NPR coverage of Cookwise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Cooking by Shirley O. Corriher. News, author interviews, critics’ picks and more. Get this from a library! Cookwise: the hows and whys of successful cooking. [ Shirley O Corriher] — In “CookWise”, Shirley Corriher, the “Sherlock Holmes of. Cookwise: the hows and whys of successful cooking. Responsibility: Shirley O. Corriher. Edition: 1st ed. Imprint: New York: William Morrow, c Physical.

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I did enjoy all the name dropping and hints from famous chefs. Among the recipes you’ll also find some surprises. Books by Shirley O. On Food and Cooking: Here is how to make cakes moister, a pate A choux drier and crisper, a dish lighter or darker in color; how to make muffins peak better, cookies spread less, or a roast chicken juicier. And there wasn’t that much in the book I actually wanted to rush out and make.

You already recently rated this item. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. As someone who would rather learn underlying principles and then be shooed out the door than master recipes by rote, this dense volume is right up my alley.

The E-mail Address es field is required. But this went so far over my head, it was into the stratosphere. One of my favorite all-time books on food.

User lists with this item 5 Three Grok items by improbability updated It’s enlightening to read cover to cover as I did ; it’s a great reference for specific questions. I wish Corriher was my aunt.

This is a wonderful book for those want to know the chemistry behind cooking. Refresh and try again. WorldCat is the world’s largest library catalog, helping you find library materials online. I’ll hafta ask my daughter: Jun 19, Eric rated it really liked it. The organization was a bit curious to me – the book clearly opens with bread recipes, then dances around all kin I think I’ve been too spoiled by Alton Brown and his Good Eats show. Apr 02, Jaime rated it it was amazing.


There is a recipe or two to illustrate each point. Linked Data More info about Linked Data. Cookbooks Nonfiction Document Type: This item doesn’t belong on this page.

Major headings are shown in the Contents and 42 At-a-Glance summary charts make problem solving quick and easy Beginning cooks can use CookWise as a howto book with easy-to-follow recipes that produce dishes looking and tasting like the work of an experienced chef.

It’s intriguing as an exploration of the conditions and chemistry that produce great or terrible food; it’s useful for troubleshooting recipes both before and after cooking. Only the Kitchen Gods know how many ingredients I would have gone on throwing in the garbage had I not discovered this book and learned how to vet a recipe before even breaking out my bowls.

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The descriptions are straightforward for the layman, but detailed enough for real insight. The only drawback for me was the section on breads; there are techniques recommended by others Peter Reinhart and Jeffrey Hammelman that produce better results. This book isn’t just for home chefs, however; I think it would be a fascinating read for your average science geek.

Mar 06, Deidre rated it really liked it. Knowing how ingredients work, individually and in combination, will not only make you more aware of the cooking process, but transform you into a confident and exceptional cook — a cook who is in control.

CorriherHardcover great book In the end I find Cookwise excellent as a reference work and only so-so as a cookbook.


The recipes span the very basics to some more complex and unusual dishes. If you’ve ever wondered how cakes from scratch go together or what part egg whites and yolks play in a dish, this book is for you.

CookWise is a different kind of cookbook.

CookWise: The Secrets of Cooking Revealed by Shirley O. Corriher

There cookwlse to be a lack of quality control – some pages would detail measured amounts, others would skip it. Your Web browser is not enabled for JavaScript. Your request to send this item has been completed. About this product Synopsis Can you tell whether a recipe will work before you cook it? Please enter recipient e-mail address es. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

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Cookwise : the hows and whys of successful cooking

As for the recipes; I find these less successful. Maybe more experienced cooks or ones willing to follow all the complicated directions and look for all the special ingredients would turn out some fabulous food, but I do not have the time or patience for that.

Offering “the hows and whys of successful cooking,” Cookwiseby well-known food writer and culinary sleuth Ghe O. The first book I grabbed, Cookwise by Shirley Corriher, was chosen because although I remembered that I have used it for reference, I couldn’t actually remember that I had cooked much from the Recently I was cataloging my cookbook collection succcessful the process was making me think about all the different books and why I had them.