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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (September 16, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764597396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764597398
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

IACP Cookbook Award Finalist

The Spice Lover's Guide to Herbs & Spices

Nobody knows herbs and spices like Tony Hill, owner of Seattle's famed World Merchants Spice, Herb & Teahouse. Now, in this acclaimed book, Hill gives us a comprehensive guide to these essential flavorings based on his travels around the globe. Blending culinary history, the lore of the spice routes, and his own inimitable tasting notes, he profiles more than 125 herbs and spices, ranging from the familiar to the exotic. He gives practical information and advice, including how best to use nine popular chiles, what distinguishes true cinnamon from cassia cinnamon, and why it makes a difference where your bay leaf comes from—plus more than 75 delicious recipes for distinctively spiced dishes. To top it all off, Hill reveals the secret recipes for 85 of his signature herb and spice blends, including barbecue rubs, mulling spices, chili powders, chai mixes, and curry powders. Complete with 185 color photographs, The Spice Lover's Guide to Herbs & Spices is an indispensable culinary reference that is both a pleasure to cook with and enjoyable to read.

"Hill . . . is way ahead of cookbook authors who cling to parsley in a cilantro world. . . . This is the book for anyone who has been lucky enough to find grains of paradise or Aleppo pepper and wonders where to go from there."
—Regina Schrambling, Los Angeles Times

"Even those who never cook may find themselves often dipping into this intriguing read."
—CeCe Sullivan, The Seattle Times

About the Author

TONY HILL was for many years the owner of World Merchants Spice, Herb & Teahouse in Pike Place Market in Seattle, for which he traveled near and far to buy spices and tea directly from growers. He has been featured in Food & Wine and the New York Times.

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I love herbs and spices but really have no idea how to use them so this book was a big help for me.
Barbara Nichols
Well organized from A to Z, with a listing of herbs and spices you will recognize as well as things new and different even to a well "seasoned" chef.
Denise G. Paul
Just bought this book and as with many reference books I was a little leary, but now having it on my Kindle I am very happy with my purchase.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Denise G. Paul on March 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
As a chef I am always looking for info on the things we eat! I have been thrilled with all the facts, uses and descriptions packed into this book. Well organized from A to Z, with a listing of herbs and spices you will recognize as well as things new and different even to a well "seasoned" chef. I love the fact that along with the name, alternate names, origin, part of the plant used, and uses, Tony Hill gives a little story for each item. Sometimes he tells you how he came to discover the spice or maybe a story about the first time he tasted it. Overall a great read packed with a lot of facts!
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Tony Hill's Spice Lover's Guide To Herbs & Spices is an IACP Cookbook Award finalist and goes way beyond similar-named herb and spice guides. Tony Hill owns Seattle's World Merchants Spice, Herb & Teahouse: here his expertise lends to a survey of the spices based on his world travels and in-depth knowledge of culinary history and lore. Definitions of spice characteristics, color photos of spices and herbs, and recipes provide plenty of explanation on spice or herb characteristics and why they work in particular dishes. It's these extensive explanations which set Spice Lover's Guide To Herbs & Spices apart from all others.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Coco on March 13, 2008
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I bought this on a visit to the US and so glad i did. I was visiting the Amazon US website to see if Tony Hill has written any other food books.
I've got herb and spice books that are prettier but none that can touch this for useful information.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Missy G. on July 16, 2013
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I saw another reviewer say that it is more for a beginner cook. Perhaps this is true, but we all have to start somewhere, right? This book is great for those who are maybe just getting into the culinary world and don't know all of the names of the spices and where they come from. The author talks about what they taste like, look like, where they come from, what kinds of dishes they are normally used in and even includes some recipes and photos. I had purchased a very extensive spice collection for my boyfriend and purchased the book to accompany it. I ended up sitting with the book and the jars of spices and trying all of the different flavors as I read the book. It helped my understanding of the different herbs and spices, and was definitely interesting.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Nowicki on February 6, 2011
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Love this book....I had a reciepe that called for a fresh spice and when I could not find it I got my new spice book out and found a substitute for it...and to learn what all the spices do to a dish has been alot of fun.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Usowski on May 27, 2009
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Updated world of spices at my finger tips. Have used this book constantly since I purchased it. Excellent pics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on September 12, 2010
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This book makes diving into the world of cooking with spices easy and you learn all kinds of things about the spices. Its a good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barataria on December 18, 2013
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I use this as a resource book …. one of many for my spice business. It has been very useful and informative. A little superficial in some ways but a good read.
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