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Bring Lasting Health to You and Your Family with 50 Easy-To-Find Common Herbs and Over 250 Recipes

Kami McBride Foreword by Rosemary Gladstar

This edition first published in 2019 by Conari Press, an imprint of Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC With offices at: 65 Parker Street, Suite 7

Newburyport, MA 01950
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 310 p
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 2019 by Kami McBride 

Praise for
“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 bestseller Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
“The Herbal Kitchen contains the most extensive list of recipes using herbs you
will find anywhere. Your food becomes your medicine, as it always has 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
“Plants have long been humanity's powerful and generous allies, providing us
with daily nourishment, wellness, support, and joy. The more we commune
with these botanical friends, the more they enrich our lives, and The Herbal
Kitchen inspires us to invite them to each and every meal. If you long for food
filled with nature's color, vitality, and love, this is the guide you seek.” —Julie
Bailey, herbalist, gardener, and co-owner of Mountain Rose Herbs
“The Herbal Kitchen is a treasure chest of delicious, nutritious recipes that will
delight and tantalize your taste buds while they nourish and heal your body,
mind, and spirit. McBride's deep connection and intricate knowledge of all
things herbal shines through on every page. Both the beginner and the seasoned
herbalist will find refreshing, exciting recipes and ideas in this outstanding
book!” —Jane Bothwell, Dandelion Herbal Center
“Kami McBride has created an essential, comprehensive, and beautifully
written book. It shows us the way to weave the practical magic of herbal
remedies—cooking, gathering, making medicine—into the strands of our lives
and the lives of our loved ones. Illuminated with personal anecdotes, it is easily
accessible to beginners and inspiring to seasoned herbalists. The Herbal
Kitchen is a beautiful recipe for self-empowerment and reconnection to the
natural world.” —Donna Chesner, Southwest School of Botanical Studies
“The Herbal Kitchen is written by a practicing herbalist, seasoned gardener,
and medicine maker (no armchair herbalist here!). Kami has imbued this book
with a sense of joy, practical knowledge, and deep wisdom, and with her
guidance, you will deepen your knowledge and understanding of the many
healing herbs and foods found in your kitchen.” —Candis Cantin, author of The
Herbal Tarot and Pocket Guide to Ayurvedic Healing
“Thank you, Kami McBride, for bringing back the value of herbs and spices in
The Herbal Kitchen. An inspiration for both new and advanced herbalists alike,
this book combines herbalism with nutrition in a user-friendly, inexpensive
way. What better way to take a culinary trip around the world, play with flavor,
and bring us back home to growing our own fresh herbs?” —DeAnna Batdorff,
founder of the dhyana Center
“In The Herbal Kitchen, Kami McBride reminds us of the earth's bountiful food
and medicine. With over two hundred fifty herbal recipes you'll easily have the
practical knowledge and inspiration to cultivate your own herbal kitchen.
Follow Kami's guidance and you'll soon be immersed in seasonal bounty and
amazing your friends and family with delicious herbal drinks, smoothies,
cordials, pestos, and more. —Rosalee de la Forêt, author of Alchemy of Herbs:
Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies that Heal
“Looking to brighten your kitchen with the medicine and flavor of herbs? The
Herbal Kitchen is infused with grounded and practical herbal wisdom, coupled
with culinary inspiration and know-how. Kami's love of botanicals shines right
through the pages—you'll make quick friends with the herbs she features—and
your kitchen cupboards will be forever transformed.” —Juliet Blankespoor,
director of the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine
“The Herbal Kitchen makes using herbs effortless. It will help you fill your
home with delectable herbal concoctions to share with friends and family and
offer ways to enhance your well-being, support self-care, and so much more.
Everyone from the newcomer to the seasoned herbalist will discover new ways
of using common culinary and medicinal plants with McBride's abundant
recipes.” —Autumn Summers, California School of Herbal Studies, 
lead educator at Herb Pharm
“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
“The Herbal Kitchen is a tremendous resource. Everything you ever wanted to
know about the healing power of herbs and spices is nicely tucked within these
pages. This is a must-have for everyone's kitchen. —Rebecca Katz, author of
The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing, Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer
Treatment and Recovery
“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: How
We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes From and Why We Need to Get It Back
“The Herbal Kitchen reminds me of why I dove head first into herbal medicine.
McBride inspires you to take your own plunge into the joys of plant medicine
and to give up shelves in your kitchen for jars of roots, leaves, and flowers. She
takes you by the hand down the herbal path and shows you how easy it can be.
There is always room for another herb book on the shelf and The Herbal
Kitchen is a must.” —Dr JJ Pursell, herbalist and author of The Herbal Apothecary
“A joyful celebration of practical, sensual herbal recipes! Kami's beautiful new
book brims with delicious recipes that help budding herbalists and gardeners
discover the bounty in their backyard. The recipes are simple and practical yet
creative—the unique combinations of flavors excite the senses and teach you
how to better enjoy herbs and spices. Together, they indulge you in the herbal
lifestyle—not just for medicine, but plants and recipes that perk up your senses
and make life more pleasurable.” —Maria Noël Groves, herbalist and author of
Body into Balance and Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies
“Full of tasty remedies and everyday delights, The Herbal Kitchen provides
multiple variations and ideas for each type of recipe to get your creative juices
flowing! Easy, sustainable, and deliciously useful.” —Holly Bellebuono, MPA,
CH, herbalist and author of The Healing Kitchen and An Herbalist's Guide to Formulary
“In The Herbal Kitchen, Kami McBride weaves an enticing invitation to dive
into the art, rich tradition, and flavor of kitchen medicine. An herbal, a recipe
book, and a home remedy companion all at once, I am inspired to learn, grow,
cook, and share. This plethora of incredible recipes, in-depth plant profiles, and
McBride's years of experience and passion will give you all the tools you need
to stock your herbal pantry with condiments and remedies for lasting health.”
—Brittany Wood Nickerson, herbalist, owner of Thyme Herbal, and author of
Recipes from the Herbalist's Kitchen and The Herbal Homestead Journal
“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
“No kitchen is complete without the treasure trove of botanical wisdom found
in this wonderful book!—Deanna Minich, PhD, CN, nutritionist and author of
Whole Detox and The Rainbow Diet

