Cookbook Giveaway - Taste & Technique

James Beard Award-winning and self-made chef Naomi Pomeroy's debut cookbook, Taste & Technique features nearly 140 lesson-driven recipes designed to improve the home cook's understanding of techniques and flavor combinations in order to produce simple, but show-stopping meals.

The author understands that the best recipes are the ones that make you a better cook. What I particularly love about Naomi Pomeroy is that she learned her trade by reading and cooking through cookbooks. She worked her way through the classics, studying French technique, learning how to shop for produce, and mastering balance, acidity, and seasoning. Given that fact and her years of dedication to her craft, anyone who truly whats to learn to cook can.

You can learn more about Taste & Technique in our review and recipe post featuring three dishes that can be dinner tonight. We're delighted to offer 2 copies of the book to EYB Members in U.S. and Canada.  One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post:

What is one technique you use to elevate a dish?

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 October 18, 2016.

 

 


 

106 Comments

  • rchesser  on  9/18/2016 at 9:37 AM

    Deglazing is one technique I use to build a sauce and it definitely enhances my cooking.

  • tennyogirl  on  9/18/2016 at 10:18 AM

    Making sure the oven is thoroughly preheated before baking, anything less than 30 minutes isn't long enough.

  • trudys_person  on  9/18/2016 at 10:39 AM

    Using generous amounts of butter and allowing full browning ...

  • mcrimmins  on  9/18/2016 at 10:48 AM

    Making sure your cake ingredients are at room temperature.

  • ravensfan  on  9/18/2016 at 11:31 AM

    I season to taste even after following the recipe closely.

  • Teruska  on  9/18/2016 at 11:42 AM

    Finishing with flavored salt.

  • imjammin2  on  9/18/2016 at 12:36 PM

    A squeeze of lemon juice can really make some dishes sparkle!

  • camtncook  on  9/18/2016 at 12:37 PM

    Checking seasoning before I serve a dish...

  • lollytrolley  on  9/18/2016 at 12:52 PM

    Taste as you cook to correct seasoning.

  • Lmeyers520  on  9/18/2016 at 12:55 PM

    I make a mix of garlic powders, onion powder, season salt and adobo and keep that as my house seasoning. Does wonders for everything, including chicken breast and vegetables

  • gjelizabeth  on  9/18/2016 at 1:01 PM

    I use high heat to bring out flavor through caramelizing.

  • tangaloor  on  9/18/2016 at 1:07 PM

    Taste and correct before serving!

  • apattin  on  9/18/2016 at 1:07 PM

    Taste often and don't hurry too much :)

  • JulieG1002  on  9/18/2016 at 1:13 PM

    I swap out a "classic" ingredient for something special or different, like an infused oil instead of regular olive oil, porcini mushrooms along with or instead of crimini or white mushrooms, kale or chard instead of spinach.

  • rivergait  on  9/18/2016 at 3:32 PM

    Plating. Even macaroni and cheese glopped onto a plate can be improved by a sliced tomato alongside, with a small spinach salad for color

  • nomadchowwoman  on  9/18/2016 at 4:14 PM

    I learned from the Zuni cookbook to salt poultry at least a day, up to 3, before roasting to ensure crispy skin (learned from Zuni). People always ask "what's the secret?"

  • allthatsleftarethecrumbs  on  9/18/2016 at 5:19 PM

    When making soup, always make it at least 24 hours in advance so the flavors can develop.

  • sgump  on  9/18/2016 at 5:34 PM

    Using homemade stocks.

  • annieski  on  9/18/2016 at 6:02 PM

    - acid

  • cjross  on  9/18/2016 at 6:18 PM

    Resist the urge to move things around in the frying pan when you want them to brown.

  • Lyndaherman  on  9/18/2016 at 7:17 PM

    Seasoning

  • tcjanes  on  9/18/2016 at 11:32 PM

    Salting at different stages of cooking.

