Every Foodie Needs To Own This Jaw-Droppingly Beautiful Book Of Infographics – Here's Why

You could lose hours to this book, and you'll be all the wiser for it

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Every coffee table needs a good coffee table book – and we may just have found the best one out there.

Laura Rowe's Taste: The Infographic Book Of Food is absolutely PACKED with informative tidbits, handy collections of facts you already knew, and even more useful tidbits you didn't – all presented in the most stunningly beautiful way imaginable.

You need this in your life – not just on the coffee table, but in the kitchen, in bed, in the shop and wherever else you'll have a spare minute to leaf through it.

Here's why.

You'll get absolutely lost in the graphs about eggs...

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... pasta ...

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... seaweed ...

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... and even salt

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As well as everything you sorta knew about meats in just a few handy spreads

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It's got more information about lemons than you ever knew existed

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Plus this list of things you can do with avocados – among dozens of other foods – that will mean you're never short on inspiration

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As well as little tidbits of trivia that won't necessarily make you a better chef – but might make you slightly fearful of asparagus

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And there's this rather compelling case for us all to eat more... insects

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Not to mention more than you ever expected to learn about lentils – including some surprisingly useful and practical tips

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Not everything will be news to you, but having it all in one place is remarkably handy

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It doesn't go heavy on history for the most part, but the bagel and sandwich pages do dig a little into the cultural backstories behind our favourite foods

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While this page on salads is heart-eyes emoji material

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It explains how there's MUCH more to a decent stew than the 'meat, veg, potato and stock' approach we tend to take here in Ireland...

Maybe buy a copy for the folks while you're at it?

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And it shows that, when it comes to the fat vs thin pancake debate, both sides are equally right

Informative, lovely AND diplomatic? This book has it all...

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The pages on drinks – from coffees to beers to cocktails – are mind-bogglingly detailed but still clear, crisp and easy to understand

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And with a huge focus on sustainability, this handy chart on what's in season – and when – will come in super-handy

It's also written with a UK audience in mind, so the info is pretty much on-the-button for Ireland

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Yup. It pretty much covers everything

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And that's just a tiny sample

The book is more than 220 pages long, with each page or spread boasting more information than you'd find in hours and hours of aimless online searching.

It's more than a book – it's a work of art. And it's available in all good bookshops (and online, but go buy it in a real shop so you have it sooner).

Taste: The Infographic Book Of Food by Laura Rowe. RRP €27.

Written By

Aidan Coughlan

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