Monday, February 13, 2012

Wine and Dine

It is commonly known that certain wines should be paired with certain types of food. The wine is suppose to compliment what you are eating and elevate your palate. What many may not know is that beer serves this same function when you are eating. There is a book titled What to Drink with What you Eat which breaks down everything you can pair with beer and wine. As a highly acclaimed book it is an encyclopedia of information ranging from fine dining to fast food. The focus of the book is about flavor and how certain flavor combinations work together for a bigger picture. It is great because you can find what specific drink goes with something you are already cooking or you can start with what you want to drink and find what food goes best with that drink.

The author Karen Page is also responsible for another book which has changed the culinary world. The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs is not a cookbook in the traditional sense. It does not provide the reader with recipes and how to, instead she has listed every kind of ingredient you can think of and tells you what compliments that ingredient based on flavor and intensity. For example if you look up tomatoes she will give you a list of the best ingredients that go well with tomatoes whether that is different spices, herbs, fruits, vegetables or cheeses. I have found this very handy in my day to day life because I can use spices and other ingredients I would never have tried together on my own.

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