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 b├ęchamel 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.





'Cooking For Geeks' Official Site
Amazon Product Site

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Reader Comments

very insightful article.

in b4 first

That's freakin' awesome. I want this.

This morning I mixed chocolate milk with cola.
It was disgusting.

already have, worth a read

What, no pic of the Whip-cream titties? :(

I have to buy this for 2 reasons! 1: I can't cook for shit. and 2: It's just funny.

@3. Roman: I believe that drink is called a "Squirrel." My GF used to drink it as a kid.

I've owned this book for awhile. One of my favorite books on cooking. However, it is definitely written for beginner cooks, so those experienced in the culinary arts may want to skip around.

I got this book for christmas. The no yeast pizza dough is clutch. I can make fresh pizza at the drop of a hat now. No more settling for cheap dominos at 3 AM.

the second one looks like pudding and candycorn

Where in the hell is the picture of the whipped cream titties?


Not gonna lie GL (Geekologie Lady), I also expected to see some freshly made Whipped Cream Titties.

That being said, I would 100% pay (with Monopoly money) for your "Cooking For GW" cookbook. He seems to have great taste.

I'm guessing by 'ladyfriend', GW means he wrote this one with his right hand.

And whipped cream titties is an actual dish he makes with the breasts of dead hookers. SALTY BUT SWEET.

GW, I think you mean Bone Appetitties.

GW's ladyfriend should totally make a book, illustrated by herself. ;D Her art/blog is cute.

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