THE VEGETARIAN FLAVOR BIBLE named one of “The 20 Best Cookbooks of 2014”

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


Having grown up in Detroit watching Canadian TV (from “The Friendly Giant” to “Mr. Dressup”) and listening to Canadian radio (CKLW’s “Top 40”), Karen has always felt a special affinity with our neighbors to the north.  So it’s especially nice when the affection is returned!

And it was returned today in spades, when THE VEGETARIAN FLAVOR BIBLE was named by Chris Nuttall-Smith of The Globe and Mail (“The New York Times of Canada,” our Canadian friends have told us) as one of “The 20 Best Cookbooks of 2014.”

The Globe and Mail reports, “We ask a lot of cookbooks: to make us hungry, to comfort and entertain us, to open new worlds that are visible only through food. We want all that and we want them to help us cook delicious things, too. These are Chris Nuttall-Smith’s top picks from 2014 – 20 books that deliver all that and will keep you coming back for more.”

Of THE VEGETARIAN FLAVOR BIBLE, Nuttall-Smith writes, “The concept is gloriously simple: Instead of recipes, this indispensable reference gives buying information, ‘flavour affinities’ and key techniques for just about any fruit, vegetable or vegetarian-friendly foodstuff imaginable, from acai to jaggery to zucchini blossoms. Want to know what to do with that farro, for instance? There are more than 100 ideas here. And that’s just one entry. The most useful food book I’ve encountered in years.”

You can read about all 20 of Nuttall-Smith’s picks — which include The SoBo Cookbook by Lisa Ahier; Mexico: The Cookbook, by Margarita Carrillo Arronte, Historic Heston by Heston Blumenthal, Heritage by Sean Brock, Prune by Gabrielle Hamilton, Sugar Rush by Johnny Iuzzini, Death & Co. by David Kaplan, Nick Fauchald and Alex Day, JK: The Jamie Kennedy Cookbook by Jamie Kennedy with Ivy Knight, Mallmann on Fire by Francis Mallman, The Crumbs Family Cookbook by Claire and Lucy McDonald, Bitter by Jennifer McLagan, Flavor Flours by Alice Medrich, My Portugal by George Mendes, Ceviche by Martin Morales, Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi, The Vegetarian Flavor Bible by Karen Page, The Great Lobster Cookbook by Matt Dean Pettit, Simple Thai Food by Leela Punyaratabandhu, Marcus Off Duty by Marcus Samuelsson, A Kitchen in France by Mimi Thorissen — here.

Chris Nuttall-Smith‘s writing for The Globe & Mail can be found at

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