The Flavour Thesaurus by Niki Segnit
We have to admit for having really high hopes for this book and, whilst not actually disappointed (or it wouldn’t be on our bookshelf), we were just a tad, well, underwhelmed.
For us, we were excited about finding out hundreds of different flavour combos to help with our experimental approach to our own products, and whilst it was handy, we did feel there was something missing that we couldn’t quite put our finger on. We know the book pairs up different foods and tells us they compliment each other, but I was hoping to find out why they went together, not just that they did. So, it turns out we can put our finger on the reason after all.
It’s an interesting enough reference book to recommend pretty highly, especially at the price, and very useful for pushing you to try different pairings so long as you don’t need to know the reason at a ‘molecular level’. Maybe we expected too much because we like to find out secret flavour-combos and understand why they work, but we’ve only got Heston to blame for that…
Note for these book reviews:
Like many others, our shelves are groaning under the weight of cookbooks, some celebrity, some less well known. Of course, we have plenty of the Jamie, Heston and Hugh FW collections, but there’s also quite a few gems that have a lower profile, most undeservedly so. So we thought we’d share some of our favourites with you in the hope you’ll do the same and we’ll all be a little richer because of it. These are books chosen from our own collection, many which we’ve had for years, and only mentioned here because we love them! In case it helps, we’ve added a link to Amazon.co.uk so you can read other reviews and maybe see what offers they have on any that might take your fancy.