Salt and pepper are essential spices for all world cuisines. But modern food preparation has removed the average cook so far from whole foods that he no longer knows the flavor of natural sea salt or whole peppercorns.
Try the flavor of freshly ground Himalayan salt compared to your boring iodized salt from the grocer. There is a real difference! Besides the flavor being better, there are many health benefits of sea salt. Common table salt has been processed to the extent that nearly all the healthy minerals have been stripped out.
The same is true of pepper. The flavor of freshly cracked black, red, or white pepper is amazingly pungent compared to factory prepared milled pepper.