Have you ever wondered why there are so many spices in Indian Cooking? This book is designed to help you really get to grips with spices, their characteristics, health benefits and their practical uses in cooking. Crowned as the Spice Queen by BBC Broadcaster Nick Coffer, Kumud is the founder of The Cooking Academy in Rickmansworth, and has cooked for a range of high profile clients such as HRH the Prince of Wales, The Oxford Union, the Palace of Westminster and many A-list celebrities. She is a broadcaster for BBC radio and TV, and regularly writes for the National Press. Kumud Gandhi’s first book is a compendium of spices, used to create authentic Indian recipes. Her Indian heritage of both chemists and spice merchants has greatly influenced her approach to food and cooking where she combines her knowledge and skill to create what she calls the ‘The Alchemy of Food’. In “A Cupboard Full of Spices” Kumud shares a wide range of favorite recipes dating back over generations in her family.