With over 75 nourishing recipes and herbal remedies, this cookbook and seasonal guide to wellness pays homage to the ancient wisdom of the elements.
Turn your kitchen into a healing sanctuary! This cookbook will help you identify your unique constitution based on the five elements—earth, water, fire, wind, and ether. Use that insight to design an everyday wellness practice with nourishing meals, healing herbs, and self-care rituals. Tapping into these elements is at the heart of all traditional medicines—Ayurveda, Western Herbalism, and Chinese Medicine—and it is the key to discovering your most vibrant self.
Discover the power of herbalism and the elements to feel balanced and well from season-to-season. With simple spices and healing herbs, you‘ll feel confident creating remedies that support mental clarity, enhanced digestion, a relaxed nervous system, and promote an overall radiance. From cleansing tonics like Roasted Dandelion Chai or Hibiscus Punch with Schisandra Salt to rejuvenating classics like Kitchari with Golden Ghee or Tumeric Congee, you'll find transformative recipes and uses for adaptogenic herbs to restore and find balance every day.
SARAH KATE BENJAMIN and SUMMER SINGLETARY studied permaculture at the Regenerative Design Institute, community herbalism at the Florida School of Holistic Living and Clinical Foundations of Ayurveda at The dhyana Center. Summer apprenticed with renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, which led her to study at the California School of Herbal Studies, to work as an herbalist for Traditional Medicinals, and now as a holistic marketer in the wellness industry. Sarah has interned at Herb Pharm in Oregon, apprenticed at Tassjara’s Zen Kitchen, has studied Amazonian plants in the Peruvian jungle, and works at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center and as a holistic foods chef in Sonoma County. They launched the Kosmic Kitchen, an herbal wellness company, in 2012 and have popular online herbal workshops and a self-published zine Be Radical, Eat Traditional!
“Every page of this stunningly beautiful book overflows with seasonal wisdom, herbal teachings, and unique recipes for health and well-being. But more than just another book of delicious seasonal recipes, The Kosmic Kitchen is a colorful compendium of sensory delights, a wellness manual, and an herbal cook book all rolled into one. Colorful, flavorful, and fabulous, in every sense this book is certain to be a classic.” —Rosemary Gladstar
“For anyone starting on a path to understanding the healing power of plants and herbalism, this is your book. One of the things I love is the way Sarah and Summer go beyond the realm of infusions, decoctions, and the like, and really dive into the space where herbalism and day-to-day cooking intersects. Everyone needs a bit of kosmic in their kitchen!” —Heidi Swanson, author of Super Natural Cooking
“This book is a blend of all that makes American Herbalism unique and a joy! Sarah and Summer have brought together the beautiful bounty of the garden into the kitchen and married it with the joy of being alive. Using mindfulness as a focus, the choice of herbs, their preparation to make outrageously delicious recipes is clear and empowering. The section on the mindful creation of the kitchen space is irreplaceable. Buy this book!” —David Hoffmann BSc, FNIMH, medical herbalist and author of Medical Herbalism