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I have many cookbooks in my kitchen.  There are only two that I keep out because I use them ALL the time.

One is my Healthy Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day book.  The other is my ‘the Flavor Bible’

Which is really not a cookbook at all.

It is a book that I use to look up an ingredient that I have and the Flavor Bible will give me a list of flavors that go with said ingredient.

Right now I have cherries in my kitchen.  When I look up cherries it gives me an alphabetical list of flavor that are good with that particular fruit:

allspice, ALMONDS, amaretto, apricots, Armgnac, bourbon, brandy, butter, buttermilk, cake, caramel, cassis, cheese:   Brie, goat, ricotta, cherries dried, CHOCOLATE, ESP. DARK,WHITE cinnamon, cloves, coconut…

The list goes on and on…

The type will tell you how well the flavors go:

Flavors mentioned in regular type are pairings suggest by one or more experts.

Those in bold were recommended by a number of experts.

Those in BOLD CAPS were very highly recommended by and even great number of experts.

Those in *BOLD CAPS* with and asterisk (*) are “Holy Grail” pairings that are the most highly recommended by the greatest number of experts.

This book as completely revolutionized my cooking and baking.  I have taken many old recipes and ‘jazzed’ them up with new flavors. At nearly 400 pages you will find almost anything that could possibly inhabit your kitchen in this book.

I have taken and combined ingredients that I would never have considered.

Here are some that are recommended for cherries…

cherries+almonds+cream+kirsch+vanilla

cherries+chocolate+walnuts

cherries+coconut+custard

cherries+coffee+cream

cherries+goat cheese+ice wine vinegar+black pepper+thyme

cherries+honey+pistachios+yogurt

cherries+mint+vanilla

I actually made my kids a dish of plain yogurt that I sweetened with honey, stirred in lots of fresh, finely chopped cherries and on top sprinkled chopped pistachios…you would have thought I had given them a bowl of ice cream!  That is how good they said it was!  I would never had considered that combination if not for this book.

Seriously people this book will rock your cooking world.

A map for the adventurous home chef to discover a world of new delights!

*****

Kim can also be found at the inadvertent farmer where she raises organic fruits, veggies, critters, kids, and…a camel!

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