Cookbook Giveaway - The Encyclopedia of Spices & Herbs

The Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs: An Essential Guide to the Flavors of the World was inspired by Padma Lakshmi's life traveling the world and brings together the world's spices and herbs in a comprehensive alphabetical guide. This reference book is illustrated with photographs that capture the essence of various spices and their authentic flavors. 

The Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs includes complete descriptions, histories, and cooking suggestions for ingredients from basic herbs to the most exotic seeds and chilies, as well as information on toasting spices, making teas, and infusing various oils and vinegars. During her childhood, Padma use to wander the aisles of Kalustyan's in New York City nourishing her love of spices and global cuisine. 

You can read more about this book and an excerpt on mustard in our review and recipe post. We are pleased to offer five copies of this title to our EYB Members in the U.S. and Canada.

One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post:

What is your favorite spice or herb to use in the kitchen?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends December 10th, 2016. 

91 Comments

  • Marcia1206  on  11/8/2016 at 1:06 PM

    I love cumin

  • AlisonL  on  11/8/2016 at 1:20 PM

    Garlic powder and cumin!

  • matag  on  11/8/2016 at 1:34 PM

    Basil

  • laureljean  on  11/8/2016 at 1:37 PM

    Rosemary

  • MollyB  on  11/8/2016 at 2:08 PM

    Cumin

  • meggan  on  11/8/2016 at 2:11 PM

    Cumin and ground chiles of all kinds.

  • anightowl  on  11/8/2016 at 2:32 PM

    Besar (Emirati spice) - it adds both a sweet and savory note.

  • lauriesk  on  11/8/2016 at 2:37 PM

    My favorite spice is probably pink, himalyan sea salt.

  • jenmacgregor18  on  11/8/2016 at 2:42 PM

    Ginger

  • lhudson  on  11/8/2016 at 2:43 PM

    Hands down Basil.

  • rchesser  on  11/8/2016 at 2:55 PM

    Cardamom

  • sabrina7  on  11/8/2016 at 3:31 PM

    I use a lot of tumeric, ginger, oregano, and cinnamon. but I love them all!

  • Teruska  on  11/8/2016 at 3:35 PM

    I think my favorite is garlic. But, we also use a variety of hot sauces and chiles.

  • lebarron2001  on  11/8/2016 at 4:05 PM

    My favorite is garlic.

  • dbielick  on  11/8/2016 at 4:20 PM

    Oregano

  • TheSpicedLife  on  11/8/2016 at 9:00 PM

    cumin is the most useful, but cardamom is up there as well as smoked paprika.

  • jr0717  on  11/8/2016 at 9:25 PM

    Cinnamon. And not just because its fall - I love it no matter what!

  • dangold  on  11/8/2016 at 9:53 PM

    Thyme!

  • sgump  on  11/8/2016 at 11:22 PM

    Such a challenging question! Truly. But I'll go with cinnamon for now.

  • alirov  on  11/9/2016 at 2:05 AM

    Lately I've been playing a lot with sumac and za'atar.

  • milgwimper  on  11/9/2016 at 8:08 AM

    Ginger and Cardamom

  • vickster  on  11/9/2016 at 9:45 AM

    Saffron, and I would love to learn more ways to use it

  • annmartina  on  11/9/2016 at 10:47 AM

    Aleppo pepper

  • kitchenfrolic  on  11/9/2016 at 12:05 PM

    Although I cook with a lot of different spices, my favourite spice to use when baking is cinnamon! I love the smell of it and try to incorporate it in a variety of dishes/baked goods/drinks! LOL

  • gjelizabeth  on  11/9/2016 at 1:09 PM

    Garlic is my always ingredient for savory dishes but I would love more saffron ideas for both savory and sweet.

  • ballen  on  11/9/2016 at 1:31 PM

    Rosemary

  • Foodfann  on  11/9/2016 at 2:15 PM

    I would have to say basil, since it is essential for both Italian and Thai cooking.

  • Lynled  on  11/9/2016 at 2:50 PM

    Never met a garlic I didn't love!

  • jdlt  on  11/9/2016 at 3:40 PM

    Cardamom is definitely my favorite!

  • gallucci  on  11/9/2016 at 8:33 PM

    It certainly doesn't pair with everything, but I love the warmth and depth of caraway in so many dishes and baked treats.

  • annieski  on  11/10/2016 at 4:51 AM

    Garlic

  • bfg67  on  11/10/2016 at 6:56 AM

    rosemary

  • Zosia  on  11/10/2016 at 7:03 AM

    basil

  • MKWerry  on  11/10/2016 at 9:52 AM

    Garlic

  • kimtrev  on  11/10/2016 at 12:43 PM

    cumin

  • JulieG1002  on  11/10/2016 at 12:52 PM

    Garlic

  • edyenicole  on  11/10/2016 at 12:59 PM

    I love using garlic and cinnamon!

  • love2chow  on  11/10/2016 at 1:22 PM

    Garlic

  • Siegal  on  11/11/2016 at 9:26 AM

    I love using sumac

  • sarahawker  on  11/11/2016 at 11:10 AM

    Garlic, Cumin, Saffron! Just one?

  • DFed  on  11/11/2016 at 1:35 PM

    Cinnamon always adds a nice touch!

