Cookbook Giveaway - Flavour

Ruby Tandoh, one of my favorites from the Great British Bake-Off show, has written a second book, Flavour: Eat What You Love.

There is much to love about Ruby's books - her enthusiam and fresh approach to combining ingredients shines through in her recipe writing and her overall "eat what you love" philosophy is refreshing. Her recipes instill an air of confidence that makes one feel at ease in the kitchen.

Ruby's star is rising and she is definitely one to watch. I look forward to many more books from this talented young cookbook author. Read more about this title and try two recipes in our recipe post.  

We're delighted to offer 3 copies of this book in our giveaway for EYB Members worldwide.  One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post:

How do you maximize flavour in your dishes?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends November 7th, 2016.




  • camtncook  on  10/5/2016 at 2:56 PM

    I check my seasoning especially salt...

  • rchesser  on  10/5/2016 at 2:56 PM

    A squeeze of fresh lemon juice is always a flavor booster and maximizer.

  • kimtrev  on  10/5/2016 at 3:08 PM

    it really depends on the recipe, but usually a pinch of salt really brings out the flavor.

  • lebarron2001  on  10/5/2016 at 3:23 PM

    I use olive oil to bring out flavor.

  • lilham  on  10/5/2016 at 4:27 PM

    It depends on recipe, but slat seems to do the trick for most dishes.

  • Seren_Ann  on  10/5/2016 at 4:43 PM

    For most things I cook, a combination of cooking with olive oil, and always adding a bit of salt and pepper, prevents things from being too bland. I like to try adding herbs sometimes to see if they will improve the dish.

  • jd5761  on  10/5/2016 at 5:04 PM

    seasoning early rather than at the end. Love my pepper xx

  • Amdona  on  10/5/2016 at 5:35 PM

    I love trying unusual spices

  • laureljean  on  10/5/2016 at 5:36 PM

    By using the freshest and best ingredients available.

  • Mariarosa  on  10/5/2016 at 6:51 PM

    Depending on the dish, sometimes fresh lemon juice brings out the flavor. I also remember hearing Lidia Bastianich talk about lightly salting each layer of a dish.

  • jlemoine  on  10/5/2016 at 7:54 PM

    Due to hubbies Dr ordered sodium reduced diet, we've been using a lot of fresh herbs, citrus, or garlic for flavor.

  • sgump  on  10/5/2016 at 9:16 PM

    Fresh, fresh, fresh ingredients . . . and then a spritz of lemon or lime.

  • nadiam1000  on  10/5/2016 at 9:44 PM

    Caramelization - letting meat or vegetables get some delicious color, also, season throughout the cooking process.

  • sbh2006  on  10/5/2016 at 10:31 PM

    I adore Ruby's "Crumb" (it was one of my top cookbooks of 2015) and would love to cook my way through "Flavour!" I love to build layers of flavor by using a variety of imported spices, especially smoky peppers (Urfa biber, guajillo), spice blends (ras el hanout, baharat, Persian spices), and fresh citrus zest (yuzu, sudachi, Meyer lemon), and roast / caramelize my veggies.

  • GillB  on  10/5/2016 at 11:32 PM

    Use of simple fresh ingredients- herbs etc, not mixing too many different flavours together. Often a squeeze of lemon just at the end.

  • Katiefayhutson  on  10/5/2016 at 11:38 PM

    Spices, fresh ingredients, and the right amount of salt.

  • allthatsleftarethecrumbs  on  10/6/2016 at 1:07 AM

    I use real ingredients - butter, sugar, salt - no substitutions.

  • wester  on  10/6/2016 at 1:32 AM

    All kinds of things can make a recipe more flavorful - keep tasting and correcting. The "trick" I find most useful is adding a bit of acidity - lemon juice, vinegar, wine, yogurt, etc.

  • bfg67  on  10/6/2016 at 3:50 AM


  • e_ballad  on  10/6/2016 at 6:54 AM

    The smoky caramelised sweetness that comes from charring or grilling vegetables & fruits has completely changed salads as I thought I knew them. Such a simple technique that delivers a wallop of flavour.

  • vickster  on  10/6/2016 at 9:14 AM

    Caramelizing onions, garlics etc. when starting a recipe

  • sarahawker  on  10/6/2016 at 11:21 AM

    Browning your ingredients.

  • BakerFrenchCreek  on  10/6/2016 at 8:51 PM

    This review is stellar. Thanks for the pleasure of reading such a well written piece. You have made me eager to add this title to my collection. I enjoy combining global spices and experimenting with hot sauces to add extra zest. From this review it is clear Ruby creatively seasons dishes to arrive at tantalizingly original recipes. Cheers, Anne W.

