The New Food Lover's Companion
Ron Herbst and Sharon Tyler Herbst
I love this reference guide. I refer to it any time I read about a food or technique that I am not familiar with. Such as, I was looking at a recipe that asked for "roquette." Thanks to my Food Lover's Companion I now know that roquette is arugula.
The New Food Lover's Companion includes more than 7,200 A-to-Z entries describing food of every kind, cooking techniques, herbs, spices, wines and other ingredients. The book includes hundreds of cooking tips plus an extensive bibliography of recommended cookbooks.
There is also The Deluxe Food Lover's Companion. This enlarged and enhanced reference volume has detailed glossaries and hundreds of illustrations.