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Lateral Cooking: Foreword by Yotam Ottolenghi Hardcover – 1 October 2018
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'You could cook from it over a whole lifetime, and still be learning' Nigella Lawson
'A rigorous, nuts-and-bolts bible of a book' Jay Rayner, Observer
'Lateral Cooking...uncovers the very syntax of cookery' Yotam Ottolenghi
'Astonishing and totally addictive' Brian Eno
The groundbreaking book that reveals the principles underpinning all recipe creation, from the author of the bestselling The Flavour Thesaurus
Do you feel you that you follow recipes slavishly without understanding how they actually work? Would you like to feel freer to adapt, to experiment, to play with flavours?
Niki Segnit, author of the landmark book The Flavour Thesaurus, gives you the tools to do just that. Lateral Cooking is organised into 77 'starting-point' recipes, including plenty of tips for substituting ingredients and reducing the phenomenal variety of world cuisine down to its bare essentials - and then building it back up again.
So, under 'Bread', we learn that flatbreads, oatcakes, buckwheat noodles, chapattis and tortillas are all variations on one theme. A few simple tweaks and you can make soda bread, scones or cobbler. And so on, through breads and batters, broths, stews and dals, one dish leading to another.
Lateral Cooking is as inspirational and entertaining a read as it is a practical guide. Once you have the hang of each starting point, a wealth of new flavour combinations awaits, each related in Niki's signature combination of culinary science, history, chefs' wisdom and personal anecdote. You will realise that recipes that you had thought were outside of your experience are reassuringly similar to things you've made a dozen times before. It will give you the confidence to experiment with flavour, and the variations that follow are a springboard of inspiration to the contents of your fridge and kitchen cupboards. You will, in short, learn to cook 'by heart'- and that's where the fun really begins.
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One dish leads to another
The Flavour Thesaurus taught you what to cook, now Lateral Cooking will show you how to cook. Understanding how one dish leads to another will expand your culinary horizons and give you the confidence to cook more.
The backbone of Lateral Cooking is a set of basic formulae that, once you’re familiar with them, will prove almost infinitely adaptable, according to whatever is in your fridge, in season, on offer at the market, or you feel like making.
‘A cookbook full of open-ended recipes’ – Yotam Ottolenghi
Flavours and variations
Alongside the basic formulae in Lateral Cooking, Niki offers a starter-pack of flavouring options for you to build on in your own kitchen. There are classic flavours and some more unusual, obscure, non-traditional and even counter-intuitive suggestions too.
Take, for example, the nuts continuum
Marzipan – Surprisingly simple to make and the basis for many nut recipes (Please note: image not in the book)
Nut-meal Cake - A few tweaks from marzipan and you can bake a deliciously moist cake (Please note: photo not in the book)
Frangipane – Add butter and tweak your method to get this famous tart filling (Please note: photo not in the book)
Nut Stew – A few alterations and you can make nut stew, such as Indian korma (Please note: photo not in the book)
The cookbooks that teach you the most are the rare ones, experimental or not, that are so well written that you find yourself reading them greedily on a perpetual loop. Lateral Cooking is one of them -- Bee Wilson ― Times Literary Supplement
A rigorous, nuts-and-bolts bible of a book, which works from the premise that there are base recipes from which all others can be built... It's elegantly designed and extremely broad -- Jay Rayner ― Observer
My most anticipated book of the year -- Helen Goh
Witty, playful and conversational -- Diana Henry ― Sunday Telegraph
This year's star book... It's a cracker: a hefty volume with a simple premise... Segnit has an appealing authorial voice: funny, friendly and authoritative -- Evening Standard
Segnit is a brilliantly clever cook who sometimes seems to have eaten every great dish in the world, but the real joy is her exuberant voice, which feels like listening to a witty friend ― Sunday Times
Book of the decade, if you ask me... Every cook should have it -- Elisabeth Luard
