Spice Health Heroes

Spice Health Heroes  will be available  October 20, 2016 . Pre-order your copy now!

Featuring recipes from José Andrés, April Bloomfield, Peter Gordon, Judy Joo, Lidia Bastianich and many more
©Photography by Manja Wachsmuth - foodphotographersfavorites.co.nz

Where to purchase Spice Health Heroes:
UK: AMAZONWaterstonesBook Depository
Canada: Indigo
Germany: Bücher, HugendubelAmazon.de
Italy: ThaliaAmazon.it
Peru: Lexus Editores
Spain: CincotintasAmazon.es


Many spices have huge benefits to health and nutrition that are only now beginning to be recognized in the Western world. Backed by an impressive team of international medical professionals and institutions, Spice Health Heroes explores the nutritional and medical applications of 30 commonly available but nevertheless extraordinary spice ‘health heroes’.

In addition to being good for you, spices are universally celebrated 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 elevates a dish to something truly special. Here, over 90 recipes, including contributions from more than 20 internationally renowned chefs, draw their inspiration from around the world and include such mouth-watering dishes as Hibiscus and Citrus-crusted Prawns with Tart Tuscan Melon, Tamarind and Tahitian Lime Roasted Duck, and Toasted Pepper, Lemon and Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream. 

Tropical Turmeric Smoothie Spiced Turmeric Tisane

Tropical Turmeric Smoothie
Spiced Turmeric Tisane

Pork Chile Verde

Pork Chile Verde

Fenugreek-Poached Pear with Dessert Dukkah

Fenugreek-Poached Pear with Dessert Dukkah

“Spices, Earth’s refined alchemy, discovered and cherished by our ancestors, enhance the flavour of our food, bringing life to our mealtimes. Use spices not only for their culinary properties but also for their impressive healing qualities, which can help your health, inner balance and well-being.”

Eleni Tsiompanou, MD, PGDip, MSc Nutritional Medicine, Health Being Institute, London

“Spices are a wonderful way to not only improve the flavour of the food you cook but also increase the potential health benefits. Spices provide natural flavours that contain a variety of phytochemicals, many of which are being studied today for their health benefits. Natasha’s book Spice Health Heroes is a fantastic resource for patients wanting to learn how to improve the health benefits of the food they are eating every day.“

– Richard Lee, MD, CWRU School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio


“I got my copy of your new cookbook Spice Health Heroes a couple of weeks ago. What a BEAUTIFUL book!!! And I've learned so much. But the real treat are the recipes. I've already done the chicken tikka, the chicken adobo, and the onion mushroom soup. All delicious!!! Next up will be the pan-roasted monkfish. It's all so yummy. And I feel healthier already. So thanks! thanks! for taking the time (It must have been a BIG investment of time) for researching and writing such a wonderful cookbook.“

Michael F. Venice, CA

Radio Interviews

I discuss my new book, Spice Health Heroes with William Sitwell. Our conversation begins about 32 minutes into the show.

Natasha MacAller chats about her new book, Spice Health Heroes with Jo Good on The Barking Hour. 


Period Living - 2017
Spice & Simple

Spices, earth’s refined alchemy, not only enhance the flavour of our food, but have impressive healing qualities to support health, inner balance and wellbeing. Natasha MacAller shares some tasty and nourishing recipes. Read more

NZ House & Garden - 2017
Spice Up Your Life
These recipes follow the centuries–old tradition of using spices for flavour as well as their health-giving properties. Read more

Foodism - 2017
Watch this Spice!
Found out how spices can improve your wellbeing as well as your food, with a new book by Chef and writer Natasha MacAller. Read more

Gourmet Business - Fine Cheese & Charcuterie  - January 2017
From the Deli Bookshelf
For thousands of years spices have been used for medicinal purposes as well as for seasoning food. They are one of the oldest foods used by humans and are integral to virtually every traditional cuisine on earth.   Read more 


Eat Healthy Magazine  - 2016
Spice up your nibbles!
Spices aren't just there to add flavour to your cooking. They have health benefits too, whether that is getting your circulation going with a blast of chilli or calming your mind with a soothing tea. Read more

The Times London Weekend  - November 2016
Six spicy lunches for the weekend
Cook your beef in a blend of spices or make a hot chilli relish for your whole roast fish. The chef Natasha MacAller shares her top lunch party recipes. Read more

Food At Heart  - November 2016
Spice Health Heroes: it’s time to get spicy
There are lots of cookery books out there – my own bookshelves are a testament to this – so when it comes to a new one, I’m always on the lookout for something a bit different. And Spice Health Heroes is just that. It combines the culinary and medicinal in an extended love letter to a range of delicious spices. Read more

FarmersGirl Kitchen - November 2016
Cocoa Butter Roasted Veggie Salad and Spice Health Heroes
At a time when culinary medicine, the exciting link between food and medicine (and food as medicine), has become one of the hottest health topics, Spice Health Heroes will stimulate all your senses and show you how to create dishes that not only taste fantastic but may help you feel fantastic too. Read more

London Daily Express - October 2016
Subtle spices: Chilli-lime chicken and swiss berry quilt cake recipes
If you have never tried cooking from scratch with spices. I would recommend this book. Read more

Broadway World - Food and Wine - October 2016
Hot New Cookbook Alert - SPICE HEALTH HEROES
Once in a while, along comes a cookbook that will find itself equally at home in your kitchen or on your coffee table. Not only that, SPICE HEALTH HEROES might also make you healthier. Read more


Glamorous Glutton - October 2016
Stuffed with more than 100 recipes Spice Health Heroes is a wide ranging look at the health benefits of spices.  This is the second book by Ballerina Chef Natasha MacAller. Read more