Why is red meat red? How do they decaffeinate coffee? Do you wish you understood the science of food but don't want to plow through dry, technical books? In What Einstein Told His Cook, University of Pittsburgh chemistry professor emeritus and award-winning Washington Post food columnist Robert L. Wolke provides reliable and witty explanations for your most burning food questions, while debunking misconceptions and helping you interpret confusing advertising and labeling. A finalist for both the James Beard Foundation and IACP Awards for best food reference, What Einstein Told His Cook engages cooks and chemists alike.
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"With its zest for the truth, this book will help cooks learn how to make more intelligent choices." (Publishers Weekly)
For the kitchen nerd with a sense of humor. An absorbing read. (Food & Wine)
Wolke...is one of the great demystifiers of scientific information. (BusinessWeek)
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If you're a chef, you'll like it... if you're a scientist, you'll like it... if you're a curious person, you'll like it... if you're a food chemist or have done and enjoyed any food chemistry course, you'll LOVE it! I blame the latter fact as to why I took to this title so much. I really enjoyed this title and everything about it, it had a little biology, some biochemistry and a whole lot of chemistry. The bonus in this was the reference material (recipe guide).
The narration of the title was done well enough, not extraordinary but I do think that to narrate anything such as this it would be hard to truly blow me away. It was done very well though, enough to hold your attention for the entire title itself. The narrator didn't droll on and on, but engaged you well enough to keep you interested throughout the title.
The knowledge gained through listening this entire title was well received. As someone who did Food Chem in college I do remember a lot of the concepts that were mentioned. It also was not done in a way that requires any previous knowledge regarding chemistry or any basic science to really understand. All you need is an open mind and you should be able to follow pretty well. I thought the cook book that was provided would have been a bit more relevant other than giving you some treats to make but it was a nice addition. If you actually intend to be a Chef, be in the Food Industry or do any sort of Food Chemistry course I would HIGHLY recommend this book because it provides some very useful information in a understanding form.
What Einstein told his cook is a great book if you have any background in science and would like to bridge some (or a lot) of gaps to cooking. Even if you don't have a big background in science or chemistry, I believe if you're some what intelligible you can still pick up on a lot of whats covered and comprehend it (though, you may have to look a few things up depending on your background). It is very interesting and it helps you avoid common techniques or procedures that are taught and used in the kitchen frequently which are almost completely baseless which shows the lack of education and knowledge some cooks actually have of cooking.
You don't have to have taken organic chemistry to think this book is great, but if you do have a background in chemistry/basic science you will probably really enjoy this book. Even if you don't have a background, the author is good about keeping it on a simple level, and explains concepts before discussing them further.
I'm just getting into cooking regularly and have found that this should be an essential read/listen for any one that enjoys or is beginning to enjoy cooking.
If you ever wondered about how your microwave works or what the best way to liberate juice from a lemon check this book out. I learned way more that I planned on about what is in my kitchen and how I've been using it wrong. :)
This is a terrible choice for audio! It is a reference book, plain and simple - as a printed book, you can look up whatever you need to know, when you need to know it. That doesn't work with audio, and since there is no story it's a major yawn. Imagine listening to the dictionary...
What Einstein Told His Cook serves up a smorgasbord of kitchen science in bite-sized, easily digestible pieces. The author explains the workings of everyday ingredients and equipment used in food preparation and WHY they work the way they do. It is not only an entertaining read, it is a great reference book! A compendium of culinary information, it can be consumed as a meal or simply nibbled upon from time to time with no loss of flavor.
Not only is it good information, it's a great resource in resolving kitchen arguments! Most memorable for me was the moment of victory I enjoyed when I read the official word of a scientist why it's not good to put my Calphalon pot in the dishwasher...even if that means my husband won't wash it...
Alton Brown's alter ego
This book is enjoyable even for the non-cook; it gives concise, understandable information about the foods we eat every day.
Appears to be a collection of responses from his newspaper column. The information was good and I learned from it. So I'd recommend the book because of what you'll learn. Was just bummed that they didn't (appear to) make more of an effort that a copy and paste from his previous writings. Either way, it's a good read, worth a few bucks ... just not a GREAT book.
This story was designed for a science geek like me. Every one of the explanations was informative and entertaining.
His humorous edge made the book enjoyable.
What you always thought you knew about food.
If you like Alton Brown's "Good Eats" or "Iron Chef," this is your book. My husband and I enjoyed it on a car trip. Then, my in-laws listened and share it with the grandkids one chapter at a time on the way home from school. The science has captured the interest of our 9 year old nephew.
This book tackles some of the questions about why and how things happen to the food we cook and other goings on in our kitchens. Told in a light and easy to understand style, this book was well paced and didnt drag along. I enjoyed listening to this book as it was a good change of pace selection.
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This was a delightful Audible listen that answered many of those cooking questions that many of us have always wanted to ask, but knew no one with more than a folklore rationale. Wolke offers not only scientific explanations to why good cooking requires so many mystical steps, but explains them in terms that anyone can understand. At the same time, he does not trivialize the science or use explanations that make those of us with science backgrounds shudder at his analogies and metaphors because of banality. His prose is filled with clever repartee. Finally, Wolke is comprehensive and well organized in answering all kinds of questions related to foods, cooking, and kitchen craft.
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