The Culinarian: A Kitchen Desk Reference

Part culinary history, part reference book, and part technique guide, this is the book for when the Bibles of kitchen reference books (Food Lover’s Companion and Larousse Gastronomique) have failed you. It’s a handy and (mercifully) light little book. Kipfer is a professional linguist, lexicographer (a big word for dictionary writer and compiler), and researcher. A must for food writers, home cooks, historians, and chefs alike, it’s a handy and (surprisingly) light little go-to book, whether you want to know what “Avgolemono” is, or if you’re more interested in cooking a crisp slice of bacon.