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The indispensable guide to food is now interactive!

The fourth edition of this widely praised reference guide has been updated with new information for everyone, including lovers of ethnic foods and health food aficionados. The authors have added many all-new entries on exotic produce and other unusual ingredients. An earlier edition of The New Food Lover’s Companion was hailed by Bon Appétit magazine as “one of the best reference books we’ve seen, a must for every cook’s library.” This new edition has even more to offer! Among the myriad foods and culinary subjects defined and explained are cooking tools and techniques, meat cuts, breads, pastas, international foods, and literally everything else related to good food and enjoyable dining. Handy appendices cover many topics, including suggestions for substituting recipe ingredients, a microwave oven conversion chart, recommended safe cooking temperatures for meats and fish, and much more. The New Food Lover’s Companion is a reference guide—not a cookbook—but it includes hundreds of cooking tips plus an extensive bibliography of recommended cookbooks. More than 6,700 entries!

From the Associated Press article “A Book Worth Devouring”

“You, too, can be an expert, for less than 20 bucks.

Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst’s Food Lover’s Companion has served as an indispensable reference to the food world since the first edition was published more than a decade ago. It’s a bible for food writers, and it belongs in the home kitchen, too.

An updated forth edition with more than 6,700 entries recently was released, continuing the tome’s tradition of helping home and professional cooks make sense of myriad techniques and ingredients.

As valuable as the dictionary-style entries that form the core of the book are the appendices, which include a pasta glossary, a guide for reading food labels, illustrated charts depicting cuts of meat, and substitution and measurement charts.”
—Associated Press

From the Reviews:

“If you don’t have this book for your collection, it is surely time to add it, as the previous edition was regarded by Bon Appétit magazine as ‘one of the best reference books’ and ‘a must for every cook’s library.’ At such a reasonable price, this book is a mandatory purchase for any library supporting a culinary program and is highly recommended for all other academic and public libraries.”
—Booklist, January 1 & 15, 2008


Praise for previous editions.
"From 'abalone' to 'zwieback,' Sharon Tyler Herbst lists nearly 6,000 culinary terms in the newly published third edition of her classic Food Lover's Companion. Hands down, it is the ultimate accessible cooking and dining reference book."
—Mat Schaffer, Boston Herald, March 2001

"The New Food Lover's Companion is an updated version of this amazingly comprehensive encyclopedia of everything you ever wondered or will need to know about culinary terms and ingredients. My old copy is more dog-eared than any favorite cookbook, and referred to almost daily...Dedicated foodies can't do without it."
—Susan Miller, The Home Monthly, May 2001

"If there's a culinary reference book that foodies reach for more often than Food Lover's Companion, we don't know what it would be. This mini-tome is brimming with useful information on thousands of foods and terms, from abalone to zwei-back—including pronunciations (ZWI-bak, ZWI-bahk, SWI-bak, SWI-bahk). No surprise that the book has sold more than 1 million copies since its debut in 1990...The new edition has 6,000 terms and a larger appendix. We especially like the pasta chart, which lists more than 100 pastas (with, thank goodness, pronunciations). Also added is a broadened pan substitution chart, expanded listings on soy foods, and more ethnic foods."
—Renee Enna, The Chicago Times, June 2001

What's New

Version 1.3

enhanced to support the latest iphone 5 and ipod touch 5 hardware.

improved search so that you get two sets of results, one for matches of the topic, and another set of content matches.

Ratings and Reviews

2.6 out of 5

18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Can't believe apple allowed it!


Let me just say I own and love this book! The writers are very talented and I must congratulate them on so many wonderful editions....

It's too bad this app is trash. Yes the content is there. But the way we are forced to view is unacceptable! The developer needs to pick up an iPhone and see how they work before butchering this wonderful book!

I would not recommend that you buy this app till they fix and change the following things.
1. Let us decide if we want landscape or portrait. Don't program it only one way.
2. The alphabet should be viewed as in contacts on the right side that you can quickly load and scroll through. Then when you select the content that you are looking for with out the definition. Select then it will load the information.
3. Put some more sketches or even better put photos. I think there's a saying "a photos worth a thousand words!"

Worst of all Apple SHOULD NOT have APPROVED this awkward application.

Irresponsibly overpriced


I own this book and it is one of my favorites. The interface is just absolutely useless. Any web browser works faster and comes up with answers. 20 minutes in and 4 of the 6 things I looked up aren't in the app, however all showed up on a simple web search. I have never spent this much money on an app and purchased it making the naive assumption that this app would be as marvelous as the book. The publishers of this wonderful book should be ashamed. I feel like I was robbed.

So close!


This book is an unbelievable resource for everything food! But the app is horribly designed. It could so easily be fixed and become a huge seller so I'm baffled as to why the author wouldn't make the small investment???


Jack Willis
3.1 MB
Food & Drink
Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
© 2007 and 2001 by Barron’s Educational Series, Inc.


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