Lateral Cooking is as inspirational and entertaining a read as it is a practical guide.
Once you have the hang of each starting point, a wealth of new flavour combinations awaits, each related in Niki's signature combination of culinary science, history, chefs' wisdom and personal anecdote.
You will realise that recipes that you had thought were outside of your experience are reassuringly similar to things you've made a dozen times before.
It will give you the confidence to experiment with flavour, and the variations that follow are a springboard of inspiration to the contents of your fridge and kitchen cupboards.
You will, in short, learn to cook 'by heart'– and that's where the fun really begins.
Author: Niki Segnit