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10 books about cooking
Pick up one of these featured titles on cooking in May 2021.
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat
Category: Cooking Methods
This book was published 4 years ago by Simon and Schuster and takes approximately 16.0 hours to read.
Whether you've never picked up a knife or you're an accomplished chef, there are only four basic factors that determine how good your food will taste. Salt, Fat, Acid, and Heat are the four cardinal directions of cooking, and they will guide you as you choose which ingredients to use and how to cook them, and they will tell you why last minute adjustments will ensure that food tastes exactly as it should. This book will change the way you think about cooking and eating, and help you find your bearings in any kitchen, with any ingredients, while cooking any meal. --
The Science of Cooking: Every Question Answered to Perfect Your Cooking by Stuart Dr. Farrimond
Category: Cooking Methods
This book was published 4 years ago by DK and takes approximately 8.5 hours to read.
Get answers to all your cooking science questions, and cook tastier, more nutritious food using fundamental principles, practical advice, and step-by-step techniques. Where does the heat come from in a chili pepper? Why is wild salmon darker than farmed? Does searing meat really "seal in" the juices? A good recipe goes a long way, but if you can master the science behind it, you'll be one step ahead. Using full-color images, stats and facts through infographics, and an engaging Q&A format to show you how to perfect your cooking, The Science of Cooking brings food science out of the lab and into your kitchen. Topics include meat and poultry, seafood, dairy, pulses and grains, fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs, baked goods, and more, making it perfect for perfecting everyday cooking as well as for special meals.
This Is a Book About Dumplings by Brendan Pang
This book was published last year by Page Street Publishing and takes approximately 5.3 hours to read.
Brendan Pang, as seen on MasterChef Australia, invites readers into the world of dumplings. Flavorful cooking was the centerpiece of Brendan’s childhood, and one taste of his grandmother’s pork wontons led to a lifelong passion for cooking and sharing dumplings. His approachable recipes make it easy to craft amazingly flavorful professional quality dumplings. Readers will be equipped with all the tools required for making classic and popular dim sum dishes and mouth-watering soup dumplings. Step-by-step photos show readers how to make wrappers and craft fun shapes and folds. Through a variety of cooking techniques, like steaming, boiling and frying, readers can explore exciting dumpling styles, as well as sides and accompanying dishes from Spring Onion Pancakes to Tea Smoked Duck Breast. Brendan’s signature rainbow dumplings, colored with natural vegetable ingredients, are a huge hit for entertaining and taste even better than they look. Traditional flavors feel fresh in recipes like Pork and Peanut Dumplings, Crab Soup Dumplings, Chinese Spicy Beef Dumplings and Crispy Yam Dumplings. Round out the table with noodles, soups, flavorful meats, pickled vegetables and plenty of dipping sauces. Brendan’s obsession with all things dumpling is deliciously contagious.
The Book on Pie: Everything You Need to Know to Bake Perfect Pies by Erin Jeanne McDowell
This book was published last year by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and takes approximately 11.7 hours to read.
Erin Jeanne McDowell, New York Times contributing baker extraordinaire and top food stylist, wrote the book on pie, a comprehensive handbook that distills all you'll ever need to know for making perfect pies. The Book on Pie starts with the basics, including techniques, conversions, make-aheads, and styling tricks, before diving into 100 of her unique and intriguing recipes. Find everything from classics like apple and pumpkin, to more inspired recipes like Hand-Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches and Chinese BBQ Pork and Scallion Pie. Erin takes every recipe a step further with Pie-deas: ideas for swapping doughs, crusts, and toppings for infinitely customizable pies. Mix and match Pumpkin Spice Pie Dough and Dark Chocolate Drippy Glaze, or the Chive Compound-Butter Crust with the Croque Madame Pielets . . . the possibilities are endless. Look no further than The Book on Pie for the only book on pie you'll ever want or need.
Essential Spices and Herbs: Discover Them, Understand Them, Enjoy Them by Christina Nichol
Category: Herbs, Spices & Condiments
This book was published 6 years ago by Rockridge Press and takes approximately 9.7 hours to read.
