I would compare this book to freakonomics. Although freakonomics has nothing to do with cooking, this book is similar in that the revelations will blow your mind. The author is fairly witty, and it completely held my attention while in the car.
Way better than I thought it was going to be.
This book is simply amazing. You would have to search on google for hours and read hundreds of other cook books to amass the amount of information in this 9 hour narration.
A word of caution: I am a Mechanical Engineer and found this book to be very technical for the average person. Although the author does lay most of the stuff out in layman's terms, he does get technical. Without prior knowledge of thermodynamics, chemical bonding, etc... I would have had a difficult time understanding the concepts.
Booklover since I was 7 yrs. old!
I certainly would! It's very interesting for almost all people that do some cooking or like food.
Cooking is chemistry and that's cool, but it can also remove som of the magic surrounding food and cooking!
When I started to listen the book I though it was going to be promising and actually I recommended it, After finishing the book I would prefer to recommend others on the same subject.
US readers are not the only listeners of this kind of books, Although there is an article regarding metric measurements all the book is about pounds, cups, degrees Fahrenheit, etc.The same is abut the regulation entities like FDA.
There is too much repetition of basic concepts and I did not see any relation or mention to the recipes in the pdf cookbook and the subjects in the different chapters.
Anyway I learned a few things form this books so I do not consider it a waist of credits.
The lack of emotion in the narrator's voice makes the listen that much more funny.
The book is filled with a sometimes not so subtle sarcasm and that, although appealing to me, may not be appealing to others. Enoyed the book immensely!
I haven't read the print version, so I am not able to compare.
Wolke does not hide that he falls for sales pitches himself and has to remind himself of simple things from time to time - like salt being generally SALT, not some magic powder that can solve problems or sugar being everywhere, often in disguise ...
I am a skeptic food buyer, trying to prepare as much as possible on his own, not relying on "convenience food" from the super market. Yet, this book has reminded me to be even more open eyed ...
The book consists of several, not necessarily connected, articles or columns that deal with separate topics. This makes it a good mix of various topics, but lacks a bit of a "red line".
I never read the printed version.
None. This is the best.
The part explaining pots and pans.
I agree with other reviews that this book isn't so much intended to be read from beginning to end, but I found it an easy listen for my commute. The science was explained clearly and mostly interesting. I did find the conversation with Alice in Wonderland in the refrigerator to be bizarre. Narrator was good and I've enjoyed other books he has read as well.
This is a funny, fascinating account of what really goes on when you cook.
The author delves into things like whether or not you can cook an egg on the sidewalk, chemical reactions that take place when you mix ingredients, and why you can't use copper pots on certain types of stoves.
The narrator has a good voice and cadence, and it was a fun listen.This book didn't necessarily teach me a lot about cooking itself, but it made the process more interesting.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
I loved this book since I like to cook. It is a great science book for someone who might not like science or science books. From description of the difference between salt and types of butter this book is a must if you think yourself an aspiring chef.
Also you can download the recipes as a PDF version from audible. I have tried a few and they are quite interesting. A hard copy of this book would make a great gift as well.
Informative, entertaining, enlightening.
What I wish I had known 40 years ago.
This book is just wonderful. It explains things in simple concepts.