Thursday, 5 June 2014

My Fav Cook Book (III)

Every once in a while I like to tell you about one of my favourite cookbooks (of which I have many)

This time I want to tell you about The Flavour Thesaurus by Niki Segnit

As you can see my copy is a bit battered but well read!

This book is not a cook book, as such, but follows the line of Roget's Thesaurus listing ingredients alphabetically & suggesting flavour matches.

Have you ever wondered why one flavour works with another? Well this book examines that and takes it one (or two....maybe even three) steps further. 

It's divided into flavour themes - meat, cheese, fruit etc... With traditional pairings such as pork & apple; cucumber & dill, smoked salmon & cream cheese covered. It also looks at contemporary combinations like goats cheese & beetroot or chilli & chocolate (something I love!) 

But the author then throws in the bizarre - black pudding & chocolate anyone? no, well how about blueberry & mushroom or coffee & beef ? I remain to be convinced on some.

However strange you might find some pairings in this book, it is compulsive reading and very difficult to put down. It does throw in the odd recipe that makes you want to run out & get the ingredients to try, such as adding hazelnuts to the crumble topping on rhubarb, and I find that when lacking in inspiration a quick flick through will sort me out!

I love the flavour colour wheel on the inside cover - spent ages studying this when I first bought it!

The book covers every ingredient from the humble potato

 (nice hands Liz!- Ugh!)

to the statuesque globe artichoke

 Everyday flavours such as chocolate & coffee are paired with the unusual - chocolate & thyme or coffee & avocado -  whilst you may not wish to try all of these combination the descriptions & comments are compelling reading.

Sometimes when I get a hankering for a food combination that I have just dreamt up this book confirms I'm not barking mad! 

Garlic ice-cream anyone?