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Mighty Spice Cookbook [Hardcover]

John Gregory-Smith
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7 July 2011
Spices have been used in kitchens for thousands of years and they are as relevant today as they have always been - versatile, healthy, economical, easy to obtain, and, more importantly, utterly delicious. However, many people find spices confusing and equate them to endless shopping lists or old jars sitting in their kitchen cupboard. Mighty Spice Cookbook will change these misconceptions and show everyone how simple it is to cook with spices - and create mouth-watering recipes, full of flavour. John Gregory-Smith brings us a wonderful collection of recipes from all over the world including China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Turkey, Morocco and Mexico. Want to make a chicken dish for supper, for example? Try Vietnamese Star Anise & Lemongrass Chicken Claypot, Mexican Chicken with Yogurt & Almonds or Moroccan Lemon & Cinnamon Chicken. Keen to explore new flavours for fish? Try Coconut & Lemongrass Salmon Curry, Chilli & Basil Scallops or Indian Fish Cakes with Coriander & Coconut Chutney. Each recipe uses easy techniques and a maximum of 5 from the 25 key spices covered - and delivers fantastic tastes with minimum fuss.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Watkins Publishing LTD (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844839915
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844839919
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Try it - you'll be hooked!' --Waitrose Weekend

About the Author

John Gregory-Smith is on a mission to show everyone how easy it is to cook simple, fresh dishes using spices. Having travelled extensively and eaten his way around the world, he is currently writing recipes and features for magazines and websites including Now Magazine, TNT, Men's Health, Easy Cook, Eat In, and He has sold a range of fresh spice pastes through a major supermarket chain in the UK and was named as one of Olive magazine's 21 future stars of the foodie world in 2009. In addition, he has appeared on TV in Market Kitchen.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
This is a brilliant cookbook - all the recipes are really easy to make as they use a maximum of 5 spices each, so you don't have to spend hours shopping beforehand as the chances are that you'll already have most of what you need in the storecupboard and, if you do need something, there are no ingredients that can't be found in your local supermarket. Everything I've made so far - Golden Temple Lamb Curry, Cambodian Coconut and Ginger Aubergine, Mayan Hot Chocolate, Asparagus, Green Bean and Wasabi Salad and Prawn and Lemongrass Rice Noodle Salad - has been absolutely delicious and very simple to make - lots of the recipes can be done in advance so you can relax as your guests arrive, ideally with one of the spicy cocktails that are also found in the book - Lemongrass & Ginger Rum Cocktail is FANTASTIC!

Another great thing about Mighty Spice Cookbook is that the recipes are inspired from all over the world - there are alot of Asian dishes, as you'd expect, but also South American, Mexican, Moroccan and Middle Eastern recipes too...

I cannot recommend this highly enough, especially to those who would like to expand their repertoire to include some exotic, really tasty dishes that will seriously impress your dinner guests!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Globetrottingly Deliciously Spiced. 11 July 2011
John Gregory Smith, the author of Mighty Spice is a seasoned traveller, and as he has travelled the world he has also cooked, eaten and collected many recipes. Mighty Spice is the result of his globe trotting, containing over 100 recipes inspired by his travels, but crucially adapted for the British kitchen (and supermarket shopper) by using no more than 5 spices per recipe and easily available ingredients.

By using 5 or fewer spices per recipe, each flavour used can shine and the resultant dishes have a clear distinct and fresh flavour. On a practical note, the use of 5 spices at a time gives you a chance to slowly build up your collection if you do not already have them, and learn the flavour and uses of every new spice you acquire.

The booked is divided into 8 chapters; soups & salads, poultry, meat, fish & seafood, vegetarian, rice & noodles and a mouth-watering desserts & drinks chapters. The book is prefaced by an evocative introduction by John, which has me reaching for my passport and wanting to pack my bag, which describes his travels around the world where he cooked, ate and collected recipes.

Interspersed throughout the book are spice "profiles" and there is a spice directory (which inexplicably is not alphabetical) that runs through the 30 spices used in the book (25 dried and 5 fresh).

