I do, and I’m not referring to my book, Is It Spicy? — which you can purchase for $.99 on Amazon. (No, it’s not erotica, it’s totally PG!) I’m talking about cooking with spices.
A year or so ago I wrote a review about a nonfiction book, Spice, the History of a Temptation. This is a great read. The author discusses the history of spices, uses, medical applications, value – more valuable than gold in ancient society.
Now, of course, when everything is pulled apart and studied, scientists agree that spices are good for us. Big surprise. Spices were used for flavoring, food preservation, and medicine in most cultures for centuries and only fell out of favor in the past few hundred years.
Research from Penn State seems to confirm the health benefits of spices. Here’s the link to a quick summary from NPR.
Yes, I know I’m talking about food again, but I never like it when a food is taken in isolation. Yes, I suspect spices used in cooking contribute to our overall health and well being – and satisfaction. I mean, you want your food to be flavorful, right? I love nothing better than a good pumpkin yellow curry.
But I have a friend who believes if a little is good, a whole lot is better. Since tumeric seems to have significant health benefits, she not only puts it on her oatmeal in the morning – excuse me while I vomit – she takes tumeric supplements throughout the day.
Once again, it’s all about the search for the holy grail of longevity. Blah-blah-blah…. Think Ponce de Leon’s failed quest for the legendary fountain of youth. Maybe from now on when I eat my bacon I’ll pour on the tumeric and cinnamon.
Speaking of food – I got the sweetest compliment from a cowgirl who read In the Flesh – she said on Amazon, and I quote, Wolf and Sydney Five Stars: “As a cowgirl, it is really hard for me to find a book about a rancher or cowgirl that portrays them accurately. The scene on checking calves in a snowstorm was so true. Julia Barrett not only was right on with her ranch scenes, she’s written a great romance. The growing attraction between Syd and Wolf is hot, to say the least. Sydney is struggling to maintain her family ranch while keeping her lifelong dream of being a doctor. As for a hero, you can’t get any better than Wolf. I’d recommend this book to anyone who wants a fast, funny and heartbreaking romance. I’m off to buy another Barrett book.”
Wow. She’s a cowgirl. Her review humbles me.
Hey, so what did you think of The Walking Dead finale? What makes Rick any better than Shane? A whole lotta nuthin’ in my opinion. I’d take Shane any day because at least he didn’t pretend to be a paragon of virtue. And Andrea and her new gal pal KICK ASS. I plan to watch Season Three for those two alone. By the way, Daryl’s personality has gone MIA. Maybe it was transplanted into Glen who finally manned up. At least Carol had the balls to say something. And T-Dog can drive. He’s right – drive away as fast as you can and don’t look back… The Force is strong with that one…