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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Spices and Herbs (Complete Idiot's Guide to) [Paperback]

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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 4, 2007
Publisher   Alpha
ISBN  1592576745  
EAN  9781592576746  

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An introduction to the culinary uses of more than 150 different herbs and spices furnishes a variety of tempting recipes, trivia, storage tips, entertaining facts, and a resource guide on where to find hard-to-find spices, with helpful suggestions on how to combine the right spice with the right food to enhance one's culinary endeavors. Original.

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Using spices and herbsA-the key to any delicious mealA-can be daunting with so many to choose from, not to mention the many possible combinations. In this book, a master chef and baker unlocks the key to the dazzling world of flavor by showing cooks of every level how to use and combine over 150 of the most popular spices and herbs. She also provides delicious recipes, fun facts, tips on storage, and a resource guide on where to get hard-to-find spices and herbs. The book also includes dozens of easy-to-follow and delicious recipes.

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LESLIE BILDERBACK is a Certified Master Baker and a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. She began her career as a pastry chef, and played a major role in several of California's most well-regarded and innovative restaurants, including Sedona, Postrio, Zola's, Angeli, and Georgia. She is also the author of eight books in The Complete Idiot's Guide and Everything series. Leslie has been profiled by "The" "New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, "and "Culinary Trends Magazine, " and was a winner in season three of Food Network's "Sweet Genius."

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Tantalizing!  Jun 17, 2008
This book is aimed primarily at folks who want to explore the wide world of flavors available out there and figure out how to use all those spices & herbs in their own cooking. It provides suggestions for where to find the unusual ones, and gives the reader many starting points for exploration.

It does leave out one detail I was hoping for---substitution suggestions for times when you can't find the particular spice you're looking for. That said, there are so many notes on what these items taste like and the elements of flavor that the book will, in many cases, still help you to properly flavor dishes when you don't have all the 'right' ingredients.

I'm particularly impressed with the wide array of information on using these ingredients outside of kitchen recipes. Gardening information is included to help you start your own herb garden, and instructions are included for properly drying or freezing fresh herbs for later. There are also instructions for creating your own flavored oils, vinegars, and compound butters, as well as potpourris, sachets, and so on.

There's a surprisingly long selection of spice blend recipes, but many of them are in amounts that aren't geared toward the home cook. Many of them use spices in anywhere from 1/4 cup to 1 cup amounts, and produce several cups of mix. If you're opening a restaurant or experimenting on a large scale (if, for example, you're studying to become a professional chef) you might find these amounts useful, I imagine.

There aren't many recipes in this book---just a few to show you some of the ways in which ingredients can be used. For example, we made a coffee-braised roast from this book, which was falling-apart tender and incredibly flavorful & delicious.

There are no photos in this book, but I don't believe it needs them. After all, you're going to be buying spice jars in stores---most of which look the same---not going out into the wilds to identify plants.
So good it made me mad  May 20, 2008
There is a fantastic amount of information in the book, but unless you are already familiar with a vast percentage of culinary herbs and spices than you will feel lost and much like an 'idiot'. A complete guide to anything should have at least one page of pictures showing you what they are describing. Buy this book in conjunction with an encyclopedia or don't buy it at all. A complete guide should be complete from every angle and not skimp because pictures cost money to produce and publish.

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