Above: Guest editor Monica Berg. Photographed by Beth Crockatt at Dandelyan
What are your thoughts on flavour? The dictionary defines it as ‘an indication of the essential character of something’. Monica Berg devotes the whole of our 26th issue to it.
“Flavour is everything; a life without it would be both boring and empty,” says the award-winning bartender, author and self-confessed flavour geek who guest edits our first edition of 2018. She’s done a brilliant job, showcasing an array of fascinating flavours – some known, others less so but all definitely worth acquainting your palate with.
She starts with her pick of the next generation of tastemakers and moves on to explain the simple but complex meaning of flavour and the affect it has on our enjoyment of taste. Monica also shares her secrets, including her favourite books for deliciousness, exotic products worth travelling for and ingredients that pack a punch in the flavour department. How about food we hear you cry? Yup, she’s got that down too. Check out Food for Thought where chefs and bartenders take one ingredient and use it to dramatic effect.
Any what have we been up to while Monica’s done all the hard work? Why trying out her suggestions of course. It would have been rude not to. We suggest you get a copy and do the same.
Illustrations by Clementine Mitchell