Cooking for Geeks

Real Science, Great Cooks, and Good Food
Author: Jeff Potter
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 149192814X
Category: Cooking
Page: 488
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Why do we cook the way we do? Are you the innovative type, used to expressing your creativity instead of just following recipes? Do you want to learn to be a better cook or curious about the science behind what happens to food as it cooks? More than just a cookbook, Cooking for Geeks applies your curiosity to discovery, inspiration, and invention in the kitchen. Why do we bake some things at 350°F/175°C and others at 375°F/190°C? Why is medium-rare steak so popular? And just how quickly does a pizza cook if we overclock an oven to 1,000 F/540 C? Author and cooking geek Jeff Potter provides the answers to these questions and more, and offers his unique take on recipes -- from the sweet (a patent-violating chocolate chip cookie) to the savory (slow-cooked brisket). This book is an excellent and intriguing resource for anyone who enjoys cooking or wants to experiment in the kitchen. Discover what type of cook you are and calibrate your tools Learn about the important reactions in cooking, such as protein denaturation, Maillard reactions, and caramelization, and how they impact the foods we cook Gain firsthand insights from interviews with researchers, food scientists, knife experts, chefs, writers, and more, including author Harold McGee, TV personality Adam Savage, and chemist Hervé This

The Science of Good Cooking


Author: Cook's Illustrated
Publisher: America's Test Kitchen
ISBN: 1936493462
Category: Cooking
Page: 504
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Master 50 simple concepts to ensure success in the kitchen. Unlock a lifetime of successful cooking with this groundbreaking new volume from the editors of Cook's Illustrated, the magazine that put food science on the map. Organized around 50 core principles our test cooks use to develop foolproof recipes, The Science of Good Cooking is a radical new approach to teaching the fundamentals of the kitchen. Fifty unique experiments from the test kitchen bring the science to life, and more than 400 landmark Cook's Illustrated recipes (such as Old-Fashioned Burgers, Classic Mashed Potatoes, andPerfect Chocolate Chip Cookies) illustrate each of the basic principles at work. These experiments range from simple to playful to innovative - showing you why you should fold (versus stir) batter for chewy brownies, why you whip egg whites with sugar, and why the simple addition of salt can make meat juicy. A lifetime of experience isn't the prerequisite for becoming a good cook; knowledge is. Think of this as an owner's manual for your kitchen.

Overwhelming Odds


Author: Susan O'Leary,Denny O'Leary
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 0615802478
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 145
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This inspirational story is written by Susan and Denny O'Leary, who find themselves inside any parent's worst nightmare. On an ordinary wintry day in a quiet St. Louis suburb, their son John is engulfed by flames after a gasoline explosion. John, just nine years old, critically injured and begging to die, is transported to St. John's hospital where he remains for more than four months, with 98% of his body severely burned. Against all odds, John lives. Along the arduous road to recovery he meets and is helped by a cast of fascinating and sympathetic characters: Jack Buck, announcer for the St. Louis Cardinals; Gino Cavallini, dynamic member of the St. Louis Blues hockey team; Glenn Cunningham, motivational speaker and former Olympic champion; and a host of family, medical providers, friends, and strangers, who share themselves, their talents and their God to help John first survive and eventually thrive. ... John and Beth O'Leary are proud parents of three young boys and live in Webster Groves, Missouri. Because of the poignant response from this book, John has established himself as an international speaker. Each year, John consistently shares his message with over 160 organizations within the fields of healthcare, sales, marketing, financial services and education.

The Art and Soul of Baking


Author: Cindy Mushet,Sur La Table,Maren Caruso
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN: 0740773348
Category: Cooking
Page: 464
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Presents a collection of recipes for a variety of baked goods along with information on equipment, ingredients, and baking methods.

