You’re trying to figure out what to make for dinner and mentally going through your fridge and cupboards, trying to image how the list of ingredients that you can remember (triaged for urgent cooking) could possibly combine to make a dish.
Or you’re trying to buy more seasonal ingredients and you’ve just bought a great, thumping load of somethingorother from the farmer’s market but you have no clue what it tastes like, and really don’t know what it would taste good with.
Or you’re trying to find a gift for your foodie friend that’s got the street cred of a really good knife without the creepy subtext.
The wonderful book that is the answer to all of these predicaments is Niki Segnit’s Flavour Thesaurus. Simply look up an ingredient to see what other ingredients complement its flavour and texture, and to see a sample recipe or two. The book was exhaustively researched by Segnit, and is a thing of beauty both as a concept and as an object.
A hungry pedant’s dream.