Cannabis Cookbooks for the Holidays!

The holidays are near with pumpkin spice this and cranberry sauce that--along with all the other great food favorites among the fall and winter celebrations! Culinary awareness with infused cannabis has spread to many different edibles available in the market--from baked goods to gummies, to infused beverages, tea bags or simply infusing some olive oil with decarboxylated cannabis oil, and adding it to your salad dressing. The list continues to grow and demands of consumers along with it.

Therefore we decided to put together a simple list of cannabis friendly cookbooks, in case you're looking for reference for an upcoming Halloween party or 'friends-giving.' Cookbooks also make great gifts, and perhaps a cannabis cookbook is the best way to nudge a family member into experiencing the benefits of the cannabis plant--that for some odd reason ,they've been a little reluctant to do!

1. The Easy Cannabis Cookbook: 60+ Medical Marijuana Recipes for Sweet and Savory Edibles by Cheri Sicard

Cannabis edibles have come a long way from brownies and cookies. Just ask Cheri Sicard, nicknamed the “Martha Stewart of weed” by The Daily Beast, who serves up the most definitive guide to cooking with cannabis in The Easy Cannabis Cookbook. Featuring a comprehensive introduction to the history and benefits of cannabis, a fool-proof guide to finding your perfect dose, and 60 reliable recipes that redefine stoner eats, this cookbook makes eating homemade edibles easy.

2. Baked Italian: Over 50 Mediterranean Marijuana Meals by Yzabetta Sativa

Baked Italian features over 50 savory gourmet meals, featuring easy-to-follow directions that enable even the most timid of cooks to create delectable meals of all kinds — including delicious seven-course repasts and wholesome recipes for a healthier and more mature variety of Mediterranean-inspired cannabis cuisine. Baked Italian was written for people who want to eat their high without sacrificing good taste and a well-rounded diet. Few marijuana cookbooks address the fact that Cannabis is a spicy, harsh-tasting plant that often doesn’t cook particularly well due to its flavor, consistency and inability to dissolve in water. In addition, marijuana cookbooks often only provide recipes for a variety of unhealthy snack foods which is actually counterproductive for medical patients. Baked Italian addresses these issues head on by providing stunningly accurate visual and textual instructions on how to make genuinely nutritious and well-balanced marijuana meals that look and taste great.

3. The Vegan Cannabis Cookbook: Vegan Recipes For Delicious Marijuana-Infused Edibles by Eva & Aaron Hammond

Learn how to get the most out of cannabis in your kitchen with respect for life & other creatures! With cannabis cooking for vegans, you’ll get the absolute best of what you can find in greens; no animal products.

Enjoy the natural, creative and medical benefits of marijuana and learn how to make vegan edibles that are delicious, prepared in a snap and most importantly, drop like a bomb.

4. Bong Appétit: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Weed by Editors of MUNCHIES

Inspired by the popular MUNCHIES and Viceland television series, Bong Appétit is the Joy of Cooking for a new generation interested in making serious, sophisticated food--with weed. Bong Appétit breaks down the science of infusing (oils, butters, milks, alcohol, and more) with cannabis, and offers recipes ranging from weed butter-basted chicken to weed chimichurri to weed brownie sundaes. Along the way, the book hits on marijuana politics, dosage, and pairing strains and flavors, and has tips from MUNCHIES vast network of friends and experts, including "Bong Appétit" stars Ry Prichard and Vanessa Lavorato.

5. Sweet Mary Jane: 75 Delicious Cannabis-Infused High-End Desserts by Karin Lazarus

From her Sweet Mary Jane bakery in Boulder, Colorado, Karin Lazarus has made it her mission to bring flavor, passion and innovation to a cuisine previously best known for pot brownies. With beautiful photography throughout, Sweet Mary Jane caters to health-conscious bakers who want to know how weed can be incorporated into baked goods and who would rather ingest than smoke; millenials throwing dinner parties ; foodies using top of the line marijuana to bake with their high-end chocolate; and people with serious medical conditions who want [delicious] relief from their symptoms. Lazarus provides a simple primer on making essential staples like cannabis-infused butter, sugar and coconut oil. There's even a chapter on dosing and how to make sure your edible treat is the exact potency you want!

6. Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails & Tonics: The Art of Spirited Drinks and Buzz-Worthy Libations by Warren Bobrow

Combining cannabis and cocktails is a hot new trend, and Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails & Tonics shows you how. Featuring a collection of 75 recipes of cannabis influenced cocktails and drinks; The Cocktail Whisperer Warren Bobrow will show you the essential instructions for de-carbing cannabis to release its full psychoactive effect. Learn the history of cannabis as a social drug and its growing acceptance to becoming a medicinal. Look beyond cocktails and create successful tonics, syrups, shrubs, bitters, compound butter and exotic infused oil to use in any drink.

As always, many thanks for reading The HERB Blog! Enjoy your upcoming holidays and celebrations!

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