Friday, May 15, 2015

CookBook Review: Aroma Kitchen: Cooking with Essential Oils by Sabine Hönig and Ursula Kutschera


Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,froSchiffer Publishing, via Edelweiss, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it





Synopsis:

The human tongue and palate know only five tastes; our nose complements this rather limited sense. Much of what we think we taste is actually derived from our sense of smell! Because the nose and mouth are connected, taste and smell work hand-in-hand to complete our eating experiences; incorporating scent, in the form of essential oils, is a logical way to optimize our meals without adding additional chemicals and fillers to our food. The recipes in this book focus on using fresh, local (if possible) ingredients and scented essential oils to nourish your loved ones in a healthy and varied way. Included are the basics of essential oils, including recipes for creating your own spiced oils, vinegars, butters, salts, syrups, honey, and sugars. Easy-to-follow recipes for warm and cold appetizers, soups, main and side dishes, desserts, and drinks and cocktails will have you cooking with essential oils in no time! A tips and tricks section helps to eliminate any guesswork on the part of the home cook, and the authors include menu examples by occasion. Eliane Zimmermann, leading lecturer for aromatherapy practice and graduate of the renowned Shirley Price International College of Aromatherapy, provides the introduction.


Review:

This is a great book if you're just getting started with essential oils, as it starts with the basics, and works it's way up from there. You'll learn what the different grades are, why they are important, and how to pick the right oil for your cooking needs. Then come the basic 'recipes' and uses for different blends. This tends to be where most users of essential oils stop. They may make up blends to give as gifts (always a great idea), but they may not experiment with them too much, The authors have already done that, and you get to benefit from their experience! 

Recipes in the book include appetizers, sups, main dishes, side dishes, desserts and drinks. You could actually plan a whole meal from start to finish around essential oils! What a fun idea, right? This book will be a valuable resource if you are into using essential oils, and I highly recommend it! It would also be a great gift, especially for the foodie who has 'all the cookbooks', with a set of oils to get them started (maybe for Father's Day???).


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