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The Foodie Handbook: The (almost) Definitive Guide to Gastronomy [Paperback]

Pim Techamuanvivit
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1 Jun 2009
The Foodie Handbook is a funny, informative and at times acerbic guided tour around the world of food today. Pim Techamuanvivit has toured the globe to discover the secret world of food lovers and provides not just an introduction to the world of gastronomy, but advice, anecdotes and more than 30 recipes from chefs and food personalities such as Alain Passard, Ferran Adria, Yannick Alleno, and David Kinch among others that Pim has recruited to help her on this mission.
Each chapter introduces a new concept in food: Pim s journey begins with How to Eat Like a Foodie, a guide on tasting the real flavours of food and where to find great meals. How to Cook Like a Foodie will teach you a new way of approaching cooking, covering the basic tools and ingredients and exploring new dimensions of flavours and cooking methods, from how to perfectly roast a chicken to Pad Thai for beginners. How to Drink Like a Foodie explains the big
to-do with wine in everyday language including how to pair wine with food and knowing what you like. How to Be a Fabulous Foodie teaches you how to out-snob your friends and boost your food credentials with trivia and facts such as ten things to eat before you die. Every chapter includes a selection of recipes, menu plans or ideas to try, to encourage you to explore food and cooking in new ways as well as annecdotes from top chefs such as the stragest things they ve ever eaten or how to spot a mediocre restaurant. Written with Pim s conversational and engaging tone, The Foodie Handbook is a portal to the great world of gastronomy and will make you an even better foodie than you already are.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Conran Octopus (1 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840914416
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840914412
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 17.2 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 516,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pim Techamuanvivit is the author of the popular food blog Chez Pim. On her blog, Pim chronicles her globetrotting adventures, and misadventures, in the world of all things edible, from vibrant street-side fares in Asia to the refined world of three Michelin star restaurants in Europe. Chez Pim attracts more than 250,000 viewings per month, and is the darling of the world s media, from the Observer Food Monthly in London to The New York Times. Pim has published her stories, recipes and photographs in Food & Wine Magazine, The New York Times, Bon Appétit and Men s Vogue, among others. She has also done commentaries for Living on Earth on National Public Radio.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Food ? You'll love this. 28 July 2009
Came across this whilst browsing a local bookshop. If you have a passion for food, like I have, then you will find this a fascinating read. I honestly thought I had a good knowledge of food but reading this book has shown me that there is so much more to learn. The book is written in a style that encourages you to explore food to ultimate level. Little mini projects such as exploring and tasting different Olive oils, familiarising yourself with all the different variety of prawns to eat and 50 things that a "foodie" must try, make this book exciting from start to finish.

Beautifully written with wonderful photography, I would encourage anyone to go out and buy this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Romp through the World of Food 9 Jun 2009
I've been looking forward to this book for a long time, wondering if her editors would let Pim be Pim. I needn't have worried. This gorgeous little book is as smart and sassy as its author -- full of strongly-held opinions, wise culinary advice from around the globe, enchanting photos (many taken by the author) and wonderful, wonderful recipes. (Our local strawberries are at their peak right now and I can't wait to make the strawberry gazpacho that Pim learned from Manresa chef David Kinch.)
If you're one of the thousands of people who read her blog, Chez Pim, you already have a hint of how useful -- and how much fun --this book is. If you're not, you have a delightful surprise in store.
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1.0 out of 5 stars (Almost) Definitive ... Not hardly 6 Jun 2011
If you love being preached to and need a new door stop this would be the book for you (although its not really heavy enough to be a door stop).

Sadly proof that bloggers should not be given advances.
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I liked this book a lot, for the recipes, but also for the heartfelt reflections about food and all the fantastic things that happen around cooking, eating and drinking (laughter, love, care, sharing, tenderness, sadness, memories,...)

The title is a bit ahead of itself - it's a beginner's book on how to enjoy - really enjoy - a good restaurant sommelier and their rarified skills to take you on a wild ride into wine, how to deal with snooty waitstaff and transform them into co-collaborators in your best meal ever. It's a book about how to buy good ingredients and taking the plunge into preparing good, interesting food to impress someone special.

Even though I'm not quite the target demographic, I found myself nodding and smiling at the little observations and gracenotes throughout the book. The recipes are excellent and generally low effort but deliver quite sophisticated results.

Warmly recommended, even if you only ever use the excellent pad thai recipe.
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