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Culinary Artistry

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"In Culinary Artistry...Dornenburg and Page provide food and flavor pairings as a kind of steppingstone for the recipe-dependent cook...Their hope is that once you know the scales, you will be able to compose a symphony."a Molly O'Neil in The New York Times Magazine.
For anyone who believes in the potential for artistry in the realm of food, Culinary Artistry is a must-rea
Paperback, 448 pages
Published November 4th 1996 by Wiley (first published October 21st 1996)
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Apr 17, 2013 Janet rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbook
On page 7 of this book is a description of three kinds of chefs. First, there is the Burger Flipper, who cooks to fill the hungry stomach. "I'm full" is the desired response. Then there is Accomplished Chef, who wants to please the hungry stomach. "That was delicious" is the desired response. And then there is the Culinary Artist..."Life is wonderful".

You don't have to be a Culinary Artist to make the most of this book. nor even a professional chef. You do have to enjoy cooking and want to take
nick padilla
Feb 14, 2008 nick padilla rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who cook without recipes
Recommended to nick by: Little Joe the TA
this is the book you go to when you find something really good at a market and want to make up a dish that features it. Its also the book you go to when you are a cook and you want to convince yourself you're an artist. Best book about food ever written, in a three way tie with McGee On Food and Cooking and Escoffier.
Apr 12, 2010 Tad rated it it was amazing
This book speaks to the heart of my culinary journey. It's all about growth and development and finding my way to the expression of my soul through cooking. I identify with so many of the great chefs in this book and I feel I'm standing alongside them in their kitchens. The thoughtfulness and preparation one must have for each dish drives me to explore various flavors and technique.

Culinary Artistry is all about understanding that which confronts the thoughtful and caring chef, though not becaus
May 06, 2015 JavierC rated it it was amazing
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Juneau Public Library
Not sure what to do with that huge Costco flat of pears, or the freshly-caught halibut you just brought home?

This cooking book isn’t as visually appealing as some on our shelves - no beautiful, full-color photos of tasty dishes - but it is packed full of information for enthusiastic (and creative) cooks. It includes sample restaurant menus and information about building your own menus, plus recipes from some well-known chefs, but the best part, in my opinion, is the alphabetical index of ingredi
Jan 08, 2008 Kim rated it it was amazing
if you love to cook adventurously (without recipes)... this is the BEST COOK BOOK EVER. get your hands on it immediately. simply contains long lists of alphabetized ingredients - and what other ingredients compliment them. and some loosely suggested combinations and dishes. so very incredibly helpful and fun!
This book is one of the reasons I went to culinary school. My copy is dog-eared, written in and generally falling apart. Nearly eight years out of the CIA and I still consult this book constantly for inspiration.
Jan 06, 2011 Sherry rated it it was ok
Was expecting pictures and plating ideas - they weren't there. Pretty much the same as The Food Bible, which I think is better.
Dec 29, 2013 John rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, cooking
Interesting, I guess. Explores the idea of cooking and/or food as art. Includes many quotes, rather than formal interviews, with chefs you probably have heard of a few of, a handful of recipes, and a large section - which is what I bought it for - of lists of flavor pairings, identifying what goes with what, including both familiar and strange combinations.

The pairings are interesting, and the whole book a fine idea, really; other than the fact that I was not familiar with about 1/3 of the chefs
Mar 18, 2007 clara rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in food
hands down the best food/flavor guide book...
Sep 27, 2014 Clintweathers rated it really liked it
Getting a copy of this book in my 3rd year of culinary school nearly caused me to drop out.

This is because reading the book caused me to totally rethink everything I'd been doing in the kitchen, realize that I wanted to completely rebuild my cuisine from the quarry tile up, and stop cooking boring food.

