The Flavour Thesaurus
Whenever I create a recipe, I’ll either draw inspiration from food I had before, things I like myself or food magazines, tv shows, cook books and so on. But a few weeks ago, a friend recommended me this book called ‘The Flavour Thesaurus’, in which you can find a lot of food pairing ideas. I hadn’t heard of this book before but it sounded like the holy grail for foodbloggers like myself cause I’m pretty much always thinking of new recipes and flavour combinations.
I’ve been using the book ever since and it has helped me out quite a bit. I mostly use this when I cook something with ingredients I have never eaten or prepared before, simply because I have no clue what other ingredients could go along with it. On other occasions, I’ve used it to spice up dishes I have all the time, just by adding a new ingredient that makes it even better. What I like about this book is that it’s not just one giant list of foods that go well together, but it also includes recipes and explanations of why some flavours go together. This book is both ideal for people who are only just starting to cook and don’t know what flavours go together, but also for the seasoned cook who wants to create their own recipes rather than following those in cook books.
Ever wondered why one flavour works with another? Or lacked inspiration for what to do with a bundle of beetroot? The Flavour Thesaurus is the first book to examine what goes with what, pair by pair. The book is divided into flavour themes including Meaty, Cheesy, Woodland and Floral Fruity. Within these sections it follows the form of Roget’s Thesaurus, listing 99 popular ingredients alphabetically, and for each one suggesting flavour matchings that range from the classic to the bizarre. You can expect to find traditional pairings such as pork & apple, lamb & apricot, and cucumber & dill; contemporary favourites like chocolate & chilli, and goat’s cheese & beetroot; and interesting but unlikely-sounding couples including black pudding & chocolate, lemon & beef, blueberry & mushroom, and watermelon & oyster. There are nearly a thousand entries in all, with 200 recipes and suggestions embedded in the text. Beautifully packaged, The Flavour Thesaurus is not only a highly useful, and covetable, reference book for cooking – it might keep you up at night reading.