Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food by Jeff Potter

By Jeff Potter

Are you the leading edge sort, the prepare dinner who marches to another drummer -- used to expressing your creativity rather than simply following recipes? Are you interested by the technology in the back of what occurs to meals whereas it's cooking? do you need to benefit what makes a recipe paintings so that you can improvise and create your personal distinct dish?

More than simply a cookbook, Cooking for Geeks applies your interest to discovery, idea, and invention within the kitchen. Why is medium-rare steak so well known? Why will we bake a few issues at 350 F/175 C and others at 375 F/190 C? and the way fast does a pizza cook dinner if we overclock an oven to 1,000 F/540 C? writer and cooking geek Jeff Potter presents the solutions and provides a distinct tackle recipes -- from the candy (a "mean" chocolate chip cookie) to the savory (duck confit sugo).

This e-book is a wonderful and interesting source for a person who desires to test with cooking, no matter if you don't ponder your self a geek.

• Initialize your kitchen and calibrate your instruments
• find out about the $64000 reactions in cooking, akin to protein denaturation, Maillard reactions, and caramelization, and the way they impression the meals we prepare dinner
• Play together with your nutrients utilizing hydrocolloids and sous vide cooking
• achieve firsthand insights from interviews with researchers, meals scientists, knife specialists, cooks, writers, and extra, together with writer Harold McGee, television character Adam Savage, chemist Hervé This, and xkcd

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Egg cracked on flat surface. Think Like a Hacker 25 Reading Between the Lines If you’re still with me and haven’t already skipped to “the fun part,” here are a few more thoughts on recipes, plus my favorite dish, duck confit sugo. Recipes are, by definition, documentation of what works for their authors. When reading a recipe, realize that it’s only a suggestion, and it’s also abbreviated. Unlike software, where given the same code a machine will execute it the same way regardless of the hardware (at least in theory), the same recipe given to a dozen different experienced chefs will yield a dozen variations.

We’ve come to take ourselves too seriously. For me, once it stops being fun, I’m going to give it up, because I really do think that you should have a good time in the kitchen. I think you should make a mess in the kitchen. I think you should put some things down the disposal if nobody really should eat Think Like a Hacker 31 Hello, Kitchen! the fact that your outcome might be a bit more random than if you were sitting in a computer lab. them, and then you should go out for pizza, and it’s all okay.

But if I start with a recipe that I don’t necessarily know, and it uses an ingredient I don’t know, then I don’t know what the ingredient has done in the recipe, because I can’t isolate that ingredient from the recipe as a whole. Lydia Walshin is a professional food writer who also teaches adults how to cook. S. states and across Canada. com. Tell me a bit about your blog. The Perfect Pantry is a look at the 250 ingredients that are in my pantry with recipes for how to use each ingredient. Every time I would open my refrigerator or go into the cupboard, there were things I used every day in the front, and then things in the back that I’d bought for one particular recipe and never used again.

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