Flavor Matrix: The Art and Science of Pairing Common Ingredients to Create Extraordinary Dishes
Author - James Briscione
A revolutionary new guide to pairing ingredients, based on a famous chef's groundbreaking research into the chemical basis of flavour.
As an instructor at one of the world's top culinary schools, James Briscione thought he knew how to mix and match ingredients. Then he met IBM Watson. Working with the supercomputer to turn big data into delicious recipes, Briscione realised that he (like most chefs) knew next to nothing about why different foods taste good together. That epiphany launched him on a quest to understand the molecular basis of flavor - and it led, in time, to The Flavor Matrix. A groundbreaking ingredient-pairing guide, The Flavor Matrix shows how science can unlock unheard-of possibilities for combining foods into astonishingly inventive dishes. Briscione distills chemical analyses of different ingredients into easy-to-use infographics, and presents mind-blowing recipes that he's created with them.
The result of intensive research and incredible creativity in the kitchen, The Flavor Matrix is a must-have for home cooks and professional chefs alike: the only flavour-pairing manual anyone will ever need.
Celebrity chef and instructor James Briscione is the director of culinary research at the Institute of Culinary Education, lead chef on IBM's Chef Watson project, and the first-ever two-time Chopped champion.
The Flavor Matrix shows which ingredients pair together best, judging by the chemical overlap between them. Aromatic compounds determine each ingredient's unique flavor; large numbers of shared compounds can explain common pairings (like tomatoes and mozzarella) and suggest mind-bending new ones (like strawberries and mushrooms, or white chocolate and caviar). The Flavor Matrix is a mashup of The Flavor Bible and The Food Lab: a guide to culinary creativity that also draws on the latest science. Simple charts distill complex chemistry into simple visual guides that both experienced chefs and home cooks will able to use at a glance while cooking, helping anyone push the envelope in the kitchen. With approximately 60 full-colour infographics, 60 full-colour ingredient photos, 30 full-colour photos of finished dishes, and line drawings, The Flavor Matrix will be a beautiful and informative addition to any kitchen, bookshelf, or coffee table.