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Root & Nourish

An Herbal Cookbook for Women's Wellness


Embrace the ancient healing power of plants with more than 100 whole-food, plant-based, gluten-free herbal recipes, designed around the most common health concerns of modern women.

Did you know you have access to the most potent, sophisticated, and scientifically-proven apothecary cabinet—right in your own kitchen? Plants, specifically herbs and spices, have been used for centuries among holistic healing traditions around the world to promote health, longevity, and beauty. And as more people become afflicted with chronic stress-based conditions, from inflammation and food allergies to anxiety and depression and menstrual irregularities, a whole new generation is rediscovering nature’s power for long-term wellness.

In Root & Nourish, wellness experts Abbey Rodriguez and Jennifer Kurdyla teach women how to incorporate herbalism into their busy lives to restore and maintain their unique state of health. Expanding the herbal repertoire beyond teas and tinctures to include wholesome breakfasts, satisfying mains, indulgent desserts, and, yes, a full menu of teas and beverages for day and night, it’s the first cookbook of its kind to pair everyday herbal cooking with women’s health concerns—specifically related to digestion, mental health, and female reproductive hormonal health. As you come to learn which herbal ingredients offer you the nourishment you need, whether in the moment or to support chronic conditions, you’ll curate an evolving personal herbal apothecary that will serve you for a lifetime.

Alongside these affordable, seasonal, and sustainable recipes, Root & Nourish features mindfulness and holistic lifestyle practices drawn from yoga and Ayurveda that will help incorporate wellness into every part of the day. Once you discover how good you feel when you eat the right foods, at the right time, and in the right way, you will understand your body—and yourself—as you never have before: the way nature intended.

Photograph by Matt Rodriguez

Abbey Rodriguez is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, herbalist, and food content creator. Over the last five years, she has been developing recipes for women and young families on her food and wellness blog, The Butter Half. She is deeply passionate about the power of plants and nutrition, and teaching others about holistic wellness. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and three children. Visit her online at and on Instagram: @thebutterhalf_.

Photograph by Matt Rodriguez

Jennifer Kurdyla is a wellness educator and writer. For over ten years she has maintained a plant-based lifestyle, during which time she has come to revere the power of whole, natural foods to nourish the mind and body by developing, and sharing, recipes in her tiny New York kitchen.  She has over 500 hours of yoga teacher training and is currently studying to become an Ayurvedic Health Counselor at the Kripalu School of Ayurveda. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her online at and on Instagram: @JenniferKurdyla.

  • Publisher: Tiller Press (April 6, 2021)
  • Length: 240 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781982148560

“Root & Nourish is a gorgeous cookbook that showcases how herbs and spices make the most of a plant-based lifestyle while being friendly to the planet. These heartwarming recipes show how easy it is to incorporate plants into delicious vegan dishes like Spaghetti Squash Boats with Basil & Oregano and White Bean Celery Root Soup with Thyme & Rosemary—nourishing for the mind, body, and spirit” —Chloe Coscarelli, Vegan Chef and Author of Chloe Flavor

"I love the concept of a Kitchen Apothecary. In Root and Nourish, Kurdlya and Rodriguez share their infectious love for food and herbal medicine. One of my earliest Ayurveda teachers told me she considered herbs as food, and used them as such, an integrated part of daily nutrition. This is a lesson I never forgot, and I continue to work with spices, herbs, and foods together, to this day. This book shares some very inspiring recipes for medicinal foods, while educating about how to use herbs in our cooking. This book will help women build a strong relationship with food and its healing nature, and unlock intuitive healing potential in the kitchen. Root and Nourish is an excellent addition to the growing resources for medicinal eating." —Kate O'Donnell, author of The Everyday Ayurveda Guide to Self-Care