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-backincluding 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."
, 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."
From the Inside Flap
Open this new fourth edition of The New Food Lover's Companion
and you'll find more information about good food and dining than ever, including ingredients and methods for preparing many ethnic foods, as well as descriptions of exotic produce and other unusual ingredients. Among the standard subjects defined and explained are cooking tools and techniques, meat cuts, breads, pastas, and literally everything else related to good food and enjoyable dining. Appendices cover many topics, including suggestions for substituting recipe ingredients, a microwave oven conversion chart, 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. Praise for previous editions
"The quintessential food reference book . . . a bible for anyone seriously interested in cooking." --Adventures in Dining
"Essential for anyone who talks, eats or thinks about food."
--Bev Bennett, Chicago Sun-Times
The indispensable landmark volume that defines thousands of American and foreign culinary terms."
--Paula Hamilton, Oakland Tribune
"Comprehensive, accurate, interesting, well-written, and inexpensive--it is rare that a reference book meets all of these criteria, but Food Lover's Companion does!" --Booklist
"A wealth of information . . . a small culinary gem."
--Pat Dailey, Chicago Tribune