While herbs are the leafy green part of plants, spices can come from the berries, roots, bark, fruits or seeds. Spices have been valued and traded for thousands of years and as a result, spices have made their way into cuisines around the world. What would Mexican dishes be without chili powder or Indian cuisine without the aromatic spice blends garam masala and curry? Spices are essential to dessert, too. Holiday baking wouldn’t be the same without the smell of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. F&W’s guide to spices will help you choose which wines pair best with which spices and find recipes that make use of your spice rack.

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Vadouvan Spice

Vadouvan is a super fragrant French-Indian curry mix that blends sautéed, roasted onions, shallots and garlic into the spices. Slideshow: More Spice Recipes
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A Spice Guru's Top Tips For Summer Grilling

Lior Lev Sercarz's rule number one: Make sure everything is very properly seasoned.
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Fox Spice

Adapted from ON VEGETABLES: MODERN RECIPES FOR THE HOME KITCHEN by Jeremy Fox (Phaidon, $49.95 US/$59.95 CAN, April 2017) Slideshow: More Seasoning Recipes
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Taco Seasoning

Food & Wine’s Justin Chapple prefers to mix his own taco seasoning at home; that way, he always has it on hand for Taco Tuesday. His recipe yields enough to season four pounds of ground meat. Plus, it can easily be doubled or tripled and kept in the pantry for up to 6 months. Slideshow: More Taco Recipes
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Best Nutmeg Recipes

Explore the many possibilities of cooking with nutmeg, from main dishes to side dishes and, of course, dessert. Recipes include seared spiced duck breasts, sugar-and-spice-roasted squash, chewy sugar cookies and much more.
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Best Cloves Recipes

From main dishes like a pork rib roast with sweet onion puree and crisp sage tempura to desserts like butter cookies with clove sugar, these are the best of Food & Wine's cloves recipes. Plus, try your hand at a refreshing rosé sangria with cranberries and apples, infused with cloves, cinnamon and star anise.
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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Spices

Lior Lev Sercarz, author of the brilliant new book The Spice Companion, reveals five surprising facts about the spices we use every day.
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Cumin Recipes

Cumin seeds, aromatic and nutty in flavor, are a popular spice in Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Asian cooking. Here are a few recipes, both traditional and non-traditional, that you can try to add this flavorful spice into your meals.