The Art of Blending Featuring recipes and cooking ideas inspired by La Boite’s 41 spice blends. The Art of Blending looks into the mind and work of spice master Lior Lev Sercarz, who has created custom blends for some of the world’s top culinary minds. Since launching La Boîte á Epice in 2006, he has released 41 of his blends to the public, which he sells in gourmet shops and in his Manhattan shop and art gallery- La Boîte. Sercarz’s ﬁrst cookbook tells the stories behind these blends and offers recipes for each contributed by his clients, which include chefs Daniel Boulud, Eric Ripert, Michelle Bernstein and Paul Kahan; Parisian baker Apollonia Poilâne and Top Chef’s Gail Simmons. Lior Lev Sercarz was raised in Israel and trained as a chef in France, where he was introduced to the fine art of spice blending by Olivier Roellinger. He moved to New York in 2002 to cook for Daniel Boulud, and left the restaurant kitchen in 2006 to work with spices full time.