A favorite under my tree this year was “The Flavor Thesarus” by Niki Segnit. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” it is not, but being the cultural data geek I am, I nevertheless love the premise of the book–the pairing of different food ingredients, often unbeknownst marriages, that create even more appealing couplings.
From the traditional to the avant garde, Segnit develops nearly 1,000 combinations using over 100 ingredients from fruits, veggies, meat, poultry and seafood. What’s cool about this alchemy is she takes the extra step of segmenting the results into over a dozen flavor categories, such as “Sulphurous” and “Cheesy.” Can you think of a better holiday gift, just in time for feasting?
Nothing like a “real” bound book for a gift I say (especially when purchased at your local, independently owned bookstore). What’s colder than a gift certificate for a bevvy of ebooks? I mean, it’s winter, things are cold enough already!