The Flavor Thesaurus: More Flavors; Plant-Led Pairings, Recipes, and Ideas for Cooks

Bloomsbury. May 2023. 368p. ISBN 9781639731138. $32. COOKING
Fans of Segnit’s original The Flavor Thesaurus: A Compendium of Pairings, Recipes, and Ideas for the Creative Cook will be thrilled with her follow-up, which is less of a cookbook and more of a reference guide to enlivening one’s palate. Ingredients are divided into categories such as “cruciferous,” “nutty milk,” and “sweet woody,” and then they are paired with a tasty companion. The entries vary in length, but Segnit describes in a paragraph or two why these pairs work together and provides plenty of recipe inspiration. Perfect for opening the pantry, digging out an ingredient that needs to be consumed or is taking up space, and putting it to use. Like any good reference book, a thorough index provides easy navigation. Segnit’s prose will be familiar to fans as she reminisces about meals, ingredients, and cooking techniques, all with her signature humor. Recommend to those who enjoy experimenting in the kitchen and looking behind the scenes of cookery, along with fans who are looking for the next installment of flavor pairings.
VERDICT Food lovers will enjoy Segnit’s meander through food memories, recipes, and advice, along with all the practical uses for this flavor reference guide.
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