Offering “the hows and whys of successful cooking,” Cookwise, by well-known food writer and culinary sleuth Shirley O. Corriher, tells you how and why things. Cookwise: The Secrets of Cooking Revealed. Shirley O. Corriher, Author Morrow Cookbooks $ (p) ISBN I’ve just opened Shirley Corriher’s page masterpiece Cookwise to a random page, hoping to find true wisdom. If the random opening technique works with.

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It also has fun charts with the same recipe using different sorts of the same ingredient like butter, shortening, oil, lard so you can play lab at home for the sole purpose of inspecting the different cookaise the recipe turns out and not at all as an excuse to make lots of chocolate chip cookies.

Book Club Girl book clubs. I borrowed this one from the Cookqise only to realize several pages in that I will want to own a copy and begin scribbling in the margins. I also agree that cooks illustrated has much better recipes and plenty of explanation.

CookWise: The Secrets of Cooking Revealed by Shirley O. Corriher

The one recipe I did try, shallot mashed potatoes with garlic, was a complete disaster. The difference is about who the audience for each book is intended to be.

Mar 06, Deidre rated it really liked it. A book every serious home cook should have handy so they know why their hard work might run awry in the cooking process. Jun 19, Eric rated it really liked it.

CookWise: The Secrets of Cooking Revealed

I also tried some recipes and they weren;t great. I loved the in depth chemical explanations in particular. It marries art and science- both hemispheres of the brain. Read new romance book reviews, posts from your favorite authors, samples, exciting digital first publications and e-book specials.


Not the kind of book you just sit down and read cover to cover – it is a cookbook, after all – and lacking the adorable, elementary school science teacher vibe she brings to her spots on Alton Brown’s Good Eatsbut still a pretty amazing book. Tell us more about what you like to read so we can send you the best offers and opportunities. As someone who would rather learn underlying principles and then be shooed out the door than master recipes by rote, this dense volume is right up my alley.

Maybe more experienced cooks or ones willing to follow all the complicated directions and look for all the special ingredients would turn out some fabulous food, but I do not have the time or patience for that.

The recipes are chosen to be good examples rather than great eats, but they’re still pretty good. Cookwise is a great reference for the latter. Corriher, tells you how and why things happen in the course of food preparation.

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Cookwise: The Secrets of Cooking Revealed

Join to find the hottest teen books, connect with your favorite YA authors and meet new friends who share your reading interests. More indulging of curiosity than inspiring, I felt. Jan 22, 8. One of my favorite tips was to use vodka for flaky pie I first heard of the author on ‘Good Eats’ where he uses her as a reference, normally admitting that she is more qualified than he. CookWise is a guide to the hows and whys of cooking, the science behind why bread rises or doesn’twhat turns a juicy piece of meat into a tough lump Morrow Cookbooks On Sale: Corriher’s seminal book of food science is not to be missed.


One is for my favorite sour-cream cornbread, a recipe that I easily adapted to hold up better as a gluten free bread, and one which my guests adore. I wish Corriher wa I think there are two ways to cook: Citations are based on reference standards.

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Love the concept, the science was interesting, but overall I didn’t want to start cooking. Please create a new list with a new name; move some items to a new or existing list; or delete some items. The more than outstanding recipes featured not only please the palate, but demonstrate the various roles of ingredients and techniques—making Cookwise an invaluable reference for anyone who has ever wanted to improve on a recipe, make a cake moister, or a roast chicken juicier.

I will save the book forever just for the reference materials and because it contains this cornbread recipe.

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My impression is that Harold McGee’s book is more geared to the food service professional and students of culinary disciplines. Apr 02, Jaime rated it it was amazing. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Now that I’ve cookaise through this one, I vaguely remember reading it a few years ago, but I liked it better then, for some reason. Do you already have an account? So I know about that.