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Aromatherapy in the Kitchen

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Aromatherapy in the Kitchen
Author: Melissa Dale & Emmanuelle Lipsky
Publisher: Woodland
Copyright: 2002
ISBN: 1-58054-348-0

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Although aromatherapy most commonly centers around the use of essential oils and other volatile plant oils, Aromatherapy in the Kitchen emphasizes the use of commonly available, fresh culinary herbs. I am especially delighted at this focus in the book since cooking with essential oils can be unsafe for those not adequately familiar with essential oils and their safe use.

Although other books abound on cooking with herbs, Aromatherapy in the Kitchen is especially unique as it focuses on achieving specific aromatic and emotional results by preparing and enjoying delicious meals.

The authors say it well in the following paragraph:

"While cooking with herbs is nothing new, we wanted to bring the full sensory benefits of herbs, flowers and other essences into the kitchen in order to turn simple cooking into a complete aesthetic experience for the mind, body and spirit. Food preparation and feasting can and should involve all of our senses, so we decided to create a cuisine designed to influence mood using the principles of aromatherapy. Although traditional aromatherapy uses essential oils, we like to broaden this to include the practice of extracting essential oils directly into food through the preparation and cooking processes. The roots, leaves, stems, bark, flowers, seeds and fruit peels of whole aromatic plans contain the same essences used to make essential oils, and although less concentrated, they have the same therapeutic qualities."

Table of Contents for Aromatherapy in the Kitchen

  • Chapter 1: Aromatherapy in the Kitchen: Making Sense of Scents
    • Introduction
    • Helpful Hints
    • Creating the Mood
  • Chapter 2: Fueling Your Passions: Recipes that Inspire Romance
    • Crab Gratin with Vanilla-Rose Oil
    • Shrimp with Ginger Butter
    • Basil Crepes with Fresh Mozzarella and Oven-Dried Tomatoes
    • Gingered Scallop Timbales with Citrus Soy Glaze
    • Mesclun Salad with Jasmine-Seared Scallops
    • Lobster Salad with Basil Vinaigrette
    • Lavender Roasted Chicken
    • Truffled Mashed Potatoes
    • Mussels and Clams in Saffron-Bay Broth
    • Jasmine-Seared Salmon with Pink Peppercorn Sauce
    • Potato Galette with Truffle Oil
    • Lavender Chicken with Fresh Figs
    • Morel Crusted Game Hens
    • Shrimp and Sausage Paella
    • Gnocchi with Chicken and Portobellos
    • Shrimp Pesto Pizza
    • Mango-Lavender Sorbet
    • Champagne Rose Granita
    • Jasmine Ice Cream
    • Rose Pudding
    • Lavender Creme Brulee
  • Chapter 3: Renewing the Soul: Recipes that Refresh and Invigorate
    • Carrot and Ginger Soup
    • South American Summer Salad
    • Minty Taboulleh
    • Rosemary and Goat Cheese Tart
    • Eggplant Rolls with Feta and Mint
    • Chilean Seabass with Rosemary Butter
    • Chipotle-Mint Game Hen
    • Fava Bean Ragout
    • Ginger Chicken with Shiitake Mushrooms
    • Herbed Pork Chops with Port Reduction
    • Cumin Coriander Couscous with Turkey Meatballs
    • Penne with Smoked Salmon in Lemon-Vodka Cream
    • Roasted Rosemary Chicken with Caramelized Apples
    • Roasted Salmon with Cinnamon and Cumin
    • Rosemary-Pine Nu Crusted Pork Loin
    • Spiced Shrimp Saute
    • Tilapia with Sauce Provencal
    • Indian Chicken with Ginger and Cumin
    • Rosemary Roasted Vegetables with Bulgur Pilaf
    • Rosemary Strata
    • Green Beans with Spiced Candied Walnuts
    • Citrus-Ginger Cheesecake
    • Citrus Souffles with Grand Marnier
    • Flourless Chocolate Cake with Fresh Mint Whipped Cream
    • Fresh Mint and Citrus Cake
    • Cardamom Shortbread
    • Lemon Verbene Ricotta Pudding
    • Minty Fruit Tart
    • Individual Fruit "Tarts"
  • Chapter 4: Relaxing Body, Mind and Spirit: Recipes that Soothe
    • Blue Cheese Rosti
    • Buckwheat Crepes with Fresh Basil and Cheese
    • Butternut Squash Soup with Sage
    • Crab and Thyme Stuffed Mushrooms
    • Digon-Lavender Salmon Cakes
    • Chamomile Quiche
    • Sage and Potato Frittata
    • Mesclun Salad with Warm Thyme Vinaigrette
    • Roasted Vegetables with Thyme Vinaigrette
    • Grilled Chicken with Sage Cream Sauce
    • Lavender Lasagna
    • Oregano Chicken with Polenta and Feta
    • Tomato Linguine a la Chamomile Checca
    • Red Wine and Sage Risotto with Wild Mushrooms
    • Eggplant and Basil Gratin
    • Sage Stuffed Tomatoes
    • Herb-Crusted Halibut with Creamy Polenta
    • Herb Roasted Artichokes
    • Pan-Grilled Vegetables
    • Goat Cheese Souffles with Roasted Garlic and Thyme
    • Sage-Zucchini Pancakes with Tomato-Mint Coulis
    • Chamomile Risotto
    • Chamomile Creme Caramel
  • Chapter 5: Healing Your Innter Child: Recipes that Comfort
    • Meatloaf
    • Murg Palak (Indian Chicken with Spinach)
    • Gambretti Monica (Shrimp Monica)
    • Peggy's Southern Comfort Gumbo
    • Posole
    • Shepherd's Pie
    • Soupe au Pistou
    • Sage and Potato Gratin
    • Herbed Spaghetti Squash Casserole
    • Mum's Cornbread Dressing
    • Mikey's Pizza Bianco a la Vongole
    • North Woods Rice
    • Vanilla Bean Bread Pudding with Meringue
    • Orange and Apricot Clafouti with Creme Anglaise
    • Chai Tea
  • Resource Guide
  • Index

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