  • JanScholl  on  10/7/2016 at 12:16 AM

    garlic or lime peel.

  • annieski  on  10/7/2016 at 5:12 AM

    Toast spices; add acid; finish with salt.

  • jyms  on  10/7/2016 at 10:09 AM

    Not too much salt

  • meggan  on  10/7/2016 at 11:11 AM

    deglazing with booze!

  • Mcldanyell  on  10/7/2016 at 3:00 PM

    Proper seasoning, specifically salt/sugar and fresh ingredients.

  • Siegal  on  10/7/2016 at 8:50 PM

    I like to infuse oils

  • eliza  on  10/7/2016 at 9:27 PM

    Seasoning well is important.

  • cocecitycook  on  10/8/2016 at 4:31 AM

    Salt and fresh ingredients

  • Astrid5555  on  10/8/2016 at 12:19 PM

    Definitely lemon juice!

  • Astrid5555  on  10/8/2016 at 12:23 PM

    Definitely lemon juice!

  • pgarcia  on  10/8/2016 at 5:02 PM

    Always use fresh ingredients.

  • JulieG1002  on  10/8/2016 at 5:47 PM

    Layer flavors, taste a lot to check and tweak balance and depth.

  • Zosia  on  10/9/2016 at 6:14 AM

    Adding lemon juice

  • ravensfan  on  10/9/2016 at 1:34 PM

    I try to use fresh ingredients.

  • verorenee  on  10/10/2016 at 2:28 PM

    salt! spices and lemon

  • tennyogirl  on  10/10/2016 at 6:06 PM

    toasting spices

  • Orielle  on  10/11/2016 at 10:30 AM

    A pinch of good quality salt!

  • pandapotamus  on  10/12/2016 at 12:17 AM


  • alirov  on  10/12/2016 at 12:38 AM

    Using fresh ingredients. And throwing out any old spices and buying fresh spices in small quantities.

  • bopper  on  10/12/2016 at 2:28 PM

    by avoiding overcooking and adding spices and herbs liberally where appropriate

  • vinochic  on  10/12/2016 at 3:13 PM

    Fresh real food (no low fat/no fat or "flavoured" ingredients)!

  • RuthHarwood  on  10/13/2016 at 1:34 AM

    I use certain spices with certain dishes to give them a unique twist xx

  • MmeFleiss  on  10/13/2016 at 9:24 AM

    Add salt

  • raybun  on  10/14/2016 at 12:59 PM

    Marinating meat infuses a maximum of flavour and citrus zest goes into many of my dishes. I buy small quantities of spices to ensure freshness & maximum flavour. I loved watching Ruby on GBBO, her creations always looked delicious!

  • Sand9  on  10/14/2016 at 1:29 PM

    Long slow cooking with lots of herbs

  • ydixon57  on  10/14/2016 at 6:17 PM

    I like adding some herbs in the beginning and a few at the end

  • Deneenm  on  10/14/2016 at 9:28 PM

    by seasoning throughout the entire cooking process

  • Dcotter  on  10/15/2016 at 9:25 AM

    I make sure I add salt. Without it, the other flavors don't have the same punch.

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  10/16/2016 at 11:12 AM

    I cook my meats long an slow to retain flavours.

  • mpdeb98  on  10/16/2016 at 2:36 PM

    Caramelizing onions

  • pistachiopeas  on  10/16/2016 at 9:37 PM

    I use a combination of salt and acid (usually lemon juice but lime can be surprising and nice), and sometimes I'll add some heat from a chile to adjust as well.

  • KarinaFrancis  on  10/17/2016 at 5:54 PM

    Roasting - any vegie can be boosted by roasting, and long and slow roasting for meat works wonders

  • tui  on  10/18/2016 at 2:18 AM

    Salt is important! Lemon is great! I'm currently a fan of condiment bianco (white balsamic vinegar).

  • lhudson  on  10/18/2016 at 7:41 AM

    Using fresh ingredients.

  • Joyceeong  on  10/18/2016 at 10:02 AM

    Great flavours starts with fresh ingredients.

  • Rinshin  on  10/18/2016 at 3:03 PM

    Using the finest ingredients

  • amandesi  on  10/19/2016 at 1:39 AM

    Browning/searing/toasting. Color is flavor!

