Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food
Are you the innovative type, the cook who marches to a different drummer -- used to expressing your creativity instead of just following recipes? Are you interested in the science behind what happens to food while it's cooking? Do you want to learn what makes a recipe work so you can improvise and create your own unique dish?
More than just a cookbook, Cooking for Geeks applies your curiosity to discovery, inspiration, and invention in the kitchen. Why is medium-rare steak so popular? Why do we bake some things at 350° F/175° C and others at 375° F/190° C? And how quickly does a pizza cook if we overclock an oven to 1,000° F/540° C? Author and cooking geek Jeff Potter provides the answers and offers a unique take on recipes -- from the sweet (a "mean" chocolate chip cookie) to the savory (duck confit sugo).
This book is an excellent and intriguing resource for anyone who wants to experiment with cooking, even if you don't consider yourself a geek.
"My own session with the book made me feel a lot more confident in my cooking."
"I LOVE this book. It's inspiring, invigorating, and damned fun to spend time inside the mind of 'big picture' cooking. I'm Hungry!"
"In his enchanting, funny, and informative book, Cooking for Geeks (O'Reilly), Jeff Potter tells us why things work in the kitchen and why they don't."
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Review: Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good FoodUser Review - Kat Dornian - Goodreads
I really adore this book! If you want to learn about the why and how of cooking, this is where to go. Potter offers experiments from the simple to the more complex, but all sound so fun, and every ... Read full review
Review: Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good FoodUser Review - Mallory - Goodreads
This is a book that looks at a lot of science behind chemical reactions in food. I enjoyed it since it explained the reason for many steps in cooking that I didn't understand the point of and ... Read full review