Herbs are the edible, leafy green sections of plants that have been used in culinary and medicinal applications since ancient times. If your dish is lacking flavor, you don't have to add extra salt or fat. Simply turn to fresh herbs. The licorice notes of basil, the lemony scent of thyme, the fresh punch of parsley—there is an herb to complement any dish. If you've only been using herbs sprinkled over your finished dish, try making them into sauces like pesto and chimichurri; they add a burst of flavor to soups and grilled meats, fish and vegetables. The Food & Wine guide to herbs includes tips for working with herbs as well as our favorite recipes like Herb Butter Roasted Chicken, Herbed Zucchini Feta Fritters and more.

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Herb Simple Syrup
Blanching tender herbs before blending them in this versatile syrup preserves their delicate, fresh flavors. Use this refreshing syrup in cocktails or mocktails, or drizzle it over fruity desserts.
In Defense of the Bay Leaf
Yes they're pointy and you should fish them out at the end of cooking—but they bring enough to the table that they're worth it.
The 'Magical' Indian Herb You Can Order on Etsy
Best New Chef Niven Patel says that curry leaves are the key to unlocking the flavors of South Indian food. And you don't need a specialty market to find them.
If You've Got Greens, You've Got Green Sauce
Wilting herbs? Random greens? Throw them in the blender with acid and fat, and you'll have a sauce that will make everything tasty.
Herbed Ricotta with Grilled Bread
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Food & Wine's Justin Chapple makes this simple herbed ricotta for almost all of his parties because it's such a crowd-pleaser. It's delicious spread on toasted bread but is also perfect served with crudités. Slideshow: More Ricotta Recipes 

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Oregano Recipes
Say hello to your new favorite herb—oregano is perfect for homemade pesto, grilled seafood, and roasted chicken. Add a few sprigs to your negroni for an aromatic garnish.
Chicken Stew with Shitake and Lemongrass
Rucker gives Thai lemongrass chicken soup a French makeover with white wine, sweet potatoes and heavy cream. The result is a rich, warming stew of super-tender chicken thighs.Warming Soup RecipesRecipe from Food & Wine Best New Chefs All-Star Cookbook
Madhur Jaffrey's Lemon Rice

The legendary cookbook author, food writer, and actress tempers fresh curry leaves and mustard seeds to bring fragrance and flavor to a lemon juice and zest-kissed rice.