  • TrishaCP  on  10/19/2016 at 3:12 AM

    Lemon juice, and sometimes, smoked paprika.

  • gjelizabeth  on  10/19/2016 at 8:28 PM

    I deglaze and scrape to get every bit of caramelized flavor into the final dish.

  • herby  on  10/20/2016 at 3:42 PM

    Season in stages throughout cooking and use fresh herbs and freshly ground spices whenever possible

  • trudys_person  on  10/21/2016 at 10:00 PM

    Browning ingredients, and using fresh herbs from my garden ...

  • sharifah  on  10/22/2016 at 7:13 AM

    by adding herbs and spices

  • cocecitycook  on  10/22/2016 at 8:07 PM


  • t.t  on  10/22/2016 at 11:49 PM

    It depends--sometimes salt or acid is needed to bring out the flavor

  • TheSpicedLife  on  10/24/2016 at 10:43 PM

    Layering the salt throughout the dish, using acid wisely (citrus, vinegar, etc) and spices spices spices.

  • lauriesk  on  10/26/2016 at 8:30 PM

    I use a high quality, unrefined salt.

  • Dmartin997  on  10/26/2016 at 11:29 PM

    I try to use the best and freshest ingredients and I toast my spices. I also use fresh herbs.

  • chasteph  on  10/27/2016 at 12:35 AM

    Lemon juice and fresh herbs used with discretion!

  • sandiemidd  on  10/27/2016 at 3:03 AM

    Lots of herbs and spices.

  • tarae1204  on  10/27/2016 at 8:04 AM

    Taking one's time with the early steps of saute-ing/browning, salting carefully, and trying to incorporate extra flavorful ingredients with flavored oils, salts, and finishes.

  • PeggyB  on  10/28/2016 at 12:39 PM

    Using my cast iron pan to get a good sear on my food. Tasting my dish and adjusting seasonings to make sure it's just right.

  • Lizwizz  on  10/28/2016 at 3:11 PM

    I use stock instead of water for cooking rice and other grains. I also oven roast onions and other vegetables before adding them to a dish.

  • bstewart  on  10/28/2016 at 4:19 PM

    Fresh herbs, or a squeeze of citrus.

  • tcjanes  on  10/29/2016 at 12:42 AM

    Stock and celtic sea salt or Maldon's.

  • veronicafrance  on  10/29/2016 at 2:14 AM

    Salt is very under-rated these days! After a course taught by a professional chef, I learned to add salt bit by bit and keep tasting till it's right. Lemon is also a good way to brighten a dull sauce.

  • Viche  on  10/29/2016 at 7:25 AM

    I often add a pinch of crushed chillies to salads to give a bit of a kick.

  • rstuart  on  10/29/2016 at 11:46 AM

    Squeeze of lemon can really help..

  • chasteph  on  10/30/2016 at 2:47 AM

    Lemon juice and herbs

  • sallyc06  on  10/31/2016 at 3:33 AM

    Fresh ingredients, no salt

  • FionaC  on  10/31/2016 at 7:06 AM

    Salt- especially home made flavored salts, or a squeeze of lemon or lime.

  • DFed  on  10/31/2016 at 9:32 AM

    Salt usually does the trick!

  • saladdays  on  10/31/2016 at 4:54 PM

    Fresh herbs and spices

  • Deneenm  on  11/2/2016 at 8:10 AM

    season throughout the entire cooking process -not just at the end

  • Mtaneja  on  11/2/2016 at 8:28 PM

    It would depend on the recipe. However generally a combination of lemon and pepper or fresh cream or cashew and poppy seeds paste

  • Julia  on  11/2/2016 at 11:42 PM

    Salt, acid and fresh herbs

  • AGENT99  on  11/4/2016 at 3:58 AM

    Making sure my herbs and spices are fresh

  • bend  on  11/4/2016 at 7:41 AM

    Pickle that boy

  • kari500  on  11/5/2016 at 12:23 PM

    fresh herbs and citrus

  • percussion03  on  11/5/2016 at 10:01 PM

    Good, seasonal ingredients

  • infotrop  on  11/6/2016 at 1:14 PM

    I find adding a pinch from my stash New Mexico ground peppers is nearly always a palate pleaser.

  • sheridarby  on  11/6/2016 at 2:36 PM

    Freshly cut herbs and a little salt

  • DimensionAEB  on  11/7/2016 at 4:24 PM

    I check my seasoning, especially salt.

Post a comment

You may only comment on the blog if you are signed in. Sign In

Seen anything interesting? Let us know & we'll share it!