The Art of Blending: Stories & Recipes from La Boîte’s Spice Journey
Spice Master, Lior Lev Sercarz
“At Le Bernardin, we only get our spices from Lior. His blends are like none other, and they give so much inspiration to our creative process at the restaurant. Lior is a true magician with spices.” – Eric Ripert, chef/owner of Le Bernardin
“Having known Lior for more than a decade, I have seen firsthand his passion, skill and expertise as a chef, as well as the mastery with which he understands the world of spices and herbs. He is not only a global authority on the subject, but an educator, artist and consummate innovator in all things delicious.” – Gail Simmons, author of Talking with My Mouth Full: My Life as a Professional Eater, and Judge/Host of Bravo’s Top Chef
“Using La Boîte spice blends has changed the way I cook forever, not only at home, but in my restaurants as well. Lior is one of the finest chefs I’ve ever met, and his spices are a true gift to gastronomy and fine cuisine. They will bring life to all of your recipes.” – Michelle Bernstein, chef/owner of Michy’s
“Lior once told me, ‘I feel the need to tell my own story, and the best way to do it was with the spices.’ Here he has blended a masterful and delicious tale that I will treasure in my kitchen for years to come.” – Joan Nathan, Cookbook author of Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France
“Lior was trained by the master of spice himself, Olivier Roellinger, and it shows in every single one of his blends. They are above and beyond anything you will find anywhere else. They have changed the way I cook and the way I look at spices in my cuisine.” – Marc Forgione, Food Network Iron Chef and chef/owner of Marc Forgione Restaurant
Chef and Spice Master, Lior Lev Sercarz invites you to embark on a journey around the globe, through his unique, inventive, and celebrated spice blends. The Art of Blending tells the story behind each of Lior’s 41 custom spice blends, the places and people that inspired them, and the recipes in which they shine.
Lior’s self-proclaimed culinary purpose has long been “to harness the indigenous flavors and authentic elements of classic preparations through spices.” His understanding of the value of spices and what they can bring to any dish is unparalleled, and he has become a trusted collaborator of many of the world’s top chefs, many of whom use his blends exclusively in their restaurants.
The Art of Blending transcends the traditional cookbook by exploring the stories behind the creation of Lior’s spice blends. The recipes are each provided by the person for whom the blend was created, including Lior’s esteemed colleagues and world renowned chefs, Daniel Boulud, Eric Ripert, Michelle Bernstein, Stephane Cocu, Dominique Ansel, and many more. It will inspire and encourage you to explore, experiment and experience the flavors of faraway lands, without ever leaving home.
Look for Lior’s new book, SPICE COMPANION, coming out Fall 2016