Author(s): Natasha MacAller
Spices are celebrated the world over for the depth of flavour that they bring to dishes. The alchemy of roasting and blending the perfect spice mix is a careful balance of sweet, sour, bitter and spicy that can elevate a dish to something truly special. But beyond their remarkable taste, many spices have huge benefits to health and nutrition that are only now beginning to be recognised in the Western world. This beautiful cook book includes a detailed study of the history, myths and traditional uses of spices. Spice Health Heroes examines the culinary, nutritional and medical applications of everyday (and more exotic) spices found in your pantry. Medical and nutritional claims are backed by contributions from an impressive team of international medical professionals and institutions. With more than 80 recipes, including contributions from some 20 internationally renowned chefs from around the world, such as Peter Gordon, Raghavan Iyer, Christine Manfield and April Bloomfield, Spice Health Heroes takes you on a journey through the spice cabinet and will inspire you to add a fragrant spice to every meal.
If cooking is an art and baking is a science, NATASHA MACALLER is a pastry chef who flawlessly dances in both worlds. A former professional ballerina, Natasha, who is known as the 'Dancing Chef', brings the same diligence and precision to the kitchen as she did to dancing. Many people think that dancing and cooking are worlds apart, but to Natasha, both are performance arts - creative disciplines that demand dedication and hours of painstaking practice. She challenges herself constantly, and delights in creating new taste sensations and designing 'First and Last' dishes and retro cocktails. Tash divides her time between Los Angeles, London and New Zealand, teaching cookery and engaging in restaurant consulting and writing. She teaches her elegant comfort style of starters, desserts and drinks in the U.S. and abroad, including at Haagen-Dazs International, Leiths Cooking School in London and The Culinary Institute of New Zealand in Kerikeri, and is also currently collaborating with Chef Anne Conness' new restaurant Sausal, serving Nuevo Rancho Cuisine in El Segundo, L.A., which opened in September 2015. Natasha's first cookbook, Vanilla Table: The Essence of Exquisite Cooking from the World's Best Chefs (Jacqui Small, UK) was published in 2015, with the help of 33 international chefs who each contributed their own dazzling recipe to this landmark cookbook. Spice Heroes is her second book and, like the first, is beautifully photographed by Manja Wachsmuth. Natasha is a member of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs (WCR), Les Dames D'Escoffier (LEDI), International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) and New Zealand Chefs Association.