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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—which also features debossing on the front cover, an orange-stained book edge, and a silver ribbon marker—as beautiful as it is informative.
About the Author
Lior Lev Sercarz is the chef and owner of La Boîte, a destination spice shop in New York City. After attending culinary school in France, he worked for multiple Michelin-starred chefs before turning to his true passion: helping cooks everywhere embrace new flavors. His spices are sold online and in many boutiques, including ABC Carpet & Home and Eataly. He lives in New York City with his wife and their children.
“If you think of spices as what’s in those jars that have been in your pantry for the last decade, think again. With Lior Lev Sercarz’s guide, you’ll want to roast and grind your own—and you’ll wonder why you never did it before! I can practically smell his amazing spice blends just reading this book.”
“Spices can often be the unsung heroes of the kitchen. They are given the full orchestra here, and the results are bright and loud. This is a book I’ll be reaching for often.”
“No one knows spices better than Lior: no one has better ideas about how to cook with them and no one has written a spice book as exciting as this one. The Spice Companion will be my kitchen companion for years to come—bet it will be yours, too.”
“I have known Lior for many years and have always been impressed by his understanding of how to season food to develop nuanced flavors; he is a true spice master. This book lays out his remarkable knowledge in a visually impressive and fascinating way, and I am thrilled to add it to my collection.”
“Lior Lev Sercarz is more than a great chef; he’s a modern-day kitchen magician. The Spice Companion reveals his secrets in a stunning, thoughtful, and indispensable guide that at once informs, transports, and inspires. You will look at your pantry, and your next meal, in a whole new light—with an added pinch of adventure!”
“Sercarz is the founder of La Boîte, a New York City shop that is to spices what the Louvre is to art... His suggestions are actionable and inclusive in a way that could change the way you cook dinner tonight.”
“Sercarz is more than a dealer of spices; he’s a master of capturing a scent and translating it into a reality, a skill that has been honed over a decade of experience. And in his new book, The Spice Companion, he shares some of that wisdom.”
“Mr. Sercarz explains how to best buy, blend, roast and store seasonings, and how spices are sanitized to be sold.”
—The New York Times
One of “16 best food and beverage books of 2016”
“A kitchen must.”
“The Best Cookbooks for 2016: F&W Editors’ Picks”
—Food & Wine
“An exuberant take on vegetables” and one of “Our Top 10 Cookbooks for 2016”
“With his new book, ‘The Spice Companion: A Guide to the World of Spices,’ Sercarz aims to demystify the sometimes mysterious uses of spice to help home cooks bring flavors to life.”
—The Boston Globe
“Home chefs, professionals, even beer breweries look to Sercarz to pick up their flavor game. Recently penning ‘The Spice Companion’ Sercarz continues to educate and spread the word about the world of spice.”