Culinary Reactions

The Everyday Chemistry of Cooking
Author: Simon Quellen Field
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1569769605
Category: Cooking
Page: 288
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"When you're cooking, you're a chemist! Every time you follow or modify a recipe you are experimenting with acids and bases, emulsions and suspensions, gels and foams. In your kitchen you denature proteins, crystallize compounds, react enzymes with substrates, and nurture desired microbial life while suppressing harmful microbes. And unlike in a laboratory, you can eat your experiments to verify your hypotheses. In Culinary Reactions, author Simon Field explores the chemistry behind the recipes you follow every day. How does altering the ratio of flour, sugar, yeast, salt, butter, and water affect how high bread rises? Why is whipped cream made with nitrous oxide rather than the more common carbon dioxide? And why does Hollandaise sauce call for "clarified" butter? This easy-to-follow primer even includes recipes to demonstrate the concepts being discussed, including Whipped Creamsicle Topping (a foam), Cherry Dream Cheese (a protein gel), and Lemonade with Chameleon Eggs (an acid indicator). It even shows you how to extract DNA from a Halloween pumpkin. You'll never look at your graduated cylinders, Bunsen burners, and beakers -- er, measuring cups, stovetop burners, and mixing bowls -- the same way again"--

Maximum Flavor

Recipes that Will Change the Way You Cook
Author: Aki Kamozawa,H. Alexander Talbot
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
ISBN: 0770433219
Category: Cooking
Page: 255
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The frequently quoted husband-and-wife team behind the kitchen science blog Ideas in Food draws on molecular gastronomy expertise as gleaned from large and small companies and restaurants to provide home cooks with 125 insightful recipes that use everyday ingredients.

Food Science: The Biochemistry of Food & Nutrition, Student Edition


Author: Sharon Rodgers,Kay Mehas,McGraw-Hill Education
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN: 9780078690815
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 496
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In Food Science: The Biochemistry of Food and Nutrition students learn to use the scientific method as they study the biological and chemical basis of food and nutrition. The text combines scientific principles with real-life applications of food preparation and nutrition. It is taught by the Family and Consumer Sciences teacher, a Science teacher, or by the two together. Students will learn to apply scientific principles of food and nutrition as they explore foods and nutrition using basic scientific equipment. Measurement, use of equipment, problem solving, reasoning skills and writing are emphasized. This flexible text format is adaptable to a one or two semester course.

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking
Author: Samin Nosrat
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476753830
Category: Cooking
Page: 480
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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 Geeky Chef Cookbook

Real-Life Recipes for Your Favorite Fantasy Foods - Unofficial Recipes from Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, and More
Author: Cassandra Reeder
Publisher: Race Point Pub
ISBN: 163106049X
Category: Cooking
Page: 144
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Contains 50 step-by-step, illustrated recipes for foods seen in sci-fi and fantasy TV, movies, games and books.

How to Read a French Fry

And Other Stories of Intriguing Kitchen Science
Author: Russ Parsons
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547346255
Category: Cooking
Page: 352
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In a book widely hailed for its entertaining prose and provocative research, the award-winning Los Angeles Times food journalist Russ Parsons examines the science behind ordinary cooking processes. Along the way he dispenses hundreds of tips and the reasons behind them, from why you should always begin cooking beans in cold water, to why you should salt meat before sautéing it, to why it's a waste of time to cook a Vidalia onion. Filled with sharp-witted observations ("Frying has become synonymous with minimum-wage labor, yet hardly anyone will try it at home"), intriguing food trivia (fruit deprived of water just before harvest has superior flavor to fruit that is irrigated up to the last moment ), and recipes (from Oven-Steamed Salmon with Cucumber Salad to Ultimate Strawberry Shortcake), How to Read a French Fry contains all the ingredients you need to become a better cook.

Keys to Good Cooking

A Guide to Making the Best of Foods and Recipes
Author: Harold McGee
Publisher: Appetite by Random House
ISBN: 0449015998
Category: Cooking
Page: 576
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A requisite countertop companion for all home chefs, Keys to Good Cooking distils the modern scientific understanding of cooking and translates it into immediately useful information. The book provides simple statements of fact and advice, along with brief explanations that help cooks understand why, and apply that understanding to other situations. Not a cookbook, Keys to Good Cooking is, simply put, a book about how to cook well. A work of astounding scholarship and originality, this is a concise and authoritative guide designed to help home cooks navigate the ever-expanding universe of recipes and ingredients and appliances, and arrive at the promised land of a satisfying dish.

