The Flavor Bible
Written By: Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg
Photographs By: Barry Salzman
Published By: Little, Brown and Company an Imprint of Hachette Book Group, 2008, First Edition, 392 pages, hardcover
“The Flavor Bible is a comprehensive guide to flavors and how to blend them with food; a must-have for anyone who cooks!”
This reverence guide is versatile, detailed and it has been exhaustively researched. With many basic ingredients, basic cooking ideas and simple dishes listed alphabetically, this guide is a wonderful resource for anyone who wants to cook regardless of experience or lack there of.
Chapter 1: a brief chapter on “Learning to Recognize the Language of Food”
Chapter 2: a brief chapter on “Communicating VIA the Language of Food”
Chapter 3: takes up the majority of this book; it is includes “Flavor Matchmaking” charts that describe Taste, Weight, Volume, Techniques, Flavor Affinities, Suggested Dishes, Quotes from Chiefs and cooks from across Canada and the US and more…
Because of the sheer volume of flavours and flavor combinations that are included in this guide, sadly there wasn’t any extra room for recipes; instead this book is used as a handy reference guide for anyone who wants to plan an elaborate meal or simply throw leftovers together for a quick meal. The real beauty of The Flavor Bible is its universal usability for the experienced chief right down to someone who is about to cook for the very first time. There are detailed explanations that make sense and the terms and definitions are easy to understand. With countless, delectable colour photographs, this hefty book will take the guesswork out of creative cooking and inspired recipe planning, giving the cook confidence in their work, knowing that their food will taste great every time; no matter how many different ways they mix things up.
A note to those, who like myself, usually jump right in to reference books at a random page; you do NEED to read chapter 1 and 2 before you move on to chapter 3. If you skip the first two chapters, you are going to wind up confused and frustrated because you won’t know how everything fits together, trust me on this.
I very highly recommend The Flavor Bible to anyone who has the willingness to cook and the desire to experiment with flavors!
♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ (9 out of 10 Diamonds) – Loved it!
A special thanks to Hachette Book Group for sending me a copy to review.
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