Upcoming Event

Niki Segnit

presents

Lateral Cooking:
One Dish Leads to Another

This event includes a book signing

Date

Nov
16
Saturday
November 16, 2019
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes food writer NIKI SEGNIT—the award-winning author of The Flavor Thesaurus—for a discussion of her latest book, Lateral Cooking: One Dish Leads to Another.

About Lateral Cooking

Niki Segnit used to follow recipes to the letter, even when she'd made a dish a dozen times. But as she tested the combinations that informed The Flavor Thesaurus, she detected the basic rubrics that underpinned most recipes. Lateral Cooking offers these formulas, which, once readers are familiar with them, will prove infinitely adaptable.

The book is divided into twelve chapters, each covering a basic culinary category, such as "Bread," "Stock, Soup & Stew," or "Sauce." The recipes in each chapter are arranged on a continuum, passing from one to another with just a tweak or two to the method or ingredients. Once you've got the hang of flatbreads, for instance, then its neighboring dishes (crackers, soda bread, scones) will involve the easiest and most intuitive adjustments. The result is greater creativity in the kitchen: Lateral Cooking encourages improvisation, resourcefulness, and, ultimately, the knowledge and confidence to cook by heart.

Lateral Cooking is a practical book, but, like The Flavor Thesaurus, it's also a highly enjoyable read, drawing widely on culinary science, history, ideas from professional kitchens, observations by renowned food writers, and Segnit's personal recollections. Entertaining, opinionated, and inspirational, with a handsome three-color design, Lateral Cooking will have you torn between donning your apron and settling back in a comfortable chair.

Praise for Lateral Cooking

"It is hard to convey just what a staggering achievement Lateral Cooking is . . . Despite its encyclopedic reach, it is conversational in tone and beautifully written. I can lose myself in it any time, from any page, and you could cook from it over a whole lifetime, and still be learning.” ―Nigella Lawson

“Segnit is a brilliantly clever cook who sometimes seems to have eaten every great dish in the world, but the real joy is her exuberant voice, which feels like listening to a witty friend.”
The Sunday Times (UK)

“[Segnit] shows, more effectively than any other cookery writer to date, how one thing in the kitchen leads to another . . . In the end, the cookbooks that teach you the most are the rare ones, experimental or not, that are so well written that you find yourself reading them greedily on a perpetual loop. Lateral Cooking is one of them.” ―Times Literary Supplement

Niki Segnit
Niki Segnit

Niki Segnit

Niki Segnit's first book, The Flavor Thesaurus, won the Andre 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. It has been translated into thirteen languages. On BBC Radio 4, she has contributed to The Food Programme, Woman's Hour, and Word of Mouth, and her columns, features, and reviews have appeared in the Guardian, the Observer, the Times, the Times Literary Supplement, the Sunday Times, and Prospect Magazine. She lives in London with her husband and two children.

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Event Series: Good Taste: Conversations on Food and Writing

Harvard Book Store's Good Taste series highlights exciting new cookbooks, food writing, and work that centers around the role food plays in our communities and daily lives.

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