The Spice Companion: A Guide to the World of Spices
By Lior Lev Sercarz
“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 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.”
Since founding La Boîte, a spice shop in New York City, in 2009, Lior Lev Sercarz has established himself as 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: A Guide to the World of Spices (Clarkson Potter; on sale 11/1/16; $40; hardcover) is Lior’s definitive guide to building flavor, with a breakdown of 102 accessible spices that will inspire readers to try bold and new spice combinations.
In this A-to-Z encyclopedia of spices, Lior provides the history and origin for 102 spices, information on where to buy and how to store each one, five different pairings, three quick suggestions for use (such as adding cardamom to chicken broth), and a unique spice blend recipe and how to use it. Lior shows us how a spice as simple as black pepper transforms dishes such as steak au poivre and cacio e pepe—and how an Aleppo chile can work wonders in guacamole and chocolate chip cookies alike.
With stunning illustrations of each spice, vibrant photography, and a wealth of useful tips, The Spice Companion is a must-have resource that’s as beautiful as it is informative.
About the Author:
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 and Cafe, Dickson’s Farmstand Meats, ABC Carpet & Home, and Eataly NYC. He lives in New York City with his wife and their children.