The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs

Author: Karen Page, Andrew Dornenburg
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by MooMooBG   2021-12-10

Check out The Flavor Bible book- when I am stuck I would do a quick peruse through it and will always find a great, new combo.

You can do roasted stuffed bell peppers with mashed sweet potatoes assuming you have other ingredients such as onion, garlic, herbs or meat. You can go for a Caribbean vibe too and do a pepper sauté with onions and jerk seasoning cooking them down longer to make them more jammy, and top your roasted sweet potatoes with that mixture.

by prodigiouswaste   2021-12-10

Google is your friend

by NoraTC   2021-12-10

There is a book on that topic.

by GERONIMOOOooo___   2019-08-24

>It seems like I’ll never learn how to make complex flavor profiles from eating everyday basics. Do you know any good books?

Try The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg

by Fr4mesJanco   2019-08-24

Maybe you're looking for something like this?

by michijedi   2019-08-24

Well, I was going to type some stuff about learning to cook and then experimenting after that...but u/kaidomac did a far better job than I could have ever done.

So instead I'll just add the recommendation of my favorite book for flavor experimentation: The Flavor Bible

Happy cooking!

by Anonymoose_wrex   2019-07-21

First off, if you haven't heard of the flavor bible yet it sounds like something you would get a lot of value out of. Very useful when coming with a new meal/recipe as well as seeing what interesting combos out of whatever is left in the pantry and the book as a guide.

Second, I don't think what you have experienced is a problem at all. You've simply developed higher standards than our current society. This is not a bad thing. Societal standards in all areas need to be brought back up, IMO.

Oddly, enough it's my birthday today and instead of having my parents pay the bill at an expensive restaurant I decided I would rather stay in and cook a meal I really want to enjoy with my family.

by CloverHoneyBee   2019-07-21

Trust yourself, your palate and your ideas. Learn techniques. Invest in this book, it's great for guidance:

by pcj   2019-07-21

I like The Flavor Bible as a resource for this.

by JimmyPellen   2018-11-10

for nutrition, head on over to your Health Care Provider's website. They should have many helpful articles on eating right. Failing that, check out WebMD's suggestions.

I'm gonna presume it's just you (for now at least). One of the things you'll notice about a lot of recipes out there is that the serving sizes. Check out r/CookingForOne.

Also look over r/AskCulinary. It has a great FAQ (covers books, equipment and ingredients for beginners and experts alike) and Index.

Watch some Julia Child and Alton Brown videos.

for books, head over to your used bookstore and get yourself a copy of The Joy Of Cooking , Ratio and The Flavor Bible . This last one will help you a LOT with your spices.

Yes, I'm suggesting that you spend money. But the equipment (knives, cast iron, etc) and books are an investment. And you don't have to get them all at once.

Finally, it's great when you find items on sale in the produce section of your local market. But if it spoils before you use it all, it's wasted money and food. This is when your local salad bar can be a great help.

Good luck.

Edit: get yourself a rice cooker/steamer. a simple one-button model is all you really need. Always perfect rice and you can steam your veggies in the basket as well. Much healthier. Also, once you get more confident, you can look up some copycat recipes for your favorite fast food restaurant items.

by Rickbernnyc   2018-11-10

by Primepal69   2018-11-10

I have both these books plus The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs

I can say I open the food lab for just about every meal. Well worth the money!

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by UndedicatedSith   2018-11-10

It's honestly a lot of trial and error and research. I'm very good at pairing Asian flavors based on my heritage and upbringing, but other cuisines I had minimal experience with I do need to follow a recipe or look up guidance until it becomes more natural to me.

On top of just practicing, I suggest getting this book to understand ingredients and flavor pairings. It is an excellent resource that I highly recommend:

by dfmz   2017-08-19

You've probably seen or heard of all of these before, but these are my latest purchases, ready to be right at home in the new home bar I'm building...

Death & Co. - modern classic cocktails

The Dead Rabbit drinks manual

The Craft of the cocktail

The flavour bible Imbibe!

by hobbeswasright_   2017-08-19

The Flavor Bible is a great reference for understanding flavor combinations, especially for ingredients you are less familiar with.

But it's no substitute for just eating. Eat new and different things and develop your palate. Pay attention to each new food (and ones you've had you may over look) you have - the smell, the temperature, texture, and taste. These are the things you will try to replicate.

Don't be afraid of ruining what you cook! Every good cook has failed hundreds of times and has taken lessons from that. Start with a recipe you like now and want to know how to make on your own. Mess it up. See what you learn and get better at it. Most recipes use multiple techniques so you'll be able to apply what you learn from one dish to another.