A pinch of salt, a few turns of freshly cracked black pepper. Seasoning may seem like the last, small step in a recipe, but it’s the most important. Salt is one of the cook’s best tools and the growing variety on the market –pink Himalayan, grey French sea salt, to name a few— proves that it’s being taken seriously as its own unique ingredient. Of course salt is only one way to season a dish. Do you want to learn a back-pocket spice rub that you can use on anything or the secret to seasoning to juicy meat? Check out Food and Wine’s guide to seasonings. We’ve also included recipes that make use of your spice rack and dishes that use fresh herbs.

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