The Flavour of Spice

December 3, 2020
The Flavour of Spice

A book that celebrates spices, and the integral ways in whichthey shape what we eat.Throughout a career spanning thirty years, well-known foodcritic and writer (and little-known collector of spice-grinders ofeclectic origin), Marryam H. Reshii has had a relentless loveaffair with spices. Such has been her passion that she hastravelled across the country and to various corners of the world –crushing, grinding, frying and tasting – in a bid to understandevery aspect of these magnificent ingredients.The result is The Flavour of Spice, a zesty narrativethat brings together stories about the origins of spices and howthey evolved in the cuisines we know and love; colourful anecdotesgleaned from encounters with plantation owners and spice merchants;and beloved family recipes from chefs and home cooks.From the market yards of Guntur, India’s chilli capital, to thefoothills of Sri Lanka in search of ‘true’ cinnamon, and from thehillsides of Sikkim where black cardamom thrives to the saffronmarkets in the holy city of Mashhad, Iran - this heady accountpulsates with exciting tales of travel and discovery, and aninfectious love for the ingredients that add so much punch to ourcuisines.