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The Deluxe Food Lover's Companion
     

The Deluxe Food Lover's Companion

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by Ron Herbst, Sharon Herbst
 

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Based on Barron's popular and authoritative The New Food Lover's Companion, this enlarged and enhanced reference volume was written for discerning home chefs and everybody else who wants to become more knowledgeable about good food and elegant dining. This second edition has been updated with new information to reflect the way we eat in today's world. The

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Based on Barron's popular and authoritative The New Food Lover's Companion, this enlarged and enhanced reference volume was written for discerning home chefs and everybody else who wants to become more knowledgeable about good food and elegant dining. This second edition has been updated with new information to reflect the way we eat in today's world. The authors have taken into account our healthier lifestyles and more diverse palates to include:

  • More than 500 new listings, including entries relating to Indian and Southeast Asian ingredients, plus expanded coverage of South American, Hispanic, and Middle Eastern cuisines
  • Updated information for hundreds of existing entries
  • A blood alcohol concentration chart for men and women
  • An extensive breakdown of food labels and nutritional facts
  • Department of Agriculture recommendations for a 2,000 calorie per day food plan

    More than 7200 entries plus line art are included in this seminal work. Miniature glossaries are interspersed throughout the text. Sidebar features throughout the book offer quick tips on food purchases, as well as Fast Facts and advice on preparation, serving, and dining. Handy appendices cover many topics including suggestions for substituting recipe ingredients, a microwave oven conversion chart, recommended safe cooking temperatures for meats and fish, and much more! The deluxe hardcover binding with dust jacket includes a ribbon place marker and golden-tipped page edges, making this gorgeous book as much a showpiece as it is an indispensable reference.

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    "What's the difference between regular, red, and white ginseng? What's in carrageenan, a substance often seen on ingredients lists? And what are some dos and don'ts when using chopsticks? More than 7,200 entries in this attractive dictionary-style work answer these questions and many more in straightforward language that will help even the most novice cooks. The material has a long genealogy: it's based on the fifth edition of The Food Lover's Companion, the first incarnation of which Sharon Herbst began more than 26 years ago. Entries define an item and discuss its history and related foodstuffs. Sprinkled throughout but concentrated at the end of the book are glossaries (new to the deluxe edition) that present facts on types of food and drink such as cocktails, sauces, and spices. VERDICT: Useful for recipe collections, home cooks, and children doing reports on foods and food-related culture."
    --Library Journal

    "â?¦It remains a must-have for anyone who wants to know more about cooking terms."
    The Advocate, theadvocate.com

    Library Journal
    04/15/2015
    What's the difference between regular, red, and white ginseng? What's in carrageenan, a substance often seen on ingredients lists? And what are some dos and don'ts when using chopsticks? More than 7,200 entries in this attractive dictionary-style work answer these questions and many more in straightforward language that will help even the most novice cooks. The material has a long genealogy: it's based on the fifth edition of The Food Lover's Companion, the first incarnation of which Sharon Herbst began more than 26 years ago. Entries define an item and discuss its history and related foodstuffs. Sprinkled throughout but concentrated at the end of the book are glossaries (new to the deluxe edition) that present facts on types of food and drink such as cocktails, sauces, and spices. An appendix offers such charts and other material as "Substituting Ingredients," "High-Altitude Baking Adjustments," "A Guide to Food Labels," and "Blood Alcohol Concentration Charts." The presentation also boasts an extensive glossary. Missing are photographs—the work instead offers drawings, also new to this work—but the information is solid nonetheless. VERDICT Useful for recipe collections, home cooks, and children doing reports on foods and food-related culture.—Henrietta Verma, Library Journal

    Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9780764167034
    Publisher:
    Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
    Publication date:
    04/01/2015
    Edition description:
    Revised
    Pages:
    864
    Sales rank:
    140,292
    Product dimensions:
    6.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.10(d)

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    Meet the Author


    Ron Herbst holds a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management and spent the better part of a decade working in various restaurants around the country. He is the co-author of four critically acclaimed books with Sharon Tyler Herbst, including The New Food Lover's Companion, which is currently featured on the Food Network's website as their go-to food reference guide, and The Wine Lover's Companion.

    Sharon Tyler Herbst was an award-winning author of many books on cooking and dining, a food and travel journalist, a media personality who had appeared on national TV and radio shows, and a past president of the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

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    Deluxe Food Lover's Companion 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
    TheProviders More than 1 year ago
    The authors did an amazing job on this book, defining many terms with not just dictionary descriptions, but varietal selections, taste, and use information. There are many cooking tips, entertaining quotes, diagrams, ingredients substitutions & equivalents, illustrations, and a simply mahvelous wine glossary for those who always wanted to ask but were afraid to look stupid. Love this book, really. It is a book for Americans, having many foreign terms but only for items one might find in a really good supermarket or you might run into when traveling. This is not a true international glossary, and it is not a cookbook. Yes, you can find corndog, s'more, and cotton candy defined. But, do not expect a comprehensive breakdown of Asian or sub-Saharan culinary terms. Neither is it a recipe book, for which I am thankful, as there are too many of those aready. There are also absolutely no glossy full page photos of dishes, which look nice but add little to content. This is a practical reference book for cooks. Not an in-depth library reference textbook, but one you should have in your home library if you like to cook. The only failing the book might have is that it does not address the topics of food storage & handling, temperatures, wrapping, sealing, hygiene, preservation and canning, and safety essentials. This book will not disappoint. Give it as a gift to all the cooks and soon to be cooks in your life, & newlyweds; the gilt edges are pleasing on the hardcover edition. You will wear it out.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    LOVE it!! I bought this for a Christmas gift for someone and when I got it, flipped through it. Well, I eneded up unable to put it do down for a week straight and it started to get a little "pre-read" looking so I had to buy a second one for the gift and keep it for myself! If you're a foodie and enjoy cooking you will want to to read this book straight through! I highly recommend this for professional chefs, home gourmets, novices, bridal shower gifts, and anyone that has a kitchen!
    inthekitchen More than 1 year ago
    I have not looked at the new edition, but the previous ones have proven very valuable. I am in the food profession and still come across words in recipes or ingredients that I am not familiar with. I pull out my FLC and find the word and it solves the mystery. Even if I know the word, it will give the history and other info I might not have been aware of. I always keep it handy in the kitchen.
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