The Bottom Line
- Useful information for the kitchen and the bar.
- Complete flavor pairing information great for advanced mixologists.
- Recommended pairings for many distilled spirits.
- Great complimentary book for What to Drink with What You Eat.
- Large and heavy, certainly not a pocket guide.
- The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs
- Released September 2008
- 380 pages, hardcover, color photographs
- Written by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg
- Photographs by Barry Salzman
- Published by Little Brown and Company
Guide Review - The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity
Further into the value that mixologists can find in The Flavor Bible, the recommended flavor pairings include all of the base liquors and a few of the essential liqueurs such as amaretto. But we can take this farther into the drink world and find out what is best with strawberries, that bottle of cilantro-infused vodka or the new ginger liqueur. With almost every entry are a few "Flavor Affinities" - those pairings that are absolutely perfect like Scotch, ginger and lemon.
To understand flavor and how different flavors work with one another is essential for the advanced bartender and anyone interested in exploring new cocktails. The Flavor Bible is the best resource I've seen yet that takes the professional experience of taste to the next level of study.