One of the best ways to upset someone on the internet is by cooking a recipe that doesn't have enough spice or seasoning on it. The comments will range from "looks bland" and "needs cayenne" to "you should be tried at The Hague for what you've done". Spices are something that people are extremely passionate about. Perhaps none more so than Rachel Walker. Not only is Rachel the co-author of The Modern Spice Rack – an insightful cookbook and guide she's written with Esther Clark which explores the most common spices in our cupboards, offering up inventive and delicious ways of how to best make use of them in a range of recipes – but she's the CEO of Rooted Spices. Rooted Spices sell a vast and impressive range of spice blends and single-origin spices (think single-origin coffee, but for spices) sourced from countries with the conditions and climate to guarantee the best possible taste.
To help you figure out which essential – and non-essential – spices you should be adding arsenal, Rachel has written us this lovely guide on what she thinks the most underrated spices are. Hint: they're not Scary, Sporty, Baby, Ginger, and Posh. From nutmeg to Tellicherry peppercorns, all of these spices will add a certain je ne sais quoi to your spice cupboard.