COOKING & FOOD

Mastering Spice: Recipes and Techniques to Transform Your Everyday Cooking

Clarkson Potter: Crown. Oct. 2019. 272p. ISBN 9781984823694. $35. COOKING
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Joined by seasoned cookbook author Ko (Better Baking), Sercarz, a classically trained chef and owner of New York-based spice shop La Boîte, crafts a unique recipe book in which spices are truly the star. More than 200 tested recipes and five additional variations, with simple swaps of spices or ingredients, can be prepared at home by a busy working parent, as is Sercarz. While the recipes are appealing, some of the most valuable content can be found within the front- and back matter, which provides thoughtful suggestions on purchasing spices and meal planning. A visual index depicts the main recipes with their variants, and a comprehensive spice glossary offers a description of their taste, appearance, and “friends” (other spices they pair well with). Sercarz also supplies recipes for blends that can enhance everyday food and drink, such as popcorn and coffee.
VERDICT For any home chef ready to demystify and master the world of spices.

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