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Brilliant Food Tips and Cooking Tricks: 5,000 Ingenious Kitchen Hints, Secrets, Shortcuts, and Solutions Paperback – July 7, 2004
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“Move over Joy of Cooking. Make way for Brilliant Food Tips and Cooking Tricks. There's enough culinary wisdom and savvy food tips packed into this book to keep you cooking and eating well for a lifetime.” —Steven Raichlen, author of the award-winning Barbecue Bible and Healthy Latin Cooking
“Do you want to cook like a pro? You've found your answer. This exhaustively researched, masterfully organized book will help you be a faster, smarter, better cook. And isn't that what we all want?” —Pam Anderson, author of How to Cook without a Book
About the Author
David Joachim is the best-selling author of A Man, A Can, A Plan and has written and edited more than 25 other cookbooks and health books. He has appeared widely on national television and radio, including the Discovery Channel, Television Food Network, QVC, and National Public Radio. He is former food editor at Vegetarian Gourmet magazine and lives in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.
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For "Pie Crusts" we have sections on how:
-To make a nicely browned pie crust
-To roll pie pastry easily
-To transfer rolled pastry to a pie pan
-To prevent shrinking during baking
-To trim pastry overhang
-To make a free-form pie crust
-To prevent excessive bubbling during baking, PLUS SIX more.
Then there are "Problem solvers" (three), "Time savers" (three), "Flavor tips" (two) plus "Fascinating facts" (fun!), "Healthy hints", and two or three complete recipes. There's some chemistry, some history, and loads of helpful advice. All this under "Pie Crusts".
The format makes it easy to skip over the hints you may already know to find what's relevant for you. One gets a thorough culinary education. I mean, you're not going to find secrets of molecular gastronomy here, but you will, even if experienced in the kitchen, find all the myriad little things that guarantee success.
Using this book feels like having Julia Child at your side making concise, gentle observations as you proceed. I can't recommend this book highly enough. It's fun to read!
I took the book into my hair stylist last week and she thought it was great and gave me the money for 5 of them and I had them sent right to her house.
I really think this is something everyone should add to their cookbook collection. Don't think twice about buying it.
I am trying to get away from processed foods (i.e., steak sauce, boxed sides, etc.). This book is invaluable for teaching how to make things from scratch that you may have never thought of. It is also an incredible resource for substitutions (e.g., what to do you if are out of mayonnaise).
This book also guides you through "fixing" your dishes that you may have messed up (too much salt, too lumpy, too much liquid, etc.).
Most of all, it is like all the neatest cooking tricks you ever dreamed of and more, compiled into one, easy to navigate, and comprehensible book. It is correctly titled!
Thank you Mr. Joachim.