Spices evoke aromatic exotica and recipes that hint at travel even if you never leave your kitchen. These special seasonings are the "unsung heroes of the kitchen," making their way to us from distant lands so that we can infuse our dishes with culinary wanderlust. For TV host and cook Padma Lakshmi, spices are a direct link to her family home in Kerala and other flavor-infused memories. Her book, The Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs, is a gateway to a world of endless culinary possibilities.
Music: "Book of the Month" by Lovage