How might we learn medicine from a cuisine book?
The inspiration for The Spice of Life comes from the spice racks in a traditional Chinese kitchen. In China, ailments are both prevented and treated through the daily use of spices, which provide both nutrients and medicinal benefits. This may be a combination of spices boiled with chicken and served as a soup during dinner every night, for example, a simple mix of spices steeped for a cup of soothing tea, or even a hot dessert.
While there are hundreds of different spices used in Chinese medicine—including popular spices like ginseng, ginkgo, and wolfberry (goji berry)—many of them are the same spices and herbs found in the spice racks of western cultures: cinnamon (cassia), ginger, clove, star anise, and nutmeg are good examples.