Review: Cooking for Geeks
Monday, January 10th, 2011
When's the last time you did a chemistry experiment? Truth is, most of us do chemistry experiments more often than we imagine. Every time you try tweaking a recipe or try to cook something new, you're doing a chemistry experiment. Best thing is, you can use the basic properties of food to make new dishes and recreate your favorite foods.
This can be difficult to do on your own, though, and most cookbooks are designed to just help you make individual recipes and don't overly teach you how to design new ones. Cooking for Geeks is a great book that does exactly that. Author Jeff Potter guides you through the basic ways foods work so you'll understand how everything from eggs to high temperature cooking works. It includes tons of recipes, but best of all, it'll leave you with an understanding of what made that recipe tick and how you can use the ideas from it on your own. You'll even learn better ways to make boiled eggs, of all things!
Whether you're cooking on your own or using it with a school group to teach, Cooking for Geeks empowers you to take your cooking to the next level. Sure, cooking is not a technology centric thing, but this book makes cooking appeal to those of us who enjoy hacking and tweaking. Plus, when's the last time you saw the Mac vs. PC debate mentioned in a cookbook? My family and I have found this book very educational and enjoyable, and if you find cooking any bit interesting, I believe you'll be fascinated by this book, too.
[box]Our Rating: 9/10[/box]
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