I wrote my new book, The Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs, because I love trivia about ingredients, and I'd never seen a really comprehensive A-to-Z guide on the topic. I wanted it to be informative but not bore people. Take sumac: Native Americans relied on it to treat coughs.
There are always green beans, sometimes with shredded coconut and fried lentils, or with preserved lemon and shallots. That said, I'm very puritanical about mashed potatoes. I don't think they should have more than four ingredients: butter, potatoes, salt and pepper.
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Green mango powder is great because it lends tartness to a dish without liquid. I'll add it to the dry mix for dredging my fried chicken. That way I avoid having to squirt lemon juice on it and making it soggy.