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    Very fond of the flavor bible myself. Highly recommend it. I love it for those days when I am "not inspired". Open up on the ingredient I am having issues with and usually something clicks and my spirits are back. It is sort of like a backup brain. You technically know a lot of the things in but can't always access it.

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    I have not heard of either of these books, except for Alton's books. Will have to pick up these 2 later this summer.

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    I like to think of The Flavor Bible as one of those choose your own ending books. Whenever I get a little bored, I just open it up to some ingredient, and start asking myself what sounds good with it for that day. Then, the story expands, as I just skipping back and forth through the book. Sometimes I come up with something I would never have thought of, but others, it can be something quite familiar. Last night, it ended up being chow mien with beef, garlic, red onion, asparagus, and fennel in a oyster-rice wine vinegar sauce. Not sure I would have been able to think of it before, and now I'm also getting better at just realizing flavors in my head without even looking at the book.

    That being said, I think it's a great resource for anyone that's cooking.

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    I've been recommending this book to our culinary students between year one and year 2. I like take a look when something is missing something or I'm cooking food that unfamiliar (African etc.). Add that little something to a cure. Orange, Cinnamon, Anise Cured Duck. Don't think I would have come up with that one without it
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    I need Ratio and the Flavor Bible. On Food and Cooking is still the best cooking book I've read.

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    I have been trying to find something good to get with a bookstore gift certificate, I will try to get Flavor Bible tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlassEye View Post
    I have been trying to find something good to get with a bookstore gift certificate, I will try to get Flavor Bible tomorrow.
    Here are a few other options:

    http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/sh...light=cookbook

    ^ This thread cost me some money ^

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    Quote Originally Posted by BurkeCutlery View Post
    I need Ratio and the Flavor Bible. On Food and Cooking is still the best cooking book I've read.
    On Food and Cooking is definitely in my top 5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chef Niloc View Post
    I agree it's a good book and something every cook should read. That sad I like culinary artistry better, I find it easer to read and laid out better. Bible covers more but I still find myself reaching for culinary artistry more.
    +1 Colin. I feel the same way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chef Niloc View Post
    I agree it's a good book and something every cook should read. That sad I like culinary artistry better, I find it easer to read and laid out better. Bible covers more but I still find myself reaching for culinary artistry more.
    i'm with you on that. I own both books but find myself reaching for culinary artistry more often. Although I'd recommend Ratio as one of the more recent 'must haves'

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