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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This book arrived quickly and in pristine condition. It is very entertaining to read. Have learned a lot that will hopefully improve my cooking skills along with my knowledge base. Read full review
being a geek myself and a part-time chef with a background in chemistry I am really appreciating this book.
well if you are interested in a recipe book, kind of "Granma recipes", forget this one, but there are lots of useful tips to gain that sort of curious and "geek" attitude that can guide you through the cuisine mysteries and stages.
even more important the book helps in developing the mind set of a chef the organisational approach, having all things organised, at least in your mind, is the most valuable skill you need to acquire, the same I try to give when teaching a cooking lesson.