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Louisiana Eats: Spice World

Host Poppy Tooker and spice blender Lior Lev Sercarz
Joe Shriner
Host Poppy Tooker and spice blender Lior Lev Sercarz

On this week's show, we’re getting an aromatic education in herbs and spices. 


First, we speak with Lior Lev Sercarz, a chef, spice blender, and owner of La Boîte in New York City. Lior discusses his career's trajectory from sergeant of the Israeli army to spice master, and explains why he believes both home cooks and professional chefs will benefit from delving into spices.

Then, Natasha MacAller, also known as “The Dancing Chef,” describes her journey from professional ballerina to celebrated chef, a path that led to her new book, Spice Health Heroes.


Next, we stop by Rosalie Apothecary in the Faubourg St. John neighborhood of New Orleans. During our visit, owner and Western folk herbalist Christiane Wurmstedt shares some wisdom about culinary herbs and local foraging.


We also consider a different kind of herb. Geryn Angel invented a machine he calls Magical Butter, which infuses any sort of herb, including cannabis, to make healing oils and flavorful butters. 


We’re spicing up your life on this week’s Louisiana Eats!

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Poppy is the host and executive producer of the weekly show, Louisiana Eats! Food personality, culinary teacher and author, Poppy Tooker is passionate about food and the people who bring it to the table.