How to Taste

How to Taste

The Curious Cook's Handbook to Seasoning and Balance, From Umami to Acid and Beyond--with Recipes

Book - 2018
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Ever wonder what "season to taste" actually means? How do you know when you've added enough salt or what do you do if the food lacks something but you aren't quite sure what? This engaging and approachable (and humorous!) guide to taste and flavor will make you a more skilled and confident home cook.

How to Taste outlines the underlying principles of taste, and then takes a deep dive into salt, acid, bitter, sweet, fat, umami, bite (heat), aromatics, and texture. You'll find out how temperature impacts your enjoyment of the dishes you make as does color, alcohol, and more. The handbook goes beyond telling home cooks what ingredients go well together or explaining cooking ratios. You'll learn how to adjust a dish that's too salty or too acidic and how to determine when something might be lacking. It also includes recipes and simple kitchen experiments that illustrate the importance of salt in a dish, or identifies whether you're a "supertaster" or not. Each recipe and experiment highlights the chapter's main lesson. How to Taste will ultimately help you feel confident about why and how various components of a dish are used to create balance, harmony, and deliciousness.
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Sasquatch Books, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781632171054 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
1632171058 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 641.5973 SEL
Characteristics: xv, 223 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm

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Chef, teacher, and Seattleite Becky Selengut leads readers through an intriguing culinary journey as she explains the science of taste. She gives readers experiments and practical tips to understand taste and become better, more confident home cooks.

Chef, teacher, and Seattleite Becky Selengut leads readers through an intriguing culinary journey as she explains the science of taste. She gives readers experiments and practical tips to understand taste and become better, more confident home cooks.


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