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The Spice and Herb Bible

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"The classic reference - expanded and in full color."

Professional chefs and home cooks use spices and herbs to enhance food flavors and to create new taste combinations and sensations. From vanilla beans to cinnamon, from cumin to tarragon, no kitchen is complete without spices and herbs.

The second edition of this classic reference is significantly expanded, with four new
Paperback, Second Edition, 606 pages
Published September 14th 2006 by Robert Rose (first published March 2nd 2002)
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Nov 02, 2015 Natosha rated it it was amazing
The book, The Spice and Herb Bible by Ian Hemphill and Kate Hemphill is packed with so much information on spices and recipes that may used in all the different recipes and found ones that I've never heard of or tried! When I cook, I always love to rev up my recipes or make something just a little different and maybe even more spicier than normal. So to have a book to guide me through the many different herbs and spices that I could use in all types of dishes is excellent!

There are over 800 page
Jan 11, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it
Curious about the various spices and herbs that I've seen used by cooks on tv and in person over the years, and that most often lie dormant on my spice shelf, I thought this book would be a helpful guide to pushing the envelope beyond garlic, paprika, and pre-blended combinations. In a word, this book is incredible. In fact, it is such an authoritative manual that it's as intimidating as it is illuminating. Three parts divide this massive tome, the first short part tells the basics of spices; a ...more
Nov 03, 2014 Happyreader rated it it was amazing
Great comprehensive reference for a wide range of spices and herbs. In addition to pictures, storage and usage info, each flavoring includes names in foreign languages (very useful in ethnic markets), complementary flavor pairings, amounts to use, and dishes it complements. There are also one or two recipes for each flavoring.
Jun 11, 2015 Monique rated it really liked it
This is the best reference book I have read on herbs and spices from all over the world. There is a clear description of each item, pictures, the names of each herb or spice in different languages,its use and some recipes. There are herbs and spices totally unknown to North Americans, raising the desire to sample them somewhere in the world.I would definitely consider buying this book.
Robert Esposito
Nov 03, 2014 Robert Esposito rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking
One of the most comprehensive spice books I've seen. Ian Hemphill has dedicated his life to accumulating a deep understanding of spices and he graciously shares his knowledge in this book. If you love to cook and experiment with food, you should definitely have this book on your shelf. I would love an electronic version to take with me when I travel.
Jun 12, 2008 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food-books
Good to browse slowly - not to sit down and read, nor to really keep as a reference. This is a book to pull off the shelf when you want a dose of food porn and you can look at pictures of saffron and star anise while reading about them from a historical, botanical, and culinary perspectives. But I won't be buying it...
Aug 18, 2008 Jorgina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, food-cooking
Who knew how much history one could learn from a spice book. Beautiful photos and great info. including recipes for using and blending your own spices for curry and such.
Lonnieandmelanie Wibberding
Jan 19, 2013 Lonnieandmelanie Wibberding rated it it was amazing
I'm on a kick learning about spices right now. This is my favorite book. I like the good detailed information, and the advice on how to mix and make your own spice mixes.
Beth Roberts
Mar 26, 2013 Beth Roberts rated it really liked it
Magnificent. An ungrateful reader might wish for photos of the plants as well as the spices and herbs, but one can't have everything.
Dec 06, 2012 Ava added it
Loved it. Totally worth keeping longer than one day ( I usually keep books only a few days, I read fast).
Oct 20, 2009 Marlee rated it really liked it
Shelves: cook-book
Great format, holistic information. Nice splashes of photos and design.
Catherine Woodman
Jul 29, 2011 Catherine Woodman rated it liked it
This is a good reference book--but not as great as I was hoping for
Valuable information, I must add to my personal library.
May 15, 2010 Elhara rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: foodies
Interesting to read. A lot to remember and learn.
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