The Healing Herbs Cookbook

Pat Crocker
Robert Rose (2013)
ISBN: 9780778800040
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (11/13)


Pat Crocker’s “The Healing Herbs Cookbook” begins with profiles of a variety of common healing herbs. In each description there is information on the healing properties, the flavor, how to grow and how to cook. The folklore of each is also discussed. I found all of the information on each herb to be very informative, interesting, and easy to follow. The next area covers cooking with healing herbs, and this part educates the reader on how to handle the herbs and how to use them in a variety of forms such as in teas, tinctures, vinegars and oils.

The recipe section is the largest. Colorful, delicious looking pictures are presented for a variety of the dishes. The recipes are sectioned off by types beginning with starters and ending with condiments, sauces and dressings. Within each section, the recipes are further divided by seasons. This will be helpful in picking appropriate choices and helpful in knowing what time of the year we might be able to find certain ingredients. The author also offers some suggestions on substitutes, so the chef can rely on ingredients available locally or perhaps some that they already have in their kitchen.

I cannot wait to get started on these recipes, especially with the holidays approaching. I look forward to being able to bring some unique, healthy dishes to potlucks. I am also excited to be able to plan some healthy meals to take to work. I am at a point in my life where I want to fill my body with healthy, healing food, and I now have the resource in which I can get started. I highly recommend “The Healing Herbs Cookbook” by Pat Crocker.


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