Well I've been reading the Flavor Bible the last couple of days. I gotta say it was worth the money.
Overall impression is that it's a great reference book. It gives a lot of ideas for combining flavors in different ways, beyond the classics too.
I have a few specific impressions:
The first couple of chapters are eye opening. I enjoyed the different takes from different chefs. The tone overall however was a tad condescending (in my opinion) and a little hippy dippy. I found myself rolling my eyes are few times and thinking "yeah yeah we get it lady, cooking is SPIRITUAL get on with it" (I'm not saying it's not, but it's a point that was hammered home a bit too much)
Despite the above quibble, I kinda wish that section had been even larger. It was an interesting read, and it gave me new ideas.
Otherwise, the ingredient list is clear and practical. Although it's be cool to have an application with cross-referencing with that info :)
A note on the Kindle version:
- there are quite a few one star reviews that talk about how bad the Kindle version is. I bought the kindle version and I will eventually get the hardcover too (it's a pretty nice book). If you have a barebones black & white Kindle, I can see how the book COULD be very hard to read and use. I have a Kindle HD so it wasn't QUITE as bad. One thing they SHOULD do is update the ebook to maybe include the ingredient list in the table of contents that way you don't have to scroll back through it whenever you are looking for something.