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The Culinarian: A Kitchen Desk Reference Paperback – 25 Oct 2011

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Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a yam and a sweet potato? Or gotten home from the farmers′ market and thought, "Now what on earth do I do with fiddlehead ferns?" The Culinarian holds the answers to these and many more culinary conundrums, such as how to trim an artichoke or choose a ripe cantaloupe. This illuminating culinary dictionary includes clear, plain–English definitions for thousands of food terms from Absinthe to Zucchini, as well as tips on selecting, storing, and using every ingredient and piece of kitchen equipment imaginable. The ideal complement to your favorite cookbook, The Culinarian is chock–full of captivating food trivia and history, plus information on measurements, yields and equivalents, and other useful tidbits. Flip to any page and delve into fascinating culinary trivia, or use it to pinpoint the information you need to get dinner on the table tonight. No matter how you use it, The Culinarian is a must–have kitchen reference for anyone who loves to cook.

About the Author

Barbara Ann Kipfer is a lexicographer and an enthusiastic culinarian. The bestselling author of 14,000 Things to Be Happy About and other list, reference, archaeology, and spiritual books, she holds PhDs in linguistics, archaeology, and Buddhist studies and has worked as a lexicographer and ethnographer for more than thirty years. Her website is thingstobehappyabout.com.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Gift 9 Jan. 2012
By Kimberly Imboden - Published on Amazon.com
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My boyfriend has recently become very interested in cooking and food. He is a curious person so he often asks me questions about food and sometimes I don't know the answer. I got him this book for Christmas after seeing it was highly recommended. When it came in the mail I almost considered keeping it for myself! It is very descriptive and now he can answer his own questions about the origin of foods, their names, flavors, etc. My favorite section is in the back, where you can look up specific flavors and see what other flavors pair with it. A good reference for anyone looking to know more about their food!
5.0 out of 5 stars A cooks dictionary 14 July 2012
By Robertjgahwilerjr - Published on Amazon.com
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Have you ever wondered what on earth that term meant but never knew when you were cooking a recipe? Terms like folding and curd you can now look up for those who are cooks like me and cannot remember or donot know the terms. I like this book for that simple reason it is a reference guide to cooking terminology. I'd recomend it to the novice cooks like myself to the veteran chefs. it is not a bad thing to have something to help you look you up things thats what it is there for =)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars worth it! 22 April 2014
By Mimi Genobaga - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought a paperback copy last time for my brother who is studying culinary for his reference and he said it's a great reference book and helpful too. So I decided to buy the kindle edition since I have kindle with me :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for cooks 25 Jan. 2013
By Christine Spurgeon - Published on Amazon.com
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If you find yourself watching Chopped and are wondering about some of these ingredients, this is a wonderful book to have by your side! It is definitely a desk reference as the title states, not a book you sit down and read cover to cover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Kitchen Reference 19 Feb. 2013
By Mary in NM - Published on Amazon.com
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Received this as a gift and found it so helpful that I’ve given it as gifts to several people. Full of useful and interesting information.
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