By Jane Lawson (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, $29.95) What it is: From achiote, the seed of a tree native to the Americas, to zedoary, a white turmeric used in Thai cooking, Jane Lawson rummages through the global pantry to showcase all sorts of spices, both familiar and little known, in "The Spice Bible." Each entry gives readers the origin and uses of the spice, how to cook with it and how to store it. Spice pastes and spice mixes also are featured. More than 250 recipes are included, from appetizers to main dishes to desserts.
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