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The Science of Good Cooking

Master 50 Simple Concepts to Enjoy A Lifetime of Success in the Kitchen
(Book - 2012)
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Having relied on Cooks Illustrated recommendations for many of my favourite kitchen tools, buying this book was a no brainer. Needless to say I had high expectations going in, and this book did not disappoint. I'm an avid cook, and while I've had great success with certain types of food, I've been frustrated by inconsistent results in others. (I can't seem to get a consistently moist pot-roast -- reason: my cooking temperature was probably too high; wrong cut of meat + oven braising is better than stovetop since it heats more evenly in more directions) The Science of Good Cooking breaks down why food cooks a certain way, and which techniques are best for what purpose. The book is organized into 50 concepts with recipes reinforcing each concept. There's a section called "why this works" following each recipe, which breaks down the science behind each step -- for instance why use a certain type of marinade, cooking technique, take extra steps, etc to achieve a desired outcome. It's nice that it's not just a list of recipes.
Title: The science of good cooking
master 50 simple concepts to enjoy a lifetime of success in the kitchen
Publisher: Brookline, MA : America's Test Kitchen, c2012
Characteristics: xvii, 486 p. :,ill. (some col.) ;,27 cm
Statement of Responsibility: the editors at America's Test Kitchen and Guy Crosby ; illustrations by Michael Newhouse and John Burgoyne
Additional Contributors: Crosby, Guy
America's Test Kitchen (Firm)
ISBN: 9781933615981
Branch Call Number: 641.3 S4165 2012
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 451-453) and index
Subject Headings: Cooking Food
Genre/Form: Cookbooks
Topical Term: Cooking
LCCN: 2012012807
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The Science of Good Cooking breaks down why food cooks a certain way, and which techniques are best for what purpose.

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