Foodies, Get the Facts: These Five Culinary Encyclopedias Are Full of Delicious Surprises

Foodies, Get the Facts: These Five Culinary Encyclopedias Are Full of Delicious Surprises

Your culinary experiences will never be the same. Food encyclopedias inspire cooking creativity and better meal planning, shopping, and eating. 

The internet can answer all your questions, that’s for sure, but these comprehensive, in-depth resources are full of surprises, ones your Google searches are unlikely to reveal.

The Oxford Companion to Food

It’s big, it’s broad, it’s the crown jewel of food encyclopedias.

The first edition of the Oxford Companion to Food, published in 1999, was the result of 20 years of research and writing. The most recent edition features more than 3,000 entries on foods, culinary history, historical and contemporary figures, places, cooking styles, and kitchen tools. 

While no single book can describe every item and aspect of our shared culinary universe, this compendium comes pretty close.

The Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs

Take your cooking to the next level with next-level knowledge of seasonings. 

Compiled by Padma Lakshmi, host and executive producer of Bravo’s Top Chef, the Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs covers the alphabet from advieh, a Persian spice blend, to zedoary, a relative of ginger and turmeric. 

Learn when and how to use each ingredient as well as heat levels and medicinal uses.

The World Encyclopedia of Fish and Shellfish

Simple is good, particularly when describing thousands of ocean species and habitats, and seafood prepping and cooking styles.

The World Encyclopedia of Fish and Shellfish features concise writing and more than 600 bold and beautiful photos. There are sections devoted to making fish sauces at home, best methods for freezing and thawing fish, and, of course, fantastic recipes.

The Complete Food and Nutrition Guide

If health and nutrition are on your plate these days, then check out this informational feast. The Complete Food and Nutrition Guide dissects food labels, advises on the best foods for ages and stages of life, and prescribes healthy choices for managing and preventing illness. 

Published by the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,  it helps readers create meal plans, shop effectively, and dine out without sacrificing wellness.

Feast Your Eyes on Food

Bring on the visual inspiration! 

We love digesting information almost as much as the delicious seafood we eat every day, but sometimes even we need a break. Feast Your Eyes on Food serves up delightful illustrations of more than 1,000 foods, accompanied by basic culinary information.

Simply feast your eyes on delicious foods… and get cooking!

September 2, 2021
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