50 Herbs and Spices That Will Transform the Way You Cook The key to becoming a skilled home cook isn't about tracking down the perfect recipes or mastering the techniques of professional chefs. It lies in understanding the vast world of flavor, one that can be difficult to navigate. Essential Spices and Herbs introduces you to the 50 must-know herbs and spices that will take your cooking to the next level. Detailed profiles of these game-changing flavors for the modern kitchen include pairing suggestions, complimentary foods, and noted health benefits, plus recipes to put them to use. Acquaint yourself with the aromas and flavors of these fundamental herbs and spices, with: * An overview of the healing powers of key herbs and spices* Over 100 delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes * 10 essential spice mixes to quickly add flavor to any dish* A guide to spice and herb combinations by cuisine to celebrate global flavors * Informative tips for buying and storing spices and herbsPart reference, part cookbook, Essential Spices and Herbs will guide you along your journey through the magical world of flavor.Recipes include: Cold Bulgarian Cucumber Soup, Roasted Garlic and Brie, Rosemary Grits, Brown Butter-Sage Sauce with Tagliatelle and Pumpkin, Thyme-Stuffed Baked Tomatoes
Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking by Bill Buford
Category: Actors & Entertainers
This book was published last year by Knopf and takes approximately 14.4 hours to read.
From the author of the best-selling, widely acclaimed Heat--a new hilariously self-deprecating, highly obsessive account of the author's adventures, this time, in the world of French haute cuisine Bill Buford turns his inimitable attention from Italian cuisine to the food of France. Baffled by the language, but convinced that he can master the art of French cooking--or at least get to the bottom of why it is so revered-- he begins what becomes a five-year odyssey by shadowing the esteemed French chef Michel Richard, in Washington, D.C. But when Buford (quickly) realizes that a stage in France is necessary, he goes--this time with his wife and three-year-old twin sons in tow--to Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France. Studying at L'Institut Bocuse, cooking at the storied, Michelin-starred La Mère Brazier, enduring the endless hours and exacting rigeur of the kitchen, Buford becomes a man obsessed--with proving himself on the line, proving that he is worthy of the gastronomic secrets he's learning, proving that French cooking actually derives from (mon dieu!) the Italian. With his signature humor, sense of adventure, and masterly ability to immerse himself--and us--in his surroundings, Bill Buford has written what is sure to be the food-lover's book of the year.
On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen by Harold McGee
This book was published 17 years ago by Scribner Books and takes approximately 29.9 hours to read.
A kitchen classic for nearly 35 years. Hailed by Time magazine as "a minor masterpiece" when it first appeared in 1984, On Food and Cooking is the bible to which food lovers and professional chefs worldwide turn for an understanding of where our foods come from, what exactly they're made of, and how cooking transforms them into something new and delicious. For its twentieth anniversary, Harold McGee prepared a new, fully revised and updated edition of On Food and Cooking. He has rewritten the text almost completely, expanded it by two-thirds, and commissioned more than 100 new illustrations. As compulsively readable and engaging as ever, the new On Food and Cooking provides countless eye-opening insights into food, its preparation, and its enjoyment. On Food and Cooking pioneered the translation of technical food science into cook-friendly kitchen science and helped birth the inventive culinary movement known as "molecular gastronomy." Though other books have been written about kitchen science, On Food and Cooking remains unmatched in the accuracy, clarity, and thoroughness of its explanations, and the intriguing way in which it blends science with the historical evolution of foods and cooking techniques. Among the major themes addressed throughout the new edition are: · Traditional and modern methods of food production and their influences on food quality · The great diversity of methods by which people in different places and times have prepared the same ingredients · Tips for selecting the best ingredients and preparing them successfully · The particular substances that give foods their flavors, and that give us pleasure · Our evolving knowledge of the health benefits and risks of foods On Food and Cooking is an invaluable and monumental compendium of basic information about ingredients, cooking methods, and the pleasures of eating. It will delight and fascinate anyone who has ever cooked, savored, or wondered about food.
The Cook's Herb Garden: Grow, Harvest, Cook by DK
Category: Herbs, Spices & Condiments
This book was published 11 years ago by DK and takes approximately 6.4 hours to read.
