(From Appetizers to Zucchini)
By George Erdosh
Virtual Bookworm 2009
Buy Link Hardcover: http://www.amazon.com/What-Recipes-Dont-Tell-You/dp/1602644934
Author Site: http://howfoodswork.blogspot.com
Are you a great cook, new to cooking, or never cooked, but want to learn? It doesn’t matter which category you fit in. I believe you’ll love What Recipes Don’t Tell You by George Erdosh, a culinary scientist, food writer, and certified cooking teacher.
I collect recipe books, especially vintage ones, but that’s not what this is. It’s a guide to all those things you wish were included in your recipe books. It details the shelf life of foods, herbs, spices…ect. The author shows you different ways of preparing and cooking foods as well the best ways to store your foodstuffs for safety and longevity. There are options for substitutions of one ingredient for another with the same great results. For instance you can use a combo of white sugar and molasses in place of brown sugar. There are weights and measurements. If your recipe calls for so many cups of chopped, diced, or sliced apples or other food, it tells you how many pounds of that food you’ll need to equal that many cups, as well as how much of a specific food you’ll need to feed X amount of people. This is just a tiny example of some of the kinds of things detailed inside these pages.
What Recipes Don’t Tell You is very well written and offers a wealth of information for all cooks from beginner to expert. There isn’t a table of contents, but it’s in alphabetical order, so finding exactly what you’re looking for is easy. I recommend this book for all the cooks and aspiring cooks out there, and if you don’t cook it would be great gift for the cooks in your life. I know it’s earned its place on my kitchen shelf right beside my favorite recipe book. I imagine I’ll refer to it over and over again.