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Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst - All books by this author

Based on Barron’s popular and authoritative The New Food Lover’s Companion, this enlarged and enhanced new reference volume was written for discerning home chefs and everybody else who wants to become more knowledgeable about good food and elegant dining. Alphabetically arranged entries define and describe—

  • Fruits and vegetables, both well-known and exotic varieties
  • Meat cuts and preparation methods
  • Fish, shellfish, and ways to cook and serve them
  • Breads, pastas, and other grain-based foods
  • Cooking tools and techniques
  • Reliable ways to preserve and store foods
  • Herbs, spices, and their many uses . . . and much more
Miniature glossaries are interspersed throughout the text, with larger glossaries in the back of the book. For instance, following the entry for apple, a miniature “Apple Glossary” provides descriptions and recommended uses of 28 different varieties. A generous array of sidebar features throughout the book offers quick tips on food purchases, as well as Fast Facts and Food for Thought, which provide advice on preparation, serving, and dining. For example, immediately following the "al dente" entry in reference to cooking pasta, readers will find this sidebar:
    Fast Facts
    Al Dente

  • Lingering heat will continue to cook the pasta for a short time after it's removed from the hot cooking water
More than 6,700 entries are supplemented with a general introduction, hundreds of illustrations, and pithy quotations about food and dining from chefs and gourmets. The new deluxe hardcover binding with dust jacket includes a ribbon place marker and golden-tipped page edges.


The Deluxe Food Lover's Companion on the Martha Stewart Show

The Deluxe Food Lover's Companion was featured on the December 14, 2009, edition of "The Martha Stewart Show" during her "Martha's Finds" segment. Martha then gave away a copy of the book to each member of the studio audience. The book is now featured on her website. On a daily basis, over 2 million people view "The Martha Stewart Show" nationally.

The Deluxe Food Lover's Companion being featured had a direct impact on sales. On Friday afternoon December 11th, the book was ranked at 2,665 for all books and 29 in Cooking, Food & Wine – Reference. Since the airing of the segment, the book has jumped to 304 in all books and 5 in Cooking, Food & Wine – Reference.

Click here to watch "The Martha Stewart Show" segment featuring Barron’s The Deluxe Food Lover's Companion.

Click here to visit "Martha's Finds" webpage for The Deluxe Food Lover's Companion.

Click here to view one of Martha Stewart's favorite cooking tips from The Deluxe Food Lover's Companion.


What the critics are saying about the new Deluxe Food Lover’s Companion

"How do you improve a classic? The Food Lover’s Companion, first published in 1990 by wife and husband Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst, has undergone many updates, but the latest edition is the only one that can claim the term deluxe. “The previous four editions were soft-cover and a much different book size in terms that you could fit in the palm of your hand,” says Pat Hunter, an editor at Barron’s. “We wanted more info in it than the current book, so we included a whole bunch of new material that would enhance reader appeal.” The updated version includes quotes, tip boxes, information on basic techniques and expanded glossaries that explain the many variations of apples, sausages, cheeses and so on. Not a cookbook, The Deluxe Food Lover’s Companion is an accessible kitchen reference for everyone, from novice to chef, and features more than 6,700 entries. The authors spent years collecting the ultimate tricks from those in the food industry to update the volume, which is one of the most comprehensive collections about the kitchen trade available today. “The culinary world is always changing, and methods of cooking have changed considerably as well,” says Hunter. “We spent a lot of time thinking about how to make a great book to begin with even better and more applicable to today’s at-home or professional chefs.”
Kirkus Reviews, September 2009


Praise for previous editions of the The New Food Lover’s Companion

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

“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

"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 mimi-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 mor 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

About The Authors:
Sharon Tyler Herbst
was an award-winning author of many books on cooking and dining, a food and travel journalist, a media personality who had appeared on national TV and radio shows, and a past president of the International Association of Culinary. The New Food Lover’s Companion is considered a seminal culinary reference work by many in the industry.

Ron Herbst, long a passionate and dedicated wine expert, is the co-author of four books with Sharon. The previous edition of the best-selling The New Wine Lover’s Companion, received rave reviews and is now the wine dictionary on several internet sites, including Conde© Nast’s “Epicurious.”


Hardcover w/jacket / 804 Pages / 6 1/2 x 9 / 2009


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