I have been cooking for a while now, but its mostly what I picked up watching others cook. I usually experiment with ingredients, try out a few things, and learn from there. In short, there is nothing scientific about what I do.
Now, I am an engineer by profession, and it seems there ought to be a reason for cooking food the way it is done. There are several terms out there that stump me, and I wish I could read up a book to learn more about them.
So, do you recommend any book/website/videos that explains the science behind cooking, as opposed to the art that it actually is?
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