The Spice Companion by Lior Lev Sercarz
A Guide to the World of Spices

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All-in-all The Spice Companion makes a wonderful addition to any serious cook’s library, just be prepared to make some mistakes along the way—which, if you are a serious cook, you are already used to doing. This is one for your Christmas wish list.
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A stunning and definitive spice guide by the country’s most sought-after expert, with hundreds of fresh ideas and tips for using pantry spices, 102 never-before-published recipes for spice blends, gorgeous photography, and breathtaking botanical illustrations.

Since founding his spice shop in 2006, Lior Lev Sercarz has become the go-to source for fresh and unusual spices as well as small-batch custom blends for renowned chefs around the world. The Spice Companion communicates his expertise in a way that will change how readers cook, inspiring them to try bold new flavor combinations and make custom spice blends. For each of the 102 curated spices, Lev Sercarz provides the history and origin, information on where to buy and how to store it, five traditional cuisine pairings, three quick suggestions for use (such as adding cardamom to flavor chicken broth), and a unique spice blend recipe to highlight it in the kitchen. Sumptuous photography and botanical illustrations of each spice make this must-have resource as beautiful as it is informative.
 

About Lior Lev Sercarz

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LIOR LEV SERCARZ is the chef and owner of La Boîte, a spice shop in New York City. He attended the Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon, France, and trained with Chef Olivier Roellinger in Cancale, France, before working as a sous chef at Daniel. His spices are sold online and in the following boutiques: Sofra Bakery, Dickson’s Farmstand, ABC Carpet & Home, and Eataly NYC. He lives in New York City with his wife and their children.
Author Residence: New York, NY
Author Hometown: Dan, Israel
 
Published November 1, 2016 by Clarkson Potter. 304 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Cooking. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Penny Pleasance on Nov 01 2016

All-in-all The Spice Companion makes a wonderful addition to any serious cook’s library, just be prepared to make some mistakes along the way—which, if you are a serious cook, you are already used to doing. This is one for your Christmas wish list.

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