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“If you consider yourself a foodie, love to eat, or are a fan of Alton Brown’s food-meets-science approach, you’ll enjoy Lobsters Scream When You Boil Them.” Kirkus

"I consider myself pretty savvy when it comes to food myths—or at least when it comes to debunking them—which is why I figured out awhile ago that putting an avocado pit in guacamole does not keep it from turning brown. But a new book, Lobsters Scream When You Boil Them: And 100 Other Myths About Food and Cooking by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough, helped me to understand why." --Lynn Andriani, Life Lift, The Oprah Blog

"My first thought when I saw the title of Lobsters Scream When You Boil Them was please, spare me from another irreverent take on serious kitchen happenings. Relief came when I spotted the authors names. Team Bruce Weinstein (chef) and Mark Scarbrough (food writer) have collected culinary notches on their apron belts with a James Beard nomination for Ham: An Obsession with Hindquarters, as authors of the Ultimate series of cookbooks, and as contributors and columnists for food publications -- Cooking Light, Leite's Culinaria, and Weight Watchers." --Carol Blonder, The Phoenix New Times

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BRUCE WEINSTEIN and MARK SCARBROUGH are the authors of nineteen books about food, including Real Food Has Curves; the bestselling, multi-volume Ultimate Cook Book series; Ham: An Obsession with the Hindquarter; Goat: Meat, Milk, Cheese; and Cooking Know-How, winner of a 2009 Gourmand World Award. They are online columnists for Weight Watchers ("A Cut Above"), have been spokespeople for the U. S. Potato Board and the California Milk Advisory Board, and regularly contribute to Fine Cooking, Cooking Light, Eating Well, Relish, and The Washington Post. They live in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

BRUCE WEINSTEIN and MARK SCARBROUGH are the authors of nineteen books about food, including Real Food Has Curves; the bestselling, multi-volume Ultimate Cook Book series; Ham: An Obsession with the Hindquarter; Goat: Meat, Milk, Cheese; and Cooking Know-How, winner of a 2009 Gourmand World Award. They are online columnists for Weight Watchers ("A Cut Above"), have been spokespeople for the U. S. Potato Board and the California Milk Advisory Board, and regularly contribute to Fine Cooking, Cooking Light, Eating Well, Relish, and The Washington Post. They live in Litchfield County, Connecticut.
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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (July 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439195374
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439195376
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #975,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By BLehner on July 9, 2011
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Time to fess up. I am not much of a cook. I may be capable of making delicious pasta with a nice salad, but that's about it. Yet I'm still not too old to maybe learn a thing or two, so when I had the chance to read Lobsters Scream When You Boil Them I took it.
Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough have once again stirred up a book in their kitchen, this time with an emphasis on all kinds of myths about food and cooking. No matter whether you're a seasoned cook, or more like myself, you will probably have heard that spicy foods will cool you down, that you shouldn't wash mushrooms, or that you can tell if a steak is done by the way it feels. I hate to break the news to you, but it's just not that simple, and sometimes outright wrong.
Seasoned with various recipes, which I admittedly didn't try out, this book is such a humorous and at the same time informative page-turner that I pretty much finished reading it in one sitting. The only breaks I took were those when I couldn't continue, because I had to laugh so hard. Who would have thought that a book about cooking could be so very entertaining? I loved it.
And no, they don't scream. No vocal cords, you know.
In short: A wonderfully hilarious eye-opener for everyone who's fallen victim to cooking myths before!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Simon & Schuster Galley Grab book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By The Not So Perfect Housewife on September 24, 2011
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The name of my blog is The Not So Perfect Housewife..

One of the reasons I came up with that name is because although I LOVE to cook and spend LOTS of time in the kitchen... sometimes I REALLY mess things up.. thus.. I'm not perfect.

Yet after sitting down and reading this book, I'm realizing it wasn't all genetics, stupidity, or lack of talent.. it was all because of the lies my elder family members told me about cooking.

JUST KIDDING MOM!!

It's NOT REALLY their fault. Really it's not.. they were told the same kitchen myths and wives tales that I was.

And thanks to this book.. I just want to stand on top of my kitchen roof with the Lobsters Scream When You Boil Them book in hand and scream to all who would listen..

"STOP Letting your butter get room temperature for Baking!"

"Heating Olive Oil DOES NOT Destroy It's Benefits!"

"Don't Store Your Coffee in The Freezer!"

and SOO Much more!!

All these myths and TONS more are exposed, debunked, and explained in the HILARIOUS book Lobsters Scream When You Boil Them.

Release your inner Master Chef and Baker by reading this book.

Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough have put together a wonderful book that serious foodie, trivia lover, fact finder, or housewife would love.

Each chapter is centered around a theme.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Montgomery on October 5, 2011
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I thought this book was hilarious and informative. It was a fun, easy read, and the title reminded me of that scene from Annie Hall when Diane Keaton and Woody Allen were having a lobster boil. But they had me after the first article that dispelled the myth on using room temperature butter when baking cookies. I KNEW it from my first batch of Tollhouse cookies in the 70's, but I'd never actually heard anybody say it was just wrong. And I'm embarrassed to admit that I have been keeping my decaf coffee beans in the freezer. Not anymore! I laughed out loud so much that I took it to the office, where it was "borrowed." Hopefully that person will bring it back sans food stains. I'm buying it for a couple of my friends who enjoy cooking as a Christmas gift, but it defintely qualifies as a coffee table humor book or a reference book. Two thumbs up!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By debwr on August 28, 2011
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This has to be one of the most entertaining "cookbooks" ever written. Not only will you get some wonderful ideas for working in your kitchen , but you will giggle while learning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Bird in the Hand on October 7, 2011
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This is a most amusing and fun book, full of great tidbits of truths and non truths in the food world and beyond. Interspersed between myths are some lovely recipes, but you certainly do not have to be a cook to enjoy this book.
The writing is light and humorous, the writers witty and full of interesting food knowledge. I guess I never thought about where gelatin came from, but if you are wondering, and looking for many other fascinating food facts that will certainly keep conversation going for hours, this is a handy book. It is entertaining and will take your mind away from the worries of your day.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. D. Smith II on November 17, 2011
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Just got this book. Interesting read but I'm not really learning anything. Most of the so-called myths were either perpetuated by corporations or have simply been dumbed down. Learning from my mother's kitchen is why I don't believe in any of these myths. Lobsters don't have vocal cord...so how do they scream? Most of the "myths" are debunked by the authors by saying something like "Well, it depends." Then they go about explaining why it's not really a myth but more of a misunderstanding of the facts. Curiously this is where the book is interesting.
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