Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Let's Talk About Spice, Baby - spice catalogue excerpt - looking for comments

Zzyzx Road Kitchen's World of Spices

Hi, guys!  Since I'm already on H, I thought I'd get some feedback from anyone who has some ideas about my setup so far.  Good or bad critiques welcomed equally - I have booze and Rx medications.

This is meant to go beyond the Encyclopaedia Britanica's four-line description of a plant.  People need a place to find out where and how they can use star anise, for instance, or why the hell do bay leaves exist.  I love spices, and I love exploring and using them in unique and unusual ways.  I love to share my cooking knowledge, as most cooks who I know and respect do, and I think there is a large gap in our field with regard to truly exploring spices and herbs.  I'm looking to fill that gap in one database that's easy to use and refer to time and again.

Please, I really would like to hear back from you guys.  I think you can even respond anonymously, so I can't take out your eyeballs with that melon baller that I've never used.

Ess, bench, sei a mensch!

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