COOKING & FOOD

Flavor for All: Everyday Recipes and Creative Pairings

Houghton Harcourt. Oct. 2020. 256p. ISBN 9780358164067. $30. COOKING
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In this latest collaboration, Briscione and Parkhurst (The Flavor Matrix) promise “no-fail, kick-ass, chemistry-enabled recipes for everyday cooking.” With a focus on simplicity and flavor, these recipes are based on the science that makes them work. Flavor-pairing is the goal, with the book serving as a “culinary cheat sheet” to build flavor into every meal. Starting with an Ingredients section that details effective flavor pairing, as well as the role of fat, acid/sour, salt, umami, bitter, sweet in creating a flavor profile, the recipes are divided into Vegetables, Grains and Pasta, Cheese, Land (Chicken, Beef, Pork, Lamb), Sea (Fish; Shrimp, Crab, and Lobster), Drinks, and Baked options. Each section includes tips on mastering relevant ingredients and making the best choices to develop flavor. Each ingredient is labeled along with its corresponding flavor element, making this a unique aspect of the text.
VERDICT Flavor pairing adds an exciting twist to familiar ingredients. Recommended as a practical companion to The Flavor Matrix and a worthy introduction for home cooks looking to up their flavor game.

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