Dornenburg and Page are great writers, and the book should be required reading for all 2nd year culinary students -- it'll shake up their ideas, help loosen some dogmatic crap, and help them broad
Apr 17, 2014 Lisbeth rated it really liked it
This is like a wizards spell book for ideas and pairing and such. Liked this along with Becoming a Chef, and Dining Out. Great writers pairing with Dornenberg and Page.
Oliver Cantu
Jun 12, 2015 Oliver Cantu rated it it was amazing
if you have any intrest in cooking as a hobby of a profesion, read this book first
Feb 04, 2015 Billie rated it it was amazing
Read over the course of many months- but found the last few days I kept going back to certain spots that just spoke to me. I have phone calls often giving me a list of ingredients and the people ask- what should I make? The matching and pairing sections of the book have become a go to guide!
Rune Huang
May 17, 2013 Rune Huang rated it it was amazing
"What's hard about it is that degree of sacrifice. It's not so hard. Anybody could do it for one or two nights, for a week. It's mustering that energy and dealing with the other areas of your life that you have put on hold that you wish you could develop--like seeing a movie this year, maybe? it's the constancy--it's almost hysterical."
Mar 08, 2009 Christine rated it it was amazing
One of the first I've been able to find that actually has a comprehensive starter list of food pairings. Very helpful for when you have a hundred ideas, and not too sure where to go with a meal. Also, as with their other books, there are features on leading chefs, and these are great reading, small gems from their experience.
Oct 03, 2013 Jeffreylmt rated it really liked it
A very good book, but only for those who already have a lot of basic cooking knowledge. This is not a beginner book by any means. That being said, the information in here is top-notch. There are many famous chefs throughout giving their ideas on many different cooking styles. I found it very inspiring.
Serge Pierro
Aug 16, 2012 Serge Pierro rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food-and-wine
Wow.... an amazing book. A MUST read for anyone seriously interested in cooking - either at home or professionally. The book covers food pairings, menu planning, how a chef thinks etc. Outstanding! The listings of what ingredients go best with others, is alone worth the price of the book.
Oct 28, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing
A must for every culinary enthusiast, as this book unassumingly teaches and guides the reader on both well-known and obscure techniques, foods, tools, etc. To help graduate yourself to the next level, I recommend this book for anyone who can do far more than boil water. GREAT BOOK!
Brooke Spencer
Apr 17, 2013 Brooke Spencer rated it really liked it
As an amateur (at-home) chef, I found this to be enlightening. The charts of complimentary flavors were insightful, and I felt very inspired to try new things after reading.
Jordan Wittrock
Feb 18, 2011 Jordan Wittrock rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspiration
A really great book, a must read for anyone looking for inspiration in cooking or just trying to better understand the masters working behind the scenes.
Diana Thayer
Feb 29, 2012 Diana Thayer rated it really liked it
Extremely helpful combinations of complimentary foods. Very useful for cooking with ingredients you have on hand rather than from recipes.
Yasmine Alfouzan
Oct 26, 2015 Yasmine Alfouzan rated it really liked it
If you hope to one day create your own recipes, this is the book to read. It's been very useful to me as a food developer.
Michael T
May 13, 2012 Michael T rated it liked it
Great list of ingredients by season and inspiring taste pairings and flavor families.
Jun 17, 2010 Heather rated it it was amazing
The absolute best book for pairing flavors and getting away from recipes
Sep 07, 2012 Max rated it really liked it
Great resource for ideas of combining textures, flavors and ingredients.
Aug 31, 2014 Trevor rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-link
The book discusses the art of creating new culinary experiences.
Jan 12, 2012 Julia rated it really liked it
Not your typical cookbook. Great addition to any foodie's library.
Nov 24, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: always-reading
A must have for any culinarian or anyone who likes to experiment
Jan 10, 2009 Neda rated it it was amazing
SUCH an amazing book to have on hand at ALL times.
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Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg have been called the brightest young author team on the culinary scene today's on NPR. Their previous books Becoming a Chef, Dining Out, and The New American Chef have all been finalists for or winners of James Beard and/or IACP Book Awards.

Their landmark book Culinary Artistry, the first- known reference on culinary composition and flavor compatibility, establishe
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