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PERFECT PAIRING

The Flavour Thesaurus

Ever wondered why one flavour works with another? Or lacked inspiration for what to do with a bundle of beetroot? The Flavour Thesaurus is the first book to examine what goes with what, pair by pair. The book is divided into flavour themes – Meaty, Cheesy, Woodland and Floral Fruity. Within each section it follows the form of Roget’s Thesaurus, listing 99 ingredients alphabetically, and for each one suggesting flavour matchings that range from the classic to the bizarre.

You can expect to find traditional pairings such as pork & apple, lamb & apricot, and cucumber & dill; contemporary favourites like chocolate & chilli, and goat’s cheese & beetroot plus unlikely bedfellows such as black pudding & chocolate, lemon &  beef, and watermelon & oyster. There are nearly a thousand entries in all, with 200 recipes and suggestions peppered throughout this  highly useful, and beautifully packaged, reference book.

£13.55 from Amazon.com

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