Herbalist and author Rosemary Gladstar has been writing about the health benefits of fire cider – a spicy blend of apple cider vinegar, onion, ginger, horseradish, garlic and some other immune-boosting herbs. Her original recipe was inspired by traditional cider vinegar remedies and, in return, gave rise to dozens of fire cider formulations that heal from cold to flu to leg cramps and hangover. In Fire Cider!, Rosemary Gladstar has collected over 100 recipes from more than 70 herbal enthusiasts. Rosemary Gladstar shows that apple cider vinegar adds a zesty flavor to many dishes, giving them tart, sour and slightly sweet zing to them. Rosemay says that inexpensive cider vinegar is among the most ubiquitous health items found in the world. It can be made easily and is found everywhere where apples are grown.
Many apple cider vinegar-recipes can be traced back to centuries. Rosemary Gladstar says that vinegar is one of nature’s gifts to humankind. It is one of our oldest foods and medicines. No one quite knows exactly when that fortuitous moment occurred that wine became vinegar. Or, was it the other way around? What we know is that people have been fermenting foods for thousands of years and that vinegar, in particular, is one of the oldest known ferments in existence. The first recorded use of vinegar dates back to Babylonian texts written more than five thousand years ago, but it was made and used long before the ancient Babylonians made their first forays into the wider world.
Apple cider vinegar has been used for issues ranging from gastrointestinal problems to heartburn, mental clarity, energy, immune health, and a variety of first-aid measure. Several studies have found that apple cider vinegar helps the body balance blood sugar levels. For example, one study of people with type 2 diabetes who did not take insulin showed that if they took 2 tablespoons before going to sleep, they had lower blood glucose levels in the morning. Another study found that people diagnosed with insulin resistance who drank apple cider vinegar mixed with water before eating a high carbohydrate meal had lower blood sugar level afterward, compared to those who did not drink the diluted vinegar. These recipes range from Black Currant Fire Cider to Triple Goddess Vinegar, Fire Cider Dark Moonshine, and Bloody Mary Fire Cider.
Fire Cider! is a testimony of Rosemary Gladstar’s passionate desire to keep the fire cider tradition alive. Apple cider not only makes our food delicious and flavorful but also provides several health benefits. Her recipes taste so very good but not at the expense of time or money. These recipes are accessible, practical and easy to make. The book is packed with tips and variations to keep you going for a long time to come. Fire Cider! is for those who love good food and stay healthy. No matter how many cookbooks you have in your kitchen, Fire Cider! must be part of your kitchen.