KITCHEN MUST-HAVE: Remember the scene in the 1979 movie “The Jerk” in which Steve Martin’s character is so genuinely thrilled to see a truckload of directories that he jumps up and down, yelling “The new phone book’s here! The new phone book’s here!”? That’s how we feel about “The New Food Lover’s Companion, Fifth Edition,” by the late Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst (Barron’s). It has at least 500 more entries than the last edition, with more information on ethnic ingredients. Consult the paperback guide for proper pronunciations; a more comprehensive listing of food additives and even blood-alcohol concentration charts for men and women.
(Insider’s note: The book’s cracked open every time we host a Free Range chat. You thought we were that smart?) $16.99, at bookstores and kitchen stores.