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Food Lab is for every kitchen, new or old, a scientific travelogue for foodies loaded with beautiful photos and easy to follow, mouth watering, step by step recipes.
I like cookbooks a lot for the beautiful photography, but as someone who treats recipes more like suggestions than gospel, I find a lot of them limiting. "Best Ever Mac and Cheese!" Oh yeah? By who's criteria? How do you measure that? This book is focused on technique and bringing a spirit of experimentation into the kitchen. Including multiple versions of many dishes as well as explanations as to why they work, it's a wonderful resource for anyone who loves to cook.
Dave— From Food Lab
A New York Times Bestseller
Winner of the James Beard Award for General Cooking and the IACP Cookbook of the Year Award
"The one book you must have, no matter what you’re planning to cook or where your skill level falls."—New York Times Book Review
Ever wondered how to pan-fry a steak with a charred crust and an interior that's perfectly medium-rare from edge to edge when you cut into it? How to make homemade mac 'n' cheese that is as satisfyingly gooey and velvety-smooth as the blue box stuff, but far tastier? How to roast a succulent, moist turkey (forget about brining!)—and use a foolproof method that works every time?
As Serious Eats's culinary nerd-in-residence, J. Kenji López-Alt has pondered all these questions and more. In The Food Lab, Kenji focuses on the science behind beloved American dishes, delving into the interactions between heat, energy, and molecules that create great food. Kenji shows that often, conventional methods don’t work that well, and home cooks can achieve far better results using new—but simple—techniques. In hundreds of easy-to-make recipes with over 1,000 full-color images, you will find out how to make foolproof Hollandaise sauce in just two minutes, how to transform one simple tomato sauce into a half dozen dishes, how to make the crispiest, creamiest potato casserole ever conceived, and much more.