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Are there books describing the general principles of cooking? [closed]

Perhaps my question is too weird, but whenever I read a book on cooking, it's just a list full of recipes. There are a lot of examples but there are no explicit laws or general principles of cooking ...
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Leaving buttermilk out overnight, recipe for food poisoning?

In the recipe for corn bread in The Bread Baker's Apprentice, the first instruction reads: "The night before baking the corn bread, soak the cornmeal (1 cup) in the buttermilk (2 cups). Cover and ...
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Any cooking literature recommendation? [closed]

Salutation Seasoned Advice community. I'm just a college student learning how to cook. I wanted to check out some cooking books to expand my horizon in developing flavor and cooking techniques. I ...
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A suggestion for a book to teach me how to buy tools and groceries instead of just a cookbook [closed]

I am a absolute beginner. I don't have a single pan in my apt and my fridge is (really) empty. I need a book to really guide me by the hand. A cookbook won't do that, so I am hoping to find the right ...
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Bread Book Suggestions [closed]

I want baking my own bread loafs, specially things like sourdough baguettes, ciabatta, flatbead, and multi grain loaf bread. I've been researching this for a few days, but as usual, there is a ...
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Mystery cookbook

My mother left me a cookbook that is the most amazing one I have ever seen. It is approx 1700 pages, the last pages are missing on my copy. I remember the cover, which is long gone, was green. It is ...
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What's a good bible on vegetarian cooking?

Some years ago I decided to eat less meat and to successively becoming a vegetarian. I haven't learnt any particular dishes though, mostly just improvising with veggies/beans/nuts/cheese as staples – ...
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What type of cookies does the author Rose Levy talk about in Christmas cookies book?

From here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biscuit according to American English dictionary Merriam-Webster, a cookie is a "small flat or slightly raised cake".[4] A biscuit is "any of various ...
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Recommend Indian cookbooks for a beginner/intermediate amateur [closed]

I would like to experience more Indian food but I need recipes ideas and to learn some more cooking techniques. What are some good cookbooks for a beginner/intermediate level amateur "chef"?
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What is a good book about soup?

Thanks for reading! I really love soup, and mine always comes out pretty badly - once in a while I get a good one, but generally pretty disappointing. Can anyone recommend a good book for making ...
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Which Jamie Oliver Cookbook

My wife wants a Jamie Oliver cookbook for Christmas. All I know is that "it's the one with the pizza dough recipe." Does anyone know which one this is?
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Ultimate cookbook for busy people

I'm looking for the ultimate cookbook for busy people with little cooking experience. ~30min per recipe (for someone who has barely cooked before, not for a professional chef). Alternatives for all ...
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Explanation of the phrase “Eye of Round Roast”

I need to translate the type of meat called "Eye of Round Roast" to Danish. It would be extremely lucky, if anyone here speaks Danish as well as having a quite good English cooking technical ...
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Good book on English/British cuisine

I am looking for a good book on British cuisine, and I have a specific type of book in mind. I tried looking on Amazon, but I couldn't determine whether a given book offers what I want. I am ...
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New takes on recipe format

I'm working on a cookbook that is designed to make it easier to master the steps that go into a recipe, and understand the timing, especially when trying to get multiple items to 'line up' so they all ...
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A great book with recipes for Tapas

Spanish Tapas is some of the best food I know. I've been to a lot of great restaurants all over Europe. I've bought some books, and tried different recipes for making this food. It should not be very ...
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English Translation of Gastronomie Pratique

I was reading Julia Child's autobiography, and she mentioned that she loved the book Gastronomie Pratique by Ali-Bab. It's apparently a classic compendium of French cooking recipes and techniques. ...
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Quick vegan recipes cookbook [closed]

I am looking for a book with easy-to-make, easy-to-follow vegan recipes. It does not have to be completely vegan, if there are few vegetarian recipes it's fine, however most of them would be vegan.
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How do I cook for just one person? any good cookbooks?

Being single again, I'm thinking it's time I learned how to cook for myself, problem is knowing how to cook, and buy, buying being a significant part of the problem, in quantities that will be just ...
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What book/website should I read to help me move beyond just being able to follow a recipe? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Books that explain the science of cooking? I am looking for a book/website or other resource to help me gain a deeper understanding of cooking and to help me move beyond ...
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Preview for “The New Best Recipe”? Suitability for vegetarians?

Is there a site that offers a "look inside" preview of the book "The New Best Recipe"? I checked both Amazon and Google Books, but I couldn't preview it in either. The approach of the book sounds ...
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Need suggestions for ABSOLUTE beginner's cookbook [closed]

I have a friend who is 24 and can barely make mac and cheese from a box. She lives with her grandparents due to some tough financial situations, so she survives, but she is always very impressed with ...
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Books that explain the science of cooking?

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 ...
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Fannie's Books and Derivatives

I am a bit wary of Amazon reviews so I am asking here, are these books useful today? useful here means; are there any objective scientific practices outlined in them that we accept today? They are ...
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Vietnamese cookbook [closed]

I am looking for a really good vietnamese cookbook. While I was in Vietnam, I did a cooking course and of all my travels, the Vietnamese food was the best. I have had a look at a few different ...
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What were the popular cookbooks of the 1950s?

What were the most popular cookbooks in the 1950s in the US? I have seen lists that cite the many Betty Crocker cookbooks, but what about other authors (or companies)?
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Online freely available cookbooks

As a programmer, I'm used to have a lot of online books for learning about almost everything. I'm sure that there are some cookbooks hidden in the web... but I've found just a few of them... I know ...
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Julia Child - Mastering the Art of French Cooking - OK for Kosher?

My fiancee and I love to cook. We love cookbooks, but often find that they are useless in today's internet world where all the recipe sites exist. Mastering the Art of French Cooking is a classic, ...
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Can I learn to cook from a book?

I want to improve my cooking skills and have considered following a number of books that call themselves cookery courses (e.g. Delia's complete cookery course, Ballymaloe cookery course). Can I ...
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I love “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”. Can someone recommend similar books for other cuisines?

Mastering the Art of French Cooking does a fantastic job of teaching what you need to do to cook all of the classic French recipes and why you need to do it the way that is recommended. Can anyone ...
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Which food writers do you take to bed?

Which food books (and I'm thinking books on food and cooking rather than recipe books) do you find on your bedside cabinet rather than on the kitchen shelves? McGee on Food and Cooking: An ...
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What cookbooks do you always come back to? [closed]

Like me, there are probably a lot people on here that have a lot of cookbooks, but I find I keep coming back to the same 1 or 2 books to give me the basis of most of the stuff I cook. For me, I find ...