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The book is divided into sections that discuss and reach out to chefs to join in that discussion of such ideas as the chef as artist, dealing with sensory perception in food, composing with flavors, putting a dish together, putting together an entire menu, and standing back to admire the growth of a personal cuisine. This is thoughtful material. It is not how-to material. These guided conversations are made practical for the home cook by charts such as which foods are in season and when, the basic flavors of foods (bananas are sweet; anchovies are salty), food matches made in heaven (lamb chops with aioli or ginger or shallots), seasoning matches made in heaven (dill and salmon), flavors of the world (Armenia means parsley and yogurt), common accompaniments to entrées (beef and potatoes), and, most fun of all, the desert-island lists of many of the chefs quoted so extensively throughout the text. Many recipes accompany the text.
How this will affect any individual's own culinary art, be that professional or personal, remains unclear. It may be as private an experience as reading. For the uninitiated, this book will prove that there's a lot more going on with food and restaurants and chefs than they may ever have imagined. --Schuyler Ingle
Really different and great. Our local baker at Lincoln reccomended it for my granddaughter and we really love it!Published 2 months ago by claudia van corva
Terrifically assembled flavor pairings, totally breaks me out of using the same combinations of flavors. Love this handbook!Published 2 months ago by M. R. Charboneau
I loved that book. Should have never sold it after Culinary School!
Love the chapter where it tells you what goes with what in what season!
Warning: This book is about flavor matching, not plating. It's not the final word on flavors, but it's classic. Read morePublished 5 months ago by V. Stevens