Americans are still pinching pennies, and some of that budget cutting is happening in our kitchens. But spending less on food doesn't have to mean sacrificing quality or taste. Centuries of effort in cultures around the world has gone into creating delicious, inexpensive and surprisingly healthy peasant cuisines.
Last week, we compared the prices of staple foods at mainstream chain supermarkets and small international groceries, and the small independents frequently had the better deals. But where those little markets really shine is on their prices for spices.