If your idea of kicking up a dish is using salt and pepper, theres a rich and fabulously varied world of spices waiting to be discovered. Mace, coriander, mustard seed, fennel, saffron, and paprika dont have to be those scary, untouchables on the supermarket shelf. Cooking with spices can actually be fun, interesting, enjoyable and, most of all, delicious. Using spices will vastly improve your cooking and make you feel, finally, in command of your kitchen.
Cooking with Spices For Dummies is for anyone whos ever wondered how the great chefs whip up their fabulous-tasting dishesbut wasnt sure how. And if youre something of a veteran in the kitchen, youll get new, crowd-pleasing tips on how to add sparkle and zip to tried-and-true dishes, like hamburgers and spareribs or sweet potatoes and green beans. Most likely, youll find the answer to any question youve ever had about spicesplus a lot morein this handy one-volume guide, like:
What makes up a basic spice collection
Advice on essential toolsincluding mills, graters, and mortar and pestle
Preparing spices for cookingincluding knowing which spices to toast, saut, or grate
A tour of the world of spices by region and country
Menu planning and menu samplers arranged by country
Once youve become familiar with the basics, its on to the fun stuffcooking with spices. After youve followed the simple tips on making the most of your ingredients, youll be able to comfortably test your skills on the delicious assortment of over 200 recipes, which feature:
Basic rubs and spice mixesincluding Cajun, Caribbean, Indian Curry powder, Jamaican, and Southern Barbecue
Marinades and saucesincluding South of the Border Marinade and Teriyaki sauce
Salsas and saladsincluding Tomato Salsa, Plum Salsa, and Spiced Fruit Salad
Vegetables and legumesincluding Mashed Spiced Butternut and Vegetarian Bean Chili
Pasta, potatoes, and grainsincluding Pasta Puttanesca, Roasted Potatoes with Garlic and Cumin, and Curried Barley Pilaf
Chicken, meat, and seafoodincluding Down Home Barbecued Chicken, Indonesian Beef Sate, and Shrimp Curry
Complete with such indispensables as a spice quantity guide (showing exactly how much you should use), a glossary of cooking terms, eight pages of tempting, full-color photos, and humorous cartoons, Cooking with Spices For Dummies gives you just what you need to know to cook with confidence and create delicious, exciting dishes for your family and friends.