Spice Closet

A childhood of food

Christiana White
Nov 2, 2019 · 12 min read
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Where other people have a spice cabinet, or grew up in a house with a spice cabinet, or a spice drawer, or a spice shelf, or at least some salt and pepper on the counter, I grew up in a house with a spice closet.

I grew up in what I now realize was a veritable mansion, and in the little anteroom off the kitchen, at the top of the back stairs, was a yellow-painted door with a white…