Saturday, January 7, 2012

Great New Resource

I love food.  I love every thing about it.  I love growing it, talking about it, working with it, reading about it, learning about it, etc.  For Christmas this year I receive a wonderful new food resource book.  It's called The Illustrated Cook's Book of Ingredients, 2500 of the world's best with classic recipes.  It was given to me by my daughter-in-law Katie (who writes the fab food blog, thegdkitchen) and my son Mike.  And I love it!  Besides my new MacBook Pro, (and my son returning safely home), it was the best present under my tree :)

It has a beautifully written introduction and is organized by main food categories:  

The meat chapter (as well as the other main chapters) is further broken down into sub categories, very organized, well laid out and super easy to navigate and find exactly what you are looking for.

It even has sections on obscure, but important, ingredients, such as Offal, better known as organ meats.  

The book is co-written by 20 expert food consultants (only one of whom is male..heehee :), award winning writers, chefs, home economists, cooking school owners and artisan cheese makers.  

In addition to being beautifully photographed, each chapter is organized by ingredient, then how to Buy, Cuts, Store, Eat, Flavor Pairings and Classic Recipes, for that particular ingredient.  

This book is a great addition to my food/cooking resource library.  This definitive cook's bible answers every question one could possibly have on choosing and using ingredients.  If you are looking for a great book for the food enthusiast in your life (of if you are one), this is your book.  And it's available on Amazon.  Here's the link:

Thank you Mike & Katie! :)


  1. That's a lot of book! However, it would be great for identifying an ingredient I've never heard of when cooking. Thanks for the info! :o)

  2. That indeed looks like a great book! The great photos really draw you in. It seems the perfect gift for a talented cook like you! Enjoy!

  3. Oh No, another one to add to my Amazon wishlist! :)
    I'm just trying to imagine how much research, work, discussion (and argument, no doubt) went into producing such a book.
    What are you going to cook next Diane? something wierd and wonderful from this book, I hope.