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Old 03-11-2011, 01:29 AM   #1
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Blurb: Cooking With Science!

New Cookbook!

ThinkGeek :: Cooking for Geeks

Looks like fun!
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Old 03-11-2011, 09:47 AM   #2
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I also read a few days ago that the former chief technology officer of Microsoft (I think his name is Myhrvold) has compiled a massive encyclopedic set of books, maybe six volumes for six hundred bucks. Of course, from a laboratory science perspective, his goal was to produce the first and last definitive cookbook, sort of a principia. Totally geek. His kitchen has centrifuges and autoclaves.
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Old 03-11-2011, 11:51 AM   #3
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I also read a few days ago that the former chief technology officer of Microsoft (I think his name is Myhrvold) has compiled a massive encyclopedic set of books, maybe six volumes for six hundred bucks. Of course, from a laboratory science perspective, his goal was to produce the first and last definitive cookbook, sort of a principia. Totally geek. His kitchen has centrifuges and autoclaves.

That is SUPER Geek...the rest of us pale in his shadow. Cool!
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Old 06-15-2011, 11:39 AM   #4
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Alton Brown's books are pretty geeky but still fun.
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Old 07-11-2011, 05:43 AM   #5
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The trouble with "thinking geeks" is that they can mistake cooking/baking for pure science, disregarding the artistic flair, and pure leaps of faith that the process can involve ..
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Old 07-11-2011, 07:29 AM   #6
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One of the reasons I was sooooo happy to find this board is that one of the other boards I'm on has three posters who bought Modernist Cuisine and their own sous vide machines, vacuum chambers, etc. I realized they were speaking a language I wasn't.

I love to cook, but this was out of my league. For cooking and science, I'll take Kenji Alt/Serious Eats......
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Old 07-11-2011, 09:18 AM   #7
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OMGoodness!!!!!!!! This totally deserves the w00t smiley and is going on my Christmas and Birthday list! I looked up reviews and he uses computer code as analogies for recipes and one review mentions something about learning to make your own ice cream machine out of Legos!?!?! Eeeeeeeeeeee! This sounds wicked sweet. You can also find it on amazon for cheaper. Think Geek is great for finding geek stuff but it's often over priced so it pays to look to see if the items are offered elsewhere. Thank you PF for posting this! I'd actually read this cookbook.

Oh, and the author also has a blog which you can find with a quick Google search. It led me to this page http://insideinsides.blogspot.com/ which is a blog with MRI's of different fruits and vegetables! So cool.
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OMGoodness!!!!!!!! This totally deserves the w00t smiley and is going on my Christmas and Birthday list! I looked up reviews and he uses computer code as analogies for recipes and one review mentions something about learning to make your own ice cream machine out of Legos!?!?! Eeeeeeeeeeee! This sounds wicked sweet. You can also find it on amazon for cheaper. Think Geek is great for finding geek stuff but it's often over priced so it pays to look to see if the items are offered elsewhere. Thank you PF for posting this! I'd actually read this cookbook.

Oh, and the author also has a blog which you can find with a quick Google search. It led me to this page Inside insides which is a blog with MRI's of different fruits and vegetables! So cool.
I shop at ThinkGeek as often as I shop at Wally World or Costco.
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They day I have to cook like that is the day I stop cooking! I go by feel, taste, smell etc. I hardly ever use recipes and when I do I usually change them to my own taste. I've only recently started writing down what I put in dishes in case I want to make it again and can't remmeber how..lol!
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I don't use recipes either and only write stuff down because my husband complains if I don't. The reviews for this book though state that it encourages cooking by taste, feel, smell, etc. and gives scientific explanations for cooking methods specifically so people can improvise and be creative. That and the fact that I'm a geek for just about anything science are why this book appeals to me.
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