The Science of Herbs and Spices?
July 13, 2006 11:01 AM Subscribe
Cookingfilter: How do you decide which and how many herbs and spices to use?
posted by empath to Food & Drink (19 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
I'm learning to cook, and one thing I've noticed is that most cookbooks that I've seen don't explain why you use the particular herbs and spices that are listed in the recipes.
Is it just a matter of putting adding herbs and spices to taste or is there some kind of science to it? For example, why do all Italian dishes have Oregano, Rosemary and Thyme? Is there something particular about that combination of herbs or is that a only a result of their being readily available in Italy?
Any references or recommendations for books or websites on the subject would be appreciated.