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Seasoning Savvy: How to Cook with Herbs, Spices and Other Flavorings

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A unique work dealing in-depth with flavor and flavorings!

With the increasing popularity of regional and ethnic cuisines, cooks frequently encounter recipes calling for unfamiliar seasonings. Seasoning Savvy: How to Cook with Herbs, Spices, and Other Flavorings serves as a guide to identifying, locating, selecting, storing and using these exotic ingredients. Well-established flavorings are not neglected as Seasoning Savvy also brings new ...

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Overview

A unique work dealing in-depth with flavor and flavorings!

With the increasing popularity of regional and ethnic cuisines, cooks frequently encounter recipes calling for unfamiliar seasonings. Seasoning Savvy: How to Cook with Herbs, Spices, and Other Flavorings serves as a guide to identifying, locating, selecting, storing and using these exotic ingredients. Well-established flavorings are not neglected as Seasoning Savvy also brings new insights into cooking with these old favorites.

No other book supplies so much information about so many herbs and spices as Seasoning Savvy. This book discusses over 100 herbs, spices, flavorings, and blends in detail, describing their origins and how to select, store, and use them—and what the reader might substitute if a seasoning is unavailable. You will also discover the flavor role of foods such as almonds, citrus fruits, and coconuts. Not a cookbook, Seasoning Savvy is a powerful compliment for every recipe and will help you get the most out of the seasonings you use to flavor your food. Within Seasoning Savvy you will explore:

  • how to select and use the right seasonings for a recipe and how to tell if a spice is fresh
  • drying, freezing, toasting, chopping, measuring, and storing herbs and spices
  • culinary practices in the use of flavorings from chocolate and vanilla to amchur and mastic
  • flavor combinations, including both well-known and exotic blends, flavored oils and vinegars, compound butters and seasoned salts
  • how to reduce the intensity of some seasonings such as garlic and chili peppers
  • an examination of the nature of taste of flavor along with a history of spice usage in the US
  • brewing teas and tisanes
  • savvy culinary tips, such as polishing a copper a bowl with lemon juice and salt, or storing a lump of asafetida in the spice cupboard to discourage insects

    Seasoning Savvy's tips and techniques will help you bring out the flavor in your food and teach you how to use seasonings to achieve the tastes you like. With this vital book, you will transform your cooking from satisfactory to sensational!

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Seasoning Savvy is a wonderful guide to cooking with herbs and seasonings that goes beyond the usual recipe collection, discussing over 100 herbs, spices and flavorings from the history of their cultivation and use to how readers can make wise substitutions. No recipes in the usual sense; but plenty of lore on how to use herbs and spices wisely.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560220329
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1999
  • Pages: 265
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Increasing Popularity of Seasonings
  • Herb or Spice?
  • Herb or 'Erb?
  • Flavor
  • The Benefits of Flavor
  • How to Use This Book
  • Culinary Practice
  • Selecting Seasonings
  • Storage
  • Drying Herbs
  • Freezing Herbs and Herbal Dishes
  • Chopping Herbs
  • Toasting Spices
  • Measuring
  • “Freshening” a Recipe
  • Adjusting Seasonings
  • Leavings
  • Citrus
  • Teas and Tisanes
  • Individual Seasonings
  • Ajowan
  • Allspice
  • Almond
  • Amchur
  • Angelica
  • Anise
  • Annatto
  • Asafetida
  • Avocado Leaf
  • Balm
  • Basil
  • Bay Leaf
  • Borage
  • Caraway
  • Cardamom
  • Cassia
  • Celery
  • Chervil
  • Chiles
  • Chive
  • Chocolate
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Coconut
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Curry Leaf
  • Dill
  • Epazote
  • Fennel
  • Fenugreek
  • Galangal
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Golpar
  • Grain of Paradise
  • Hoja Santa
  • Hyssop
  • Juniper Berry
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lemon Grass
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Licorice
  • Lime
  • Mace
  • Mahaleb
  • Marigold
  • Marjoram
  • Mastic
  • Mints
  • Monarda
  • Mustard
  • Nigella Seed
  • Nutmeg
  • Orange
  • Oregano
  • Paprika
  • Parsley
  • Pepper
  • Perilla
  • Pink Peppercorn
  • Poppy Seed
  • Rose
  • Roesmary
  • Safflower
  • Saffron
  • Sage
  • Salam Leaf
  • Salep
  • Salt
  • Sassafras
  • Savory
  • Scented Geranium
  • Screwpine
  • Sesame
  • Soapwort
  • Star Anise
  • Sumac
  • Szechwan Peppercorn
  • Tamarind
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme
  • Turmeric
  • Vanilla
  • Wintergreen
  • Woodruff
  • Flavor Combinations
  • Herb and Spice Blends
  • Advieh
  • Berbere
  • Bouquet Garni
  • Chaat Masala
  • Chili Powder
  • Crab Boil
  • Curry Powder
  • Dhanshak Masala
  • Fines Herbes
  • Five-Spice Powder
  • Garam Masala
  • Gremolata
  • Herbes De Provence
  • Jerk Seasoning
  • Khmeli-Suneli
  • Mirepoix
  • Mixed Spice
  • Mulling Spices
  • Panch Phoran
  • Persillade
  • Pickling Spice
  • Quatre Épices
  • Ras el Hanout
  • Sambar Powder
  • Shichimi Togarashi
  • Za'atar
  • Compound Butters
  • Flavored Vinegars
  • Flavored Oils
  • Illustrations
  • Asafetida
  • Borage
  • Chiles
  • Chive
  • Citrus
  • Cumin
  • Curry Leaf
  • Epazote
  • Five-Spice Powder
  • Galangal
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Hoja Santa
  • Licorice
  • Nutmeg
  • Rosemary
  • Saffron
  • Salep
  • Tamarind
  • Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2000

    We all need this book!

    I found Alice Arndt's book useful and well researched. She helps me with how to use those spices I have in the back of my cabinet (you know, the ones that you're never quite sure about) to advice for storage, and enhancement. I find a new piece of interesting and useful information each time I thumb through the book and I recommend Seasoning Savvy to all of you. If you're a goumet or just want to make your families daily meal a little more interesting, this is the book for everyone.

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