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Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking

The Modernist Burger from Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking.

Click above to be taken to Serious Eats to see a full-size image detailing what went into making that burger--including sous vide lettuce.

“The most important book in the culinary arts since Escoffier.” –Tim Zagat

Still hot of the press, and already Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cookingis creating a stir. Eliciting comparisons to the Auguste Escoffier tome, Le Guide Culinaire is no small feat. (Ironically, that 100-year old text has an upcoming release date for a new revised English translation.) Consisting of six volumes and almost 2,500 pages, Modernist Cuisine by Nathan Myhrvold, Chris Young and Maxime Bilet combines stunning photography with detailed explanations, giving the modern cook a true guide to the culinary arts.

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March 23, 2011   No Comments

Cooking For Geeks Cookbook Cooks

Cooking For Geeks

Find out what goes on behind closed doors in the kitchen. The closed door of the oven, that is. Cooking for Geeks, written by Jeff Potter, is a cookbook that goes beyond recipes and adds a little more spice to the mix. In it, you will learn:

• Why medium-rare steak is so popular.
• Why we bake some things at 350° F/175° C and others at 375° F/190° C.
• How quickly a pizza will cook if we overclock an oven to 1,000° F/540° C.
• How to initialize your kitchen and calibrate your tools.
• Important reactions in cooking, such as protein denaturation, Maillard reactions, and caramelization, and how they impact the foods we cook.
• How to play with your food using hydrocolloids and sous vide cooking.

Read on for a couple of sample recipes.

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March 16, 2011   No Comments

Google Knows What You Want To Eat

Google now has recipe search.

Kind of know what you want to eat, but aren’t sure? Google Recipe View can help. Now, search results include a recipe tab, complete with popular (and not-so-popular) ingredients. So if you are looking for a chicken soup recipe with turnips, but not parsnips, Google knows where to look, giving 784 recipes to choose from. Go ahead and try it now. Finding something to cook just got a whole new makeover.

February 24, 2011   No Comments

Pesky fractions are no match for Kitchen Calc

Kitchen Calc

Finding a recipe that looks interesting is usually just a starting point. The personal embellishments and preferences of the actual cook making the meal always trump what’s written down. Sometimes however, you want to follow a recipe exactly. Whether it be for reasons of taste or ratios, that recipe usually needs to be scaled up or down.

The Kitchen Calc works in units common to the kitchen such as fractions, Celsius and Fahrenheit. The handheld calculator converts cooking volume units and also units of weight. Even dash and pinch are represented. Of course, while the Kitchen Calc may handle those pesky fractions, it also works as a standard calculator too.

May 14, 2009   No Comments