  • juazella  on  9/18/2016 at 11:41 PM

    For most recipes, seasoning multiple stages of cooking instead of just at the end

  • Siegal  on  9/19/2016 at 7:38 AM

    I like to use nice infused oil Like garlic or annato

  • Lynled  on  9/19/2016 at 7:47 AM

    Have all ingredients in place and prepped before you start cooking. Taste for seasoning.

  • vickster  on  9/19/2016 at 9:10 AM

    browning ingredients carefully

  • traculart  on  9/19/2016 at 10:45 AM

    Making quick pan sauces!

  • sir_ken_g  on  9/19/2016 at 10:47 AM

    I use whole spices and grind as needed.

  • monique.potel  on  9/19/2016 at 11:43 AM

    i keep fresh green pepper corns, ginger, kumquats, fresh pimentos , lemon grass, galangua and curry leaves at all time in my freezer and a little bit of this or that elevate the dishes to a je ne sais quoi

  • meggan  on  9/19/2016 at 11:46 AM

    Deglazing with booze.

  • tmcginty  on  9/19/2016 at 12:57 PM

    Butter!

  • annmartina  on  9/19/2016 at 1:53 PM

    a splash of balsamic or chile vinegar to finish a dish

  • dbielick  on  9/19/2016 at 6:20 PM

    Deglazing the pan

  • JanScholl  on  9/20/2016 at 3:29 AM

    Finishing salts or sugars!

  • carollina  on  9/20/2016 at 9:47 AM

    In dessert recipes that call for melted butter, I don't just melt the butter, I go ahead and brown it.

  • Zosia  on  9/20/2016 at 11:37 AM

    seasoning as I go

  • sarahawker  on  9/20/2016 at 12:13 PM

    Taste for seasoning! And having the correct size when chopping vegetables, don't rush it, and if following a recipe use a timer, it's way to easy to walk away and miss a critical time.

  • MollyB  on  9/20/2016 at 1:50 PM

    Add some acid at the end to brighten flavors - lemon juice or vinegar

  • Summerlandsky  on  9/20/2016 at 6:32 PM

    Adding butter to finish our sauces and balsamic vinegar to chicken drippings gravy. Oh! And flat roasting a chicken.

  • Caffiendfree  on  9/20/2016 at 6:55 PM

    Roasting vegetables before using them - even onions for a basic stock will get torched over an open flame for a few minutes.

  • jenmacgregor18  on  9/21/2016 at 11:22 AM

    a little something for umami - Anchovies, soy sauce, mushrooms, parmesan...

  • matag  on  9/21/2016 at 11:34 AM

    Using GOOD ingredients

  • Emily Hope  on  9/21/2016 at 2:39 PM

    Giving ingredients, especially but not only meat, time to brown properly in the pan.

  • Mariarosa  on  9/21/2016 at 8:19 PM

    Using ingredients that are as fresh as possible!

  • Nancith  on  9/21/2016 at 10:15 PM

    incorporating good wine, whether in a sauce, or braising liquid

  • bfg67  on  9/22/2016 at 4:41 AM

    taste it and keep tasting it

  • kayanelson  on  9/22/2016 at 7:42 AM

    I often use panko bread crumbs to finish a dish under the broiler. Sometimes seasoned and buttered and sometimes just plain.

  • Chaunce  on  9/22/2016 at 12:26 PM

    Butter makes everything better! Especially for sauces.

  • cocecitycook  on  9/23/2016 at 3:25 PM

    The best ingredients I can get.

  • ltsuk  on  9/23/2016 at 6:12 PM

    when browning food don't move it around the pan

  • Deneenm  on  9/23/2016 at 7:04 PM

    it seems incredibly basic, but tasting & seasoning throughout the entire cooking process is critical

  • t.t  on  9/23/2016 at 8:30 PM

    tasting and correcting

  • Sheila S.  on  9/25/2016 at 3:19 PM

    Use whole spices and toast them lightly before grinding where appropriate.

