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Cooking for Geeks, 2nd Edition

Book Description

Are you interested in the science behind what happens to the food in your kitchen? Do you want to learn what makes a recipe work so you can improvise instead of simply following a set of instructions? More than just a cookbook, Cooking for Geeks applies your curiosity to discovery, inspiration, and invention in the kitchen. It's an excellent and intriguing resource for anyone who wants to experiment with cooking, even if you don't consider yourself a geek.

Table of Contents

  1. Recipe Index
  2. List of Labs
  3. List of Interviews
  4. How to Contact Us
    1. Safari® Books Online
  5. Introduction
  6. 1 Hello, Kitchen!
    1. How to Think Like a Geek
    2. Know Your Cooking Style
    3. How to Read a Recipe
    4. Fear in the Kitchen
    5. A Brief History of the Recipe
    6. Don’t Always Follow the Recipe
    7. A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place
    8. A Dinner Party for One
    9. The Power of a Dinner Party
    10. The Basics of Kitchen Equipment
  7. 2 Taste, Smell, and Flavor
    1. Taste + Smell = Flavor
    2. Taste, the Gustatory Sense
    3. Inspiration by Taste Combinations
    4. Smell, the Olfactory Sense
    5. What Is Flavor?
    6. Inspiration by Exploration
    7. Inspiration by Seasonality
    8. Computational Flavor Inspiration
  8. 3 Time and Temperature
    1. Cooked = Time * Temperature
    2. 85°F / 30°C: Average Melting Point of Fats
    3. 104–122°F / 40–50°C: Fish and Meat Proteins Start to Denature
    4. 140°F / 60°C: The End of the Danger Zone
    5. 141°F / 61°C: Eggs Begin to Set
    6. 154°F / 68°C: Collagen (Type I) Denatures
    7. 158°F / 70°C: Vegetable Starches Break Down
    8. 310°F / 154°C: Maillard Reactions Become Noticeable
    9. 356°F / 180°C: Sugar Quickly Caramelizes
  9. 4 Air and Water
    1. Air, Hot Air, and the Power of Steam
    2. Water Chemistry and How It Affects Your Baking
    3. You Must Choose Your Flour, but Choose Wisely
    4. Error Tolerances in Baking
    5. Yeast
    6. Bacteria
    7. Baking Soda
    8. Baking Powder
    9. Egg Whites
    10. Egg Yolks
    11. Whipped Cream
  10. 5 Fun with Hardware
    1. High-Pressure Situations
    2. A Few Low-Pressure Tricks
    3. Sous Vide Cooking: Low-Temperature Poaching
    4. Making Molds
    5. Wet Separations
    6. Chilling Out with Liquid Nitrogen and Dry Ice
    7. Cooking with a Lot of Heat
  11. 6 Playing with Chemicals
    1. Food Additives
    2. Mixtures and Colloids
    3. Preservatives
    4. Flavorings
    5. Thickeners
    6. Gelling Agents
    7. Emulsifiers
    8. Enzymes
  12. Postscript How to Be a Smarter Geek
  13. Appendix: Cooking Around Allergies
    1. Substitutions for Common Allergies
  14. Index
  15. Acknowledgments
  16. About the Author
  17. Backcover