Keys to Good Cooking: Book Review

by zesty on November 18, 2010 · 4 comments

Every now and again I get sent stuff.  Super fun for me cause I love mail and for the most part everything I receive is either really cool, useful or tastes great. For this particular post… I received a copy of a new book  – Keys to Good Cooking: A Guide to Making the Best of Foods and Recipes just released this month by Harold McGee.  I just want to give you a little scoop on what it is all about.  Deal?  Thought so.

About Harold McGee

Harold McGee writes about the science of food and cooking. He’s the author of the award-winning classic On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen, and writes a monthly column, “The Curious Cook,” for The New York Times. He has been named food writer of the year by Bon Appétit magazine and to the Time 100, an annual list of the world’s most influential people. He lives in San Francisco.

My Thoughts

Keys to Good Cooking is just what I expected from McGee: a well-researched, well-written reference. The book is divided into twenty-four chapters, each one focusing on a category of ingredients (fruits, meats, dairy), on tools (small and large), or on techniques. One major topic in Keys to Good Cooking is food safety, including proper handling, cooking, storing, and buying.

Some features of the book that I really enjoyed were the organization and concise way of displaying the information.  Being a reference book, He intends for his readers to simply look up what they need to know before they use a specific ingredient or try a new preparation method, and the book is full of extremely useful information!.

This cookbook does not have any recipes in it, at least not recipes as you know them now.  It’s more of an explanation.  McGee explains how to shop for fruits, vegetables, meats, all foods; he tells you want to look for, what to avoid, how to store it in your house, how to clean it and when do throw it away.

One of my favorite lines in the book…

Cooking  can be one of the most satisfying things we do in life.  It’s a chance to make things with our own hands, nourish and give pleasure to people we care about, and choose exactly what we eat and make part of ourselves.

Since I love eating and preparing food so much, this one hit pretty close to home.

Video Clips about the Book

Below are a couple of videos that give you a simple look into Harold’s style and the premise around the book as well.

Stay tuned for a book giveaway( maybe tomorrow) and have a super day.

Take care


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