Aroma: The Magic of Essential Oils in Foods and Fragrance
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Aroma: The Magic of Essential Oils in Foods and Fragrance

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A New Way of Thinking About Food and Fragrance

Turn a brilliant natural perfumer loose in a chef's kitchen and you get vanilla perfume, saffron, ginger, and blood orange bath salts, and a cucumber mist. Turn a brilliant chef loose in a perfumer's pantry and you get rose-infused steamed bass, peach-jasmine sorbet, and scores of other startlingly original recipes using flor...more
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Artisan
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The premise of this book is excellent: a woman who combines fragrances to make perfume teamed with a San Francisco chef to produce a book where the wisdom of each would contribute to a greater understanding of how aroma functions. Too bad it didn’t work. The parts written by Patterson (the chef) are fascinating and the parts written by Aftel (the perfumerer) are from LaLa Land. He offers practical tips on how to blend certain herbs, spices and other aromatics to enhance the dining experience. Sh...more
I wanted this book to be "more of the same" after reading the excellent Essence and Alchemy, Aftel's gold standard work on natural perfume. It was not. It has it's merits, and the notion of bringing botanical essenses into the kitchen is intrigueing. However I've yet to try any of the cooking recipes and the fragrance blends left me somewaht underwhelmed. It's a beautiful book and a useful resource, but it is not a continuation of Essence and Alchemy.
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Today, almost every perfume is created from synthetic essences. Although synthetics approximate the odors of natural ingredients, they have none of the complexity, mystery or emotional depth. We bring an inexplicable emotional intensity to the experience of an authentic smell and the memories it sparks and creates.

My approach to creating artisan natural perfumes is based in the quality and integr...more
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