Recently, my dear friend Amelia visited me. She recommended a book called Healing Spices: How to use 50 Everyday and Exotic Spices to Boost Health and Beat Disease. It is written by a researcher named Dr. Aggarwal. Dr. Aggarwal is well known in my profession for his human clinical trials that he is conducting for cancer and curcumin (which comes from the spice turmeric).
I checked a copy out from the Tulsa Public Library last week, and I have been deeply enjoying the book. He discusses the scientific studies done on spices in down-to-earth, understandable language. He also describes how the spices are used in cooking, their history, and the best way to pick them out and prepare them.
Dr. Aggarwal has set out to inspire people to add more spice to their diet to help improve their health and prevent disease. For certain, spices are an important part of the diet that often go overlooked.