I was slightly concerned that by imposing a limit of 5 spices (this includes fresh garlic too) that some of the recipes might be a little flat. But the dishes I have cooked have been full of flavour and freshness. The recipes are easy to follow and comprehensive cross referencing links each dish to two or three others hat it goes well with.

It is global book covering Asia, North Africa, South America and the Middle East.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful new cookery book 11 July 2011
Wow, I'm absolutely bowled over by this book. Really exciting, innovative recipes that are easy to make and don't use an impossible array of ingredients. I love that every recipe uses 5 spices or less and there are great sections that look in depth at different spices, explaining the difference between fresh and dried, the advantages of dry frying etc.

The recipes come from cuisines all over the world and I can't emphasize enough how vibrant, unusual and utterly delicious they are. Goodbye tired old Tikka Masala and Beef in Oyster Sauce and hello Malay Yellow Mussel Curry, Chinese Tiger Salad and Pueblan Almond Duck. Delicious!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some Like it Hot...... 6 Jan 2013
Having just come to terms with the fact I am gluten intolerant and what this means for my regular destressing bake-off at the weekends (tried to do gluten free bread - not even greedy spouse and dog would eat it), I was given this book for christmas as a gift (no pasta/no breads) from said lovey greedy spouse.
I went to my local International food store and bought all the needed spices and for a very reasonable sum, I suggest you do the same as supermarket would have cost 3 x as much and helping local traders is much better idea.... and saw some vegetables that I'm not even sure what they are.... I see a future foodie adventure ahead :D
Anyway first recipe I tried was Gung Bao Chicken and just some plain boiled rice..... Oh my days - it's heaven, spicy,fragrant moreish; heaven, and if this is what lies ahead for the other vast colourful dishes then I would say this is the best christmas present ever. And added bonus is healthier than a take-away and probably faster :P
Highly recommend for any level cook who likes tasty food (but for those non-chilliheads - go easy on the quantities as Mr Smith likes it hot.....)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, seriously tasty, easy food! 3 Dec 2011
This book is exactly what you need when you want a tasty curry but you dont feel like blending and pasting 20 different spices. Every recipe i've cooked has been so straightforward and extremely tasty, the book is great value for money and our weekly favourites now include several recipes from inside this book. Its great! Try it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
It seems to me that more and more people are suffering with digestive problems these days.

Maybe that's because they haven't considered the healing properties of spices. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bargain Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas
Bought this book as a Christmas gift - feedback from receiver was great book lovely recipes easy to follow great gift!!!
Published 6 months ago by buyer
3.0 out of 5 stars Mighty Spice Cookbook review
This wasnt what i excepted it to be, a bit disappointed, not sure i would try a lot of the recipes
Published 8 months ago by Jacqui Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
This is really super. Quick and easy and every recipe I have made has been absolutely delicious.Shows how few spices you need to make a tasty meal.
Published 8 months ago by Lynnie
4.0 out of 5 stars Mighty Spice..
The book suits my needs and is well written with good illustrations. It scores for me because it does not focus on just one country but contains recipes from all around the world.
Published 9 months ago by ollieknight
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I have tried about 10-15 of the recipes from this book so far, and they have all been excellent. The flavours are great and they are easy to prepare.
Published 12 months ago by PJ
5.0 out of 5 stars One To Buy.
Most useful ( and used)cookbook I've bought in ages - it makes delicious food totally accessible. The recipes are straightforward and can be prepared quickly even on weekday... Read more
Published 16 months ago by hj
4.0 out of 5 stars great spice book
A great book covering spice - it doesn't had to be those looking for a hot curry the balance of spices and range of dishes has something for everyone and lovely dishes they are... Read more
Published 16 months ago by sreece
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent recipes
My husband bought me this book for Christmas. The recipes are easy to follow and produce excellent results. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Boot Lover
4.0 out of 5 stars simple to follow cookbook
nice varied menus that does not require an extension to the kitchen to store all those hard to come by ingredients that are not readily available outside London or the usual... Read more
Published 18 months ago by bev bell
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