Books, Spice, and Everything Nice: Turmeric

For 2022, the Berryville Library is hosting its own Books, Spice, and Everything Nice spice club. Stop by the library to get the spice of the month and then stop by the blog on the first Tuesday of the month for recipes and more information on the featured spice. We’ll also be adding monthly posts about cookbooks in our collection. For June, our spice is turmeric!

Turmeric is a staple of many South Asian and Southeast Asian dishes, but it is a very flexible spice in general. For centuries, people have used it for cooking, cosmetics, medical remedies, and dyeing. We’re highlighting its use in a range of Asian and Asian-inspired dishes.

Want some easy butter chicken? Try our recipe, adapted by Berryville’s own Jen Geeo.

Looking to jazz up your jasmine rice? Try the fragrant yellow rice.

In search of a traditional Filipino dish? Try the yellow adobo (pork stew).

Need some variety in the morning with your scrambled eggs? Try the turmeric scrambled eggs.

In the mood for baking? Try the turmeric spice cookies.

Intrigued by the new trend of golden milk? Try our recipe.

Prefer to wing it? Just follow your heart–and the flavor profile suggestions–on recommended uses and pairings.

Not a cook? You might still learn something (and be amused) with the history and trivia about the spice.

Please be sure to update us about how you used turmeric in June. You can tell us in the comments here on the blog, share them with us on Facebook or Instagram with the #bplspice hashtag, or stop by the library.

Still looking for some ways to use turmeric in your kitchen? Even though I ultimately didn’t include them in the handout, I was also intrigued by Coconut Turmeric Chicken Soup (maybe save it for a rainy day when it’s not summer in Arkansas 🙂 ), a Mixed Bean Masala that can be paired with the fragrant yellow rice (the masala doesn’t use turmeric), and Turmeric Chicken and Rice.

Recipes in handout lightly adapted from originals in All Recipes, the Kitchn, Cookstr, BBC Good Food, Food52, and Foolproof Living. And a special thank you to Jen for bringing the butter chicken recipe to my attention and providing her skillet adaptation for it!

Download PDF here.

What’s your favorite recipe that uses turmeric? Which recipe are you most excited to try? What spices do you use the most in your cooking? Tell us in the comments!

Author: berryvillelibrary

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