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Ian Hemphill

Author of The Spice and Herb Bible

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About the Author

Ian Hemphill is the younger son of John and Rosemary Hemphill, who pioneered Australia's love of herbs and spices in the 1950's. Ian worked with his parents for many years, managed a spice company in Singapore and was a senior manager for a multinational food company in Australia. In 1997 Ian and show more his wife Liz opened a specialty spice shop in Sydney, which bears the nickname Ian has had since school days.....Herbie's. Herbie's Spices was founded to fill a need in the community of cooks and food lovers who wanted to access hard-to-find herbs and spices. In 2000 Herbie's Spices was the winner of the Gourmet Traveller Jaguar award for excellence for Innovation in Produce. Ian's first book "Spice Notes" A cook's compendium of herbs and spices was received with wide acclaim. In 2001 Spice Notes won the coveted Food Media Club Food Writer's award for best hard cover food related book in Australia. Shortly after at "Tasting Australia" in Adelaide, Spice Notes was one of eight nominees for the Jacobs Creek award for best hard cover food related book in the world. Ian's other books include Herbaceous, The Spice and Herb Bible and The Spice and Herb Bible: A Cook's Guide. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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This is a fantastic book for anyone who experiments with herbs and spices, and who feels a recipe is a guideline rather than a hard and fast set of instructions.

It includes every possible name each spice is called, and breaks down each one into easily-understandable flavour descriptions and categories, to make it easier to construct your own spice blends. It also includes history of the spice and how it's used in various cultures.

At times the tone is a bit familiar and repetitive, but unless you read it cover-to-cover in one sitting, the way I did, you probably won't notice.… (more)
vagablonde | Mar 29, 2008 |


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