Winner of the 2009 James Beard Book Award for Best Book: Reference and Scholarship
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.
About the Author
Recently cited as two of a dozen "international culinary luminaries" along with Patrick O'Connell, Alice Waters, and Tim and Nina Zagat (in Relais & Chateaux's L'Ame et L'Esprit magazine), the award-winning authors Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg have written several groundbreaking books chronicling and celebrating America's culinary revolution. What to Drink with What You Eat, Becoming a Chef, Dining Out, and The New American Chef were all winners of or finalists for Gourmand World Cookbook, IACP, and/or James Beard book awards. In March 2007, Page and Dornenburg were named weekly wine columnists for the Washington Post. Karen Page is a graduate of Northwestern and Harvard Business School. 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 Web site is www.becomingachef.com.
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.
Readers will find themselves referring to this handsome volume again and again.
A unique resource...Wonderfully inspiring and immensely useful.
Sets down in print what has often been believed inexpressible.
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