Healing Secrets of the Seasons: Recipes And Remedies That Soothe, De-Stress, And Energize Throughout The Year

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For centuries, cultures the world over have understood the impact of the seasons on human health and adapted their diet accordingly. Now, culinary and natural remedy authority Judith Benn Hurley applies this age-old wisdom to the demands of the modern world with more than 250 recipes, plus herbal remedies and healing practices that fight disease and foster wellness all year long.

In four major seasonal sections linked by shorter passages covering the transition periods between seasons when we're most vulnerable to illness, Hurley presents natural remedies for body- and soul-nourishing foods, refreshing tonics, healthy beverages, and even gardening tips, along with delightfully informative tidbits about interesting dates and ancient celebrations. Here are such heartwarming cold-weather dishes as Vanilla-Scented Buckwheat Pancakes, Warm Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon and Cloves, and Baked Winter Stew with Fresh Thyme. Green is the theme for springtime, from Salmon Salad with Sprouts and Ginger-Lime Dressing to Stir-fried Green Beans with Hot Peppers and Peanuts. Long summer days call for cool refreshments like Cucumber Freezer Pickles or Blueberry-Ginger Sorbet, while autumn demands such hearty, energizing fare as Chinese-Style Noodle Cakes, Barley Risotto with Leeks, and Spicy Bean Burritos.

A cornucopia of mouthwatering recipes, anecdotes, and healing lessons drawn from the author's travels and studies, this inventive, holistic approach serves up a delicious way to live in harmony with nature.

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We are a society that is accustomed to eating whatever we want whenever we want it. But for centuries cultures throughout the world have known that eating and living in harmony with the seasons can have a huge impact on health. In Healing Secrets of the Seasons: Recipes and Remedies that Soothe, De-stress, and Energize Throughout the Year, culinary and health expert and coauthor of Healing Foods Judith Benn Hurley takes this ancient seasonal wisdom and tells readers how to apply it to their daily lives.

The book is divided into four chapters, one for each season. Each chapter includes beneficial activities, herbal remedies, and healing practices to promote seasonal well-being. Plus, Hurley details the best foods for winter, spring, summer, and fall. Quick cooking tips and seasonal menu suggestions are included along with more than 250 easy and delicious vegetarian recipes. Additional chapters reveal the best ways to stay healthy during the transitions between seasons, a time when the body is particularly vulnerable to disease. Healing Secrets of the Seasons will give your taste buds and psyche a new perspective on the seasons and will help you stay balanced and healthy all year long. --Ellen Albertson

About the Author:

Judith Benn Hurley has enriched the lives of millions through her many books, including The Good Herb and the best-selling The Healing Foods. For twenty years, she has been at the forefront of the health and culinary scenes. She has written for The Washington Post, Ladies Home Journal, and Prevention. Two of her books, Garden Fresh Cooking and Healthy Microwave Cooking, won IACP/Seagram awards for excellence.

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