We’ve been talking plenty of shop in our Spices 101 series, and a few of you might be wondering: how does this Simple Bites editor know about spices anyway?
If you’ve got a few minutes, let me share how I learned about spices and back up some of this information I’m dishing out.
We’ve also got our usual link love, as well as special ‘Spices 101’ links, so pour a coffee and join us.
Before I had children, I worked for a renown chef/caterer, world traveler, and spice enthusiast named Phillipe de Vienne. I had never met anyone so passionate and knowledgeable about spices, nor had I ever tasted such cooking. His command of the kitchen, paired with his mastery of spices, made him an ideal mentor for any young cook; I was fortunate it was me.
Working under his tutelage opened my eyes to a whole world of spices that I never knew existed and a style of cooking that was simple, yet exotic. I learned a wealth of knowledge and now enjoy ‘passing it on’, to borrow a phrase from Jamie Oliver.
I went on to start a family and Philippe opened a spice shop. He sources his own spices – traveling several months of the year to do so – and imports them for the gourmandes of Montreal–and beyond. He has published two cookbooks, expanded his business internationally and continues to ardently educate people about spices.
You can find Philippe and his wife, Ethné, featured in the May 2010 issue of Food & Wine.
As for me, well, here I am!
Spices 101 Links
- Fascinating interview with M.de Vienne. How he got started with importing spices and just how he sources the best spices in the world.
- Short video tour of the famous Montreal spice shop where I often frequent!
- A Brief History of Cinnamon :: Culinate
- Thyme (Recipe:herbed cheese spread) :: The Perfect Pantry
- Do it now! Throwing Away Our 4-Year-Old Spices :: The Kitchn
- Evaluating Your Family’s Diet :: Organizing Your Way
- Recycle Your Rice :: Ready Made
- How to Cook Vegetables :: Keeper of the Home
- BPA: What is it, Where is it, What to do :: The Art of Simple
And last, but certainly not least:
- Sign the Petition :: Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution
Have YOU signed the petition?