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Old 07-29-2007, 04:46 PM   #1
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Books on Cooking

Could I get your opinions on which is the best book on cooking? Not cookbooks that have recipies, but give more details on the hows and whys???


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Old 07-29-2007, 05:22 PM   #2
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Start with this book. Once you understand it, then you can move on. For anyone who is even remotely serious about food and cooking, it should be a part of your collection.


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Old 07-29-2007, 06:39 PM   #3
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Thanks Ironchef, I just called Barnes and Noble, they are holding me a copy.
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Old 07-29-2007, 06:43 PM   #4
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Don't know how much the book store will charge, but here are some at Amazon. Might be worth looking into if you don't require instant gratification.
"As a girl I had zero interest in the stove." - Julia Child
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Old 08-02-2007, 09:38 PM   #5
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Because I do not care that my books be new, Amazon is one of my best friends (not only cookbooks, but I read voraciously, 3-5 a week of novels, history, bio)(what was my school system thinking when they taught me to speed read at age 10?)(thank heaven for libraries). To me the best book is still Joy of Cooking. Yes, it is recipes, but also a little bit of everything else thrown in.
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Old 08-02-2007, 10:46 PM   #6
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What Einstein Told His Cook...you can read it online, apparently

What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science ... - Google Book Search
"There's some guy Bobby Faye here...he wants to have some kind of a cooking competition..."
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Old 08-03-2007, 10:46 AM   #7
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I love McGee and On Food and Cooking, but it's pretty technical.

IMO a much more accessible book is Cookwise by Shirley Corriher. It also covers a wider variety of subjects

What Einstein Told His Cook (and it's sequel II) is a fantastic read too, as is How To Read A French Fry, but they are compilations of newspaper columns and the onfo isn't organized as thoroughly as Cookwise and, again, not as comprehensive.

Less is not more. More is more and more is fabulous.
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