In this beautifully photographed book (shot by none other than Dish photographer Manja Wachsmuth), you’ll find more than 80 recipes that celebrate these aromatic ingredients as the heroes they are.
Throughout this beautiful cookbook, chapters are split into the properties the spices hold: Immune, Cleansing, Energy, Warming, Restorative and Calming. And at the beginning of each is a description of the spices included within that chapter and a bit about their history and how to put them to best use.
Above each recipe, there is a list of which spices star – the recipes themselves are stunning in their presentation and there are contributions from 20 guest chefs, including our own Peter Gordon.
We’ve earmarked Crushed Avocado and Pink Peppercorn Toast; Green Chilli Prawn Ceviche with Palm Sugar Popcorn; and Hibiscus and Citrus–Crusted Prawns for some summer bites, and can absolutely imagine tucking into Waimate Corn Fritters and Mussels with Sage–Rubbed Bacon and Smoked–Tomato Aioli for a decadent brunch. The fact there is a focus on health-giving properties is really just a bonus.
Spice Health Heroes by Natasha MacAller 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. Published by Jacqui Small, RRP $55.