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See this book? It’s an old book. It’s getting close to 20 years since the day I bought it in the cookbook section of Borders. I was a young wife who had this crazy idea that she’d someday write a cookbook. Ha!
While that didn’t happen anytime soon, I did put the book to good use. See?
This baby has been well-worn and loved. The Food Lover’s Companion has been around since 1990. It’s been a part of our family since 1995. Our kids know it as “that book.” Whenever anyone has a question about where an ingredient comes from or how a certain vegetable is grown, we turn to “that book”. Inevitably it has the answer.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten up from the table to get the book to answer a question and further our discussions. This resource has definitely helped us grow a foodie family.
The Food Lover’s Companion is a compendium of food knowledge, a dictionary or encyclopedia of sorts to help you make sense of food, wine, and culinary terms.
Like, have you ever wondered what finocchiona is? If you did, then all needed to do was look it up in the Food Lover’s Companion!
Finocchiona is a traditional Tuscan ground-pork salami seasoned with fennel seeds that takes its name form the Italian word for fennel, finocchio. My dad, a huge fennel fan, would love that! Now, I know!
I was thrilled when Barron’s sent me the new edition to review.
Not only does the 5th edition have a fancy new cover, but it’s also a lot beefier. It’s almost twice as big as the 2nd edition I bought so many years ago.
With new listings for Persian, South American, and other international foods, as well as updates on existing entries, the book also breaks down food labels and nutritional facts. I am super confident that this new tome will become as stained and well-worn as it’s predecessor.
Here’s to learning even more about food!