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Herb Mixtures & Spicy Blends Hardcover – April, 1996

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Cooks either buy them or grow them, but herbs have become essential ingredients in the average kitchen. Herbal entrepreneurs actively engaged in aspects of growing, selling, teaching, or writing have contributed recipes to this compendium featuring tasty mixtures aimed at enhancing everything from appetizers to entrees. Blends to flavor cheese spreads and potato dishes are followed by spicy combinations for pastas, soups, vegetables, and main dishes of meat, fish, or poultry. Ethnic fare and blended herbs for assorted teas complete the offerings. Of particular interest are the brief introductions to individual herbalists. Alice Joyce

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“Herb Mixtures & Spicy Blends” is a marvelously creative recipe book of ethnic flavorings, no salt blends, marinages/dressings, butters/spreads, dessert mixtures, and teas/mulling spices, created by an array of herbs farmers, herbalists, herb shop owners, herb learning centers, bed and breakfast owners, and even an herb society from all over North America…” – Barnesville Record-Review

 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Books (April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882669192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882669199
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
While mainly a book of recipes of blends, the Introduction also contains good information on drying your own fresh herbs, seeds, and freezing fresh herb; as well as helpful information on storing herb mixtures. An added bonus is are helpful suggestions on packaging blends for gifts. There are recipes for appetizers, butters, dressings, no-salt blends, meat, seafood,traditional blends such as Italian, Pumpkin pie spice, bread and dessert blends; and some "not so traditional" such as "Wassail Spice Mix", for a punch. I especially like this book because after each formula there are suggested uses and a recipe using the blend. Each page also has a little history about where the blend comes from. Good Book!
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Most people are a bit timid about trying new spices or blends in their cooking. The great thing about this book is that it gives you not only the directions to make your own blend (thus saving you lots of money!) but suggestions on how and when to use them. This is a must have for the timid cook to those that experiment with their own blends! It gives great suggestions and has a wonderful variety.
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This is one of the best books I've seen on herbal cooking blends. It starts at the point of getting your herbs--from how to dry fresh herbs and store them, through recipes from soup to nuts and enhancing most foods between, as well as teas and other drinks. Ms. Oster gives some background for the people and shops supplying the recipes and encourages you to try your own substitutions and eventually, to make up personal blends to suit your own tastes and needs. Even if you don't reach that point, there are enough recipes in this book to keep you well supplied with tasty foods and teas for years to come. And as a bonus, there are pages of resource suppliers and labels in the back to provide you with herbs and spices and labels for your own jars of blends. This book is a definite winner to me. Enjoy!
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Since I have nearly every herb and spice known to man I decided it was foolish to keep wasting money on seasoning mixtures i.e., taco seasoning, Italian seasoning. Cajun seasoning, etc. I went to World Market and bought some attractive little spice jars and ordered this book. Great decision! I am on a very low sodium diet and have to make everything including condiments from scratch. I was surprised and delighted to find a whole chapter of salt-free seasonings and another chapter that had only a couple of recipes that contained salt. The book even has blends to put in your home made bread. I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys creative cooking and has an adventurous palate. I'm just using the daylights out of this book.
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This is a very nice mix of recipes. I really enjoyed it. I have tried several recipes and found them excellent. I have stopped buying some storebought blends (i.e. taco seasoning) and instead just use the recipe from this book instead.
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I love trying new spices combinations but I'm not always confident of what works well together and don't want to ruin dinner! This book take your spice usage to a new level! You will learn new spice and herb options to make your own rubs and spice combinations for unique and wonderful menu items to enjoy!
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I have only really looked through this book, but I am already very excited to own it. Tonight I made the Pumpkin Pie Nut Mix and it was fantastic. I can't wait to try the other spice blends in the book. This would be great for the person who loves to cook and experiment in the kitchen.
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a great book in excellent condition. It is nice to be able to mix my own spices and know they are fresh and I can change them to suit my taste. Also NO ADDITIVES or preservatives.
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