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Summer Reading: On Food and Cooking

When I told YumJimmy that we were spotlighting a new book every day in August, he told me to make sure that I mentioned Harold McGee's On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen. When it was first published over 20 years ago, it instantly became a success. Many people even consider it to be like an encyclopedia. The classic publication was recently revised and updated - in fact almost every page was rewritten - and the result is a fascinating read. It's another book that will help you learn how to cook, as opposed to just being able to regurgitate recipes. If you're looking for lovely prose and a effortless read, this isn't the tome for you, but if you're looking for something that will really help you take your cooking to the next level then I highly recommend it. It's a must for any culinary student, but I think anyone interested in the why and how will find it fascinating as well.

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ALSW ALSW 9 years
Not sure if I want this though - I'm more of a recipe regurgitator...
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I love that you call him YumJimmy! Haha.
kyleracine kyleracine 9 years
sounds interesting but I doubt I could get my hands on it where I live (Chile)
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
looks like a good one - a lot of people don't know how to cook or think they don't.
laurafox laurafox 9 years
Ooh, this looks like a great read.
MissLee82 MissLee82 9 years
I had never heard of this book...I'm gonna order it! :) thanks!
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