The Bible changed my life. The Flavor Bible, that is. This book lists just about any ingredient imaginable, and a huge list of other items that are flavor pairings for that ingredient. It also tells you when each ingredient is in season, how strong of a flavor it has, and techniques used to prepare it. The Flavor Bible‘s predecessor, Culinary Artistry, was listed as required reading for my culinary school. While I never really needed to take it with me to class, I did religiously refer to it as I was creating new dishes for class projects, or even just dinners at home.
This post isn’t sponsored by The Flavor Bible‘s authors or anything like that, I’m just a really big fan of this book! If you’re somebody who enjoys cooking on the fly rather than always following a recipe, I highly recommend adding a copy to your library. It’s hugely helpful on nights where I’m like “OK, I have spinach…and chicken….and rice. What can I add to these things to make them more flavorful?” The Flavor Bible is always there for me, guiding me to spices and other ingredients that I would have otherwise never thought of.
The Flavor Bible pointed me to the combo of ingredients for these Strawberry Lemonade Shooters in a moment of creative decline. I knew I had lemon curd in the fridge, but was feeling uninspired in any way other than just eating it with a spoon. The good book pointed me to strawberries, which happened to be in season; and coconut, which happened to be in my freezer. Three ingredients, five minutes, and a perfect harmony of flavors. This perfect little party dessert looks as good as it tastes!