Flavor Trends, Strategies and Solutions for Menu Development


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Asafoetida is a gum resin with a distinct eggy, sulfurous quality. It’s a challenge to use on its own, but when compounded with other spices, it sharpens the character of each individual spice while simultaneously melding them together into a new, unique flavor. I’ve tried using asafoetida in a syrup to give savory, complex character to a cocktail inspired by South Indian flavors.

—Ethan Reynolds, Bartender, The Whistler, Chicago

In the second half of a two-part Flavor Discovery series, chefs share unique ingredients and concepts inspiring their culinary creativity.

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