One of my most favouritest cooking guides of all time is The Flavor Bible.
It’s not a recipe book, though, but rather a massive compendium of ingredients and their flavour pairings.
My boyfriend got it for me a few months ago (it was a really sweet, here’s-a-present-just-for-no-reason sorta thing), and it’s seriously one of the best gifts that anyone has ever given me.
Whenever there’s some fruit on the counter and I’m in need of a little inspiration…?
I just flip through the good book, pick out a few other ingredients, double-check to make sure I’m not heading for a kitchen disaster, and get crackin’.
That’s how I was inspired to take a warm, heavy cobbler recipe and change it to suit summer — by using sweet apricots, lightly toasted almonds, and vanilla bean ice cream.
Now, if only I had a porch, a rocking chair, and a mosquito swatter… then my life might be complete.