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The Culinarian: A Kitchen Desk Reference Paperback – October 18, 2011

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Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a yam and a sweet potato? Or gotten home from the farmers' market and thought, "Now what on earth do I do with fiddlehead ferns?" The Culinarian holds the answers to these and many more culinary conundrums, such as how to trim an artichoke or choose a ripe cantaloupe. This illuminating culinary dictionary includes clear, plain-English definitions for thousands of food terms from Absinthe to Zucchini, as well as tips on selecting, storing, and using every ingredient and piece of kitchen equipment imaginable.

The ideal complement to your favorite cookbook, The Culinarian is chock-full of captivating food trivia and history, plus information on measurements, yields and equivalents, and other useful tidbits. Flip to any page and delve into fascinating culinary trivia, or use it to pinpoint the information you need to get dinner on the table tonight. No matter how you use it, The Culinarian is a must-have kitchen reference for anyone who loves to cook.

About the Author

Barbara Ann Kipfer is a lexicographer and an enthusiastic culinarian. The bestselling author of 14,000 Things to Be Happy About and other list, reference, archaeology, and spiritual books, she holds PhDs in linguistics, archaeology, and Buddhist studies and has worked as a lexicographer and ethnographer for more than thirty years. Her website is

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.58 pounds
  • Paperback : 640 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 047055424X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0470554241
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 1.32 x 7.95 inches
  • Publisher : Wiley; 1st Edition (October 18, 2011)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 14 ratings
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