For perfect garlic flavor, use whole cloves in these 7 recipes

  • Oven-Roasted Garlic, pictured on Wednesday, March 9, 2022. (Colter Peterson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

  • Oven-roasted garlic plays an essential role in garlic vodka. (Colter Peterson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

  • Garlic Bread a la Mary Anne, pictured on Wednesday, March 9, 2022. (Colter Peterson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

  • Thyme and Garlic Soup, pictured on Wednesday, March 9, 2022. (Colter Peterson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

  • Stir-Fried Spinach with Garlic, pictured on Wednesday, March 9, 2022. (Colter Peterson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

  • An hourlong braise in the oven renders an entire head’s worth of garlic cloves impossibly soft and spreadable. (Colter Peterson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

  • Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic. (Colter Peterson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

  • Shrimp and garlic sauce, with a side of rice, is not the familiar Chinese dish but a version that would be more at home in Italy or Provence. (Colter Peterson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

Not too long ago, few Americans ate garlic.