The Flavor Bible

The Flavor Bible : The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs

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The timeless guide to culinary creativity and flavor exploration, based on the wisdom of the world's most innovative chefs

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.Seasoned with tips, anecdotes, and signature dishes from the country's most respected chefs and pastry chefs, The Flavor Bible is an essential book for every kitchen library.

For more flavor inspiration, look for The Vegetarian Flavor Bible
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Product details

  • Hardback | 392 pages
  • 201 x 257 x 38mm | 1,406g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations; Frontispiece; Illustrations, color
  • 0316118400
  • 9780316118408
  • 2,687

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Inspired....Open yourself to a delicious new experience. -Oprah Winfrey in O?Magazine
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"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
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About Karen Page

Karen Page is a two-time James Beard Award-winning author whose books include The Flavor Bible, which was named one of the year's best cookbooks on both Today and Good Morning America, one of the 100 best cookbooks of the last twenty-five years by Cooking Light, and one of the ten best cookbooks in the world of the past century by Forbes. The former Washington Post wine columnist is also the author of What to Drink with What You Eat, which was named the IACP Cookbook of the Year and Georges Duboeuf Wine Book of the Year. She lives with her husband, author and photographer Andrew Dornenburg, in New York City.

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
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I love this book! It's what I've been needing for so long - the perfect cook's companion reference; what goes well with any ingredient, technique and even season of the year. Not as comprehensive as Spices Notes and Recipes but covers far more ingredients; herbs, meats, vegetables and much more. Now I can literally grab any ingredient out of the pantry and figure out what to cook for more
by Nathanael Coyne
I must say from the beginning that this is the single, most helpful book that a passionate cook can own. It doesn't matter if you are a chef or just a home cooking mother, this is book makes the difference between ordinary food and savory meals! The Flavor Bible offers quick and easy access to most of the ingredients that are used in a kitchen and all the wonderful ways in which they can be combined. It helps you make wonders out of an piece of ingredient, combining and pairing the most wonderful tastes and aromas. Items are displayed in alphabetical order just like a neat and orderly dictionary and there are also occasional dishes suggestions. All you have to do is open the book and inspiration is right there! This is not a book that you read once and forget about it on the shelves. This Flavor Bible is that book that always gets food stains from continuous and daily use, that book that you wish you could carry in your head at all times. The effort and care that the authors put into this book is truly more
by Diana Badea
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