Cookbook Recommendation: Bitter
Today I want to trek into unfamiliar waters with one of the culinary world’s most misunderstood tastes: bitterness! Now bitterness is more of an adult taste as it's one that is acquired. As the least popular taste, many chefs tend to stay away. But not author Jennifer McLagan. Her new book is a daring, delicious exploration of this underappreciated flavor. In Bitter: A Taste of the World's Most Dangerous Flavor, you’ll find bitterness illuminated through science, culture and history. McLagan illustrates how to accurately use bitter ingredients and incorporate them into your dishes. From a savory pork chop, with coffee and black currant sauce, to a delicate grapefruit tart, these recipes elucidate the layered dimensions of a mere touch of bitterness. Not only are the book's 100 brilliant recipes organized into different categories on the bitter scale, but each is also accompanied by stunning photography. At $30, Bitter is one of the best investments you’ll make.