The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs (Hardcover)
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Eight years in the making, The Flavor Bible is a landmark book that will inspire the greatest creations of innovative cooks and chefs by serving as an indispensable guide to creativity and flavor affinities in today's kitchen.
Cuisine is undergoing a startling historic transformation: With the advent of the global availability of ingredients, dishes are no longer based on geography but on flavor. This radical shift calls for a new approach to cooking -- as well as a new genre of "cookbook" that serves no to document classic dishes via recipes, but to inspire the creation of new ones based on imaginative and harmonious flavor combinations.
The Flavor Bible is your guide to hundreds of ingredients along with the herbs, spices, and other seasonings that will allow you to coax the greatest possible flavor and pleasure from them. This astonishing reference distills the combined experience of dozens of America's most innovative culinarians, representing such celebrated restaurants as A Voce, Babbo, Blue Hill, Café Atlántico, Chanterelle, Citronelle, Gramercy Tavern, the Herbfarm, Jardinière, Jean Georges, Le Bernardin, the Modern, Moto, and the Trellis. You'll learn to:
- explore the individual roles played by the four basic tastes -- salty, sour, bitter, and sweet -- and how to bring them into harmony;
- work more intuitively and effectively with ingredients by discovering which flavors have the strongest affinities for one another;
- brighten flavors through the use of acids -- from vinegars to citrus juices to herbs and spices such as Makrut lime and sumac;
- deepen or intensify flavors through the layering of specific ingredients and techniques;
- and balance the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of cooking and serving an extraordinary meal.
For more flavor inspiration, look for The Vegetarian Flavor Bible
Andrew Dornenburg studied with the legendary Madeleine Kamman at the School for American Chefs and has cooked professionally in top restaurants in New York City. Their website is www.becomingachef.com.
"Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page's books have enriched the fount of culinary knowledge. They move the culinary culture forward thoughtfully and intelligently... They've done a marvelous job of making the history, culture, and even science of food compelling."—Mia Stainsby, Vancouver Sun
Inspired....Open yourself to a delicious new experience. —Oprah Winfrey in O Magazine
The Flavor Bible...is amazing. —Sandra Lee on the Today Show, on her favorite books for holiday gifting
One of the best cookbooks of the year. —Sara Moulton on Good Morning America
A seminal work...Destined to become a classic. —Lucinda Scala Quinn on Martha Stewart Living Radio
I love The Flavor Bible...[One of 19] must-have food books [of all time] —Ellen Rose on NPR's Good Food
One of the best books of the year.—People
Flavor masters Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg have compiled an encyclopedic primer to flavor. —Associated Press
Readers will find themselves referring to this handsome volume again and again. —Publishers Weekly
A unique resource...Wonderfully inspiring and immensely useful. —Library Journal
Sets down in print what has often been believed inexpressible. —Booklist
Resembles none of the foodie culture's memoirs or cultural histories or cookbooks...It's more like the I Ching. Open it randomly, and it will open you up to an array of possibilities in your culinary future. —Emily Nunn in The Chicago Tribune