If there is ONE book you will buy this year, just one, make it this one: The Longevity Kitchen: Satisfying, Big-Flavor Recipes Featuring the Top 16 Age-Busting Power Foods [120 Recipes for Vitality and Optimal Health] by Rebecca Katz. I am a big fan of Rebecca Katz’s work. Let me tell you why:

1. She is a trained nutritionist and has been working with people for years to get them to eat better but she uses science to motivate not to create fear. Her work is not intimidating but rather inspiring. This particular book, for instance, focuses on 16 anti-oxidants loaded ingredients and the science behind them. That is great if you love reading the details. But turn to the middle of the book and each one of those ingredients is featured in a recipe that you just feel like you have to try! (We loved the Greener than the Green Goddess Dressing with Avocado… amazing.

2. I love that Rebecca says that her main tool is flavor! She motivates people to cook with it and succeeds! Her books are runaway bestsellers and this is why.

3. The mineral broth showcased in this book is worth buying the book for. Yep. Just that one recipe. My boys tell me that the broth makes the kitchen smell magical. I serve it to them all the time and use it as a basis for soups, chili etc. It is loaded with all that is good for growing bodies and some bodies that are  (ahem) just trying to maintain themselves (like me!)

We are partnering with Smith  & Truslow and Rebecca Katz and are giving way a box of Smith’s amazing organic spices and a copy of Rebecca’s book.

The spice collection we are giving away includes: Cinnamon, Cumin, Turmeric, Thyme, Ginger and Coriander.

Pictures from the Smith & Truslow website:

GIVEAWAY: To enter:

1. Leave a comment here and tell us what is your favorite spice and how you like to use it!

2. LIKE Rebecca Katz’s FB page (If you do not have a Fb account, skip this step and step 3)

3. LIKE Monica Bhide’s FB page

4. Then share this giveaway with your friends and family on social media and, of course, in person! Pretty please?!

I will pick one random winner on June 3rd, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.

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  1. I love so many spices and as the manager of a spice shop, I am surrounded by them daily. The spice I use most often is cumin. It is found in Hispanic and Indian cuisines which I cook a lot. I buy whole cumin and toast then grind it for each use. However, my “favorite” spice is saffron. Rebecca’s book looks amazing and I am looking forward to using it.

  2. This book looks awesome! We’ve just started a new, healthier lifestyle that is mostly vegan. I’m always on the lookout now for new and interesting recipes that will keep our taste buds happy. I shared and liked Rebecca’s page and I already love yours, Monica!

  3. this year my favorite herb is tarragon. I love it chopped into a simple salad with goat cheese.

  4. Hi Monica –

    My favorite spice is cinnamon. I use it on/in everything from oatmeal and smoothies to cookies and rubs. I love it’s spicy yet sweet flavor – and the fact that it also helps to stabilize blood sugar!

  5. Basil is my favorite, fresh or ground in my Italian dishes, but I use many different spices as I cook many different cuisines

  6. luv lemon thyme!
    use it on fish, veggies and salad dressing.

  7. I really like ginger. I pretty much use it when I can.

  8. I like The Cancer Fighting Kitchen on Facebook.

  9. I like your FB Page.

  10. My favorite spice keeps changing as I love to experiment. Currently it is freshly ground Kashmiri Red chilli powder which is so flavorful and bright than the powdered storebought stuff that only adds color. The spice that I use the least but never fails to charm me is saffron.

  11. I love the versatility of basil. It’s so delicious with Asian dishes as well as Mediterranean… in both its fresh and dried forms.

  12. Unfortunately, the link to Monica Bhide’s FB site seems to be broken or unavailable. 🙁

  13. My favorite is probably cumin… chili, Mexican food, black beans… yum.

  14. I would love to try their garlic..:)

  15. I love celery slat

  16. Spices to me, are one of our most prized possessions. I literally travel with spices, even if just going to familys homes. I use spices all day long as part of my health regime also. Spices change and enhance whatever you are making in the kitchen! I start the day with making a smoothie and add Cayenne, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cardamon, those are my fave start the day right spices! Then for midday or evening, I also use 5 spice blend, turmeric, cumin, heavenly curry…( love curry!!!), black seed, coriander, rosemary( really an herb), thyme, fennel seed, anise seed, and so much more! It’s too hard to make a fave.. but if have to would go with cinnamon, cayenne, nutmeg, turmeric.. due to their versatility. Thanks so much for a wonderful giveaway!
    Cathy B*****y pbprojecthope at yahoodotcom

    1. Love cumin and East Indian dishes. ????

  17. Although hard to pick an absolute favorite out of these fabulous spices, I am choosing to call “Ginger” our favorite….has seem to be our miracle lately. 🙂

  18. A friend of mine makes his own Garam Masala that is so aromatic and warm and wonderful. If I were to pick a single spice, it might very well be cardamom. Good with both savory and sweet dishes, my most recent discovery was adding it to homemade pear butter. Yum.

  19. I like paprika.. Throw it on some chicken or deviled eggs!

  20. LIKED your FB page

  21. LIKED Rebecca Katz’s FB page

  22. Catie Fitzgerald

    I love the herbs Provencal. It is my favorite to use on veggies, salad, and meat. It is my go to.

  23. I love dill, and I use it in many of my egg and potato salad dishes.

  24. Shirley Robertson

    Rosemary….the spice….so many uses, so unique. Love it! Any spice can take simple food and turn it into amazing. And so many great medicinal uses, without them feeling “medicinal”

  25. I love turmeric, saffron, cinnamon, and paprika. My adult son has cancer so I use turmeric in almost everything except desserts now because it kills cancer cells. It’s in remission now, but we want to keep it in remission by using spices and foods that help build up his immunity and fight off the cancer.

  26. Cumin is a big favorite right now, and I love to add it (and paprika and coriander and fresh cilantro) to lemon quinoa. Yum!

  27. My favorite spice is cumin. It takes any dish into a new flavor level 🙂


  28. “Like”d yours and Rebecaa’s Facebook page.

  29. I LOVE so many different spices but my all time favorite spice is freshly ground tellicherry black peppercorns. ;D

  30. Love cumin and the yellow color of turmeric!

  31. Cinnamon is my favorite spice. I like to put it on oatmeal and on applesauce. I like to bake with it in muffins, breads, cookies, pies, etc. I love the fragrance of cinnamon when I’m baking something with it.

  32. I use cinnamon every morning on my buttered toast as well as cut up raw apples. Delicious.

  33. I love using Basil in a little bit of everything, especially Spaghetti.

    I like both FB pages (Lesha O’Nan).

  34. I like ginger!

  35. I like Cancer Fighting fb page.

  36. I like your fb page.

  37. i use cayenne pepper on many things since it helps burn calories!

  38. Lisa Waterman Gray = YOU WIN this.

    Please email me your address.

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