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Cookwise: The Secrets of Cooking Revealed

by Shirley O. Corriher

The author's background as a food chemist and lifelong cook has uniquely prepared her to write this long-awaited book. You could buy it for the 230 recipes alone, and get your money's worth. But what makes this book invaluable is that it explains, in an understandable, easily readable format, the chemistry of cooking.

Ms. Corriher unravels the mysteries of breadmaking, solves the riddle of perfect pie crust and cracks the candy-making code. The reader will learn not only how to "fix" a flawed recipe, but how to recognize that it is flawed in the first place. Stumped by the role of baking powder? This the book for you. The section on Cakes is easily worth the price of the book.

Although breads, pastries and desserts are given an in-depth treatment, equal space is devoted to Eggs (you might just relearn how to hard-boil them), Sauces, Vegetables, and Meats, Poultry and Fish.

Owners of Cookwise will have to take special precautions to guard against its becoming too tattered and spattered. It will prove to be a fantastic reference, as well as a trusted source of wonderful recipes. A great book to own or give.

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