Start with salt and pepper. You’ll find it useful to have both diamond kosher salt and flaky sea salt, as well as both whole peppercorns and a pepper mill with whole peppercorns. Aromatic fresh bay leaves are a must for soups, stews and casseroles as are thyme and rosemary. Nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon will work in both sweet and savory dishes. Finally, smoked paprika, chili powder and cayenne pepper are great for flavoring meats, curries and adding a bit of heat to your dishes.