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Lobsters Scream When You Boil Them: And 100 Other Myths About Food and Cooking . . . Plus 25 Recipes to Get It Right Every Time Paperback – July 12, 2011
"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
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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."
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. Such as:
Because We've Always Done It That Way - The Ten Classics
You're So Cute When You're Drunk - Myths About Alcohol
Grilling is Man's Work - Myths Told Before an Open Fire
Some Day Your Prince Will Come - Myths You May Have Been Told By Your Bubbe, Abuela, MeeMaw, or some other Random Old Person
Being a sarcastic person myself, I enjoyed how each chapter was titled like:
Myth #44 - Chickens in the Wild Would Be All Dark Meat
If This Sounds Reasonable, Up Your Medication
Also included in this book are recipes that are tasty, healthy, and of real. With cooking instructions that will not steer you wrong and will allow you to cook an awesome meal.
I'm truly thinking of stocking up on this book for Christmas and Wedding gifts!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
They both loved the book. There are so many interesting things in the book.