Harper Wave Books: Unexpected Perspectives on Mind, Body, and Soul

Publication Details and Purchasing Information

Available Formats

Selected Format: Details

  • On Sale:

    Jun 8, 2021
  • ISBN:

    9780062996206

Book Title and Author Byline

What's the Difference?

Recreational Culinary Reference for the Curious and Confused

Product Description and Author Information

About the Book

From the creator of the popular What’s the Difference? Newsletter, a whimsical and practical reference for food nerds and novices alike, covering dozens of culinary topics, that clears up confusion over similar terms, techniques, dishes, and more.

Do you know the difference between sweet potatoes and yams? Bourbon and rye? Crumbles, cobblers, and crisps? Most people don’t, even a number of home cooks—which is why they turn to Brette Warshaw. Inspired by her hit newsletter What’s the Difference?, this irreverent yet informative reference makes clear the differences between things that are often confused in the kitchen, on the plate, behind the bar, and everywhere in between.

Featuring 70 percent new material and favorite entries from her website, What’s the Difference? covers more than 100 culinary topics, including:

  • All-purpose flour vs. bread flour vs. pastry flour
  • Bacon vs. Pancetta vs. Speck vs. Pork Belly
  • Creme Fraiche vs. Sour Cream
  • Jams vs. Jellys vs. Preserves
  • Broccolini vs broccoli vs broccoli rabe
  • Caramel vs butterscotch vs dulce de leche vs cajeta

Filled with charming illustrations What’s the Difference? is essential for anyone who wants to feel more confident in the kitchen and at the table.

About the Author

Brette Warshaw

Brette Warshaw is a consultant and writer living in New York City. She has worked with companies such as RAMONA, OpenTable, LIVELY, Food52, and Open Society, and she was the Chief Operating Officer of the late cult food magazine Lucky Peach. She studied history and creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania, and wrote her thesis on Jell-O marketing in the Great Depression. In her spare time, she enjoys throwing dinner parties and organizing her pantry.