Knowledgeable and humorous, with a focus on flavour and technique, this cookbook is informative, useful and sure to become a kitchen bible to many -- Guardian ― ‘Best Books of 2018’
In a year that's been a bonanza for cookbooks, this is the one I'd put top of my list ― Independent
Want to graduate from a rigid recipe-follower to an instinctive, ingredient-led cook? Niki Segnit shows you how ― Waitrose Food
What makes this book really special, just like The Flavour Thesaurus, aside from Niki's impressive expertise, is her humour and personality. It's a joy to read -- Olive magazine
A textbook you'll turn to for all your culinary core techniques and queries ― Good Housekeeping
It's a book you'll buy not so much for the recipes, though there are plenty, but the insights it will give you on how the whole process of cooking works... a cracking read -- Fiona Beckett
One of the most exciting cookery books I've read this year ― Literary Review
Niki Segnit is back with a new cookbook to break the mould (again) ― Huffington Post
It is an absolute triumph, want to take a week off work to read it and cook as I go... cannot recommend enough! If you loved The Flavour Thesaurus, this is basically Christmas -- Rukmini Iyer
Lateral Cooking is a beautifully simple book that just makes sense. I'm hooked again -- Kenny Tutt
Niki Segnit's Lateral Cooking is a spectacularly good cookbook. If it were a novel, it'd be a shoo-in for the Booker -- Elisabeth Luard ― The Oldie
It's a clever idea... a fabulous read -- Harry Wallop ― The Times
Gorgeous, informative book -- Chef Valentina Harris
This should be alongside The Silver Spoon and Le Repertoire, that's where it's going on my shelf -- Mat Follas
A collection of ideas and inspiration - my kind of thinking -- Frances Quinn
Shows, more effectively than any other cookery writer to date, how one thing in the kitchen leads to another ― Times Literary Supplement
A cookbook full of open-ended recipes -- Yotam Ottolenghi
An enjoyable read -- Delicious magazine
This isn't a reference book, it's an engrossing read for foodies ― What’s Hot Blog
A cooking bible... a must-have in every kitchen, I'm blown away! ― Amy Treasure Blog
From the author of The Flavour Thesaurus comes this collection of recipes arranged on a continuum, meaning simple tweaks give you a whole new dish ― Domestic Sluttery
It's her humour, stories and thoughtful research that make this much more than simply a cookbook ― IndyEats (independent) – Cookery Books of 2018
It's fascinating and engrossing. It makes you want to cook more - and there can be no higher compliment ― Ms Marmite Lover Blog - Cookery books of 2018
A wonderfully simple idea... but It's her humour, stories and thoughtful research that make this much more than simply a cookbook ― Independent (App edition)
- ASIN : 1408856891
- Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing; 1st edition (1 October 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 612 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781408856895
- ISBN-13 : 978-1408856895
- Dimensions : 17.7 x 4.4 x 26.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 40,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I've been reading this book before bed each night, so haven't put anything into practise yet, but it's already opened my mind so much about cooking techniques. The basis of the book is "one dish leads to another" -- so that by mastering a handful of techniques, it becomes infinitely adaptable and you can become as creative as you like, restricted only by the time you have in the kitchen or what you have in the fridge & cupboard.
Some people cook by instinct, others like being bound within the confines of a recipe... I am somewhere between the two so it's wonderful to have something that explores that space.
The physical format of the book is fantastic too, it's unusually narrow and has unexpected touches like the contents being printed on the outside of the spine. The page layout is simple but effective -- it's obvious a lot of thought has gone into how all the information should be shown for the benefit of the reader.
This book would make a lovely gift for any foodie, for any occasion.
The idea is to build confidence and understanding, and to give starting points to work from and adapt according to what you want to make, have to hand and so on.
The book is highly readable in the author's inimitable style (e.g. a piece on bread included the application of eyeliner and a trip to the pub). It has me bursting to get into the kitchen to let rip.