Cooking for Geeks, 2nd Edition
Real Science, Great Cooks, and Good Food
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: September 2015
Pages: 488

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
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5.0

Fascinating science behind cooking

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  • Playfull
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    Comments about oreilly Cooking for Geeks, 2nd Edition:

    I loved this book. great explanation of the physics and chemistry behind cooking. Filled with great ideas and experiments to try, from the easy to do at home to the more involved. I expect to re-read chapters to better understand what I could change to make my cooking better. There is just too much to grasp at first reading.

     
    4.0

    "Cooking for engineers" would be a better title

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      Comments about oreilly Cooking for Geeks, 2nd Edition:

      Great book as the "why" of certain stuff for cooking is explained. For me it is easier to remember a recipee if I understand the reasons for doing things. For instance temperatures for cakes. The book explains cooking/baking temperatures in terms what happens there and suddently the temperatures in the recipees makes sense.

      Of course this appeals to people who want to understand what they do. Engineers. That's why I'd propose a different title. But "geek" sells more books.

       
      5.0

      Right up there with the best!

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        Comments about oreilly Cooking for Geeks, 2nd Edition:

        I am am a cooking geek; I have the Harold McGee books, and love them. This book is as much fun to read, and occupies a totally different cooking-related niche--I am not quite finished reading it all yet, but have already bookmarded spots to return to, and have already changed some practices as a result of the information I gleaned.

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