Herbs and spices are an indispensable part of the culinary arts. When
they are correctly used they add character to a dish but if overused they can
easily overwhelm other flavors. Specific herbs are companions to certain
meats or vegetables, complimenting and enhancing whatever it may be you are
preparing. They are an integral part of a well balanced diet and offer us
trace nutrients that are necessary for a healthy constitution.
If you have a source of fresh herbs this is preferable in cooking for they
are less harsh in flavor. Dried herbs are stronger than fresh so quantities
should be doubled in recipes because the amounts are generally for the dried
Before Christianity began the Ancient Romans and Chinese were trading in
spices. Meals depended on what was available locally which made for a boring
diet. Herbs and spices added taste and variety to their meals and were used
as an aid in preserving food.