19 Essential Spices the Zakarians Think Every Pantry Should Have


Geoffrey and Margaret Zakarian may have opened restaurants like The Lambs Club, The National and The Palm Court, but the couple also appreciate the value of a delicious home cooked meal. Many of their secrets to creating extraordinary everyday meals will be unveiled in their new cookbook, My Perfect Pantry. The book contains 150 recipes you can cook up using everyday staples in your pantry—you just need to know the right pantry items to always have on hand! Lucky for us, the Zakarians have generously offered a sneak peak by sharing their top 19 essential spices!

Here are the essential pantry spices the Zakarians think every pantry should have. Take note!

  1. Allspice

  2. Bay Leaves

  3. Cayenne Pepper

  4. Celery Salt

  5. Ground Cinnamon

  6. Whole Cloves

  7. Cream of Tartar

  8. Ground Cumin

  9. Fennel Seeds

  10. Garlic Powder

  11. Mustard Seeds

  12. Ground Nutmeg

  13. Dried Oregano

  14. Black Peppercorns

  15. Kosher Salt

  16. Sea Salt

  17. Dried Thyme

  18. Vanilla Beans

  19. Vanilla Extract


Reprinted from MY PERFECT PANTRY by Geoffrey Zakarian, Published by Clarkson Potter. Photograph courtesy of Sara Remington.