Spice things up.

Lior Lev Sercarz is the founder of La Boite, a renowned spice emporium in New York City. The Spice Companion, as he puts it, "is a comprehensive guide of the 102 spices I think you should know about and use." Where they come from, how they grow, what they look like before they're ground how they're harvested, and finally, how to use them to enlighten your cooking!

Each spice gets a clear layout—detailing its flavor, aroma, traditional uses, recommended pairings and recipes, and ideas for your own blends. You'll learn that anise dates back to the Eyptians, who used it as a digestive aid (by way of a spiced cake called mustacae). And that coriander is one of the only completely edible spices, roots, leaves, and all. You'll be introduced to spices you may not know: the savory, slight-bitter nigella, the ginger-like galangal root (which is sweeter and sharper), and the urfa chile, whose aroma recalls chocolate and wine tannins.

Part fascinating history, part encyclopedia, part cooking companion, The Spice Companion will have you making a lot more room in you cabinets.

Comes with a signed bookplate.

  • Length: 304 pages
  • Author: Lior Lev Sercarz