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How do cooks figure out which tastes go well together?

reenum | Sep 1, 2008 10:03 AM

I've seen Iron Chef a million times. I know that the chefs on there have tasted a lot of different ingredients and thus know what will go together well.

I'm wondering if there's a resource of some sort out there that tells what ingredients complement each other. An example is a sandwich that is made with roast beef, boursin cheese and caramelized onions. Never in a million years would I have put those ingredients together.

So, I ask you: How did you become creative in your cooking? Is there a book or website that could give me ideas on new food combos?

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