Shortlisted for the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards 2019
A ground-breaking book, designed to help creative cooks develop their own recipes, from the bestselling author of The Flavour Thesaurus.
One dish leads to another... Lateral Cooking is, in a sense, the `method' companion to its bestselling predecessor, The Flavour Thesaurus - and is just as useful, ingeniously organised and enjoyable to read. The book is divided into 12 chapters, each covering a basic culinary category, such as 'Bread', 'Sauces' or 'Custard'. The recipes in each chapter are then arranged on a continuum, the transition from one recipe to another generally amounting to a tweak or two in the method or ingredients. Which is to say, one dish leads to another: once you've got the hang of flatbreads, for instance, then its neighbouring dishes on the continuum (crackers, soda bread, scones) will involve the easiest and most intuitive adjustment.
The result is greater creativity in the kitchen: Lateral Cooking encourages improvisation, resourcefulness, and, ultimately, the knowledge and confidence to cook by heart.
Lateral Cooking is essentially a practical book, but like The Flavour Thesaurus it's also a highly enjoyable read. The 'Flavours & Variations' sections, for example, draw widely on culinary science, history, ideas from professional kitchens, observations by renowned food writers and personal recollection.
Entertaining, opinionated and inspirational, Lateral Cooking will have you torn between donning your apron and settling back in a comfortable chair.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 612
Weight: 1613 g
Dimensions: 265 x 170 mm
'In her writing, Niki Segnit brings together a towering edifice of cooks, food writers and experts to inspire the utmost confidence. And even as she presents their weightier points, she makes absolutely sure no one falls asleep. Chuckling away while reading a book about food is not something that happens to me very often; it's a regular occurrence with either of Segnit's books on my lap' - Yotam Ottolenghi
'Book of the decade, if you ask me...Every cook should have it' - Elisabeth Luard
'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
'Want to graduate from a rigid recipe-follower to an instinctive, ingredient-led cook? Niki Segnit shows you how' - Waitrose Food
'A textbook you'll turn to for all your culinary core techniques and queries' - Good Housekeeping
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“Great follow up to my favourite cooking book: The Flavour Thesaurus”
Having had a copy of Lateral Cooking for several months now, I can thoroughly recommend! My copy is now well thumbed and slightly stained, but Segnit's recipe for the book, that everything is linked, that you can... More
I LOVED Lateral Cooking! Whilst it does have plenty of (very good) recipes, this is a cookbook that encourages you to lessen your reliance on cookbooks. Filled with the theory behind cooking as well as helpful guides... More
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