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  • The Art of Flavor

  • Practices and Principles for Creating Delicious Food
  • Written by: Daniel Patterson, Mandy Aftel
  • Narrated by: John Lescault
  • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
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Written by: Daniel Patterson,Mandy Aftel
Narrated by: John Lescault
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Publisher's Summary

Two masters of composition - a chef and a perfumer - present a revolutionary new approach to creating delicious food.

Michelin two-star chef Daniel Patterson and celebrated natural perfumer Mandy Aftel are experts at orchestrating ingredients. Yet in a world awash in cooking shows and food blogs, they noticed, home cooks get little guidance in the art of flavor. In this trailblazing guide, they share the secrets to making the most of your ingredients via an indispensable set of tools and principles, including:

  • The Four Rules for creating flavor
  • A Flavor Compass that points the way to transformative combinations
  • Locking, burying, and other aspects of cooking alchemy
  • The flavor-heightening effects of cooking methods
  • The Seven Dials that let you fine-tune a dish

With more than 80 recipes that demonstrate each concept and put it into practice, The Art of Flavor is food for the imagination that will help cooks at any level become flavor virtuosos.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Daniel Patterson (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • John
  • 2017-08-17

Pallets be like give me some more

Great book to broaden your taste awareness and cooking skills. I love the recipes and the taste wheel. Makes for a great conversation.

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  • Jeff P
  • 2021-04-16

dreadful

A tedious dissertation. Amidst it's Mountain of words, there is so little of substance. Should not be on Audible.

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  • Glenn Crawford
  • 2021-04-21

great listen

I loved it, I learned new things. any cook should listen to it. thank you

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  • Chelsea
  • 2021-01-17

So good I’m buying the book version

This book has taken my understanding of food and cooking to a whole new level. Once I got to the chapter on flavor profiles of herbs I realized that this book had to be on my shelf, something to come back to time and time again when developing recipes. I suggest this book for anyone who wants to deep dive into (or should I say nerd out to) flavor combinations and how to apply them to your cooking.

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  • S. Creutz
  • 2019-06-06

The Feeling of Food

Establishes vocabulary and descriptions for taste experiences with food.
Also lists a variety of cooking techniques. Told in an engaging pattern.
A good book for the experienced beginner. Worth taking notes.

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  • Average Shopper
  • 2023-01-12

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This is book contains a very thorough and concise explanation of flavors, cooking techniques, and ingredients. I found it to be useful and interesting.

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  • M
  • 2022-11-19

Chapter 1

Is so brainy and cool! It totally describes how I experience taste and smell and how I connect it all. I get inspired by recipes and read my cookbooks like mystery novels. I always cook based on my knowledge of spices and ingredients, how they smell, feel, connect with each other in a dish and so on. In the end, a dish is always an individual creation of my own and, therefore, very unique. I just love that stuff you are talking about. And I love to totally be attentive and visualize what is read. Thank you.

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  • Marc K
  • 2022-10-17

The worst audiobook I have ever listened to.

This book is a complete waste of my time. I love cooking. I love the idea of improving my knowledge of creative culinary combinations and how to create synergy in flavors. This book delivered none of that. How can someone take a subject as exciting as creating flavor in food, make it so boring that it makes ancient history sound thrilling, then get a monotonous reader to go on and on without useful information to make it even worse? I kept listening to this book, thinking that if I listened long enough, the information I wanted would come through. It never happened. I listened until the very last word, and not one single tidbit of practical information came. If you want a book read in old-style proper English, where you can learn the Latin names of different herbs, listen to unending possible combination of them, yet without a single piece of useful information, then this is for you. Stay away. Just a complete waste of time.

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  • Susan Addison
  • 2021-03-02

A Culinary Game Changer

I will listen to this book many times. It will teach me how to work with flavor concepts. There are so many a-ha moments in here. If you are a foodie or appreciate flavor, taste, and scent you will enjoy this book.

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  • Mamacita J
  • 2021-01-28

Absolutely fascinating!!

I’m going to have to listen again and slow it down so I can take notes. I love learning about how elements work together to create flavors. I’ve been reading Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat as well and these books work well together. I learned so much!