[Prime] I'm Just Here for the Food: Food + Heat = CookingAuthor Alton Brown – Stg2bio.co

This book changed my life I ve never been a big cook I think mostly because I m a little impatient and the results are spectacular enough normally for me to get a charge of out taking the time to cook.That may all be changing because of a book I got this weekend The Mrs and I like to watch Good Eats on the Food network Its just a fun show I watch cooking shows for the same reason I was do it yourself shows Its fun to watch people who know how to do something well do it But I don t ever co This book changed my life I ve never been a big cook I think mostly because I m a little impatient and the results are spectacular enough normally for me to get a charge of out taking the time to cook.That may all be changing because of a book I got this weekend The Mrs and I like to watch Good Eats on the Food network Its just a fun show I watch cooking shows for the same reason I was do it yourself shows Its fun to watch people who know how to do something well do it But I don t ever cook anything I see on a cooking show Because, like building a deck or replacing a sink, when you do it is harder and never works out the way it does for them.I was at the book store and I saw Alton Brown s book I m Just Here For the Food.I sat down in comfy chair at BN and decided to thumb through it I was going to skip the intro, but then thought Alton is pretty interesting I ll see what he has to say About half an hour and two chapters I was ready to buy and make a trip to Bed Bath and Beyond.Needless to say it is the coolest cooking book ever Notice I didn t say cookbook A cookbook is a collection of recipes I m Just Here for the Food JHFF is a cooking book It talks about how cooking works The book is organized by kind of heat application Starting with Searing and going through grilling, frying, roasting all the way to microwave cooking.There are some recipes, but they arepractical applications of the knowledge you just gained than ways to make a particular food And I think it really will help when you make a recipe and it doesn t turn out like you expected Now I understand to look at the application of heat, how it gets into the food and how the ingredients effect that This is not a cookbook it s a mad science exploration of cooking Alton Brown explains the chemistry, physics and processes of the foundational methods of cooking food, breaking them down with hilarious commentary and consistent precision Throughout the book, he explains the inaccuracies in home equipment and how to combat them at an extent that is frankly ridiculous for any but the most neurotic, but it certainly is entertaining to ponder and that s the point But no, I won t be melting This is not a cookbook it s a mad science exploration of cooking Alton Brown explains the chemistry, physics and processes of the foundational methods of cooking food, breaking them down with hilarious commentary and consistent precision Throughout the book, he explains the inaccuracies in home equipment and how to combat them at an extent that is frankly ridiculous for any but the most neurotic, but it certainly is entertaining to ponder and that s the point But no, I won t be melting ice cubes on my grill any time wait, I don t have a grill I digress.This book is accessible and laugh out loud funny, and also a little disturbing anyone who gets just a liiittle lackadaisical about kitchen sanitations practices will no longer feel that way after seeing the breakdown of hazards in actions we take for granted And as I said above, it is not a cookbook while there are recipes, explained with the same clarity and precision as the text, they tend to be fairly standard and iconic blueprints rather than the specialty products of Brown s kitchen and cookery.This is definitely a sit down and read book rather than a flip through book, and it holds up very well to this kind of intensive review Recommended I came late to the Alton Brown party, so my man crush on him seems ill timed now that he s widened out in his celebrity role on the Food Network But Brown is a man after my own heart understand the science of something so you can play with it I make something by the recipe the first time so I get the mechanics, then I start to tweak it Brown s book is a great guide to your kitchen and it will make you throw away about half the crap you got for your wedding because they re unitaskers. Did not finish I enjoy Good Eats, I generally enjoy Brown s perspective on cooking, and I definitely agree that knowing the foundation of cooking will make you a better cook This book, however, is not for me Too many pages had text discussing one thing, sidebars discussing something else, and drawings demonstrating a third Like learning food science from an unmedicated 5 year old with ADHD The drawings were also too stylized, not as basic and clear as the drawings in Brown s other books Th Did not finish I enjoy Good Eats, I generally enjoy Brown s perspective on cooking, and I definitely agree that knowing the foundation of cooking will make you a better cook This book, however, is not for me Too many pages had text discussing one thing, sidebars discussing something else, and drawings demonstrating a third Like learning