The Culinarian: A Kitchen Desk Reference

There are home cooks who cook because they have a family to feed, and then there are those who adore cooking, who do it for the pleasure of it, who devour books and magazines and watch cooking shows in the hopes of picking up tips and techniques. This book — a kitchen reference that covers all bases — is for them.

And we have a copy to give away!

A culinary reference packed with thousands of straightforward definitions, tips and food trivia, The Culinarian is a wide-ranging kitchen reference that no cupboard should be without. With plain-English definitions of everything from Absinthe to Zucchini, it includes fascinating culinary history, etymologies, and tips on selecting, storing, and using virtually every ingredient and piece of kitchen equipment imaginable.

In addition to vital information like unit conversions and yields and equivalents, the book also includes cooking tips, lists, and trivia, from the heavily practical, such as common meat cuts and labeling terms, to the just plain entertaining, like lists of aphrodisiac foods and fun food cliches.

If you have questions about how to cut, buy or prepare an ingredient, expert researcher, lexicographer, and food lover Barbara Ann Kipfer has provided the answers to thousands of culinary questions, from how to choose a ripe mango or scale a fish to how they get the cream center inside a chocolate candy. (Something I’ve always wanted to know!) There are also descriptions and definitions of nearly 3,500 food terms, from ingredients and equipment to culinary techniques, so you can use it in synch with your other favorite cookbooks, looking up terms that may not be familiar.

Kids moving away from home will find cooking tips, sidebars on cooking quick meals, and shopping, storing, and prepping instructions helpful, as will more experienced cooks — if you’ve ever wondered how to trim an artichoke or what the difference between a sweet potato and a yam is, The Culinarian has all the answers you need.

If you’d like a copy in your kitchen — or to give someone you love who loves to cook this Christmas — we have a copy to give away! To enter, leave a comment here! We’ll do a random draw on Friday at midnight EST.

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