It's tough to keep fresh spices and herbs around to do things up the right way, but are some prepared cooking sauces better than others? I'm a condiment junkie and my basement is full of jars (even though I can rarely use them because most are too funky/exotic for the family) but I don't know what the best or most authentic tasting products are. For example, I used to use Patak's Indian cooking sauces but many are surprisingly bland and many taste pretty much the same. Some of the Chinese black bean sauces are so salty that you have to add so little to a dish, that you don't get enough flavor. A tin of Thai Green Curry paste with coconut milk and your choice of ingredients tastes about as good as I've had in any restaurant.