Cookbooks

Salt Fat Acid Heat is the worst Culinalybook I've ever read. I'm only a few pages in and it's as bloated with pointless tangents as the average SEO-optimized recipe blog, full of inaccurate details due to the author being a brainlet who can't understand basic chemistry, obviously extremely america-centric yet puts on a fake pretentious cosmopolitan air. Is this really the gold standard of American cookbooks? I was considering picking up a few others like the Tartine one or flour water salt yeast but now I'm leaning towards importing European books instead. Feel free to shit on this waste of wood pulp or discuss better books.

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  1. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You didn't like the bit where her mind is blown because a chef throws a handful of salt into a giant pot of polenta?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      the part where she acts like rancid oil being bad is a relevation and blabbers on about some tomato sauce with a recipe she doesn't remember that won a contest she didn't participate in was better.

      or ya know the 100 times in the first 20 pages where she tries to incorporate heckin science explanations that are completely wrong, or makes up some contrived classification system because classifying things makes you look smart, and so on and so forth. how the frick do people think this is good. kill me

  2. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Mark Bittman is the golden standard. Salt Fat Acid Heat was a hyped up flavor of the month book.

  3. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Ratio was good if you've never touched cooking as a technique before. Idk what you'd need a book for if you know the basics.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      you sound american

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Post your axe wound Eurotroony

  4. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I can not only judge a book by its cover - i can judge a book without even knowing its name, nor the content of a single page, or even its most general subject: however, as soon firft I learn of its existence, I know likewise if the book is good or bad.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      If you can't judge a book by it's cover, someone's not doing their job

  5. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Never read it myself. But the whole appeal seems to me like the same shit as MBTI where people enjoy categorizing with a handful of simple constituent groups. In both cases the systems are kind of useless and stupid but people still like being able to do that kind of categorizing anyway so it sells.

  6. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Pretty basic but I like Delia Smith's How to Cook series

  7. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's still more concise than The Food Lab

  8. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If you want a book that teaches you how to realy cook look up profesionnal cooking by gisslen

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Just downloaded a copy and I'm skimming through it now, looks like good shit, thanks anon.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Your welcome, thats the book I had in culinary school

  9. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    this book alone taught me to cook starting as a guy who never cooked anything before. Not all of the recipe variants are the best, they tend to favor impractically fancy or expensive ingredients, and upping the amount of seasoning they call for is probably a good general rule, but I owe the book a lot nevertheless and would recommend it.

  10. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Normies are actually so moronic that this kind of "extremely basic concepts explained in a long winded and homosexual way" is both entertaining and educational to them

  11. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Disclaimer: I have never read a single page of this cookbook, but I get strong vibes about it from the types of people who like it and how it looks, and my vibes/ gut instinct is almost always right.

    My gut instinct says this is a book for a certain type of millennial midwit who loves leddit and le heckin science. You know the type I'm talking about. They all are from a certain age range with a certain look. My gut is telling me this cookbook is for them and my gut is usually right.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You're thinking of Kenjis food lab. OP book is for the female version of this person

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I have seen Ragusea and Chlebowski reference that book

        I like how to cook everything by mark bittman as a non meme recipe book. only problem is he is a veggiegay and tries to force olive oil into everything for health reasons

        sauces by james peterson is ok for french meme sauces.

        I hate the "muh heckin science" and "muh flavor molecules" that so many tubers obsess over. If you want a reference for that just get on food and cooking and/or modernist cuisine. all the narcissists just copy from those books and act like they discovered it themselves

        btw the netflix version of OP is a huge waste of time. basically travel blogging crap. The book looks ok as an intro to cooking after just skimming it though.

        >netflix version of OP is a huge waste of time. basically travel blogging crap
        Ok then

  12. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    picrel is an older one, but quite good. It's instructional and not food network reddit homosexualry

  13. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Has anyone watched the show based on this book?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      It's not that bad, it's just generic shit but pretty inoffensive. Good background tv, don't expect to learn anything.

  14. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I like how to cook everything by mark bittman as a non meme recipe book. only problem is he is a veggiegay and tries to force olive oil into everything for health reasons

    sauces by james peterson is ok for french meme sauces.

    I hate the "muh heckin science" and "muh flavor molecules" that so many tubers obsess over. If you want a reference for that just get on food and cooking and/or modernist cuisine. all the narcissists just copy from those books and act like they discovered it themselves

    btw the netflix version of OP is a huge waste of time. basically travel blogging crap. The book looks ok as an intro to cooking after just skimming it though.

  15. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Weissman's book is surprisingly decent besides the cringy introduction texts

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      his recent book "texture over taste" or "An Unapologetic Cookbook"?

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I only read the first one, haven't checked the second

  16. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    This book is the equivalent of a Hollywood remake of On Food and Cooking by Harold McGee where the director, writers and cast are all brown women

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