- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (12 Aug. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596805888
- ISBN-13: 978-0596805883
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.8 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food Paperback – 12 Aug 2010
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About the Author
Jeff Potter has done the cubicle thing, the startup thing, and the entrepreneur thing, and through it all maintained his sanity by cooking for friends. He studied computer science and visual art at Brown University.
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Jeff starts off the book with easy recipes, with the explanation that if you want to learn a programming language, you don't start off by writing an operating system. The same thing goes for cooking; start off small, learn to read a recipe and learn to change elements to suit your style. Source code isn't static; you can always change it to suit your style. Jeff takes you through it step by step, but he goes one step further. Geeks aren't just interested in following steps, they want to know, and need to know why. Why do you need to cook at a certain temperature? Why do you need to add an ingredient before another one? Cooking isn't just about blindly following recipes, its science!
Cooking for Geeks isn't a reference book. Whilst it does contain recipes throughout the book, it isn't a book that you will idly pick up to make a meal for friends. You will learn what sort of a cook you are, and help you focus on what you are good at. It will help you select kitchen hardware depending on who you are and on what you want to do. It will help you prepare and calibrate your tools, especially your oven.Read more ›
With geeky tips such as how to calibrate your oven with sugar and the Optimal Cake-Cutting Algorithm for N People, info on how much whipping will turn your cream to butter, and any amount of the science behind how foods react to the application of heat over time, this book really lives up to its name.
As for how good the recipes are: my fussy four year old declared the buttermilk pancakes the "most delicious things I've ever eaten" and asked for seconds and thirds.
Condescending as hell, relates everything to programming - look past that, you're rewarded with good information.
Grr. Annoyingly useful.
For a start this isn't a recipe book, sure there are a few example recipes but the book is mainly there to explain the science of cooking, how to improve upon and make the best of the recipes you already have.
If you've ever watch any of Heston Blumenthals shows or have his 'At Home' book Heston Blumenthal at Home then this could be a kind of companion book to one of those, explaining in better detail why stuff does what it does, why meat which is 60c in the centre will be more tender than one cooked at a constant high heat for example.
This book is best suited for someone who loves cooking, they don't really have to be a geek to use it, just curious about how food works. I've been cooking for just over 25yrs now (since i was 5) and i love tinkering around with recipes and i've tried several of the techniques in here already (thanks to Blumenthal) and they do make a difference but having an in depth explanation of the science behind it allows you to expand on the recipe with other meat, veg, sauces ect.
A great present for anyone who loves cooking, with a bit of showing off.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely love this book. Very informative, with recipes and examples and interviews. I've learned so many things about food and cooking. Explained really well and easy to read. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ioli
Bought this for my teenage son who likes. He thinks its really interesting, but haven't seen him trying anything out in the kitchen...yet!Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Xmas present for a 19-year-old geek. She loved it. I read it through before giving it to her. I loved it and it changed how I cook for the betterPublished 13 months ago by C. Langford
Detailed, logical and very interesting. Good recipes and fab tips. Very good gift for anyone with a logical mind; scientist, geek or otherwise.Published 15 months ago by cakenlasers
It was a gift for my partner and he loves it :) He loves cooking and this is a perfect thing for him.Published 15 months ago by Jana S.
Just as a title says :) Awesome book with tips and tricks, and all the science behind them!Published 16 months ago by Magda
Awesome book. It explains science of cooking well, It's interesting to read. I would recommend for anyone who likes to cook and would like to learn more and try new things.Published 16 months ago by Michal