Easy Culinary Science for Better Cooking

Recipes for Everyday Meals Made Easier, Faster and More Delicious
Author: Jessica Gavin
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 1624144845
Category: Cooking
Page: 224
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Simple science is all that's required for transforming dinner from a good dish and making it a great dish. Jessica Gavin, culinary scientist, teaches recipes that help make meals that are better, faster and more delicious any night of the week. This practical and unique cookbook will help take your cooking to the next level by uncovering the science behind cooking great food. Recipes will be infused with Jessica's food science knowledge, and categories include 15-minute recipes, recipes by technique/device (slow cooker, pressure cooker), baking and more. This book will feature 75 recipes and 60 photographs.

The Science of Cooking

Understanding the Biology and Chemistry Behind Food and Cooking
Author: Joseph J. Provost,Keri L. Colabroy,Brenda S. Kelly,Mark A. Wallert
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1119210321
Category: Science
Page: 544
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Written as a textbook with an online laboratory manual for students and adopting faculties, this work is intended for non-science majors / liberal studies science courses and will cover a range of scientific principles of food, cooking and the science of taste and smell. Chapters include: The Science of Food and Nutrition of Macromolecules; Science of Taste and Smell; Milk, Cream, and Ice Cream, Metabolism and Fermentation; Cheese, Yogurt, and Sour Cream; Browning; Fruits and Vegetables; Meat, Fish, and Eggs; Dough, Cakes, and Pastry; Chilies, Herbs, and Spices; Beer and Wine; and Chocolate, Candy and Other Treats. Each chapters begins with biological, chemical, and /or physical principles underlying food topics, and a discussion of what is happening at the molecular level. This unique approach is unique should be attractive to chemistry, biology or biochemistry departments looking for a new way to bring students into their classroom. There are no pre-requisites for the course and the work is appropriate for all college levels and majors.

Ratio

The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking
Author: Michael Ruhlman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416566120
Category: Cooking
Page: 272
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Michael Ruhlman’s groundbreaking New York Times bestseller takes us to the very “truth” of cooking: it is not about recipes but rather about basic ratios and fundamental techniques that makes all food come together, simply. When you know a culinary ratio, it’s not like knowing a single recipe, it’s instantly knowing a thousand. Why spend time sorting through the millions of cookie recipes available in books, magazines, and on the Internet? Isn’t it easier just to remember 1-2-3? That’s the ratio of ingredients that always make a basic, delicious cookie dough: 1 part sugar, 2 parts fat, and 3 parts flour. From there, add anything you want—chocolate, lemon and orange zest, nuts, poppy seeds, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, almond extract, or peanut butter, to name a few favorite additions. Replace white sugar with brown for a darker, chewier cookie. Add baking powder and/or eggs for a lighter, airier texture. Ratios are the starting point from which a thousand variations begin. Ratios are the simple proportions of one ingredient to another. Biscuit dough is 3:1:2—or 3 parts flour, 1 part fat, and 2 parts liquid. This ratio is the beginning of many variations, and because the biscuit takes sweet and savory flavors with equal grace, you can top it with whipped cream and strawberries or sausage gravy. Vinaigrette is 3:1, or 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar, and is one of the most useful sauces imaginable, giving everything from grilled meats and fish to steamed vegetables or lettuces intense flavor. Cooking with ratios will unchain you from recipes and set you free. With thirty-three ratios and suggestions for enticing variations, Ratio is the truth of cooking: basic preparations that teach us how the fundamental ingredients of the kitchen—water, flour, butter and oils, milk and cream, and eggs—work. Change the ratio and bread dough becomes pasta dough, cakes become muffins become popovers become crepes. As the culinary world fills up with overly complicated recipes and never-ending ingredient lists, Michael Ruhlman blasts through the surplus of information and delivers this innovative, straightforward book that cuts to the core of cooking. Ratio provides one of the greatest kitchen lessons there is—and it makes the cooking easier and more satisfying than ever.

