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Culinary Artistry [Paperback]

Andrew Dornenburg , Karen Page
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Nov. 4 1996 0471287857 978-0471287858
"In Culinary Artistry...Dornenburg and Page provide food and flavor pairings as a kind of steppingstone for the recipe-dependent cook...Their hope is that once you know the scales, you will be able to compose a symphony."a Molly O'Neil in The New York Times Magazine.

For anyone who believes in the potential for artistry in the realm of food, Culinary Artistry is a must-read. This is the first book to examine the creative process of culinary composition as it explores the intersection of food, imagination, and taste. Through interviews with more than 30 of America's leading chefsa including Rick Bayless, Daniel Boulud, Gray Kunz, Jean-Louis Palladin, Jeremiah Tower, and Alice Watersa the authors reveal what defines "culinary artists," how and where they find their inspiration, and how they translate that vision to the plate. Through recipes and reminiscences, chefs discuss how they select and pair ingredients, and how flavors are combined into dishes, dishes into menus, and menus into bodies of work that eventually comprise their cuisines.

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If you really find food fascinating--the idea of food, working with food, and the eating of food--then Culinary Artistry should be on your bookshelf. There are two books at work here. One is What Chefs Have to Say About the Foods They Create. The other is Fun with Food Spread Sheets. A cynic might suggest that after putting together Becoming a Chef, the authors had so much leftover interview material that Culinary Artistry was but the natural outcome. The chef's point of view, however, would be to make use of everything passing through the kitchen, to throw nothing away. In other words, if Becoming a Chef is an entrée, then Culinary Artistry is the special of the day.

The book is divided into sections that discuss and reach out to chefs to join in that discussion of such ideas as the chef as artist, dealing with sensory perception in food, composing with flavors, putting a dish together, putting together an entire menu, and standing back to admire the growth of a personal cuisine. This is thoughtful material. It is not how-to material. These guided conversations are made practical for the home cook by charts such as which foods are in season and when, the basic flavors of foods (bananas are sweet; anchovies are salty), food matches made in heaven (lamb chops with aioli or ginger or shallots), seasoning matches made in heaven (dill and salmon), flavors of the world (Armenia means parsley and yogurt), common accompaniments to entrées (beef and potatoes), and, most fun of all, the desert-island lists of many of the chefs quoted so extensively throughout the text. Many recipes accompany the text.

How this will affect any individual's own culinary art, be that professional or personal, remains unclear. It may be as private an experience as reading. For the uninitiated, this book will prove that there's a lot more going on with food and restaurants and chefs than they may ever have imagined. --Schuyler Ingle

