31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
A must have book. Full of culinary inspiration. And a brilliant read.,
This review is from: The Flavour Thesaurus (Hardcover)
Anyone who has the slightest interest in eating, let alone cooking, should own this book. I loved it.
It's an unbelievably well researched, thorough exploration of how flavours combine, that opens up all sorts of surprising possibilities for anyone who's ever wondered what to do with the forlorn stuff that lurks in their fridge... or with those slightly intimidating ingredients that you've never quite had the courage to tackle.
But it's also much more than that. Although, as a thesaurus, it follows a Roget like structure, that's where the comparison ends. Far from just being a reference book, The Flavour Thesaurus is a brilliant read - something to dip in and out of for sheer enjoyment, as well as for culinary inspiration. Niki Segnit is a fantastic writer. She seems to have a knack for conjouring up the exact character of the flavours she discusses. She uses truly original, often laugh-out-loud descriptions that are so much better observed and so much more evocative than the usual run-of-the-mill stuff that food writers tend to churn out.