I have a confession to make. I have a drawer full of herbs and spices and I barely use them.
I am an avid home cook, and I collect recipes all the time. I pore over cookbooks and cooking magazines and spend my free time perusing kitchen stores and every type of grocery and market. But when I cook, for no good reason other than I guess to save time and avoid the formality of it, I don't often cook with recipes. Just off the top of my head. And the only seasoning I use regularly is salt and pepper. I have started feeling like I am missing out on all sorts of complexity and interest I could add to my cooking, but I need to figure out how to incorporate spice into my life.
Are there others out there like me, and how did you finally brave the spice rack? Are there any good cookbooks that focus on spices, perhaps with a section or chapter devoted to individual herbs/spices where all the recipes contain it?
Thanks in advance :)