Get Lit: The New Food Lover’s Companion, by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst

This is the fourth edition of the book that the late Sharon Tyler Herbst began writing more than 19 years ago. It offers more than 6,700 common and uncommon cooking terms – not only in English, but in other languages (French, Spanish, Italian, Portugese, Chinese) which an English-speaking cook might encounter.

This isn’t a cookbook that tells you how to put a recipe together. But it will help you decipher any recipe’s more obscure directions from ingredients to cooking techniques.

It even gives you pronunciations as in the case of boxty (BOX-tee) ”Said to have originated during the Irish famine, boxty is rather like a thick pancake composed of mashed and shredded potatoes, flour and baking soda or baking powder.”

Armed with information like that, you’ll be ready to conquer the culinary world. – Margaret Downing

The New Food Lover’s Companion, by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst, Barron’s, $16.99 trade paperback

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