Book Review: Cooking with Spices by Mark C. Stevens


Cooking with Spices by Mark C. Stevens

100 Recipes for Blends, Marinades, and Sauces from Around the World

Rockridge Press (November 7, 2017)


Send your taste buds around the world with easy-to-make rubs, blends, sauces, and pastes from Cooking with Spices

Knowing how to balance flavor and spice can transform a dish. But whether you’re looking to liven up what’s already in the refrigerator or trying something new, figuring out just the right blend of spices to use can be intimidating. Cooking with Spices is a comprehensive reference cookbook that explains the regional origins of spices from around the world and gives you easy-to-follow recipes for rubs, pastes, sauces, and blends. Cooking with Spices serves up recipes with a pinch of history to give your taste buds something to talk about.

Cooking with Spices includes:

  • Over 100 Recipes―featuring simple, step-by-step instructions for rubs, pastes, sauces, and blends for everyday seasoning
  • Spice 101― explaining the regions, cultural significance, medicinal uses, complements and pairs of over 50 easy-to-find spices from all over the world
  • Illustrated Guides―showing the perfect food pairings for spices

Recipes in Cooking with Spices include: Chinese Five-Spice Blend, South Pacific Honey Paste, Backcountry Chimichurri Sauce, Harissa Rub, Sicilian Saffron Sauce, and many more!

Set salt and pepper aside and throw some variety into the mix with the savory flavors from Cooking with Spices.





Cooking with Spices offers flavors of the world organized by region. There’s a brief history of the spice, where it’s from, the aroma & flavor, medicinal uses, common forms & varieties, complements, and what it pairs well with. As I’m experimenting more with different spices and creating my own flavors without always having to refer to a recipe, I can see using this book more and more. Good size book, good font size that is easy to read, and good layout.

I received a free copy from the publisher.

Reviewed by Lisa Reigel



Mark C. Stevens learned to cook from his Italian mother and grandmother, Nonna Yvelise. From his aunt, he inherited a love of travel. He combined those two passions in an upcoming cookbook: Cooking with Spices – 100 Recipes for Blends, Marinades and Sauces from Around the World. When he’s not playing alchemist with various concoctions of spices, he works on films and television shows as a DGA 1st Assistant Director (see: Dallas Buyer’s Club, Beasts of No Nation, Beyoncé’s Lemonade). Mark is most at home in an aromatic kitchen, trading stories among friends and family while something is simmering on the stove. As a resident of New Orleans, usually a cocktail or two is involved. Follow Mark on social media: Instagram/Twitter: @markcstevens_

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