  • robinorig  on  9/27/2016 at 8:15 PM

    I add a splash of a flavored oil or vinegar or salt/pepper like cilantro oil or smoked salt or pepper or various flavored vinegars. I also like adding citrus zest; I keep some in the freezer always.

  • Terra5  on  9/30/2016 at 1:47 AM

    There is a local olive oil shop that a friend has introduced me to. I am learning all about the different kinds and how to use them.

  • cadfael  on  9/30/2016 at 3:27 AM

    Start with the best ingredients and build layers of flavour

  • tarae1204  on  9/30/2016 at 6:02 AM

    fleur de sel and/or olive oil.

  • apprentice9  on  9/30/2016 at 6:38 AM

    Mine's a bit boring, but seasoning properly! Doing it throughout the cooking and not being afraid to use salt really started elevating my cooking!

  • soffner  on  9/30/2016 at 7:37 AM

    I add a beurre manie to a lot of dishes, It's equal parts soft butter and flour, kneaded together. It's a great way to thicken a sauce and enrich it with butter, and it doesn't lump.

  • topdawg11  on  9/30/2016 at 8:12 AM

    Sous vide.

  • thewoobdog  on  9/30/2016 at 8:40 AM

    I like to add a quick squeeze of lemon juice and sprinkle of french sea salt to many dishes just before serving, to brighten them up.

  • Bhukhhad  on  9/30/2016 at 9:46 AM

    I find that to do justice to any recipe I read it thoroughly, prepare all the mis en place exactly as specified. Then I make the dish as stated and after plating and tasting I Make My Notes. This for me is essential.

  • ruchi925  on  9/30/2016 at 10:28 AM

    tasting often, judicious salt use (can always add more but can't take away), and letting vegetables really brown to get a great caramelization

  • omegabeth  on  9/30/2016 at 10:29 AM

    Sprinkling finish salt over dishes from a height--a la Thomas Keller and his perfect roast chicken. It works for everything!

  • pandapotamus  on  9/30/2016 at 10:48 AM

    searing my meat!

  • sarahcooks  on  9/30/2016 at 12:02 PM

    I take extra time to thoroughly brown onions.

  • love2chow  on  9/30/2016 at 12:17 PM

    get the pan nice and hot and let food take its time browning until it releases on its own.

  • EliseNMA  on  9/30/2016 at 12:19 PM

    Add wine or spirits to it.

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  9/30/2016 at 1:48 PM

    I always roast my onion over the stovetop gas flame before adding to dishes.

  • DFed  on  9/30/2016 at 2:37 PM

    always start with the freshest ingredients!

  • Kayevee  on  9/30/2016 at 10:50 PM

    I use local ingredients-especially from my garden-for the best flavor!

  • stockholm28  on  10/1/2016 at 12:06 PM

    A few flakes of crunchy Maldon sea salt at the end.

  • avanoir  on  10/1/2016 at 10:32 PM

    Soak bread crumbs on milk to make a softer meatball

  • pcassanos  on  10/2/2016 at 4:35 PM

    season every layer of the dish

  • rosiekitty  on  10/2/2016 at 7:08 PM

    Taste, taste some more and then taste again. Many dishes need a little extra seasoning or a pop of acid.

  • radhablack  on  10/3/2016 at 1:47 PM

    Cooking in enameled cast-iron pots and pans - and judicious use of as many of these elements as possible for flavor enhancement: sweet, salt, acid, fat and alcohol.

  • vinochic  on  10/3/2016 at 1:47 PM

    reading the recipe all the way through, as well as having everything in place before starting to cook!

  • lauriesk  on  10/3/2016 at 4:20 PM

    To eleva. a dish I try to add fresh herbs or citrus zest.

