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Product Details

  • Paperback: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 5 edition (September 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438001630
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438001630
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"A must for every cook's library."--Bon Appétit magazine

Praise for previous editions . . .



"The quintessential food reference book . . . a bible for anyone seriously interested in cooking." --Adventures in Dining





"Essential for anyone who talks, eats or thinks about food."--Bev Bennett, Chicago Sun-Times





"The indispensable landmark volume that defines thousands of American and foreign culinary terms." --Paula Hamilton, Oakland Tribune





"Comprehensive, accurate, interesting, well-written, and inexpensive…" --Booklist





"A wealth of information . . . a small culinary gem." --Pat Dailey, Chicago Tribune





"As thick and as satisfying as a well-stuffed sandwich." --The New York Times

About the Author

Ron Herbst, a dedicated wine expert, is also a wine and food journalist. His best-selling The New Wine Lover's Companion, also published by Barron's, is the wine dictionary on several internet sites, including Condé Nast's "Epicurious

Sharon Tyler Herbst was an award-winning author of many books on cooking and dining, a food and travel journalist, a media personality and a past president of the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

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Sharon Tyler Herbst is the award-winning author of twelve books on food and wine, and the foremost writer of culinary reference books, including the bestselling Food Lover's Companion and Food Lover's Tiptionary.

Customer Reviews

It is full of information and is very helpful.
Ella Anderson
This is an exalent book to have, especially if you are a cook or chef or for that matter in the culinary industry.
Julie C. Miller
I will give this book four stars and say that it is really worth five.....darn pictures anyway.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By TolkienFan on August 8, 2013
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I have spent most of the past two days examining and reading and thinking about this book. I think the one word that best describes it is "massive". This book is over 900 pages.....of course, it is only about 5 x 7 inches so not quite the same as a 'full-size' book. Still, the thing that makes it remarkable is the depth of the subject matter. Almost anything I can think of with respect to food is touched on in this book. You should be aware, however, that too much of a good thing can still be "too much". Does that apply to this book?? I think maybe it does in some ways. Is this book worth the time and the money spent?? Absolutely!!

Here are a few thoughts I jotted down as I read and paged through and referenced (and cross-referenced..!) my way through this tome. "Wow, over 900 pages and very few photos...Uhh, actually none." (That's right NO photographs, NO drawings, NO line art, NO images of any kind...)........"Hmm, I didn't know that, or that either.." (I can't imagine the number of times I actually said that exact thing..)........"So THAT'S how you pronounce that!!." (Very helpful pronunciation guide with each entry in this book..)........"Wow, that's a LOT of cross-referencing.." (You can't even imagine!!..)........"Hmm, an appendix too...Oops, lots of appendices.." (One of the VERY helpful parts of this book.). There were other comments that I wrote down too, but this is enough for a sample.

With only 7000 (+/-) separate entries in this encyclopedic work, that obviously doesn't cover EVERYTHING!! There must be something left out....Actually, I am certain that there is a lot that is NOT here, but most of it is pretty obscure stuff and not likely to affect anything you might reasonably be expected to do in your kitchen.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pommes on September 6, 2013
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This is the fifth edition of this indispensable reference for food writers, menu writers and other foodies that want concise definitions and need the correct spelling and pronunciation of all things culinary. 916 pages. A bargain at $17US.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 3, 2014
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Lots of good information here.
The quality of the actual book is not great.
It is a very thick paperback with not much glue binding the pages together. I anticipate that they will start falling out soon.
The corners were rounded poorly. Obviously there was no quality control here.
The print is clean but could have been larger for easy viewing.
The appendices are great.
Wish they would make this book (a 5 x 7") larger, in hardback, two columns of entries, larger type.
This good text deserves better treatment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 12, 2013
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A wonderful resource with my Kindle app! Very handy on my android phone with many useful features. A real treasure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clare Smith on November 5, 2013
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so much information so easily accessed! just knowing about some methods of cooking can enhance old tried and true family favorites.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By hyacinth on November 5, 2013
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Owned the previous edition and really like this book which is extremely well organized and great if you are into cooking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ella Anderson on October 26, 2013
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I am just starting culinary school and absolutely love this book. I use it everyday. It is full of information and is very helpful. This book would be perfect for anyone interested in learning more about food.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Lauderdale on January 23, 2014
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I have always loved this book. I buy updated versions as they are released.
The only thing I was disappointed about was the weak binding. Broke within the third time of opening.
Now the pages are falling out. Bummer.....
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