whether you take them straight or incorporate them into food. She espouses both ways, but the end part of the book gives culinary blends and simple recipes to use them. The book starts with a look at the history of spices, including the spice trade. I loved the world map graphic
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Kay Porterfield
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Spice Apothecary: Blending and Using Common Spices for Everyday Health by Bevin Clare is a practical guide to boosting health by mindfully seasoning food with common spices ranging from black pepper and cinnamon to sage, thyme, and turmeric. Of the 29 spices the author focuses on, only three were absent from my spice rack.

In addition to discussing the medicinal properties of spices, the author takes readers on an adventurous journey of the senses. At the start she writes, “When you enjoy the tas
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Samantha
Mar 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help, netgalley
Spice Apothecary is certainly a very interesting book on how to use spices as a health boost for the body, especially at a time when our food is full of junk and our reliance on over the shelf medicines is quite prevalent.

The book is divided into five main chapters and an introduction:
- medicine of spices
- understanding the plants they come from
- how they work
- creating your own apothecary
- uses to support health goals
- recipes.

Whilst for each of the 19 herbs and spices it recommends a dosage
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Flora
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
My kitchen now smells heavenly. My cardamon seeds have been pulverised and will be ready for me to make my chai tea! Bevin Clare's book reminded me that I have spices deep within my cabinets that are good for me! Not to mention that they smell wonderful and are so flavorful to boot.

Spice Apothecary is full of gorgeous photographs of and information about spices that you don't have to sail the seven seas and fight in wars to obtain (unlike in the past! Ha!)

I like that the author has used scientif
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Emma
Apr 12, 2020 rated it liked it
The images that are used in this book are so colorful and inviting that it almost begs the reader to taste them. I enjoyed the way that this book was laid out. It provided multiple ways to use and cross reference the material depending on what the reader was looking for.

The first section focuses on 19 spices that the author feels are essential to health. It breaks down how much of each you should eat per day and what the spice helps with. The next section focuses on illness and conditions and w
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R.B.
I thought it was going to be a sort of herb manual, listing herbs and their uses. It only list a short number of spices, some of which not very common (why holy basil and not just basil?), then list a few ways to mix them as well as recipes. Some were too simple to call recipes, like adding certain spices to fresh fruits or store bought stuff, some other were more interesting but I wish that part was longer.

Mostly what I don't agree with is the selection, it tries to give multicultural reference
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Shannon Rochester
May 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for my digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

I requested this book because as I age, I am getting more interested in becoming a healthier version of myself. Learning how to use spices for their various healing properties is a part of that. We all have to eat, right? Why not add some natural healing to your meal and possibly enjoy it even more in the process? Ever since my first holistic healing class back in college, I have been interested in lea
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Laura Doherty
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
As an aromatherapist and trainee herbalist I was keen to read this book, which is beautifully presented and photographed.

The layout worked well with an introduction that explained the uses of different spices, a chapter about equipment and then throughout their are essays about different herbalists, medicinal plants and even the history of the spice trade.

I think this is a great introduction for anyone interested in herbalism and has broadened my own knowledge, however I think for more advanced
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Red
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The first thing I noticed about this book were the colorful pictures. There was some surprising information in the families of spices. It talks a bit about how spices can be different depending on how you use them. Also, there was some technical stuff that I’m probably going to re-read at some point. The book talks about several common spices and how to use them in recipes and medicinally. It also speaks of ailments and points to herbs that would specifically help a certain ailment. The last cha ...more
Shauna Morrison
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I requested and received an e-ARC of this book from Bevin Clare and Storey Publishing, LLC through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

As a pepper, garlic, and a bit of salt kind of gal, I found this book to be quite informative. I enjoyed learning about the different parts of plants used to harvest spices, the families of plants (who knew that the Nightshade family had so many peppers!?!), the best ways to store and use spices, and the benefits of adding spices to your diet. I really li
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Hazel
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Spice Apothecary is a super book. It is very well written and is easy to read.

I really enjoyed this book as it took you through a brief history of spices and the spice trade before telling you more about 19 common culinary herbs/spices. There were recipes which were easy to follow and sounded very good too. I am going to try a few of them as they look great.

If you want to learn more about spices and herbs then this is a must have book. Beautiful photography as well.

Thanks to Netgalley and
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Cozy Book Spot
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very nice book! I love cooking with spices and I love trying spices from around the world. This book explains about the most common spices and how we can use them to give flavor to our food, or as medicinal support and the benefits of spices. The pictures are very nice, the book is colorful, clear and well organized. There is a few recipes in the book. Everybody should have this book! I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
JLynn
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Spice Apothecary is a collection of stories, recipes, and practical guidance for using spices in your everyday life. I received a free copy from #netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It's an easy to.gollow practical guide that can be incorporated without investing a fortune.
Pre-order your copy for the June 23rd release: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/1635860881 #spiceapothecary #book #bookreview #arc #arcreview #advancedreader #advancedreadercopy #bookrecommendations #bookworm
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