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The Missing Ingredient: The Curious Role of Time in Food and Flavor Hardcover – Illustrated, September 18, 2018

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“Innovative . . . Linford gives time the respect and attention it is due. . . . The pleasures of Ms. Linford’s book come from dozens of tiny epiphanies about the almost magical powers of this universal invisible ingredient. . . . The Missing Ingredient offers a unique perspective on how food is produced. Paging through the book is time well spent.”
- The Wall Street Journal

“Jenny Linford goes beyond our day-to-day experiences with time in the kitchen and provides readers with a deeper look at the role of time in food preparation . . . The Missing Ingredient is thoroughly researched with plenty of fascinating food revelations for the curious cook to enjoy.”
- New York Journal of Books

“A compelling book . . . Time is the unacknowledged genie of the kitchen. The Missing Ingredient considers the meanings that go beyond quantitative measures.”
- Darra Goldstein, Times Literary Supplement

“[The Missing Ingredient] explores so much more than time. . . . For the avid foodie or cook The Missing Ingredient is a treasure trove of information and curiosities. Linford has done her research and written a book that will inspire and entertain.”

“Brilliant and original . . . From slow feasts to fast food, Linford shows that, no matter what we are cooking, time is of the essence.”
- Bee Wilson, Sunday Times

“Interesting and clever . . . revelatory. The Missing Ingredient is the result of a great deal of research; it’s also the product of a 25-year career in food writing, something you feel on every page.”
- Rachel Cooke, Guardian

“Engaging . . . [through] personal reminiscences, historical gastronomical overviews, professional observations, and profiles of current culinary artisans, noted food writer Linford invites readers to dip into areas that pique interest while providing an overall structure that encourages cover-to-cover reading. . . . will ensnare browsers and prove irresistible to chefs and foodies.”
- Booklist

“Jenny Linford has created something quite remarkable: a treatise on the single most vital and most overlooked element of food and cooking that's as page-turning as a thriller. A glorious, essential addition to every food lover’s book shelves.”
- Marina O’Loughlin, restaurant critic

“Thoughtful, lively, and original. No one has approached food in regard to time before.”
- Jill Norman, food and wine writer

“Beautifully written and highly original. Jenny Linford scrutinizes time-honored food production methods and cookery techniques through the often-ignored lens of time. A gently informative, almost lyrical volume for our impatient times.”
- Joanna Blythman, author of Shopped: The Shocking Power of British Supermarkets

About the Author

Jenny Linford is a food writer and a member of the Guild of Food Writers whose recipes and food articles have appeared in many outlets, including the Financial Times, Time Out, and Square Meal. She is the author of numerous books including The Chef's Library and Garlic, and editor of 1001 Restaurants You Must Experience Before You Die.

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  • Item Weight : 1.4 pounds
  • Hardcover : 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1468316389
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1468316384
  • Product Dimensions : 6.38 x 1.38 x 9.38 inches
  • Publisher : Harry N. Abrams; 1st Edition (September 18, 2018)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 30 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insight into so many areas of cooking and food production - a must read!
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