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What Einstein Told His Cook Audiobook

What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained

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Publisher's Summary

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.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2002 Robert L. Wolke (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"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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    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 05-01-14
    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 05-01-14 Member Since 2017
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    This was a hard book for me to finish, not because it was boring, but because it was hard for me. In his introduction the author says he will to try to make things easy for you to understand the book, but unfortunately, his attempts failed with me.

    This is not a health or nutrition book. I was a little disappointed by this. This is a chemistry book. If you don't know much about chemistry, or don't remember what you learned in high school, I suggest you go to basic chemistry first.
    The author tries to be funny and tries to tone things down for readers like me, but I think it wasn't enough, for I realized I need to get my chemistry together.
    I did Learn interesting things here, but I have to away I retained very little information. It is a good book. I recommend it, but only if you commit to listen to it many times.

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    Gina United States 03-27-14
    Gina United States 03-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Hilarious learning at its finest!"
    What does Sean Runnette bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The lack of emotion in the narrator's voice makes the listen that much more funny.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Conrad Ko Hong Kong, Hong Kong 02-25-14
    Conrad Ko Hong Kong, Hong Kong 02-25-14
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    "Very informative and with a flair."
    Would you consider the audio edition of What Einstein Told His Cook to be better than the print version?

    I never read the printed version.


    What other book might you compare What Einstein Told His Cook to and why?

    None. This is the best.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The part explaining pots and pans.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    None

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    "Interesting"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 01-23-14
    Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 01-23-14 Member Since 2016
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    "The scientific side of cooking explained"

    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.

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    John S MA 01-10-14
    John S MA 01-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Read if you like to cook. Download PDF recipes"

    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.

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    A. K. Brewer 12-20-13
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    If you could sum up What Einstein Told His Cook in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, entertaining, enlightening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No characters


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

    No characters


    If you could give What Einstein Told His Cook a new subtitle, what would it be?

    What I wish I had known 40 years ago.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is just wonderful. It explains things in simple concepts.

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    amelia 12-15-13
    amelia 12-15-13
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    "Pay close attention"
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    I loved all the explanations. Wolke gives you the tools to understand the basics of food chemistry, and he gives you the vocabulary to do research on your own. I'm a distracted listener, so I found myself often rewinding the audio to catch important facts. This book definitely feels more like a lecture, so I listened to it in shorter bursts than I would with most audiobooks. I found myself wanting to take notes and see charts and other visual elements, and I think this book would do well to have a visual kindle companion. As is, I feel like I absorbed a third of the information. I'll be able to grocery shop with a more educated eye, but I don't quite understand the concepts well enough to repeat them to someone else. Time permitting, and in lieu of online notes/support, I'd like to listen again with a notepad close at hand.

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    Amazon Customer 11-14-13 Member Since 2016
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    Where does What Einstein Told His Cook rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would put this on my Top Ten Listens


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Very informative and fun to listen to


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

    All


    If you could give What Einstein Told His Cook a new subtitle, what would it be?

    What you need to know now about cooking.


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    Mark A Johnson Colorado 10-22-13
    Mark A Johnson Colorado 10-22-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing and informative"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I might totally be a foodie. this is an amazing book for anyone interested in food. Totally like Good eats the show and Richard Wolke is very informative.


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