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In this lively and exceptionally enjoyable book, Niki Segnit takes 160 popular ingredients and explores all the ways they might be combined in the kitchen. She has scoured thousands of recipes in countless recipe books, talked to dozens of food technologists and chefs, and visited hundreds of restaurants - all in her quest for flavour pairings. The result is a unique book that is full of quirky observations, practical information (hundreds of recipes are embedded in the narrative) and good jokes. Here are a couple of randomly chosen entries: Celery and Dill: Like a couple of spry septuagenarians who still bother to find the right necklace for their frock, wear silver shoes to the theatre and are more than capable of a waspish, flirty conversation if given the attention they deserve. Come alive in the red-blooded company of beef, or more workaday tinned tuna, but left to their own devices can make a thrifty but classy soup. Coriander Leaf and Peanut: Substitute coriander and peanut for basil and pine nuts and you have a delicious Vietnamese-style take on pesto. Process a large bunch of coriander leaf with a tbsp ground nut oil, a tsp fish sauce, maybe a few mint leaves if you have them, some chilli and a squeeze of lime. Add half a handful of ground peanuts. Toss through warm noodles - egg or rice - and serve with more peanuts scattered on top. Beautifully packaged, THE FLAVOUR THESAURUS is not only a highly useful, and covetable, reference book that will immeasurably improve your cooking - it's the sort of book that might keep you up at night reading.

 

Details

ISBN: 9780747599777
Audience: General
Format: Hardback
Number of Pages: 400
Publication Date: 21 Jun 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 21.6(H) x 13.5(L)
Weight (gm): 552

 

Reviews

A deceptively simple little masterpiece * Sunday Times *
An exquisite guide to combining flavours * Observer *
An original and inspiring resource * Heston Blumenthal *
It has intrigued, inspired, amused and occasionally infuriated me all year, and will for years to come * Nigel Slater, Observer Books of the Year *
Every cook should own a copy ... [it] will revolutionise your cooking * John Torode *
A forensic yet fun exploration of flavour combinations and why they work * Guardian *
A bible for anyone who cooks by grabbing ingredients from the fridge * Independent *
The Flavour Thesaurus is a fascinating book for culinary geeks who like to know the origin and science behind ingredient combinations * Caterer *
Inspiration for figuring out what to do with the random tins left in my cupboard * Evening Standard *

 

Author Biography

Niki Segnit was inspired to write The Flavour Thesaurus when she noticed how dependent she was on recipes. Her background is in marketing, specialising in food and drink, and she has worked with many famous brands of confectionery, snacks, baby foods, condiments, dairy products, hard liquors and soft drinks. She is a writes a column for The Times and lives in central London with her husband.
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