Essential Spices and Herbs: Discover Them, Understand Them, Enjoy Them

Essential Spices and Herbs: Discover Them, Understand Them, Enjoy Them

by Christina Nichol


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50 Herbs and Spices That Will Transform the Way You Cook

The key to becoming a skilled home cook isn’t about tracking down the perfect recipes or mastering the techniques of professional chefs. It lies in understanding the vast world of flavor, one that can be difficult to navigate.

Essential Spices and Herbs introduces you to the 50 must-know herbs and spices that will take your cooking to the next level. Detailed profiles of these game-changing flavors for the modern kitchen include pairing suggestions, complimentary foods, and noted health benefits, plus recipes to put them to use.

Acquaint yourself with the aromas and flavors of these fundamental herbs and spices, with:

• An overview of the healing powers of key herbs and spices

• Over 100 delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes

• 10 essential spice mixes to quickly add flavor to any dish

• A guide to spice and herb combinations by cuisine to celebrate global flavors

• Informative tips for buying and storing spices and herbs

Part reference, part cookbook, Essential Spices and Herbs will guide you along your journey through the magical world of flavor.

Recipes include: Cold Bulgarian Cucumber Soup, Roasted Garlic and Brie, Rosemary Grits, Brown Butter-Sage Sauce with Tagliatelle and Pumpkin, Thyme-Stuffed Baked Tomatoes

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623156282
Publisher: Callisto Media
Publication date: 08/31/2015
Pages: 292
Sales rank: 546,053
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 The Magic of Spices and Herbs 9

What's in a Spice (or Herb)? 10

The Global Kitchen 11

Need-to-Know Spices and Herbs 14

2 The Spices 23

Allspice 24

Asafetida 28

Caraway 32

Cardamom 36

Cayenne/Red Pepper Flakes 40

Cinnamon 44

Cloves 48

Coriander 52

Cumin 56

Curry Leaves 60

Fenugreek 64

Ginger 68

Juniper Berry 72

Mace 76

Mustard 80

Nutmeg 84

Paprika 88

Pepper 92

Poppy 96

Saffron 100

Salt 104

Sesame 108

Star Anise/Anise Seed 112

Sumac 116

Turmeric 120

Vanilla 124

3 The Herbs 129

Arugula 130

Basil 134

Bay Leaf 138

Borage 142

Chives 146

Cilantro 150

Dill 154

Fennel 158

Garlic 162

Green Onion 166

Horseradish 170

Lavender 174

Lemongrass 178

Marigold 182

Mint 186

Oregano/Marjoram 190

Parsley 194

Rosemary 198

Sage 202

Savory 206

Scented Geranium 210

Tarragon 214

Thyme 218

Watercress 222

4 The Blends 227

Berbere 228

Cajun Spice 234

Curry Powder/Garam Masala 238

Five-Spice Powder 244

Harissa 248

Herbes de Provence 252

Khmell Suneli 256

Mole Poblano 260

Seven-Spice Powder/Shichimi Togarashi 266

Za'atar 270

The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen 275

References 276

Recipe Index 277

Index 279

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