herbs and spices has been an integral part of the culinary world i grew up in the Philippines. the spice trade belt is around the Asian continent, since time in memorial. most Asian country's cuisines are well seasoned due to our exposure to the numerous herbs and spices, the western world are just now beginning to learn to add to their cooking repertoire.
although this book is paper back, it is very well made with all the colorful photos - supportive of each of alphabetize herb and spice sections of the book. this book is a treasure all it's own due to the very authoritative knowledge of the author Ian Hemphill who describes wide range of known, rare global herbs and spices used these days in numerous types of kitchen.