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New Food Lovers Companion 3RD Editionby Sharon Tyler Herbst
Synopses & Reviews
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-back—including 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 Apptit 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."
—Booklist, January 1 and 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."
Book News Annotation:
This culinary reference contains some 6,000 entries on subjects related to food and drink, encompassing foods from around the world, cooking techniques, meat cuts, kitchen utensils, wine, and cocktail terms. There are 68 pages of appendices, covering everything from ingredient equivalents to consumer information contacts, additives, frying temperatures, and seasonings. 5x7<">
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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!"
"A wealth of information . . . a small culinary gem."
—Pat Dailey, Chicago Tribune
The brand-new fourth edition of this widely praised reference guide has been updated with new information for everyone, including lovers of ethnic foods and health food aficionados. The authors have added many all-new entries on exotic produce and other unusual ingredients. An earlier edition of The New Food Lover's Companion was hailed by Bon Apptit magazine as "one of the best reference books we've seen, a must for every cook's library." This new edition has even more to offer! Among the myriad foods and culinary subjects defined and explained are cooking tools and techniques, meat cuts, breads, pastas, international foods, cheeses, eggs and omelets, herbs and spices, fruits and vegetables, candies and desserts, wines and cocktails, and literally everything else related to good food and enjoyable dining. Handy and helpful appendices cover a wide range of food-related topics. They include suggestions for substituting recipe ingredients, high-altitude baking adjustments, a microwave oven conversion chart, recommended safe cooking temperatures for various meats and fish, a guide to reading food package labels, seasoning suggestions to enhance favorite dishes, a food additives directory, 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 and other food-related literature. Here in one volume is an invaluable companion for cooks--and for everybody else who loves good food. More than 6,700 entries plus line art that shows retail cuts of lamb, pork, beef, and veal.
About the Author
Sharon Tyler Herbst is an award-winning author of many books on cooking and dining. She is also a food and travel journalist, and a media personality who has made many appearances on national radio and television shows, a consultant and spokesperson for national food and beverage companies, and a past president of the International Association of Culinary Professionals.Ron Herbst, long a passionate and dedicated wine expert, is also a wine and food journalist. His best-selling The New Wine Lover's Companion received rave reviews and is now the wine dictionary on several internet sites, including Cond Nast's "Eipcurious." Ron has collaborated with his wife Sharon Tyler Herbst on many books on food and drink.
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