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McGee, Harold

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ISBN 10: 0865474524 / ISBN 13: 9780865474529
Published by North Point Press, 1990
Condition: As New Hardcover
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McGee, Harold. THE CURIOUS COOK: MORE KITCHEN SCIENCE AND LORE. San Francisco, CA: North Point Press, 1990. 339pp, biblio, index. 8vo. As new, unblemished hardcover with publisher's card laid-in, fine d/j. Bookseller Inventory # 70737

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Publisher: North Point Press

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

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Examines the biochemistry behind cooking and food preparation, rejecting such common notions as that searing meat seals in juices and that cutting lettuce causes it to brown faster

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"The Curious Cook is an indispensable kitchen companion to conventional teaspoon-of-this, dash-of-that cooking volumes." —Village Voice

"Lively reflections on cooking matters and questions." —The New York Times

"If you like to know what you're doing in the kitchen and be entertained while you find out, you must read this book." —Vogue

The Curious Cook, the follow-up to the award-winning On Food and Cooking, which was called a "minor masterpiece" by Time magazine, continues to translate into plain English for home cooks what scientists have discovered about food. Harold McGee puts to rest countless time-honored culinary myths and answers questions about the hazards of salmonella in mayonnaise and hollandaise sauce, how you can retain the green in salads, guacamole, and pesto, and how to keep tender meats from becoming tough when braising, as well as the relation of certain foods to heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer's disease. Filled with literary and historical anecdotes and packed with fascinating scientific lore, The Curious Cook is a must for every kitchen library.

"Some works are so original they defy classification. Such a book is Harold McGee's The Curious Cook." —Los Angeles Times

"A thoroughly charming and extremely useful new book." —The Washington Post

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