Back in the late 60's, when I was first learning to cook, I bought two cookbooks devoted to spices:
The Spice Island Cookbook - http://www.amazon.co...k/dp/0016811828
And The Spice Cookbook (which Lindacakes references) - http://www.amazon.co...y/dp/0872500225
They have both been devoted and valued companions to me, lo these many decades. I can't possibly tell you how frequently I've been working on a dish, thought it needed a little flavor boost, and consulted one of these two books to see which herb or spice they recommended be added.
And, for years, my standard wedding/kitchen shower gift was a basket filled with assorted herbs and spices, and one of these two books.
They still hold an honored spot in my cookbook rack and I still refer to them at least once a month. I've cleaned out my cookbook shelf a time or two through the years and never would consider getting rid of either of them. So I do recommend them.
But I will say that it's obvious now that these two old friends are, like me, I suppose, somewhat dated. Often, as I'm perusing this recipe or that herb/spice description, I run across some bit of information that seems passé.
Edited by Jaymes, 01 April 2013 - 09:36 AM.