By Paul Merret
Retail Price $24.95
Amazon Price: $18.27
Spices are everywhere. From natural remedies, scented candles, perfumes, mulled wine, breakfast cereal and wacky pumpkin-spice lattes, to America’s own chili con carne. Michelin-award winning Chef Paul Merrett includes something for every spicy cook in Spice Odyssey. The beginner need be assured that not all spicy food, by any means, will be mouth-burning hot. Much of the finest spicing is also the most subtle. This book is a collection of recipes that dodges between countries and continents with no apology. There are many classic spicy dishes that aren’t included and some quirky home-invented ones that are. Paul’s aim is to provoke inspiration and exploration, because those two qualities are always apparent in all of the world’s finest cooks. Beginning with a short primer on shopping for spices and tools of the trade, Paul then provides 100 mouth-watering recipes from starters & snack to lunches & dinners, quick & simple meals to spicy desserts. Make your own Homemade Labneh with Sumac, Pomegranate & Basil or Spiced Chicken Skewers with Plantain Chips, Mango & Red Pepper Jam. Surprise your friends with the famous curry dish from Sri Lanka, Meat Rottu Roti or whip together some Asian-spiced Short Ribs. For something different try a Moroccan Lamb Burger with Tomato Chile Jam & Zucchini Tzatiki or a Yogurt & Black Pepper Ice Cream. Beautifully photographed, Spice Odyssey is a perfect cookbook for anyone looking to spice up the kitchen.
Kyle Books has put together a cookbook of many wonderful, spicy dishes from all over the world with recipes ranging from appetizers, main dishes, condiments and sides. The dishes span the globe, so you should be able to find something to whet your appetite. While the main problem is probably going to be finding the ingredients needed, the section on shopping for spices is extremely helpful in tracking down spices locally or online. The instructions are simple and easy to follow, and there’s nice pictures throughout the book. You will find a wide variety of dishes to choose from to spice up your kitchen.
~Reviewed by Dana S.