The Elements of Cooking: Translating the Chef's Craft for Every Kitchen

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 6, 2007 - Cooking - 245 pages
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Americans are on a roll in the kitchen -- we've never been better or smarter about cooking. But how does a beginning cook become good, a good cook great?

Modeled on Strunk and White's The Elements of Style, The Elements of Cooking is an opinionated volume by Michael Ruhlman -- the award-winning and bestselling author of The Making of a Chef and coauthor of The French Laundry Cookbook -- that pares the essentials of good cooking into a slim, easy-to-take-anywhere book. It will also stand alongside a handful of classics of the kitchen, just as Strunk and White's book sits on the desk of every writer and every English student.

Not only does this book deconstruct the essential knowledge of the kitchen, it also takes what every professional chef knows instinctively after years of training and experience and offers it up cleanly and brilliantly to the home cook.

With hundreds of entries from acid to zester, here is all the information -- no more and no less -- you need to cook, as well as countless tips (including only one recipe in the entire book, for the "magic elixir of the kitchen") and no-nonsense advice on how to be a great cook. You'll learn to cook everything, as the entries cover all the key moves you need to make in the kitchen and teach you, for example, not only what goes into a great sauce but how to think about it to make it great.

Eight short, beautifully written essays outline what it takes not merely to cook but to cook well: understanding heat, using the right tools (there are only five of them), cooking with eggs, making stock, making sauce, salting food, what a cook should read, and exploring the elusive, most important skill to have in the kitchen, finesse.
  

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What an awesome reference! - Goodreads
I read the intro part to this book which was decent. - Goodreads
A good reference for the kitchen. - Goodreads
An excellent reference resource. - Goodreads
This is one of my regular cooking reference books now. - Goodreads
Don't buy this if you are looking for recipes. - Goodreads

Review: The Elements of Cooking: Translating the Chef's Craft for Every Kitchen

User Review  - Christopher - Goodreads

This was a very good overview of the basics of cooking, and very well written to boot. My only criticism, as such, is that it is very focused on classical french cooking, and I'm not sure I'll ever make veal stock, no matter how amazing he says it is. Read full review

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User Review  - David Hunt - Goodreads

This is history as it should be written. Boyce can write, a trait that is not universal among historians. This is the best history of Tasmania I have read. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
35
Section 4
51
Section 5
58
Section 6
117
Section 7
121
Section 8
150
Section 9
153
Section 10
176
Section 11
181
Section 12
199
Section 13
235
Section 14
243
Section 15
245
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About the author (2007)

Michael Ruhlman is the author of twelve books, including the bestselling The Making of a Chef and The French Laundry Cookbook. He lives in Cleveland with his wife, daughter, and son and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and Gourmet as well as his highly popular blog at Ruhlman.com.

Anthony Bourdain is the executive chef at brasserie Les Halles in New York. After two years at Vassar College, he attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. He has since spent more than two decades working in professional kitchens. His memoir "Kitchen Confidential" (2001) was expanded from an article he'd written for "The New Yorker" magazine about life behind the scenes in restaurant kitchens. The book described life in those kitchens in even more lurid detail, and it became a surprise international bestseller. In late 2000, Bourdain set out to travel his way across the globe, looking for, as he puts it, "kicks, thrills, epiphanies" and the "perfect meal." The book, and its companion Food Network series "A Cook's Tour," chronicle his adventures and misadventures on that voyage. Bourdain is also the author of two satirical thrillers, "Bone In The Throat" and "Gone Bamboo", as well as the "Urban Historical, Typhoid Mary.

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