A Cupboard Full Of Spices





Have you ever wondered why there are so many spices in Indian Cooking? This book on spices is designed to help you really get to grips with spices, their characteristics, health benefits, and their practical uses in cooking.

Crowned as the Spice Queen by BBC Broadcaster Nick Coffer, Kumud is the founder of “The Cooking Academy in Rickmansworth” Kumud has cooked for a range of high-profile clients such as King Charles 111 (when he was HRH the Prince of Wales), The Oxford Union, the Palace of Westminster, and many A-list celebrities. She is a broadcaster for BBC radio and TV and regularly writes for the National Press.

Author Of A Cupboard Full Of Spices

Kumud Gandhi is the author of this book on spices and her first book is a compendium of spices, used to create authentic Indian recipes. Her Indian heritage of both chemists and spice merchants has greatly influenced her approach to food and cooking where she combines her knowledge and skill to create what she calls the ‘The Alchemy of Food’.

Spices Book Partitions

The first half of the book is all about spices, and this is where you can really get to know your spices and understand, how, when, and where to use them. Not just in Indian food but increase your uses of spices across the board in all your cooking.

The book on spices divides into 12 chapters covering breakfast dishes, starters, street food, fish main courses, meat and chicken main courses, vegetables and side dishes, salads and chutneys, lentils & pulses, rice dishes, breads, sweets & puddings, drinks & juices, and, finally, how to create your own spice blends.

Recipes In The Book

There are over 120 recipes in the book – all providing beautiful photography to show how the recipes could look when cooked, which is always an important factor when deciding whether to try a recipe.

All the recipes in the book are tried and tested hundreds of times through the cookery school and fine dining catering experience Kumud and her team have delivered over the years.

This book is a worthwhile investment for anyone who loves truly authentic Indian food just like millions of Indian families eat all over the world.

In “A Cupboard Full of Spices”  a complete book on spices, Kumud shares a wide range of favorite recipes dating back over generations in her family.

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