Over a year ago I purchased The Flavor Bible by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page, and it quickly became my favorite “cookbook.” I use quotation marks because it is not really a cookbook. The subtitle is: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America’s Most Imaginative Chefs.
This book is ideal for anyone who likes to get creative in the kitchen, even if only a little bit. Have you ever thought, “I have __________ that needs to be used. I wonder what would go well with it?” If so, this book is for you!
The main part of the book is basically an index of foods. You look up a particular food, and the book lists other foods, including herbs and spices, that go well with it. Different levels of recommendation are represented by bolding, capitals, and asterisks.
The only thing I don’t like about the book is that is doesn’t seem as easy as it should be to look up foods. I find that my eyes are always scanning the whole page as I flip through trying to get to the right place. Maybe words at the top of the page, like in a dictionary, would be helpful. Alphabetical cutout tabs would be fantastic.
Once time (I think it only happened once) I was surprised (shocked, really) that a particular pairing wasn’t listed. While this is a flavor bible, it’s not THE Bible. Just because something isn’t listed doesn’t mean it won’t work. Don’t let the book limit you.
Having said that, I think this book would is a great resource for just about any cook. It truly is a guide to culinary creativity. I know it has helped me in my creativity. I think that my experiments end up turning out well more often. I used it to create recipes such as r\Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Coconut, Honeyed Grapefruit with Pecans, and Lemon Blueberry Trifle. All are recipes with flavor combinations that I love.
I was so pleased with this book that I gave it as a Christmas gift to a couple of family members last year, and they really liked it. A couple of other family members received, What to Drink with What You Eat, a book by the same authors.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and this book would be helpful if you want to create some new dishes for the meal. Or, with Christmas coming up, you might want to consider putting The Flavor Bible on your wish list or giving it as a gift to someone.
You can find out more about the authors at their site, BecomingAChef.com.
The Giveaway: I’m giving away one copy of The Flavor Bible to one winner.
- This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents 18 and older.
- One entry per person
- Enter by leaving a comment on this post.
- The giveaway begins October 29, 2012 and ends on November 3, 2012 at 11:00 pm eastern time .
No purchase is necessary. Odds of winning are based on the number of entries. The winners will be randomly chosen and will be contacted by email. The winners will have 24 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be randomly chosen.
Disclaimer: I purchased The Flavor Bible with my own money, but the authors are providing the giveaway copy. The opinions in this post are my own.
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