New Food Lover's Companion
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New Food Lover's Companion

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by Ron Herbst, Ron Herbst
     
 

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The brand-new fourth edition of this widely praised reference guide has been updated with new information for everyone, including lovers of ethnic foods and health food aficionados. The authors have added many all-new entries on exotic produce and other unusual ingredients. An earlier edition of The New Food Lover's Companion was hailed by Bon…  See more details below

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The brand-new fourth edition of this widely praised reference guide has been updated with new information for everyone, including lovers of ethnic foods and health food aficionados. The authors have added many all-new entries on exotic produce and other unusual ingredients. An earlier edition of The New Food Lover's Companion was hailed by Bon App©tit magazine as "one of the best reference books we've seen, a must for every cook's library." This new edition has even more to offer! Among the myriad foods and culinary subjects defined and explained are cooking tools and techniques, meat cuts, breads, pastas, international foods, cheeses, eggs and omelets, herbs and spices, fruits and vegetables, candies and desserts, wines and cocktails, and literally everything else related to good food and enjoyable dining. Handy and helpful appendices cover a wide range of food-related topics. They include suggestions for substituting recipe ingredients, high-altitude baking adjustments, a microwave oven conversion chart, recommended safe cooking temperatures for various meats and fish, a guide to reading food package labels, seasoning suggestions to enhance favorite dishes, a food additives directory, and much more. The New Food Lover's Companion is a reference guide--not a cookbook--but it includes hundreds of cooking tips plus an extensive bibliography of recommended cookbooks and other food-related literature. Here in one volume is an invaluable companion for cooks--and for everybody else who loves good food. More than 6,700 entries plus line art that shows retail cuts of lamb, pork, beef, and veal.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Praise for previous editions.
"From 'abalone' to 'zwieback,' Sharon Tyler Herbst lists nearly 6,000 culinary terms in the newly published third edition of her classic Food Lover's Companion. Hands down, it is the ultimate accessible cooking and dining reference book."
—Mat Schaffer, Boston Herald, March 2001

"The New Food Lover's Companion is an updated version of this amazingly comprehensive encyclopedia of everything you ever wondered or will need to know about culinary terms and ingredients. My old copy is more dog-eared than any favorite cookbook, and referred to almost daily...Dedicated foodies can't do without it."
—Susan Miller, The Home Monthly, May 2001

"If there's a culinary reference book that foodies reach for more often than Food Lover's Companion, we don't know what it would be. This mimi-tome is brimming with useful information on thousands of foods and terms, from abalone to zwei-back—including pronunciations (ZWI-bak, ZWI-bahk, SWI-bak, SWI-bahk). No surprise that the book has sold mor than 1 million copies since its debut in 1990...The new edition has 6,000 terms and a larger appendix. We especially like the pasta chart, which lists more than 100 pastas (with, thank goodness, pronunciations). Also added is a broadened pan substitution chart, expanded listings on soy foods, and more ethnic foods."
—Renee Enna, The Chicago Times, June 2001

"If you don't have this book for your collection, it is surely time to add it, as the previous edition was regarded by Bon Appétit magazine as 'one of the best reference books' and 'a must for every cook's library.' At such a reasonable price, this book is a mandatory purchase for any library supporting a culinary program and is highly recommended for all other academic and public libraries."

Booklist, January 1 & 15, 2008

From the Associated Press article "A Book Worth Devouring"

"You, too, can be an expert, for less than 20 bucks.

Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst's Food Lover's Companion has served as an indispensable reference to the food world since the first edition was published more than a decade ago. It's a bible for food writers, and it belongs in the home kitchen, too.

An updated forth edition with more than 6,700 entries recently was released, continuing the tome's tradition of helping home and professional cooks make sense of myriad techniques and ingredients.

As valuable as the dictionary-style entries that form the core of the book are the appendices, which include a pasta glossary, a guide for reading food labels, illustrated charts depicting cuts of meat, and substitution and measurement charts."
Associated Press

Booknews
This culinary reference contains some 6,000 entries on subjects related to food and drink, encompassing foods from around the world, cooking techniques, meat cuts, kitchen utensils, wine, and cocktail terms. There are 68 pages of appendices, covering everything from ingredient equivalents to consumer information contacts, additives, frying temperatures, and seasonings. 5x7<"> Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Food Lover's Companion appears in its third edition to provide references to the culinary world, with almost 6,000 listings on subjects related to food and drink from meat cuts and kitchen utensils to wine and cocktail terms. The revised, expanded index, glossary, and history are excellent, making this recommended for a wide audience.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764135774
Publisher:
Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/03/2007
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
830
Product dimensions:
7.02(w) x 4.96(h) x 1.62(d)

Meet the Author


Sharon Tyler Herbst is an award-winning author of many books on cooking and dining. She is also a food and travel journalist, and a media personality who has made many appearances on national radio and television shows, a consultant and spokesperson for national food and beverage companies, and a past president of the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Ron Herbst, long a passionate and dedicated wine expert, is also a wine and food journalist. His best-selling The New Wine Lover's Companion received rave reviews and is now the wine dictionary on several internet sites, including Cond© Nast's "Eipcurious." Ron has collaborated with his wife Sharon Tyler Herbst on many books on food and drink.

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New Food Lover's Companion 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
kimbalini More than 1 year ago
Working in the F&B business this book is a must.
Any term regarding cooking or an ingredient is listed in this edition.
sherlockzie More than 1 year ago
Good resource for everyone.
oldschoolchef More than 1 year ago
Even just a word, this book will help you understand terms, cooking origin, and techniques sometimes only known by professionals!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I learned about this book in a cooking class and bought it as a gift for a someone who likes to cook and bake. Although I am not a cooking enthusiast, I may keep this copy and buy another one for the gift because it is great fun to peruse - a wonderful source of information about food and the origin of many food and drink names. People who are interested in words and writing will also like this book.
madamearcati More than 1 year ago
My husband and I found a copy of an earlier edition of the FLC at a shop on the campus of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park NY. Our fascination with dictionaries led us to take a good look at the book, and to buying a copy. It turned out to be one of the most useful and fascinating purchase we made! I bought 2 copies of a newer edition recently to give as gifts to friends. They were very interested and have continued to thank me for their gifts. Highly recommended.
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This by far the most helpful book in my collection. It's worth every penny and I use it when I'm watching the some Food Network shows and the real masters on PBS. I recommend this inexpensive tool for your kitchen tool box. You will refer to it often and use the comprehensive charts in the back of the book. I borrowed it from my local library first, then I decided to get my own copy.
applepieIA More than 1 year ago
No kitchen worth its salt should be without it!
Nay-Nay918 More than 1 year ago
Any Chef, Chef-in-training or natural foodie should have this book on hand at all time! There's really no term or word the book is missing. It's a hand's on food dictionary-an investment!
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SugarMama More than 1 year ago
Every cook should have a copy of this book. My daughter bought copies for herself, her brother & me. I have since bought several as gifts for wedding showers & birthdays.I have recently started to cook more local & organic meals. Some recipes had ingredients listed that I had never heard of. This book has helped me make sense of it all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm in the hospitality catering business and this book is a Bible for creating and developing dishes and menus. I love it so much I bought one for my associate and we try to out-do each other with new words! Worth every penny.
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