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Old 07-05-2012, 02:17 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Tain View Post
A good example of what I'm looking for is a book called 'How To Cook Without Recipes'. It seemed like just the book I wanted, however the writer is so far up on his own pretension that he completely loses the reader and in turn, you entirely miss the valuable lessons he's trying to teach. I couldn't even finish the book, and learnt very little from it. BUT if I could find a similar book that's far better written, then that would be perfect!

Thanks for your help!
What you need to do is see if you can find on youtube or TV episodes of a show called "Chef At Home" with Michael Smith. The whole premise is "My secret recipe is cooking without a recipe!" He is not pretentious and makes it fun and interesting and on point by having a theme for each episode. He even makes "trips to the store" to explain things.

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Old 07-05-2012, 07:54 PM   #12
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Every time I hear that title, I think about Einstein's statement that his second greatest idea was adding a whole egg when he cooked his soup so that he also got a soft boiled egg without using an additional pot. And that leads me to think that it wasn't what Einstein told his cook that was interesting, but what the cook said to Einstein as soon as Einstein was out of earshot.

He might have had something to say to his cook, but since he is said to have married his second wife almost entirely on account of her cooking, it's probably safe to say his knowledge of cooking was largely theoretical at best.
Have you ever looks at the books themselves? They weren't written by Einstein, but the books themselves are very informative.

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” - Albert Einstein
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Old 07-05-2012, 08:14 PM   #13
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These books are not really authored by Einstein's cook, right? I've assumed the invocation of Einstein's name was a literary device.
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Old 07-05-2012, 08:58 PM   #14
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The 'Einstein' books were written by Robert Wolke (see my link above). They apply sound science to food misconceptions and old wives tales.

No Einsteins or Einstein's cooks were harmed in the writing of the books.

"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
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