The Culinarian: A Kitchen Desk Reference

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Wiley, Apr 11, 2012 - Cooking - 640 pages
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A culinary reference packed with thousands of straightforward definitions and fun tips and trivia

Perfect for cooks, food lovers, and even trivia buffs, The Culinarian is a wide-ranging kitchen reference that no cupboard should be without. With plain-English definitions of everything from Absinthe to Zucchini, it includes fascinating culinary history, etymologies, and tips on selecting, storing, and using virtually every ingredient and piece of kitchen equipment imaginable.

In addition to vital information like unit conversions and yields and equivalents, the book also includes cooking tips, lists, and trivia, from the heavily practical, such as common meat cuts and labeling terms, to the just plain entertaining, like lists of aphrodisiac foods and fun food cliches.

  • Holds the answers to thousands of culinary questions, from how to choose a ripe mango or scale a fish to how they get the cream center inside a chocolate candy
  • Includes descriptions and definitions of nearly 3,500 food terms, from ingredients and equipment to culinary techniques
  • Compiled by expert researcher, lexicographer, and food lover Barbara Ann Kipfer
  • Helpful cooking tips and sidebars on cooking quick meals, as well as shopping, storing, prepping, and garnishing

If you've ever wondered how to trim an artichoke or what the difference between a sweet potato and a yam is, The Culinarian has all the answers you need.

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The Culinarian: A Kitchen Desk Reference

User Review  - Lauren de Bruin - Book Verdict

Although Barbara Ann Kipfer is not a professional chef, her experience as a nonfiction writer and her considerable expertise in the editing and authoring of dictionaries, thesauri, and other reference ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Barbara Ann Kipfer is a lexicographer and an enthusiastic culinarian. The bestselling author of 14,000 Things to Be Happy About and other list, reference, archaeology, and spiritual books, she holds PhDs in linguistics, archaeology, and Buddhist studies and has worked as a lexicographer and ethnographer for more than thirty years. Her website is thingstobehappyabout.com.

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