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Old 09-23-2013, 09:48 PM   #1
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Fragrance in cooking

hi there folks! i have been trying to find a well laid out and easy to follow cookbook of very light recipes, that emphasize delicate scent and fragrance over spice. so maybe a book that works with ingredients like lemongrass/saffron/rice etc....

i know this is a little vague, but if anybody has any ideas or recommendations?

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Old 09-23-2013, 10:36 PM   #2
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Cooking is 100 % about taste so I doubt you'll find a fragrance cookbook.

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Old 09-23-2013, 10:54 PM   #3
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smell is a very large part of tast - a majority of it even. our taste buds are not nearly as receptive as we think they are - they can distinguish between sweet, bitter, sour, bitter, umamim and spice. but without your scent it would be almost impossible to tell the difference between, say, chicken and beef - or carrot and turnip. look at the obvious example of blind taste testing raw potatoes and apples side by side with your nose blocked.

though perhaps i was not clear, i am not actually looking for a cookbook that is explicitly written around the idea of fragrance in cooking - but a cookbook that focuses on light and typically fragrant dishes. thanks for the response though, i will keep looking :)
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Old 09-24-2013, 06:52 AM   #4
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Cooking is 100 % about taste so I doubt you'll find a fragrance cookbook.

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But the sense of smell is an important part or how we taste things and people who lose their sense of smell through head injury or illness often report a loss of the ability to taste.

EDIT: Sorry, Mangoe, our posts crossed in sending and I've more or less said the same as you.
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hi there folks! i have been trying to find a well laid out and easy to follow cookbook of very light recipes, that emphasize delicate scent and fragrance over spice. so maybe a book that works with ingredients like lemongrass/saffron/rice etc....

i know this is a little vague, but if anybody has any ideas or recommendations?
Try this "Herbs and Spices: The Cook's Reference" by Jill Norman. (Ms Norman is a cookery writer who, among other things was a close associate of Elizabeth David and has edited a number of her books.) It covers all sorts of aromatics, not only the "hot" ones.
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Old 09-24-2013, 08:33 AM   #6
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I understand very well the connection between taste and smell.

But I still doubt you'll find a cookbook that is organized around the scent of the food.
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Old 09-24-2013, 08:45 AM   #7
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This one is close, I think: "Magic Herbs: More than 200 delicious and healthy recipes that are naturally low-fat and fat-free" by Julie Metcalf Cull, R.D. http://www.amazon.com/Magic-Herbs-De.../dp/0471347485

I think I got it years ago at a yard sale. Thanks for prompting me to dig it out. Time to give it a look-see.
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