August 24, 2004

I'm Just Here for the Food by Alton Brown

coverKind of a gonzo Harold McGee. The subtitle of the book is "Food + Heat = Cooking", and a large portion of the book is truly dedicated to investigation of the various ways in which heat can be applied to food to effect the transformation that results in something good to eat. I enjoyed Brown's somewhat irreverent style. Evidently the fellow had a cable cooking show before the book, which I suspect is a hoot to watch. I got the book from the library, but I learned enough and saw enough I'll want to refer to in the future that I'll be adding the book to my library. There are recipes here that demonstrate the methods, and they sound good, but the best bits to me were all of the explanations of what's happening when you sear or boil or steam or fry. Knowing those kinds of basic principles can't help but make you a better cook. Now I just need to cook something.

Oh, its presence here really does mean I read this cookbook cover to cover.

Posted by jeffy at August 24, 2004 11:24 PM

Yes, it is some kind of cooking show, called
_Good Eats_. The low production values are
complemented by the completely unrestrained
creativity of their application.
He's got an eponymous .com domain, and he blogs
a little (it looks like rants :-)

Posted by: Dan L at August 25, 2004 09:42 AM
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