The Food Talks Series 4: Niki Segnit - Monday 3rd December 7pm
Join us on Monday 3rd December at 7pm for an evening with Niki Segnit, acclaimed author of The Flavour Thesaurus to talk about her new book Lateral Cooking.
Niki's first book The Flavour Thesaurus, published in 2011, examines why one flavour works with another and looks at how to pair your ingredients from traditional combinations such as pork & apple and interesting but unlikely-sounding couples including black pudding & chocolate.The book won the André Simon Award for best food book, the Guild of Food Writers Award for best first book, and was shortlisted for the Galaxy National Book Awards. A global success, the book has been translated into thirteen languages and is in our eyes, a book that every cook - whether home cook or professional chef - should have in their kitchen.
Seven years in the making, Niki's inspiring new book, Lateral Cooking, grew out of the experiments with flavour combinations that went into her bestselling debut. Testing hundreds of flavour pairings required her to strip recipes down to their basic formulae, and she soon realised she was learning to cook by a combination of memory and instinct, just like her grandmother who did not own a recipe book, but cooked with an assessing eye. Focusing on method rather than flavour, the book is exceptionally enjoyable, exploring 12 basic culinary categories: Bread; Cornbread, Polenta & Gnocchi; Batter; Roux; Stock, Soup & Stew; Pastry; Nuts; Cake & Biscuits; Chocolate; Sugar; Custard; and finally Sauce. Recipes in each chapter are then arranged on a continuum, with Segnit explaining how the recipes are related to each other through a shared culinary DNA, showing how with just a tweak of an ingredient or technique, one dish leads to another.
We can't wait for Niki to join us!
Places are £28 and include a glass of wine and food cooked by us from the book. Signed copies of the book with be available on the night.
Your receipt is your ticket and your name will be on the guest list at the door. If you are buying as a gift please let us know the name of the guest at checkout.
Places are non-refundable but can be transferred to another name if you find yourself unable to make it.
The Food Talks are held at Honey & Spice, 52 Warren St, W1T 5NJ.