Matt Tocco — beverage director at Strategic Hospitality in Nashville, which runs the Patterson House, Pinewood Social and the Downtown Sporting Club — tackles The Daily Beast editor Noah Rothbaum’s speed round of questions, during which he mentions THE FLAVOR BIBLE.
Q. What book on cocktails or spirits is your go-to resource?
A. “I prefer THE FLAVOR BIBLE when working on new drinks. I wouldn’t really say I have one go-to book outside of that.”
W hat do you like to drink after a shift? ” Herbal tea, so I can get up early the next day, be productive and feel good about life.” What is the all-time best dive bar jukebox song? “My idea of a dive bar is a somewhat somber place and nothing sounds better there than Townes Van Zandt.”
The American Culinary Federation polled its professional chef members about their favorite culinary books, and both CULINARY ARTISTRY and THE FLAVOR BIBLE ended up in the Top 10:
We asked our Facebook followers to tell us their favorite book that relates to the culinary world. The answers spanned cookbooks, memoirs, biographies and more. There were too many to list here, but you can click here to go read the comments yourself if you’re curious. Here are the top five most popular answers that we received:
We asked our Facebook followers to tell us their favorite culinary book. The results are in: Our chefs love cookbooks, memoirs, biographies and more.
Leah Bitsky of Page Six Style compiled a list of “Celebrity chef-approved holiday gifts for serious foodies,” which included THE FLAVOR BIBLE — thanks to a recommendation from Tony Messina, executive chef and partner of Uni and winner of the 2019 James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northeast:
Messina prefers a less traditional cookbook.
“THE FLAVOR BIBLE allows for cooks to pair ingredients through what the author calls ‘flavor affinities’,” Messina told Page Six Style. “In addition to giving symbiotic ingredient pairings, it also offers a compendium of well-known chefs’ takes on particular foods.”
The Uni chef added that the book is perfect for those who want to spice things up in the kitchen.
“It’s essential for any home cook who wants to think a bit outside of the box and create new dishes, as opposed to cooks that prefer to follow a recipe,” he said. “The book also touches on spices and herbs to help promote creating nuanced flavor in your cooking repertoire.”
Don’t just buy a cookie-cutter holiday present this year – if you have food-obsessed family and friends, get them something they’ll love to use in the kitchen. Page Six Style spoke to five celebrity chefs to get their expert opinions on the cookbooks and kitchen appliances every serious foodie should have.
GrillaGrills.com interviews Chef Sean Vodden on his holiday gift recommendations, which include THE FLAVOR BIBLE:
The first thing that came to mind for Sean when thinking about holiday gifts for the cooking enthusiast in your life was one particular cook book that’s gotten him through years of cooking. THE FLAVOR BIBLE is different than most cookbooks in that instead of offering recipes for people to cook, it offers insights into how better use specific ingredients.
“This book is such an incredible source of knowledge and inspiration for any chef. (It offers) chefs the spark to pair food with ingredients that will elevate the profile of the ingredient being used.”
Ask a ________ is Grilla Grills new series of blog posts where we will ask pitmaster’s, chef’s, brewers, distillers and other grill/food enthusiasts about some of our favorite topics. We’ll cover everything from favorite foods, old school recipe’s, gift ideas, personal stories and everything in between.
“The Queen of Vegan Desserts” Fran Costigan names THE VEGETARIAN FLAVOR BIBLE to her 2019 Vegan Holiday Gift Guide at FranCostigan.com.
THE VEGETARIAN FLAVOR BIBLE: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity with Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Legumes, Nuts, Seeds, and More, Based on the Wisdom of Leading American Chefs, Karen Page
To quote the author Karen Page, “If you master a single recipe, you’ll learn how to cook a single dish. If you master the dynamics of flavor, you can make anything taste better.” Emphasizing plant-based whole foods including vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, the book provides an A-to-Z listing of hundreds of ingredients, from Açaí to Zucchini Blossoms, cross-referenced with the herbs, spices, and other seasonings that best enhance their flavor, resulting in thousands of recommended pairings. I’m continually amazed at what I continue to learn from this book.
Another year has passed, and it’s time for my annual vegan holiday gift guide. While this guide is vegan-specific, it is suitable for everyone. I’ve included links to the items to make it easier for you to check out the items. Also remember that handmade gifts, from edible ones to promises of babysitting, pet walking, errand running, and more, are always welcome.
Shahla of MyBerkeleyKitchen.com names THE FLAVOR BIBLE to her 2019 Allergy Friendly Holiday Gift Guide:
THE FLAVOR BIBLE: My all-time favorite cooking book. It’s not a cookbook but more like suggestions for pairing flavors and ingredients together. Even though it’s not allergy related, I think it’s an absolute must for someone who has food allergies or dietary requirements because it can serve as a source of creative inspiration.
Happy Holidays! Here are four of my favorite allergy friendly gift guides for the traveller, foodie, cookbook collector and kids in your life. I’ve rounded up a list that reflects the items we use on a daily basis; things that help us manage our daily food preparation and life with allergies .
In Northern Virginia magazine’s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide, THE FLAVOR BIBLE is named as one of “6 must-buy items for your foodie friends”:
THE FLAVOR BIBLE: Aspiring and accomplished cooks will both benefit from this book ($25); Misen Chef’s Knife: Pair the cookbook with a chef-recommended knife ($65).
Whether an aspiring gourmand or an experienced chef, these cuisine-inspired gifts are sure to please. Plus, a look at what the general manager of Sense of Thai St. is looking forward to this holiday season. What’s on your wish list this year?