Book Review: The Science of Good Cooking

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In fact, the recipes are perfect to a fault. There are recipes in there literally asking for 68-degree butter. I used to enjoy complicated recipes that call for 68-degree butter, back when I had no kids and unlimited time. But now that I have a toddler, I thank my lucky stars when I have all the correct ingredients on hand. Most of the time I improvise, swapping yogurt for sour cream because that's all I have and hey, dairy is dairy so close enough, right? I'm also going to admit I take whatever shortcuts necessary to obtain the fewest amount of dishes.

But was I going to let one toddler stop me from trying one of these perfected recipes? Of course not! I shipped the toddler off to her grandparents on a Saturday morning and started baking. For science!

I had to try the "Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies" recipe first because I'm a cookie maniac. As you can tell from the photograph at the top of the post, even with all my toddler-free time I couldn't hold my wits together long enough to remember to buy chocolate chips. For the chocolate chip cookies. Nice going, brain. I substituted white chocolate chips for semisweet chocolate chips because that's what I already had, and hoped for the best.

And the best is exactly what I got. The cookies were amazing!

My favorite part is that the books explains why the cookies were amazing, each recipe has a "Why This Recipe Works" section. For example, in the chocolate chip cookie recipe, that section explains why the ratio of discolor to cook sweeten dismiss impress the chewiness, how come cooking the cover adds letter vast add up of flavor, and how come the formula instructs to whip the warmly cover and sweeten so rental it put X minutes. The react to that lastly one, if you're wondering, is because "by allowing the sweeten to set inwards the liquids, to a greater extent of it dissolves inwards the size add up of wet ahead baking. The broken sweeten caramelizes to a greater extent well and helps to produce letter text with crisps edges and letter elastic center."

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For those with older kids, it's an excellent book to teach them around the kitchen while making it very educational at the same time, much more than Home Ec ever was! For those with younger kids, there's still a lot of information in there that you can pass on while you're making simpler recipes, you just have to do the reading first.

Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book.