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 Post subject: Any great cooking technique book recommendations?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:21 am 

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I am a serviceable, self-taught, home cook. I try to learn all I can from friends, family, cooking shows, the internet, and old family cookbooks. I would really love some good, comprehensive, culinary reference materials though. Stuff that concentrates on technique, the reason behind doing things the way you do, etc. I don't want a bound copy of someone's grandma's recipe box. Doing some searching I found recommendations for the following: La Varenne Pratique, Anne Willan; On Food and Cooking, Harold McGee; On Cooking: A Textbook of Culinary Fundamentals, Labensky, Labensky, Martel, Hause, and Martel; The Cook's Book, Dorling Kindersley Publishing.

I would love some feedback on whether any of these make your lists, what these do, or do not do, well, or any other recommendations that have served you well.

Thanks so much.

-Ryan


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 Post subject: Re: Any great cooking technique book recommendations?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:40 am 
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Jacques Pepin's "new complete techniques" sounds like what you are looking for. LOTS of really good stuff in it.


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 Post subject: Re: Any great cooking technique book recommendations?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:44 am 

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i'm a great fan of julia child and jacques pepin, try their books out. can't go wrong with them.

if you can find wayne gisslen's professional cooking, my culinary manual when i was in culinary school, it's got the basics all the way to the advanced. has everything you need. from recipes to techniques. he also has a book professional baking if you wanna learn that as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Any great cooking technique book recommendations?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:38 am 
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In addition to what has been mentioned so far...

1. "Grand Livre de Cuisine, Culinary Ecyclopedia" by Alain Ducasse's (I am not sure if the English version is still in print, but you should be able to find them online.) It covers just about everything.

2. Books by Cook's Illustrated, like "The Science of Good Cooking," & "The New Best Recipe."

3. "Modernist Cuisine at Home". It covers a lot of the stuff in the original, "Modernist Cuisine." It often suggests cheaper and easier way to do some of the things for the home cook.

4. "French Cooking, Classic Recipes and Techniques" by Vincent Boue & Hubert Delorme. It is not as detailed or extensive as the other books but is a good start and even come with a 90 minutes DVD. (The DVD isn't that good :))

5. "The Flavor Bible" by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg. This is not a technique or science book. It lists ingredients and suggest list of flavor that might match well with them. I uses it a lot when I am doing my planning.


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 Post subject: Re: Any great cooking technique book recommendations?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:25 am 

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You have Harold McGee, On Food amd Cooking on your list. That is one of the gold standards of technique and why thimgs are done. Both among home cooks and professionals. Definitely worth having it in your collection.


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 Post subject: Re: Any great cooking technique book recommendations?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:40 pm 

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CIA Professional Chef has been my go to book for many years . it covers savory dishes ,desserts, baking , garde mange etc. etc.


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 Post subject: Re: Any great cooking technique book recommendations?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:42 pm 

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+1 to Harold McGee. Not a recipe book, but very in-depth descriptions why you do what you do.


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 Post subject: Re: Any great cooking technique book recommendations?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:34 pm 

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Jacques Pepin - La Technique & La Methode, both are great books with wonderful photos. He is a true master and a very humble guy. Early in his career he was Charles de Gaulle's personal chef. I spent about two months training with him. His knowledge and skills are incredible. Much of what I learned from him, I later read in McGee....a lot about food chemistry, the hows and whys. Also good is the two volume set of the Art of Cooking, but for pure instruction the first two books are excellent.


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 Post subject: Re: Any great cooking technique book recommendations?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 7:07 pm 

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The "On Cooking" book is stellar. Also, the CIA has a Garde Manger book that is superb as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Any great cooking technique book recommendations?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:34 am 

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++Harold McGee Food and cooking. This is a pure science manual. Its the book you use to fix recipes. After I spent years in kitchens, I bought that book. I started to understand what I was doing, and how things work.

The Food Lovers Companion is a great "dictionary" for a lot of info. The CIA book "The New Professional Chef" is always good. The Joy of Cooking is failsafe for American classical cuisine.

There are always people online that will give you the most up top date, classical, and post modern ways of doing things. The furute authors of the world.


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