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.
Herbs in the kitchen not only augment the flavor of what we eat, they support
our overall health and wellness on a daily basis. Whether you are a seasoned
cook or just cutting your teeth in the kitchen, these pages assist you in nurturing
and healing yourself and your loved ones.
Did you know that stuffing your turkey with sage helps keep away the colds
that begin circulating around Thanksgiving? Or that adding ginger to a fish
meal kills pathogens found specifically in fish? And when you sprinkle fennel
into your meat marinades, it helps you digest the fat in the meat more easily.
These pages discuss many herbs and spices that you already have in your
kitchen. My hope is that you will be inspired to think of your spice rack as more
than a source of flavor. It is also a medicine chest, full of healing remedies that
can help you keep your family well.
I am so grateful that you have picked up this book. Who do you know who is
entrusted with preparing food for their family or tending to the wellness of
those around them? Please get a copy for them also. The Herbal Kitchen is
about using herbs to prevent illness and elevate the nutritional value of
whatever is prepared in your kitchen. This essential information can help you
use herbs in your foods to more efficiently address the seasonal and specific
health needs of the people for whom you prepare meals.
There is an extraordinary pharmacy waiting for you right in your own
kitchen. With just a handful of herbs, you can begin to fortify the nutrient and
therapeutic density of your meals. Adding valuable vitamins, minerals, and
digestive aids to your food takes little effort.
Let's become more intimate with the spice cabinet. Using medicinal herbs
doesn't have to be foreign and difficult or take years of college to understand.
We can begin with what we have on hand and already have a relationship with.
Most of the herbs in this book are common household items; you don't even
have to buy anything. You just get to realize the full array of benefits of what
currently sits in your cupboards. Let's take cinnamon for example; most
everyone has cinnamon and has used it to liven up their oatmeal or pumpkin pie
mix. Cinnamon is a highly medicinal herb with hundreds of health and kitchen
medicine applications. It is a first-rate cold and flu prevention agent and
remedy, and it offers relief from menstrual cramps, allergy symptoms, coughs,
and much more. The same thing holds true for all the common spices: oregano,
garlic, sage, cloves, and pepper all contain healing attributes that inspire good
food and good health.
Food is one of our most powerful medicines. We create millions of cells
every few seconds. What we eat is what we use to build those cells. Most of the
kitchen herbs promote nutrient digestion and assimilation, helping to increase
the quality of the cells that make up our tissue and organs. Many culinary herbs
activate the circulatory system, contributing to more efficient dispersal of
beneficial nutrients. Culinary herbs are also a surprisingly effective source for
helping to calm the body while eating, so you can relax and enjoy the amazing
process of digesting life into life. When you understand the comprehensive
digestive support that the spice rack offers, you realize the value of using herbs
to practice preventive health care while you eat.
Adding ginger to increase the digestibility of chicken, pacifying the mucusforming
effects of yogurt with cardamom, whipping up a fennel tea when
someone complains of a stomachache—this is the creative, health-giving art of
having fun with herbs in the kitchen. Who knows how long that stomachache
would have persisted or who else would have contracted it were it not quelled
with an herbal remedy? The small act of adding healing herbs and spices to our
food is one of many things we do to nurture and care for ourselves and those around us.
Writing this book has been an alchemical distillation of more than twenty
years of my personal hobby and professional occupation. Years and years of
classes in herbal medicine and herbal cooking are concentrated into the chapters
before you. It has been an exhilarating adventure having the opportunity of
placing my botanical kitchen curriculum into your hands. I sincerely hope that
you are inspired to use the accumulated experience in this book to enhance your
health, save money, make your food taste better, nurture your relationship with
the earth and the people around you, and to have fun.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 Kitchen Medicine and Culinary Culture
CHAPTER 2 Herbal Kitchen Materia Medica
CHAPTER 3 Herbal Waters
CHAPTER 4 Herbal Drinks
CHAPTER 5 Herbal Smoothies
CHAPTER 6 Herbal Honey
CHAPTER 7 Herbal Vinegar
CHAPTER 8 Herbal Cordials
CHAPTER 9 Herbal Oils
CHAPTER 10 Herbal Ghee
CHAPTER 11 Herbal Pesto
CHAPTER 12 Herbal Sprinkles and Salts
CHAPTER 13 Herbal Kitchen Meals
CHAPTER 14 Herbal Baths and Foot Soaks

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