so unexpectedly appetizingly refreshing to experience a book about food based on infographics rather than photography.
open this book at random on any page and you'll learn something about food or cooking or wine or cocktails or ingredients or pairings--and probably be mouthwateringly inspired to try something new.
or transported back to your childhood and some secret corner of your past. in my case a tiny little infographic that rightly separates the more hearty characterful northern british cakes from their wussy southern british wannabee teatime competitors.
but this is not merely a proustian guide to biscuity & cake-y nostalgia. it's an encyclopedically global journey through everything that matters in delicious-ness. packed with yummy insight and everyday practicality--from the most appetizingly detailed visual guide to the organoleptics of wine (including a column on which glasses bring out the most in every wine) to an emergency room checklist for those 911 baking crises we all dread but still have to deal with sooner or later ('burnt bottoms', 'jagged edges', 'cake tears when taken out of pan' if your oven's a war zone, help is at hand ;)
a mouthwatering section on meat will instantly put an inspiringly helpful, globally knowledgeable butcher, chef & sommelier in your corner--taking the guesswork out of prepping, roasting, grilling & the o so critical "sides" for your sunday roast.
the insect protein spread is anatomically accurate i'm sure, but also mercifully short (you must memorize "what to eat in the jungle--though i hope you never need it).
vegetable protein is properly celebrated you'll be more pleased to hear--love the prose poem celebration of pulses, that 'nutritional powerhouse', and the infographic homage to the perfect brazilian black beans & rice.
it’s not a recipe book per se but it’s lovingly dotted with temptingly easy delights & techniques—mostly modern, but hard not to be blown away by Thomas Jefferson’s ice cream recipe!
and the drinks--aaaahhhhh the drinks--getting as much loving detail as the food. such a yummy comprehensive guide to grape varietals you can roll around your tongue from the minerally falanghina to the lemony picpoul to the intensely deliciously sweet furmint. finally someone has the brains to organize all those stupid wine words like bandaid, wet dog, dirt and leather from the inside out with the basic smells and tastes actual humans can recognize. oh and fancy cocktails, classic cocktails, champagne cocktails, beer cocktails, after-dinner cocktails (well overdue for a comeback ;)
this book never ends, because you're completely freed up from the obligation of reading it cover to cover.
but there's only one possible final spread: the "how do you say cheers in china" a to z of making friends everywhere.....
"kippis" (i miss drinking with my besties in finland--need to fix that!)
the only warning this addictive book really needs is around how many copies you'll end up buying--two for yourself (home + summer house, natch) & presents for every foodie friend you have ..... they’ll never forget you--& just watch out for how much more delicious it will be to visit them ;)
- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: Taschen GmbH (25 June 2018)
- Language: French
- ISBN-10: 3836568489
- ISBN-13: 978-3836568487
- Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 5.1 x 37.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 3.8 Kg
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)