I don't keep many cookbooks in my actual kitchen, The Flavor Bible is one of few exceptions. I've long been a fan of Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg, I have all their books, and their latest book is getting quite a workout. The jist is this - the book allows cooks to search for complimentary flavor combinations. For example, let's say I'm going to bake some banana bread and I want to add another flavor dimension - perhaps something a little more offbeat than toasted walnuts. I would turn to the book to give my creative juices a jolt. The banana section suggests all sorts of classic, regional, and chef-driven flavor ideas. I also love Culinary Artistry.
I love using this book to help me choose the best substitutions in recipes. I was making muffins this past weekend and consulted the book for ideas. I ended up with some delicious raspberry-lemon muffins. Yum! When I make it to the level of expertise where I am able to cook without recipes, this book will be indispensable.
As a dedicated CSA member, this book is invaluable to me! I use it several times a week by looking up an ingredient that I have on hand and want to use and finding inspiration for new flavor combinations. I make up my own recipes and concoctions, or find substitutions if I am using an actual recipe. Plus, it is fun to just browse through. I love the blurbs from chef's. It's an inspirational, informational and FUN book and I didn't know something like this existed! I recently realized that whenever I use it I spontaneously say out loud "I love this book!"
I have wanted this book for a long time and I just finally found one on sale at Sur Le Table. So excited! This is exactly what I need. I sometimes find it hard to plan a menu ahead because I don't know what will be fresh at the local market. But with this book I can start with whatever is fresh or inspiring and find the perfect compliment. This is really a book for those who like to "experiment" in the kitchen.
Bible is the just-right name for this tome. So useful in so many ways, from transforming the ordinary into something really special or to figure out how to make use of some unusual ingredient. Everyone from novice cooks to masters should own this book.
I keep this book on my kitchen counter. It has helped me enhance so many recipes. And what a great idea generator when you have a particular ingredient and your wondering what to do with it. I also particularly like the chef's notes throughout the book.
Just purchased this book on Amazon because of the above recommendations. I LOVE this site! Thanks! Can't wait to sit down with a cup of tea and devour this book, cover to cover!
This is so fun! I enjoy cooking with this, and find that it may help me try out different flavor combinations than the ones I immediately think of.