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Cooking For Geeks Book - Food Smarts Lead to Creative Cooking

  • Nov 7, 2010
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The better you understand something, the more you can do with it. That is the theory behind Cooking for Geeks, a new book by Jeff Potter. The more you understand food and the science behind it, the better you will be able to improvise with recipes and express your creativity.

You don't actually have to be a geek to love this book. Geeks generally are very curious about how things work and Cooking for Geeks explains the science behind cooking and food. However anyone that no longer wants to be a slave to recipes will find Cooking for Geeks the answer.

Cooking for Geeks could also be a great book for parents and their teens to use together. Great bonding time cooking together with both parent and teen learning science at the same time. Connecting through education,cooking and fun through just one book. 

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December 14, 2010
Your welcome. I'm glad you like it.
 
December 14, 2010
I love cooking without recipes, I think I would love this book! I also know a few people who would like it as well. Thanks for reviewing!
 
November 21, 2010
I love cooking and it's a new love, I think it's fun to make up your own recipes. I'm not sure if science has anything to do with it or if it has something to know how different spices taste or maybe it's a bit of both that make cooking enjoyable. This may just be a perfect gift for my good friend who's a chef- thanks so much for sharing!
 
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I think that 'Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food' is a niche book and the audience is very, very small. Having said that, I really don't know why the book was made. The content is neat, it's a cookbook that goes beyond cooking and tells you more about the hows and whys of the foods you are making from the nerds themselves. The problem is that most of the 'geeks' I have met couldn't care less about all the details and most aren't really interested in cooking in the first …
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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.

  • Initialize your kitchen and calibrate your tools
  • Learn about the important reactions in cooking, such as protein denaturation, Maillard reactions, and caramelization, and how they impact the foods we cook
  • Play with your food using hydrocolloids and sous vide cooking
  • Gain firsthand insights from interviews with researchers, food scientists, knife experts, chefs, writers, and more, including author Harold McGee, TV personality Adam Savage, chemist Hervé This, and xkcd
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ISBN-10: 0596805888
ISBN-13: 978-0596805883
Author: Jeff Potter
Genre: Cooking, Food & Wine, Science
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
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