Building your spice collection is a life-long process: It is not something you should try to do in one day. But if that sounds tempting to you, whether you're new to the kitchen and determined to improve or you're a bona fide Julia Child, you're in the right place. We compiled a starter kit of aromatic and savory spices and herbs that will support your most frequently used recipes. Some may even say these are herbs, spices, and seasonings that no kitchen should be without.
And though we're calling it a "starter kit," it's more like a glossary of the 23 best spices to keep in stock. Read on for top must-haves and some suggested uses—and remember that the true beauty of spices is how they blend together, so get ready to experiment. Flavorful living ahead!