A guide to growing one's own supply of herbs for the home kitchen includes a catalog of 150 culinary herbs and their varieties; more than 30 recipes; step-by-step photos on how to plant, nurture, harvest and store; and flavor charts that list the best herbs to partner with popular ingredients.
Taste: Surprising Stories and Science about Why Food Tastes Good by Barb Stuckey
Category: Cooking Methods
This book was published 8 years ago by Atria Books and takes approximately 12.3 hours to read.
"Foodies rejoice! Malcolm Gladwell's favorite food inventor offers a guide to the senses with advice on how to develop your palate and better enjoy the pleasures of eating. Featured by Malcolm Gladwell in a New Yorker magazine article about the quest to develop the perfect cookie, Barb Stuckey is the food developer that famed foodies--such as Michael Pollan--turn to when they need to understand the psychology and physiology of taste. In Taste What You're Missing, Stuckey shares her professional knowledge in an engaging style that's one part Mary Roach, two parts Oliver Sacks, and a dash of Anthony Bourdain for spice. Taste What You're Missing serves up stories: seared, sauced, and garnished with humor and insight into our complicated experiences with food. First explaining the building blocks of taste perception on a physical level, Stuckey walks readers through the five basic tastes: sweet, sour, bitter, salt, and umami. She explains the critical importance of smell and how the other senses--touch, hearing, and sight--come into play when we enthusiastically dive into a plate of food. She provides eye-opening and delicious anecdotes and exercises that readers can perform to learn, for example, their unique "taster type," or the subtle differences between sour, bitter, tannic, and astringent. Armed with this new knowledge, readers can improve their ability to discern flavors, detect ingredients, and devise new taste combinations in their own kitchens. Keeping in mind that the only thing foodies like better than eating food is talking about food, Taste What You're Missing gives such curious eaters, Food Network watchers, kitchen tinkerers, and armchair Top Chefs understanding and language that will impress their friends and families with insider knowledge about everything they eat"--
The Chef's Garden: A Modern Guide to Common and Unusual Vegetables--with Recipes by FARMER LEE JONES
Category: Natural Foods
This book was published this year by Avery and takes approximately 21.3 hours to read.
An approachable, comprehensive guide to the modern world of vegetables, from the leading grower of specialty vegetables in the country Near the shores of Lake Erie is a family-owned farm with a humble origin story that has become the most renowned specialty vegetable grower in America. After losing their farm in the early 1980s, a chance encounter with a French-trained chef at their farmers' market stand led the Jones family to remake their business and learn to grow unique ingredients that were considered exotic at the time, like microgreens and squash blossoms. They soon discovered chefs across the country were hungry for these prized ingredients, from Thomas Keller in Napa Valley to Daniel Boulud in New York City. Today, they provide exquisite vegetables for restaurants and home cooks across the country. The Chef's Garden grows and harvests with the notion that every part of the plant offers something unique for the plate. From a perfect-tasting carrot, to a tiny red royal turnip, to a pencil lead-thin cucumber still attached to its blossom, The Chef's Garden is constantly innovating to grow vegetables sustainably and with maximum flavor. It's a Willy Wonka factory for vegetables. In this guide and cookbook, The Chef's Garden, led by Farmer Lee Jones, shares with readers the wealth of knowledge they've amassed on how to select, prepare, and cook vegetables. Featuring more than 500 entries, from herbs, to edible flowers, to varieties of commonly known and not-so-common produce, this book will be a new bible for farmers' market shoppers and home cooks. With 100 recipes created by the head chef at The Chef's Garden Culinary Vegetable Institute, readers will learn innovative techniques to transform vegetables in their kitchens with dishes such as Ramp Top Pasta, Seared Rack of Brussels Sprouts, and Cornbread-Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms, and even sweet concoctions like Onion Caramel and Beet Marshmallows. The future of cuisine is vegetables, and Jones and The Chef's Garden are on the forefront of this revolution.
We estimate total reading time by multiplying a book's page count by an average reading speed of 2 minutes per page. Summaries sourced from Google Books.
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