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Elixir's Tonics and Teas

Stein, Jeff

Verlag: Clarkson Potter, 2001
ISBN 10: 0609606271 / ISBN 13: 9780609606278
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Titel: Elixir's Tonics and Teas

Verlag: Clarkson Potter

Erscheinungsdatum: 2001

Einband: Hardcover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: When Gwyneth Paltrow needs more swing in her step, chances are you'll find her heading to West Hollywood's most popular watering hole, Elixir -- not for a jolt of caffeine, but for a refreshing Virtual Buddha tonic. Freddie Prinze Jr. is partial to the Power Plant, while Hilary Swank often stops in for a dose of Yin From the Cold to stave off the sniffles. Even the cast of "Sex in the City" stop by for tonics on a recent episode of the show. In the fast pace of today's world, it seems that everyone is searching for ways both to relax and to boost their energy. At Elixir, they find soothing and invigorating tonic beverages, simple foods, and trained herbalists to create personalized health programs for their clients.In "Elixir's Tonics and Teas", the owners of Elixir offer beverage recipes and an introduction to herbal healing practices from around the world. Drawing on the approach that has made their business such a success, "Elixir's Tonics and Teas" combines Eastern philosophy with Californian irreverence, while demystifying the ingredients and consumption of herbal tonics. At Elixir, clients can buy both concentrated mixtures o. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_0609606271

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Inhaltsangabe: Since ancient times herbs have been prized for their health-enhancing properties, and the therapeutic benefits of herbs, from kavakava to ginseng and ginko biloba have been embraced by Americans in growing numbers.

At the zenlike oasis of Elixir, West Hollywood?s hottest watering hole, licensed herbalists dispense a tempting array of refreshing smoothies, energizing tonics, and soothing teas that deliver all the benefits of tonic herbs in a most delicious way. In Elixir?s Tonics and Teas, they share their recipes so that everyone can benefit from signature blends like Greet the Day Tea and Yin from the Cold Tonic.

Elixir?s philosophy is to create a comfortable blend of Eastern and Western practices and tastes. Each efficacious blend of herbs is combined with juice and other flavorful ingredients so these smoothies, sodas, and teas, and even cocktails are delightful quaffs that can be enjoyed anytime. Boost your system before a workout with a glass of Energy Today Tonic, or rebalance the body after an illness with Taming the Dragon; prepare your mind to focus with a cup of Brainy Day Chai, or calm yourself after a difficult week with a Steady in Spirit.

Helpful guidelines from Elixir?s trained staff make choosing the right tonic for nourishing mind, body, or spirit simple, and a comprehensive glossary of herbal products takes the guesswork out of using these beneficial plants.

Elixir?s Tonics and Teas is an irresistible introduction to the power of herbal infusions and a toast to general well being.

Rezension: Hollywood's trendy Elixir tonic bar expands their franchise on herbal refreshment with Elixir's Tonics and Teas, a lustrous, full-color compendium of original recipes and Asian philosophy. Penned by Elixir's owners--Edgar Veytia and former Beverly Hills clothier Jeff Stein--and featuring stunning photographs by Andrew Song, this volume offers up dozens of restorative, calming, and healing tisanes, sodas, and cocktails (as well as soups, stocks, and a porridge), its pages liberally laced with quotations from Lao Tsu to Tennyson; Shakespeare's Othello to MGM's The Wizard of Oz.

Indeed, the Tinseltown connection is often pretty blatant in Elixir's, with respectful retellings of Eastern legends sharing space with "the best post-award-show-party antidote in town." But to dismiss Elixir's Tonics and Teas as an I Ching by way of Trader Vic's would be to ignore its instructional aspects. Appendices brim with advice on choosing and using herbs (the alphabetical glossary, including contraindications for each entry, is particularly valuable), and a list of online and mail-order herbalists and merchants provides a solid resource.

Novices may want to first try a couple of recipes with fewer ingredients; herbal tinctures can be costly, and some entries call for four or five different ones (in addition to freshly juiced vegetables). The Chocolate Mint Relaxer contains chocolate milk, peppermint extract, and a dropper of kava kava; in their Sweet Memory Tea you'll find green tea, Stevia sweetener, and a dropper of gingko biloba. There's even a section on "Sex Tonics," featuring, appropriately enough, a concoction containing Avena sativa (wild oats). Handsome, informative, and glossy as a starlet's eight-by-ten headshot, Elixir's Tonics and Teas, like the subtitle says, comes packed with "invigorating tonics for the mind, body, and spirit." --Tony Mason

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