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
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.See all Product Description
If you are not already in the business and are weighing the idea you should read this bookPublished 2 months ago by KARL DINZL
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 morePublished 13 months ago by Jackie Morrison
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 on July 18 2013 by JBomb
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 platesPublished on Oct. 17 2012 by dsetso
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 morePublished on Nov. 10 2009 by Artist Gail
This is my favourite "cook book." Its not a cook book per se, more like lists of ingredients that compliment each other. Read morePublished on March 22 2009 by Robin H. Margaret
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
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 morePublished on Sept. 28 2008 by Robert Pattison