The Social Bite Cookbook


Author: Margaret Callaghan
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781910741009
Category:
Page: N.A
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The Can't Cook Book

Recipes for the Absolutely Terrified!
Author: Jessica Seinfeld
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451666322
Category: Cooking
Page: 240
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Deceptively Delicious, an essential collection of more than 100 simple recipes that will transform even the most kitchen-phobic “Can’t Cooks” into “Can Cooks.” Are you smart enough to dodge a telemarketer yet clueless as to how to chop a clove of garlic? Are you clever enough to forward an e-mail but don’t know the difference between broiling and baking? Ingenious enough to operate a blow-dryer but not sure how to use your blender? If you are basically competent, then Jessica Seinfeld’s The Can’t Cook Book is for you. If you find cooking scary or stressful or just boring, Jessica has a calm, confidencebuilding approach to cooking, even for those who’ve never followed a recipe or used an oven. Jessica shows you how to prepare deliciously simple food—from Caesar salad, rice pilaf, and roasted asparagus to lemon salmon, roast chicken, and flourless fudge cake. At the beginning of each dish, she explains up front what the challenge will be, and then shows you exactly how to overcome any hurdles in easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. Designed to put the nervous cook at ease, The Can’t Cook Book is perfect for anyone who wants to gain confidence in the kitchen—and, who knows, maybe even master a meal or two.

Chemistry in Your Kitchen


Author: Matthew Hartings
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
ISBN: 1782623132
Category:
Page: 330
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Introducing basic chemistry through everyday foods and meal preparations, this book is a fascinating read for anyone interested in the science behind cooking.

The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook

Sweet Treats for the Geek in All of Us
Author: Rosanna Pansino
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501104055
Category: Cooking
Page: 256
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*Best read on color devices of 7” or larger. The long-awaited first cookbook from the creator and host of the Internet’s most popular baking show, Nerdy Nummies: a collection of Rosanna Pansino’s all-time favorite geeky recipes as well as sensational new recipes exclusive to this book. The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook is quirky, charming, and fun, featuring the recipes behind Rosanna Pansino’s celebrated, one-of-a-kind creations, as well as beautiful, mouthwatering photographs throughout. It is the perfect companion that you’ll turn to whenever you want to whip up a delicious treat and be entertained all at once. And best of all, these treats are as simple as they are fun to make! No need for costly tools or baking classes to create these marvelous delights yourself. The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook combines two things Rosanna loves: geek culture and baking. Her fondness for video games, science fiction, math, comics, and lots of other things considered “nerdy” have inspired every recipe in this book. You’ll find the recipes for many beloved fan favorites from the show, such as Apple Pi Pie, the Chocolate Chip Smart Cookie, and Volcano Cake; as well as many new geeky recipes, such as Dinosaur Fossil Cake, Moon Phase Macarons, and the Periodic Table of Cupcakes. The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook showcases Rosanna’s most original and popular creations, and each recipe includes easy-to-follow photo instructions and a stunning shot of the finished treat in all its geeky glory: a delicious confection sure to please the geek in all of us!

COOKING LIGHT Mad Delicious

The Science Of Making Healthy Food Taste Amazing
Author: Schroeder, Keith
Publisher: Time Inc. Books
ISBN: 0848749898
Category: Cooking
Page: 384
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2015 James Beard Foundation Book Award Winner for Focus on Health Discover the delicious science behind healthy cooking! Too often, home cooks with good intentions sacrifice flavor and texture in an attempt to make their favorite recipes healthier. Mad Delicious shows readers how to maximize flavor and texture through 120 new recipes, witty and funny narrative, insight on the nature of ingredients, and a fresh, innovative perspective on the science of cooking with illustrated explanations. The results are mad delicious! Mad Delicious takes the kitchen science genre to the next level: It's not just about chemistry and molecules. Schroeder teaches home cooks about the nature of ingredients, how to maximize texture and flavor with clever cooking techniques (try steaming beef-then soaking it in wine sauce for the most tender steak ever!), smooth moves in the kitchen for better work flow, and how all the sciences-geography, meteorology, chemistry, physics, botany, biology, even human sociology and anthropology-can help home cooks master the science of light cooking. Every recipe is a fun adventure in the kitchen resulting in mad delicious eats: Learn how to cook pasta like risotto for a silky sauce and enjoy Toasted Penne with Chicken Sausage. Other recipes include Lower East Side Brisket, Fish Sticks!, Cocoa-Crusted New York Strip, Georgia Peanut Fried Chicken, Red Sauce Joint Hero Sandwiches, Spicy Crab Fried Rice, Tandoori Chicken, and Bourbon Steamed Peaches.

What If?

Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
Author: Randall Munroe
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0544272994
Category: Humor
Page: 320
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The creator of the incredibly popular webcomic xkcd presents his heavily researched answers to his fans' oddest questions, including “What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool?” and “Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?” 100,000 first printing.