Mandy Aftel: How to Cook with Essential Oils

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In perfumer Mandy Aftel’s home, she keeps a drawer stocked with some of the sprays from her line of culinary essential oils.

I have an interview with Mandy Aftel, America’s grand dame of natural perfuming, up at Zester Daily. When I spoke with her back in January, I was most interested in learning how you go about incorporating essential oils into cooking. She has some great tips for experimenting with essential oils in the kitchen. I’ve started using basil oil and black pepper oil in place of those spices and herbs in some preparations to great effect. Do you have any recipes where you prefer the oil over the spice? I’d love to hear about it.

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