Creating a flavorful dish often requires ingenuity and trial and error. The right spice or spice blend can make or break a recipe, sort of like a catalyst in a science experiment. For those kitchen scientists, the library has started a spice club which features kits containing a spice sample and suggested recipes so you can try your hand at creating different flavors. The next Spice It Up kit will feature sumac. This colorful spice is used throughout the world to add a lemon-y tang to dishes. Registration for these kits will open August 21. Interested in trying your own kitchen experiments with spices? The following titles may help you!

Spiced: Unlock the Power of Spices to Transform your Cooking
America’s Test Kitchen

Learn about the complexity of your spices, and the best way to make use of each of them.

The Nutmeg Trail: Recipes and Stories Along the Ancient Spice Routes
Eleanor Ford

Stories, beautiful photos and regional recipes accompany this lovely book that will take you on a journey of flavor.

Spice Apothecary
Bevin Clare

Spices have uses beyond the kitchen. For centuries, many spices have been relied upon for their healing benefits. This title talks about 16 different spices and their healing benefits.

6 Spices, 60 Dishes: Indian Recipes that are Simple, Fresh, and Big on Taste
Ruta Kahate

Cayenne, coriander, cumin, turmeric, mustard seed, and asafetida are the key to several Indian dishes. Here are 60 recipes that are simple and healthy featuring these spices, with instant pot variations for convenience.

Mastering Spice: Recipes and Techniques To Transform Your Everyday Cooking
Lior Lev Sercarz

Amazing recipes with a variety of well used spices. Try the potato gratin with rosemary and thyme. A beautiful savory potato dish.

Culinary Herbs and Spices a Global Guide
Elizabeth I. Opara and Magali Chohan

This one is a rather comprehensive encyclopedia of spices, their taxonomy, uses, adverse effects, and history.

“Variety’s the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavor”

William Cowper

STEAM Week: July 9-15, 2023

Science Technology Engineering Art Mathematics

All week long, we’ll celebrate and learn about science, technology, engineering, arts and math with a variety of programs for all ages, blog posts and more.

Victoria Vogel

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