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Herbs & Spices: The Cook's Reference Hardcover – May 5, 2015
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More and more herbs and spices appear in American kitchens daily, encouraged by television chefs and promoted through new ethnic cuisines entering the mainstream. Jill Norman's Herbs & Spices comes at exactly the right moment to guide readers through the tangle of leaves, seeds, and berries. Norman thoughtfully organizes herbs into major classifications by their predominant bouquets. This approach immediately assists the cook looking for substitutions. Norman's tasting notes, borrowing a vocabulary identical to that used for wine, establish a standard language for characterizing each item's salient aromas and flavors. Full-color, close-up pictures aid in identification. Text outlines culinary uses and purchasing and storing data and gives information on growing one's own herbs. A short recipe section offers examples of how specific herbs and spices are used in cooking. A directory of mail-order sources further assists those who lack local access. Norman has made a vital contribution to reference collections for quick identification of species and for the use of herbs and spices in cooking. Mark Knoblauch
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"Jill Norman's Herbs & Spices comes at exactly the right moment to guide readers through the tangle of leaves, seeds, and berries." — Booklist
"Both novice and expert cooks will find much to savor here." — Booklist
"Readers who want to experiment with something different will enjoy flipping through the various flavor sections with their favorite cookbook in the other hand." — Library Journal
"If you've stopped reading cookbooks because the truly inspirational have become few and far between, make space on your bookshelf for this one." — Foodies West Magazine
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We considered several herb books before selecting this one. There are other that are more detailed. Some that are health-oriented. Still more that focus on gardening. All good, all interesting. What we wanted, however, was a useful, but still survey-level reference with a cooking focus. Herbs and Spices is just that, with a page or two for each entry. Notes on scent and taste are included, as well as references to typical dishes (nothing oddball here). All usable parts of each plant are covered. Notes on purchasing and storing are included with each entry. GOOD pictures of each herb are included as well. In short, a compact reference with an instantly understandable and usable format.
I don't write very many reviews, but I had to on this one because I was sooooo happy to have purchased it for my small cookbook library.
Buy this book!!!!! You won't be sorry.
Congratulations to the author on this wonderful book and thank you for writing it!