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In this ambitious guidebook to the current state of culinary art in American restaurants, the authors offer a comprehensive flavor catalog of comestibles that constitutes a palate-pleasing palette of the spectrum of gustatory stimuli. They flesh out long lists with reflections and observations on the craft of cooking by some of the world's most illustrious chefs, both historical and contemporary. These philosophical ruminations give the up-and-coming chef an understanding of the evolution of taste in the past half century by comparing the classic tastes of France's Fernand Point with the tastes of current celebrity chefs, such as Alice Waters and Rick Bayless. Although short on prescription (hence, the paucity of recipes), the book is exhaustive in its rosters of flavor complements. So extensive are the volume's lists that the book is useful as a reference tool for only the most serious chefs and die-hard foodies. Mark Knoblauch --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book but not for recipes May 6 2002
This book is one of the best books in my collection. It is not a recipe book, nor is it a book on presentation with pretty pictures. It is a book to help you take the next step in developing your own recipes or to use as a reference when improvising. I have found several uses for this book so far and I keep it close at hand any time I am in the kitchen.
1. This is a great reference for what foods go together.
2. Helps in figuring out how to balance flavours.
3. A source of inspiration for new recipes.
4. The few recipes in this book are actually very good.
I would not reccommend this as a beginer book. It will be most useful once you have a handle on some techniques and a variety of recipes. I really cannot say enough good things about this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration and insight abound if nothing else. Oct. 26 1999
By A Customer
Culinary Artistry is a book some may passover or leaf through in the bookstore for the likes of the Joy of Cooking or a Martha Stewart volume 20 cookbook. But look closer, the charts and the what-goes-well-with-what sections of this book alone are worth the price if only to give the food lover an inspired moment to create a dish with ingredients he or she may love. If you find yourself saying, "gee, I'd really love to have salmon tonight but I don't know what to put with it", pick up this book, find Salmon and refer to the extensive list of items that the interviewed chefs prefer with it and an idea is born. After that, all it takes is a little know-how in the kitchen and you've created your very own gourmet meal. If you choose to read from front to back you'll also discover page after page of insightful information from some of the nation's top chef's. Take your time, it's not a novel but it can be read like one and used as reference even after you've reached the last page. For the money, this is a book that will stay on your shelf for years to come and still manage to provide a new idea each time. So put down the Martha Stewart Haloween cookie issue and give Culinary Artistry a try, "It's a good thing". Sorry about that last one, she's infectious.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Duh, what the hell is this? Oct. 16 2000
I ordered this book, it came, I scanned it and went 'boy, this is useless'. That was four years ago or so and have since discovered that every time I pull pork chops from the freezer and go 'what should I do with this?' - I reach for Culinary Artistry - look under pork and see what other ingredients, spices, wines, cheese - go with it. Its a great way to validate your own instincts about what to combine with what.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By my side May 17 2000
I initially bought this book, because it was the sequel to Becoming a Chef. Since I have graduated from culinary school, this book has not left my side. The charts of seasonality and flavor combinations are essential for any chef or apprentice chef. There are recipes which can be chenged and manipulated any way the cook sees fit. Culinary Artistry is unbiased view of what some chefs deem important need to know information about certain types of food. This book makes me want to write a cook book. Any home gourmande will also love this book, it holds ingredients in the best light possible. Telling how and why to buy seasonally, to shop at local markets within your area, to support local businesses and people. If you are passionate about food and cooking food, you WILL love this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference for a Foodie April 28 2002
I cannot think of a better reference in my kitchen. When I plan to cook venison, what flavors go with it? I grab Culinary Artistry and find out, now what kind of side should I cook? I have never found another book that is such a great reference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful book...the sections on seasonalities of foods (like liver and pates are fall/winter foods)...and food classical food pairings (eg cranberries with orange, walnuts with bleu cheeses...) are indespensible for planning menus and creating new dishes!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catering Manager's Essential Reference March 13 2000
Fabulous book; as a hotel catering sales manager, this book is absolutely the best reference available to help develop special menus for my clients. Extremely well written and organized.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Reference Material Oct. 24 2001
By disco75
I am a self-taught home cook who enjoys the activities of the kitchen. I entered the cooking arena one of the standard ways, using cookbooks. Collections of recipes familarized me with the techniques and ethnic cooking styles. Gradually, my cookbook collection included reference books that provided some of the theory behind tastes and preparation styles. Gold's 1-2-3 series, Peterson's Sauces, and others introduced to me the philosophies that allow a cook to go beyond mimicking a recipe to improvising and even creating a dish. Culinary Artistry is perhaps the best available reference for learning about the traditions of combining flavors and food groups.
It contains vital information that I suspect is taught only in some of the culinary schools. It provides valuable charts of information about cooking and menu planning. The book contains sections on Menus, including a seasonality chart and a chart explaining successful seasoning combinations. There is a section for Composing Flavors, the highlight of which is a chart showing successful food contrasts. Another section involves Composing A Dish. Here there is a chart showing great food matches and one showing seasoning matches. The Composing A Menu section offers a chart showing frequent accompaniments to meats and paragraphs presenting theories about Hors Douevres, Cheeses, and Desserts. This was a sparse and incomplete passage in an otherwise comprehensive book. Finally, there was a fun section addressing the Evolution of Chef's Styles. Here the authors provide sample menus comparing chef's offerings from earlier decades to their present day productions.
The volume offers multiple anecdotes, quotes, and side bars concerning the views of popular chefs. Various recipes are interspersed to illustrate the principles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to get a solid working knowledge of flavor profiles and how...
I used this and the Flavor Bible as prime reference guides. You learn how to sculpt a full plate of taste profile and textures as well as plating suggestions. It is great. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jackie Morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This book is great if your a food noob or a chef looking for your next food book. Not a recipe book, but a book that will help you cook without recipes. Must buy!
Published 15 months ago by JBomb
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
This book is very good at giving new mixes of food pairing for plates, good read worth the time. I keep it in my office to veiw when building new plates
Published on Oct. 17 2012 by dsetso
1.0 out of 5 stars A Lot Of Fluff, Little Substence
This books seems to be more about blowing smoke about American chef's than actual cooking. The contents that are useful in this book could have been written in a 20 or 30 page... Read more
Published on Nov. 10 2009 by Artist Gail
5.0 out of 5 stars my favourite
This is my favourite "cook book." Its not a cook book per se, more like lists of ingredients that compliment each other. Read more
Published on March 22 2009 by Robin H. Margaret
5.0 out of 5 stars Culinary Artistry
This is an amazing book! Perfect for people who like to improvise in the kitchen, but need help pairing flavours. The perfect reference book to have on hand while cooking.
Published on Feb. 24 2009 by schmeps
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, But Overwrought
Don't be put off by the title, or the bulk of the text of this extraordinary book. The core of the book is a lenghty list of just about any food you might wish to cook with, and... Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2008 by Robert Pattison
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Really Entices You to Think!
This is a fabulous book, filled cover to cover with creativity. It really inspires you to use your brain and creativity to produce fabulous dishes. Read more
Published on Nov. 29 2006 by bachef
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book.
"Culinary Artistry" came to my attention as an Amazon.com recommendation which mentioned that if I enjoyed the authors' book "The New American Chef" (which I did, very much), that... Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2004 by Matthus
5.0 out of 5 stars "Inspiring"..."A godsend."
"FLAVOR MATCHMAKING: Some cooks look to books not for precise ingredients and specific instructions, but for inspiration. I've got a book for those cooks. Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2003
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