The Flavor Thesaurus by Niki Segnit

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13 Critic Reviews

...if there are any instances of archness or pseudishness, they must have passed me by, for everything here is just right.
-Guardian

Synopsis

In this lively and exceptionally enjoyable book, career flavor scientist Niki Segnit uncovers the essential flavors of food, and organizes them into 160 basic ingredients. In this concise way, she articulates every flavor imaginable, whether it's a "grassy" food like dill, cucumber, or peas, or a "floral fruity" one like figs, roses, or blueberries. And then she considers every conceivable combination of these ingredients.
Segnit has scoured thousands of recipes in countless recipe books, talked to dozens of food technologists and chefs, and visited hundreds of restaurants-all in her quest to uncover the planet's essential flavor pairings. The result is a reminder that there are almost infinite possibilities in an everyday kitchen, whether it means spinning celery and dill into a savory broth, orange and carrots into a crisp salad, or cabbage and sage into an elegant cream sauce. This book is also full of quirky observations, practical information (hundreds of recipes are embedded in the narrative) and more than a few good jokes.
Beautifully packaged, The Flavor Thesaurus is not only a highly useful, and covetable, reference book that will immeasurably improve your cooking-it's the sort of book that might keep you up at night reading.
 

About Niki Segnit

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Niki Segnit's background is in marketing, specializing in food and drink, and she has worked with many famous brands of candy, snacks, baby foods, condiments, dairy products, hard liquors, and soft drinks. She lives in central London with her husband.
 
Published December 1, 2010 by Bloomsbury USA. 400 pages
Genres: Cooking, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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All: 13 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 0

Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Nicholas Lezard on Jul 16 2010

...if there are any instances of archness or pseudishness, they must have passed me by, for everything here is just right.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by William Skidelsky on Jun 26 2010

One of the delights of Segnit's book is the way it combines an air of empirical exactitude with something more loose-limbed and poetic.

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Foodtripper

Excellent
Reviewed by Zoe Perrett on Oct 03 2012

'The Flavour Thesaurus' fills a very wide gap in the market- a book for those who not only love to eat, but, perhaps more importantly, to think.

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Pursuitist

Excellent
Reviewed by Alex Carter on Mar 04 2012

“The Flavour Thesaurus” is not only a highly useful, and covetable, reference book that will immeasurably improve your cooking – it’s the sort of book that might keep you up at night reading.

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GOOD

Excellent
Reviewed by Peter Smith on Mar 11 2011

Certainly, there's room for more exploration of the molecular science of flavors, but this book represents a provocative, visual way to rethink the recipe.

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FriendsEAT

Good
Reviewed by Marlon Mata on Apr 01 2011

This is the ultimate cook for foodies, from those who cannot cook to save their lives, to those who love to experiment in cooking.

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Desperate Reader

Good
Jun 20 2010

Basically a book that mildly intrigued me is turning into one that’s having a profound effect on how I approach the contents of the fridge – it’s a bit unexpected and really quite exciting.

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tractorgirl.com.au

Good
Mar 14 2012

After gingerly picking my way through this strange and surprising smorgasbord, I would have to say the book can be summed up as a curious balance of tangy and savoury, with startling notes of fruitcake.

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Aesthetics & Gastronomy

Good
Reviewed by Suzie Banks on Sep 05 2011

The flavour combinations are brought to life with anecdotes, historical and scientific references, recipes and Niki's own personal preferences.

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The Starved Writer

Good
Aug 17 2011

The Flavor Thesaurus has given me the confidence to break away from the trusted recipes and cookbooks that I have always followed and to, instead, cook based on my instincts and my creativity.

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The Purple Foodie

Good
Nov 04 2010

The Flavour Thesaurus is a fascinating book for a culinary geek...

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Rocket & Squash

Good
Jul 29 2010

The Flavour Thesaurus is a beautifully conceived, written, designed and produced book.

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cardigangirlverity

Good
Jul 05 2010

What is wonderful about this book is the way that it makes you think about ingredients.

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