The Science of Spice by Dr. Stuart Farrimond

Published August 5, 2021

The Science of Spice by Dr. Stuart Farrimond

Book info

  • Title The Science of Spice
  • Author Stuart Farrimond
  • Year 2018
  • Genre Non-fiction

Transform your dishes from bland and boring to punchy and flavoursome with this definitive guide to spices. Spice up your home cooking! Taking the periodic table of spices as a starting point, this adventurous recipe book explores the science behind the art of making incredible spice blends to help you release the flavour in your dishes.


I’m not particularly creative in the kitchen - I don’t mind trying things but I need the guidance of a recipe. I don’t really have the knowledge or gut feeling to get experimental. This book is probably more for those who want some underlying knowledge to then be able to work some magic in the kitchen, so it wasn’t completely useful to me.

I still appreciate how incredible the book is, though, stacked full of information with a scientific approach to blending and compounding spices to get some great tastes. The book talks of each spice individually, looks at the geography of where they’ve come from and what the tastes are around the world, and then there are a few recipes thrown in there… but mostly it’s about the underlying fragrances and details.

Rating: 4 / 5

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