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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks; Reprint edition (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062098659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062098658
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In CookWise, food sleuth Shirley Corriher tells you how and why things happen in cooking. When you know how to estimate the right amount of baking powder, you can tell by looking at the recipe that the cake is overleavened and may fall. When you know that too little liquid for the amount of chocolate in a recipe can cause the chocolate to seize and become a solid grainy mass, you can spot chocolate truffle recipes that will be a disaster. And, in both cases, you know exactly how to "fix" the recipe. Knowing how ingredients work, individually and in combination, will not only make you more aware of the cooking process, it will transform you into a confident and exceptional cook—a cook who is in control.

CookWise is a different kind of cookbook. There are more than 230 outstanding recipes—from Snapper Fingers with Smoked Pepper Tartar Sauce to Chocolate Stonehenge Slabs with Cappuccino Mousse—but here each recipe serves not only to please the palate but to demonstrate the roles of ingredients and techniques. The What This Recipe Shows section summarizes the special cooking points being demonstrated in each recipe. This little bit of science in everyday language indicates which steps or ingredients are vital and cannot be omitted without consequences. No matter what your cooking level, you'll find CookWise a revelation.

About the Author

Shirley O. Corriher, national and international speaker, food writer, and culinary food sleuth, solves problems for everyone from large corporations, food editors, and test-kitchen chefs to home cooks. For ten years, Shirley was a syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times Syndicate and Tribune Media Services. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, Arch.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kishii on October 26, 2013
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I have seen Shirley on the Food Network , and always appreciated her explanations. The book has helped me understand the chemistry of cooking and why things work or don't. A great reference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By esr on September 18, 2013
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If your a geek and looking for the "why things happen" then this book is for you.
The writing style is nice, with Shirleys personal experiences and thoughts in creating her book.
I have not tried any of the recipes but have applied the science and methods she discusses with great success to my own cooking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenilyn Reeves on January 6, 2014
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This book not only gives you recipes but you learn the hows and whys of what's happening with your food as you cook it.
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I wanted to better understand the basics of cooking. The book helps us to develop our own recipes improving the flavors by better process and combinations of ingredients.
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I teach and wanted to apply some of the concepts to my chemistry unit. Everyone relates to food. Very informative and easy understandable recipes and explainations.
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