This is a book on improvisational cooking only inasmuch as Schneider's own improvisations. If you, like me, bought this book thinking that it would provide the basis for your own improvisations, you'll be disappointed. Schneider 15-odd pages on mixing flavors will only enlighten if you haven't figured out by now that ginger mixes well with oriental dishes, that thyme goes well with poultry, and that salt and pepper are seasoning staples. What follows after these no-brainers is a typical recipe book with Schneider's own "improvisations."
Her recipes look interesting, but this is not at all the book that the title would seem to imply.
For much deeper and helpful insights into improvisational cooking, pick up instead Shirley Corriher's Cookwise.
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