  • pandapotamus  on  11/11/2016 at 8:08 PM

    thyme!

  • Radiantpurple  on  11/11/2016 at 9:00 PM

    Garlic hands down :)

  • joanhuguet  on  11/11/2016 at 10:50 PM

    Aleppo pepper

  • ampsmom  on  11/12/2016 at 1:01 AM

    Garlic and basil

  • cheftina888  on  11/12/2016 at 9:04 AM

    How to select among my favorite spices and herbs? garlic, ginger, cumin, and basil for savory and for sweets, definitely cinnamon, vanilla beans, and nutmeg

  • Lafauvette  on  11/13/2016 at 5:20 PM

    dill

  • Deneenm  on  11/14/2016 at 7:22 AM

    rosemary, cardamom, ginger

  • Nancith  on  11/14/2016 at 8:22 AM

    Dill is invigorating.

  • ravensfan  on  11/14/2016 at 10:07 AM

    Rosemary

  • tennyogirl  on  11/14/2016 at 10:27 AM

    cinnamon

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  11/14/2016 at 6:55 PM

    I really enjoy using paprika when I'm cooking.

  • echilt5  on  11/21/2016 at 12:28 AM

    Garlic salt

  • vinochic  on  11/21/2016 at 5:03 PM

    cumin, cardamom, and so many more...

  • Katiefayhutson  on  11/21/2016 at 10:19 PM

    Cumin

  • janhunter  on  11/22/2016 at 9:29 AM

    Rosemary

  • PennyG  on  11/22/2016 at 5:41 PM

    Spice blends from Penzey's or Savory Spice Shop!

  • t.t  on  11/26/2016 at 10:00 PM

    cinnamon

  • FireRunner2379  on  11/27/2016 at 12:23 AM

    My favorite spice to use in the kitchen is cinnamon. I add some to my oatmeal every morning and also use it on roasted nuts and baked sweet potato fries. I love the smell of cinnamon when its heated, the aroma spreads through the whole house!

  • djoh437938  on  11/27/2016 at 9:47 AM

    salt

  • Tabubua  on  11/27/2016 at 11:23 AM

    Cumin, closely followed by smoked paprika.

  • petunia59  on  11/27/2016 at 2:07 PM

    Basil

  • thecharlah  on  11/28/2016 at 8:25 PM

    I love sumac and would welcome additional ways to use it!

  • hillsboroks  on  11/28/2016 at 11:30 PM

    Fresh thyme from my garden.

  • SilverSage  on  11/29/2016 at 1:45 PM

    Cilantro! So many cultures use it - no matter what I'm cooking it just fits!

  • FieenaZ  on  11/29/2016 at 2:02 PM

    Dill!!!

  • verorenee  on  11/29/2016 at 4:43 PM

    Cinnamon!

  • christineleong  on  12/2/2016 at 9:26 AM

    I love cardamom. It's in almost everything! 😊

  • JanScholl  on  12/3/2016 at 2:06 AM

    when in season, fresh Russian sage from my garden. Otherwise, garlic.

  • priyamaine  on  12/3/2016 at 2:11 PM

    fresh rosemary!

  • soopsoop  on  12/3/2016 at 3:01 PM

    I don't use it all that often but I do love asafoetida.

  • trudys_person  on  12/4/2016 at 9:24 PM

    Cinnamon ...

  • AGENT99  on  12/8/2016 at 3:24 AM

    smoked paprika

  • daniellespinato1  on  12/9/2016 at 8:17 AM

    I recently discovered roaster garlic powder and it goes in pretty much everything!

  • scotchgrrl  on  12/9/2016 at 4:13 PM

    I don't have a favorite. I use many throughout my cooking.

  • kitchen_chick  on  12/9/2016 at 4:22 PM

    Cardamon. It's not the one I use the most, but using it always makes me smile.

  • jlemoine  on  12/9/2016 at 4:42 PM

    Basil and garlic.

  • kimboston206  on  12/9/2016 at 4:48 PM

    Thyme

  • Masmoral  on  12/9/2016 at 4:50 PM

    Garlic!

  • Styarna  on  12/9/2016 at 8:38 PM

    Cumin, most definitely.

  • cadfael  on  12/9/2016 at 9:03 PM

    Cinnamon and Cumin

  • mtrail01  on  12/9/2016 at 9:04 PM

    Turmeric

  • JMS  on  12/10/2016 at 12:06 AM

    I've been using tumeric in everything!

  • kayanelson  on  12/10/2016 at 7:33 AM

    Smoked paprika

  • Mimmi  on  12/10/2016 at 8:03 AM

    I use cinnamon so much I just keep it on the counter!

  • Waderu  on  12/10/2016 at 9:27 AM

    smoked paprika

  • CindyinOttawa  on  12/10/2016 at 10:30 AM

    Herb de Provence. I use it weekly at least. Like just now in my huge pans of roasted ratatouille!

  • MaineDruid  on  12/10/2016 at 11:26 AM

    Basil!

  • bevie19  on  12/10/2016 at 12:02 PM

    Chili pepper, and salt! Have to have salt.

  • mfl  on  12/10/2016 at 7:09 PM

    cumin

  • Nom5  on  11/10/2017 at 7:39 PM

    BLACK PEPPER = LOVE OMG! Am I the only one?!

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