Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Book Review: The Flavor Bible:: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity

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

Description: Great cooking goes beyond following a recipe--it's knowing how to season ingredients to coax the greatest possible flavor from them. Drawing on dozens of leading chefs' combined experience in top restaurants across the country, Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg present the definitive guide to creating "deliciousness" in any dish. Thousands of ingredient entries, organized alphabetically and cross-referenced, provide a treasure trove of spectacular flavor combinations. Readers will learn to work more intuitively and effectively with ingredients; experiment with temperature and texture; excite the nose and palate with herbs, spices, and other seasonings; and balance the sensual, emotional, and spiritual elements of an extraordinary meal.Seasoned with tips, anecdotes, and signature dishes from America's most imaginative chefs, THE FLAVOR BIBLE is an essential reference for every kitchen.

The Flavor Bible is a treasure, filled to the brim with creative ideas to pair and combine flavors that complement your own recipes. It's not your typical cookbook filled with recipes but instead lists thousands of ingredients and they are all organized alphabetically and cross-referenced. It's more like an encyclopedia that guides you to delicious flavor combinations. There are also wonderful essays and stories intertwined throughout the book from different chefs that can provide inspiration and ideas for your own cooking. If you are an experienced cook you will definitely be able to dive right in and retrieve some great ideas. For the foodie wannabee's and Food Network gurus (like me) this will be a great reference to help you explore and build your confidence as you experiment in your cooking.

*I want to thank Anna from Hachette Books for sending me this fabulous book.

** Make sure to check back next week as I will be hosting a Hachette Books giveaway for several cookbooks including The Flavor Bible!!


  1. I won a copy of this from Hachette, and it's awesome! It's just what I've needed, because there are many times when I've wanted to know which spices would go well together with which meat, etc.

  2. How awesome this must have been to work on this book.

  3. This would be an incredible gift for my husband - he does most of the cooking... This looks like fun.


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