Root & Nourish
An Herbal Cookbook for Women’s Wellness
By Abbey Rodriguez & Jennifer Kurdyla
Embrace the ancient healing power of plants with more than 100 whole-food, plant-based, gluten-free herbal recipes, as well as mindfulness and holistic lifestyle practices drawn from yoga and Ayurveda, designed to support modern women with:
Female Reproductive Hormonal Health
Root & Nourish Wisdom Circle
We’re all looking for better ways to connect
—to each other and to ourselves. Our online gathering space is a safe, exclusive, and supportive community of people just like you, who are on the middle path of holistic living.
Open to all and FREE of charge,
the Root & Nourish Wisdom Circle offers:
• Monthly virtual moon circles
• Monthly interviews with experts from across the holistic health world
• First-access discounts to events, workshops, and classes
• Exclusive recipes and offerings
• A space to share your questions, insights, and reflections on your health journey, and get expert support from Jennifer, Abbey, and other members of the community
Consider this your sign from the universe that you are exactly where you need to be.
Praise for Root & Nourish
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"This book will help women build a strong relationship with food and its healing nature, and unlock intuitive healing potential in the kitchen. Root & Nourish is an excellent addition to the growing resources for medicinal eating."
author of The Everyday Ayurveda Guide to Self-Care
“Anyone looking to learn how to eat and live a life of true wellness will want to own this book. The simple recipe for soaked dates has transformed my morning oatmeal, chai tea and mid-afternoon sweet craving.”
"I simply love Root & Nourish! It's a wonderful collection of recipes (not to mention beautiful photos) grounded in a sound, earth-based philosophy."
“Use these recipes as a part of your self-care ritual, while simultaneously nurturing both your body and mind.”
“I always struggled to find a middle ground with creating my own apothecary and just wanting to eat well and live well and I find Root and Nourish to be so inspiring. The recipes are fabulous and they are also thought starters to my own creations. Love it!”
“A gorgeous cookbook that showcases how herbs and spices make the most of a plant-based lifestyle while being friendly to the planet . . . nourishing for the mind, body, and spirit”
Vegan Chef and Author of Chloe Flavor
“This cookbook is absolutely perfect. Not only is it beautifully done but it is practical and full of knowledge. The details and care that went into creating such a cookbook are amazing. We have loved every recipe tried so far.”
Meet the Authors
"I began my journey in food in 2015 when I launched my blog, The Butter Half. I had previously blogged on a lifestyle blog for five years, however The Butter Half began as a way to keep myself accountable in the kitchen, learning to cook delicious and approachable recipes for my growing family, which now includes my husband and three sons (and our dog XXX).
People often asked me how they could start blogging as a career. The universe wouldn't shut up about making it a thing until I founded a company called Tastemaker Conference in 2017. We continue to teach folks how to run profitable food blogs and content creator businesses. Jennifer spoke at our inaugural conference in 2018, and it was a stepping stone for our serendipitous partnership.
In March 2018, I was diagnosed with celiac disease and a hypothyroidism autoimmune disease. It was devastating, but incredibly freeing to finally have an answer to my unexplained gut health and mental health issues throughout my life.
Shifting my entire diet was difficult at first, but two months into the change, I realized how simple it can be, with one major mental shift: gratitude. Instead of looking at what I “couldn’t” have in terms of food and lifestyle, I decided to get excited about the amazing foods abundantly available. I created recipes that are entirely gluten-free friendly, and mostly plant-based, with a focus on healing the body, mind, and gut. (Like this Mood-Boosting Green Smoothie or these Easy Banana Overnight Oats).
I believe food is medicine, and that what we eat determines our overall wellness. This transition led me to further my passion and purpose through studying holistic nutrition and herbal medicine. My herbalism training began in 2018 with Teresa Boardwine of Green Comfort School of Herbal Medicine, a well-established registered herbalist who has been practicing and teaching clinical herbalism for 25 years. I completed her 10-month Foundation of Medical Herbalism class at her school in Virginia.
In addition, I am a Certified Holistic Nutritionist through AFPA, an accredited curriculum which fully meets the American Naturopathic Medical Accreditation Board (ANMAB) accreditation board educational requirements and approved by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals. I continue professional development through conferences, advanced education seminars, on-going research and professional networking.
This maze of experiences led to the conception and co-authoring of our beautiful cookbook (and what I consider a go-to plant medicine bible), Root & Nourish. In making this book, our goal was to support YOU in your well-being so you feel empowered to take ownership of your health and be your own advocate. We believe in you, and we are here for you!
Jennifer—yogi, reader, wandererMy passion for holistic health takes the form of my work as an Ayurvedic health counselor, yoga teacher, and writer, but my personal journey in these modalities began when I was in college. I was a student of literature, spending lots of time exploring the human condition in novels and poetry, but plant-based cooking and yoga were gateways for me to discover the importance of another kind of story—the story of myself. Throughout my various careers and studies, I’ve come to realize that the ability to acknowledge and tell your story—the unabridged version, with all the sad parts and curses, the bad grammar and poetry—is integral to experiencing the fullness of life.
I began my career in publishing, working as an editor at my dream job and dream company for several years. (That’s where I met Abbey, whose blog was taking off, and which I thought would make a pretty snazzy book.) Life in New York City full of lunches and subways and hustle was exciting at first, but eventually the nonstop pace, competitiveness, and pressure of that work started to take a toll on my health. The strain my body was under, and which I was adept at ignoring, came to a head one day while I was out for a run in fall 2016. I started to feel the sidewalk a little too intensely under my old Nike sneakers. Running was new to me—I’d just finished a yoga teacher training, and finally corrected the hypermobility in my knees that had caused debilitating pain when I ran all my life—so I was eager to get new shoes so I could keep up my new hobby. But after my first day in Central Park with what I thought were the perfect pair, I felt a mild pain in my ankles, which increased as I climbed the northern hill. I ignored it for a few days until the pain went from mild to I-can’t-even-walk bad. As a busy New Yorker who relies on her feet as a mode of transportation, I was facing one of my worst fears—not being able to keep up.
This debacle made me realize that I had been running on hurt feet most of my life, more concerned about doing than being. It was a huge red flag I needed to make a change.
I stuck it out in publishing for another year before going freelance, diving into 500+ hours of yoga teacher training, and later on discovering Ayurveda, the holistic medical system that offered the clearest, simplest solutions to my chronic digestive issues. My studies of these sister sciences have together helped me feel at home in my body—easeful, radiant, nourished, and sacred.
Born in New Jersey, I graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Harvard University and attended the Columbia Publishing Course. I currently live in Brooklyn, New York, where I start my mornings with a generous dose of self-love (abhyanga, yoga, and cacao) to the melody of pigeons cooing outside my window, prepare meals as part of my kitchen sadhana, and try to enjoy some combination of dancing, singing, and ambling through Prospect Park every day.