A new year always brings new things: new jobs, new diets, new journeys, new starts. The list of New Year’s resolutions is never ending and another “new” that could be added to the list is cooking new dishes from a new cookbook. But there are so many cookbooks out there: how does one decide? Rather than go for the hundredth dieting cookbook or yet another book about baking bread, those who have a curious palate should give Herb: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Cannabis a try.
This cookbook focuses on a key ingredient many would not think to use in cooking: weed. While many may think it is a bad idea to use this ingredient in any sort of cooking, the creators of this book are incredibly knowledgeable of this plant and encourage others to test it out in the given recipes. HERB – the world’s number-one resource for cannabis recipes, information, and culture – used their name for the title of their cookbook and have sold over 15,000 copies through the online publisher Inkshares within the past two years.
It would be wise to encourage readers to read the first thirty pages of this cookbook, regardless of one’s knowledge of or familiarity with cannabis, for Herb: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Cannabis provides a plethora of insightful information on the plant. The introduction includes four sections: Cannabis 101, The Effects and Medical Benefits of Cannabis, Cooking with Cannabis, and Making Cannaoil and Cannabutter. Each section provides valuable information on how best to use and cook with cannabis while also providing a bit of background on the plant itself.
Thanks to the creative minds of Chef Laurie Wolf and Chef Melissa Parks and the beautiful pictures taken by photographer Bruce Wolf, readers are given over two hundred pages of recipes ranging from soups to sandwiches to drinks to desserts to so much more. Each recipe is given a difficulty, ranging between four levels: easy, medium, intermediate, and advanced. On the positive side, for those who are not as experienced in cooking with cannabis, many of the recipes are rated “easy” to make, so readers should not feel intimidated to try any of the many recipes provided.
What better way to start a new year than to try cooking a dish using an ingredient many would not think to try. Herb: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Cannabis not only provides a surplus of new recipes to try using cannabis, but it also provides insightful information on the plant from an incredibly knowledgeable source. Perhaps the only downside to this cookbook is the fact that cannabis can be rather difficult to obtain, especially for the many states where it is still prohibited. However, if one has access to a reliable provider, than these recipes are excellent ones to try for the New Year.