Less of a cookbook and more of an encyclopedia of flavors, this hefty book lists hundreds of ingredients and makes recommendations of what spices, fruits, vegetables, proteins and oils would compliment that food. You'd think it'd be boring, but it really does spark your imagination of how you can take that ordinary item and turn it into something extraordinary and if you're anything like me, that's pretty exciting!
In addition to the lists of complimentary flavours is a final note about flavour affinities and some mind-blowing combinations. I for one can't wait to try the combination of rhubarb + blood orange + carmalized sugar.
If you're looking for a cookbook to spark your imagination, this is it. It won't tell you what to do, or how to do it, so you need a certain level of comfort in the kitchen and willingness to experiment. Happy cooking!