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What You'll Get
Among things that make your eyes water, eating heavily spiced foods ranks third after cutting onions and listening to children read out loud. Keep foods delicately spiced with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get a membership package from The Spicy Gourmet (a $103.79 total value). The package includes:
- A one-year Preferred Spice Club membership (a $67.79 value)
- $20 worth of organic fair-trade spices
- A copy of The Spicy Gourmet Book—Roast, Mill, Cook (a $16 value)
This Groupon does not cover shipping. Though shipping prices vary, most packages that cost $20 can be shipped for around $6 through the United States Postal Service. Interviewed earlier this year by [Cool Hunting](http://gr.pn/iDCP91), The Spicy Gourmet's founder, [Dinesh Perera](http://gr.pn/lBzCQf), packs jars with flavorful spices remembered from his grandmother's Sri Lankan kitchen. Patrons can plump up spice racks with selections from nine whole spices ($7.99–$12.99) or three powdered spices—earthy [turmeric](http://gr.pn/mjxeT0) ($7.99–8.99), colorful [paprika](http://gr.pn/kQVqHn) ($9.99–10.99), and spicy [cayenne](http://gr.pn/lIe3iK) ($9.99–10.99)—whose whole forms are too heavy for standard stork-delivery methods. Foil bags and sturdy tin jars keep spices fresh during their long journey from Sri Lankan and Indian community farms. [Preferred Spice Club members](http://gr.pn/ojQFSK) save 20% on seasoning orders, and flavorful packages over $25 ship with a 30% discount. Members may also shoot and submit homemade cooking videos to The Spicy Gourmet blog, which posts the segments featuring the best Emeril impersonations and use of spices. Recipes on the website and in the included copy of _The Spicy Gourmet Book—Roast, Mill, Cook_ clue cooks in to correct spice doses, yielding succulent [tandoori chicken](http://gr.pn/mjmUzn), [shrimp in red-curry sauce](http://gr.pn/mnuy3E), and other classic South Asian dishes.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 21, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Online only. Not valid until 10/23/11. Extra fee for shipping. Do not add membership or recipe book to shopping cart, will be added to order when Groupon redemption code provided for additional products purchased. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Santa Barbara Organic Spice Company Inc.
Some of Dinesh Perera's earliest memories were not of sights, but of smells. Specifically, the smells that wafted from his kitchen in Sri Lanka, where his grandmother and grandaunt would dry roast and hand grind pungent spices to create the large, laughter-filled feasts his family shared nightly. When he and his brothers moved to London and away from these fragrant repasts, Perera watched as his father, a man who had hardly set foot in a kitchen, slowly learned to blend spices and prepare satisfying meals for the family. With an upbringing so full of tastes and aromas, it's no wonder that Perera established Santa Barbara Organic Spice Company Inc., an online shop bursting with spices fetched from Sri Lankan and Indian community farms.
Each of the company's herbs and spices are USDA certified organic and purchased following fair-trade guidelines. Home cooks can find nearly everything they need to create authentic South Asian cuisine from scratch, including cumin, fenugreek, coriander, and cardamom. Many of these spices come in their whole-seed form, which is perfect for dry roasting in a skillet.