This fabulous encyclopedia is not only a practical cookbook but an invaluable and expert kitchen reference. It includes step-by-step preparation and cooking techniques, and essential information on storage containers and equipment. Over 50 spices are featured, showing their various forms - whole, ground, dried or fresh. Their aroma, flavour, culinary and medicinal uses and cooking tips are also listed. In addition, there are illustrated recipes for more than 35 spice blends, from Kashmiri Masala to Apple Pie Spice. Also included are over 100 recipes from soups and appetizers through to beef, lamb and pork, and to preserves and chutneys.