  • TarekB  on  10/4/2016 at 3:42 AM

    Read a lot about this book but still did not try any recipe

  • Potterhill  on  10/4/2016 at 2:07 PM

    I sear meats and sometimes fish and finish in the oven.

  • Katiefayhutson  on  10/5/2016 at 11:46 PM

    Deglazing

  • Mcldanyell  on  10/7/2016 at 2:28 PM

    Salt, salt, salt lol I think using salt or sugar, depending on what you are making, to be one of the BIGGEST things you can do to elevate a dish.

  • Lafauvette  on  10/7/2016 at 2:38 PM

    Using fresh, local ingredients!

  • Sfgordon  on  10/7/2016 at 2:46 PM

    A pinch of good salt and a hit of vinegar or lemon almost always elevate things. And, I always try to cut/dice ingredients as uniformly as possible because I think this adds to the visual appeal of a dish and it also leads to more even cooking.

  • MuddyLotus  on  10/7/2016 at 5:56 PM

    Saute the veggies before adding them to the dish, don't just toss em in raw!

  • bangss  on  10/7/2016 at 9:14 PM

    Salt. I grew up in a no-salt household, and I stuck to that for a long time, but I just........ A few tiny sprinks of salt can turn a blah dish a full 180 degrees. It's marvelous.

  • Jmolaei  on  10/8/2016 at 7:18 AM

    Drizzle with a great finishing olive oil

  • pgarcia  on  10/8/2016 at 5:33 PM

    Flavored butters on grilled steaks.

  • YOTO  on  10/9/2016 at 5:37 PM

    Lemon, vinegars

  • alirov  on  10/11/2016 at 8:08 PM

    Sous vide eggs to the perfect consistency for a dish. A 64 degree egg is unique and can give a dish something different and special.

  • kitblu  on  10/12/2016 at 6:35 PM

    I like to deglaze a pan with pickle juice - lets me keep all the best savoury bits and adds a bit of unexpected flavour.

  • auntietina  on  10/13/2016 at 3:13 AM

    I think the "technique" I've picked up from watching cooking shows is wiping the edge of the plate and double-checking the plate. A nice looking finished dish is always impressive.

  • daniellespinato1  on  10/13/2016 at 10:34 AM

    Not so much a "technique" but I've found that a good smoked salt really ups the flavor of a dish.

  • AGENT99  on  10/15/2016 at 2:13 AM

    fresh herbs and spices

  • cheftina888  on  10/15/2016 at 9:26 AM

    buying fresh quality ingredients and measuring properly

  • lebarron2001  on  10/16/2016 at 11:37 AM

    depending on the dish i like to add a splash of extra virgin olive oil

  • HerBoudoir  on  10/16/2016 at 11:42 AM

    Simple, fresh ingredients always equals a great meal.

  • SpiceAndInk  on  10/16/2016 at 1:06 PM

    "What is one technique you use to elevate a dish?" For some sauces or very saucey dishes (like risotto), I'll add a splash of wine or lemon to "brighten" the flavor, even if the recipe doesn't call for it. Would love to read this book!

  • ydixon57  on  10/17/2016 at 3:07 AM

    been adding lemon alot lately

  • SilverSage  on  10/17/2016 at 11:35 AM

    Adding something acidic. A splash of vinegar or a squeeze of citrus often takes a dish to the next level.

  • hillsboroks  on  10/17/2016 at 3:55 PM

    A bit of lemon, miso or anchovy always ups the flavor

  • priyamaine  on  10/17/2016 at 4:54 PM

    Deglazing the pan!

  • jwolfe  on  10/17/2016 at 7:04 PM

    I've found that roasting vegetables -- especially tomatoes -- before using intensifies the flavor. Also, let cookie dough rest overnight.

  • lhudson  on  10/18/2016 at 7:31 AM

    Tasting along the way.

  • Rinshin  on  10/18/2016 at 2:45 PM

    Presentation

  • ckbkcollector  on  10/18/2016 at 9:59 PM

    seasoning

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