Jan 20 2011Cookbook Review!: 'Cooking For Geeks'
[GW's Note: I've set the microwave on fire twice, this review is presented without commentary by my ladyfriend]
Cooking for Geeks ($22) is not your typical, boring-ass cookbook with recipes -- oh no -- it's jam-packed with scienc-y stuff! Jeff Potter takes an Alton Brown-esque approach to scientifically explain what's actually happening to your ingredients while you cook. Reading through the chapters, you explore the chemistry behind manipulating variables within a recipe to generate different results. Potter really gets down to the nitty gritty. Don't like to read a lot? That's okay, there's plenty of pictures, charts and graphs to visually explain the information as well. Truthfully, it can get really geeky at times, like when Jeff imagines the cook as a hacker and relates the recipe in computer code, but that might work for some people.
Fortunately for me, Potter also provides plenty of tips on how to cook with alcohol, GW's favorite ingredient. Plus there are still tons of tasty recipes when you're ready to start experimenting (like a scientist!). The GW requested: the mac 'n cheese with béchamel sauce, rice congee, chocolate port cake and the poached pears in red wine and caramel. The reaction was pretty much the same across the board, and I quote "Mmmmmm! Boner boner boner boner boner!" (he's got refined tastes). Long story long, if you're a curious geek, interested in the chemistry of cooking, I'd suggest checking it out. Bon appetitties!
P.S. Keep your eyes peeled for my debut cookbook, 'Cooking for the GW', which will include many of his favorites like, "That Bomb-Ass Sandwich You Make", "Skittles for Breakfast", "Chocolate Milk Straight From the Carton" and "Whipped-Cream Titties" (his personal fave).
Hit the jump for a shot of each dish I made.