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By Jeff Potter

Are you an innovative cook, accustomed to expressing your creativity instead of just following recipes? Are you interested in the science behind what happens to food while it's cooking? Do you want to learn what makes a recipe work so you can improvise and create your own dish?

More than just a cookbook, Cooking for Geeks inspires you to be inventive in the kitchen and piques your curiosity about food. Why is medium-rare steak so popular? Why do you bake some things at 350 °F/175 °C and others at 375 °F/190 °C? And how quickly does a pizza cook if you "overclock" an oven to 1,000 °F/540 °C? Author and cooking geek Jeff Potter provides the answers and offers a unique take on recipes - from the sweet (a "mean" chocolate chip cookie) to the savory (duck confit sugo). This book is an excellent and intriguing resource if you want to experiment with cooking - regardless of whether you consider yourself a geek.

Cooking for Geeks

 By Jeff Potter 


It's not all Top Ramen in the geek pantry—there's good food, and good science too. Traditional cookbooks are more about the "what" (amounts and temperatures), and less about the "hows" and "whys." Using techno terminology ("Initializing the Kitchen," "Choosing Your Inputs"), in Cooking for Geeks, Jeff Potter covers culinary topics sure to fascinate any cook/scientist. With recipes for everything from pancakes to pear sorbet as well as interviews with foodies, both pop cultural and professional. Softcover, 412 pages.

$ 34.99

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