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The Deluxe Food Lover's Companion (Deluxe Edition)

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Based on Barron's popular and authoritative The Food Lover's Companion, this enlarged and enhanced new reference volume was written for discerning home chefs and everybody else who wants to become more knowledgeable about good food and elegant dining. Alphabetically arranged entries define and describe--

  • Fruits and vegetables, both well-known and exotic varieties
  • Meat cuts and preparation methods
  • Fish, shellfish, and ways to cook and serve them
  • Breads, pastas, and other grain-based foods
  • Cooking tools and techniques
  • Reliable ways to preserve and store foods
  • Herbs, spices, and their many uses . . . and much more

    Miniature glossaries are interspersed throughout the text. For instance, following the entry for apple, an "Apple Glossary" provides descriptions and recommended uses of 28 different varieties. A generous array of sidebar features throughout the book offers quick tips on food purchases, as well as Fast Facts and advice on preparation, serving, and dining. For example, immediately following the "al dente" entry in reference to cooking pasta, readers will find this sidebar:
    Fast Facts
    Al Dente

  • An obvious line flowing through the thickest part of the pasta means it's not done
  • Lingering heat will continue to cook the pasta for a short time after it's removed from the hot cooking water

    More than 6,700 entries are supplemented with a general introduction, hundreds of illustrations, and pithy quotations about food and dining from chefs and gourmets. The new deluxe hardcover binding with dust jacket includes a ribbon place marker and golden-tipped page edges.

    Product Details

    • Hardcover: 794 pages
    • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (September 1, 2009)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0764162411
    • ISBN-13: 978-0764162411
    • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 2 x 9 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds

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    Wow, a great reference tool for foodies!, September 14, 2009

    By Deborah Verlen 'Deborah' 5.0 out of 5 stars5.0 out of 5 stars5.0 out of 5 stars5.0 out of 5 stars5.0 out of 5 stars

    My son loves to cook and I picked this up for a present to fuel his hobby! So of course I just had to sneak a peak at the contents. The almost 800 pages and over 6,700 entries details in alphabetical order all sorts of foods, cooking terms, cooking tools and techniques, herbs and more. This is truly a wonderful reference for those that like to cook or for those who are just curious about food and its preparation.One of the things I learned while perusing his present was how to easily open an oyster--wish I had known that when I lived in New Orleans. There is a simple explanation of what a prawn is--is it a shrimp? Rock Lobster? A Prawn?Scattered among the alphabetical listings are various glossaries from cakes to olives to pasta to pears and more. At the end of the alphabetical listings you can find an extended glossary. And if the book has caught your fancy, there is an excellent bibliography to pursue.After you finished perusing the entries all...

    Kindle Version Not Worth The Price, February 7, 2011

    By Steven Masakowski 'MazzingMazz' 5.0 out of 5 stars5.0 out of 5 stars5.0 out of 5 stars5.0 out of 5 stars5.0 out of 5 stars

    Useful, attractive and fun to read, December 12, 2009

    By Lynn Harnett 2.0 out of 5 stars2.0 out of 5 stars2.0 out of 5 stars2.0 out of 5 stars2.0 out of 5 stars

    An expanded version of this gilt-edged A to Z guide to food and preparation techniques features 6700 entries. In-depth glossaries scattered throughout explain varieties of ingredients, like olives or apples. Another 200-page section of expanded glossaries follows the A to Z section, delving more deeply into cuts of meat, wines, sauces, etc. Attractive and well organized with efficient cross-referencing and a comprehensive bibliography, this guide would be useful to most cooks and particularly interested novices

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