The Grammar of Spice (Hardcover)
If you're looking for a comprehensive guide to the when, the where, and the how of using various spices in your kitchen, look elsewhere (like Karen Page's Flavor Bible, for example). This is something else entirely—leave it on your counter and take a peek while you're waiting for water to boil. Open to a spice you know and get to know its historical, botanical, cultural, literary, or, yes, culinary side. Or open to something unfamiliar and find the inspiration to try something new. More interesting than your average coffee table book, prettier than your average bathroom book—this a true kitchen table book. -Sam— From Winter Gazette 2017
Even the most enthusiastic cooks and food lovers have jars of dusty powders inhabiting kitchen cabinets long past their expiration dates. We often don't know much about them, where they come from, or how to use them. And yet, spices can elevate the everyday act of making and consuming food to a higher plane of experience.
Spices have played an intrinsic part in the human story, running through history, geography, anthropology, politics, religion, culture, art, and design. From alligator pepper seeds, which in the Yoruba culture are given to newborn babies to taste a few minutes after birth, to charoli seeds, which are used in traditional Indian desserts eaten during the festival of Holi, and caraway seeds, which were added to medieval love potions, each spice has its own significance in the lives of the people who use it.
The Grammar of Spice is a practical resource for cooks that also changes the way we understand the role spices play in defining not only our food but also our place in the world. Featuring custom illustrations for each of the more than sixty spices featured here--inspired by the work of Owen Jones, one of the great designers and travelers of his time--this beautiful, informative book celebrates the world of flavors that spices open up to us.