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Just bought this book last week because of your post. Thanks, I think this will be a valuable resource!
This book is fantastic, food today has become so bland, this book helps to revive cooking from times when flavour was as important as convenience. If you like to improvise, this book gives you the confidence to give it a go.
I just purchased The Flavor Bible and it’s absolutely amazing. It’s the anti-cookbook for chefs and wanna-be’s. It’s more considering with understanding the basics of flavor profiles and tastes instead of following a rigid recipe. Thank you for the recommendation.
Thanks for bringing this book to my attention. I received it a few days ago and it has been a great inspiration in my kitchen.
Thànks Elise for bringing this book to our atention. Can`t wait to have a copy in my hands.
I love cooking but so many times wonder why the end results are not as good as cuould have.
Wow, this book looks great! I haven’t been cooking (besides mac and cheese, and the like) for very long and this would be a great help! I never know which of my herbs go best with which meats or dishes unless I take the recommendations listed on the containers. I think it’s great that this is an aggregate of information from the pros! I will be adding this to my shopping list! Thanks Elise!
So glad that you’re finding value in this cool book. I bought it about a month ago on numerous strong recommendations, and am glad I did. In combination with Michael Ruhlman’s recently-released “Ratio” it’s helped me to trust my own instincts and get away from undue reliance on recipes. The format takes a slight bit of getting used to, but once you “get it,” it’s sooooo helpful!
Seems to me like this book is a necessary reference tool. Thanks for the heads up!
Elise, you’re a godsend in so many ways. Sending people to this book is another way.
Isn’t it wonderful? We really do open it every day around here. I love that it will help people become more confident in the kitchen.
(and thanks for linking to my review, as well.)
I have this book. I love it.
I did not know about this book but it sounds like something I’d like.
This book is on my wish list. Now you give me even more reason to want to go ahead and buy it, even though I told myself I had to finish my LAST book purchase before I could buy another! This looks like such a wonderful book though! I think I should make an exception, just this once. :)
Enjoyed reading the review, Elise. I’m always looking for ways to bring new flavor combinations to my table and sharpening my taste buds. Looks like my job is going to be a lot easier!
Thanks for the review – this looks like a terrific resource to push exploration beyond our comfort zones. I especially like your idea of referencing it for preparing seasonal foods (sometimes I just get a mental block).
Like Allyn, I’ve had this on my wish list for a while. I think it needs to move to my cart soon as well. Thanks for the great review!
This has been on my wish list on Amazon for a long time… but your review is going to move it into my cart later today. Thanks for giving me a review that helped confirm my decision – I trust your culinary opinions greatly so I know you won’t steer me wrong!
A truly fabulous resource. There really isn’t anything else like it.
Just added this book to my Amazon wish list. thanks!
How great to read your review! My SIL bought me this book for Hanukah and I’ve yet to crack the cover, um, shame on me. Now I’m curious. If I could only remember what box it is in…
When this book appeared beneath the Christmas tree (thank you, Secret Santa!), I oo’d and ah’d for a minute, then put it aside for serious study later. Next thing I knew, my favorite cook had picked it up, IGNORING his own presents! After a few minutes of silent page-turning, he announced, “This book is great, no recipes, just ideas!”
And he’s right, I turn to it quite regularly when I’m clearing out the pantry or the fridge, much inspiration indeed! What I like most is that it’s not one person’s ideas about what ingredients pair well, it’s an aggregate of many accomplished chefs/cooks.