“”The Sacred Cookbook” is an excellent book for anyone wanting to start a healthy whole food diet. Engagingly written and illustrated by Nick and Michelle Polizzi, this book explores recipes from around the world that are part of the cultural heritage of(and help define) the peoples that developed and still eat them. It is published by Three Seed Productions.
The subtitle, “Forgotten Healing Recipes of the Ancients”, explains what the book is all about. Every recipe in this book is at least 500 years old, has great meaning to the people that eat it, has proven health-promoting properties and is delicious to eat. These are important concepts for diet that have largely been lost to our modern world.
Think about “ancient” as it is used in the subtitle. Five hundred years ago there were no highly processed foods(pretty much everything people ate was just as nature provided). Travel was limited, so all food was grown and/or harvested locally. Food at the time was the only means of staying healthy and it had to taste good to be become a staple.
“The Sacred Cookbook” has recipes from every corner of the world and the stories behind those recipes and ingredients. Roman honey cake, porcini mushrooms and farro, Quechua yucca salad, kimchi and pemmican are some of the included recipes. Other recipes come from the Andes of Peru, the Himalayas, Mesopotamia, Polynesia and more.
Every recipe I have tried so far has worked fine the first time. I am slowly making my way through the book and thoroughly enjoying the stories that go along with the recipes. Making and eating the food gives real insights into a culture that cannot be gained by mere observation. Eating the food of other cultures is the culinary equivalent of world travel and broadens the mind as well as the flavor palette.