Monday, 1 November 2010

Cookbook of the Month - November 2010

I've been off the blog radar for a little while as I busily prepare to go on holidays this week, but this is a post I've been looking forward to.

I am delighted to announce the Cookbook of the Month for November - The Flavour Thesaurus by Niki Segnet.


I received this book from my beautiful sister for my birthday last month and I was immediately blown away by it. And not by the food photography, because there isn't a single photo - the content is the drawing card here. It is unlike any other cookbook I've ever come across. It is not a regular cookbook in the true sense of the word... it is more like a compendium of flavour combinations that complement each other really well, including some less common ones such as chocolate and anise; beetroot and orange; watermelon and fresh coriander; and, hazelnut and rosemary... It is intriguing, inspiring and you can't help but keep reading. Some of the pairings are followed by examples of top chefs' dishes utilise the combination, while others include recipes to try yourself.

But what I really like about this book is that the author sets out to instil more cooking confidence in readers so that, rather than following cookbooks "like a handrail in the dark" that we can learn to follow our instincts when it comes to cooking, really cooking, which is what we all strive towards, don't we?

Although I will soon be on holidays, I will endeavour to share some of the flavour combinations from the book with you upon my return. Until then, I'd encourage you to check out this book if you get the chance, it's a very interesting read!


Ladybird x

11 comments:

  1. THis does sound like an interesting book!
    I hope you have a lovely holiday, Im a tinsy bit jelous ;)

    Rose

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  2. Sounds like a sound addition to the cookbook collection, and I love the cover.

    Enjoy your holidays! Enjoy them a little extra for me :D

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  3. I have been trying to get this book ordered in by Borders or Dymocks as no one seems to have in stocka and it hast to come from the States. I'm glad it's as good as it sounded! Have a nice holiday you lucky-duck!

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  4. Have a great holiday!! ... where are u going?? ... can I come? :P

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  5. Thanks lovelies - I'm off to Singapore and Bali :)

    InTolerant Chef - my book came from the UK Book Depository if that helps (?) I have also seen it in some independent bookstores here in Sydney...

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  6. ahh! I've been hearing a bit about this book- I must order. It's also worth checking the prices on Book Depository US as there are some savings to be had even compared with the UK site because our dollar is so strong against the green back at the moment.

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  7. Happy Holidays! I've got the book myself - haven't had the time to read it yet but this weekend am planning to devote some time to it!

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  8. Always scroll past this book whenever I'm on book depository, thanks for sharing it's contents =) And happy holidays! Enjoy your time away.

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  9. What a nice gift! And have fun while you're on holidays too :D

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  10. Wow you have a diverse range of food related books I love that you share them with us all.

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  11. Hope your having a lovely fabulous holiday. I've heard of this book, sounds wonderful.

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