food science from an unmedicated 5 year old with ADHD The drawings were also too stylized, not as basic and clear as the drawings in Brown s other books The fact that his other books are sketches by Alton Brown and this book are illustrations by 6 other people based on sketches by Alton Brown is probably why it ended up looking like they were trying too hard to be pretty and slightly retro and eye catching Sorry, I don t need eye catching, I need basic and clear, with no off set colour Additionally, some visual aids that would work well in a video format ie, on Good Eats just do not work in a written drawn form The Lucy Model, for example, in which Lucy and Ethel are food and candies on a conveyor belt are the temperature of water, left me understanding convection less well than I did before I started reading the book Overall, the book was frustrating and I choose to stop spending my time on it It s like the modern American inability to concentrate short attention span in book form There are almost no pages that can just be read, nearly every page requires reading a bit, then down to the footnotes, then over to the graphic, then the other direction to the sidebar box, then follow the arrow to the extra note, then to the other sidebar for the last sidebar box, then back to the text, which is full of bullet points and bolded phrases and subheadings This is a great cookbook and really the only one except Brown s other books worth listing as a book I ve read here I haven t read it cover to cover Like any other cooking or brewing book, there s not a lot of reason to read the parts that don t apply to what you re cooking Despite this, I ve read enough of the sections to get a good feel for it If you enjoy the shows and find them helpful and entertaining, you ll find the books the same way He focuses on teaching you how to cookthan This is a great cookbook and really the only one except Brown s other books worth listing as a book I ve read here I haven t read it cover to cover Like any other cooking or brewing book, there s not a lot of reason to read the parts that don t apply to what you re cooking Despite this, I ve read enough of the sections to get a good feel for it If you enjoy the shows and find them helpful and entertaining, you ll find the books the same way He focuses on teaching you how to cookthan just giving you recipes The only thing to keep in mind is that many of the recipes actually differ from the recipes he presents on Good Eats If you have I m Just Here for the Food and I m Just Here for More Food, and an internet connection for the good cooking websites forrecipes, there s no reason to own another cooking book except maybe the kitchen gear book of Brown s Simply put, this is the science behind cooking laid out in a practical approach Alton Brown doesn t just teach you how to cook certain meals, as an ordinary cook book would, but delves into the theory of cooking methods and gives you the tools to understand what is going on when making food rather than having you blindly repeat a recipe useful information when something goes wrong, or if you have different cooking apparatus than the person who wrote the recipe, or if you can expand the recipe Simply put, this is the science behind cooking laid out in a practical approach Alton Brown doesn t just teach you how to cook certain meals, as an ordinary cook book would, but delves into the theory of cooking methods and gives you the tools to understand what is going on when making food rather than having you blindly repeat a recipe useful information when something goes wrong, or if you have different cooking apparatus than the person who wrote the recipe, or if you can expand the recipe you re making by taking a few extra steps i.e., taking leftover meat drippings fat which you would normally throw away and turning them into a sauce roux, or saving leftover bones for stock, etc The book reads much like an episode of Good Eats, and is laced with Alton s humor and interesting stories.If you ever want to start inventing your own recipes rather than staying bound to a cookbook or blind guess work, this is well worth your time It also contains a lot of kitchen hacks that allow you to get things done on the cheap or in a pinch I think I m a pretty decent cook, but that doesn t mean I know what I m doing This books attempts to bridge the gap between relying on recipes vs allowing you to decide how you want to cook a food given a broad array of techniques searing, braising, sauteing, ect The book is set up like some cooking school textbooks that I have seen, but keeps things as simple as possible This book definitely helped me, and best of all, I now know what areas I need to focus on order to continue to get bette I think I m a pretty decent cook, but that doesn t mean I know what I m doing This books attempts to bridge the gap between relying on recipes vs allowing you to decide how you want to cook a food given a broad array of techniques searing, braising, sauteing, ect The book is set up like some cooking school textbooks that I have seen, but keeps things as simple as possible This book definitely helped me, and best of all, I now know what areas I need to focus on order to continue to get better Blending humor, wisdom, history, pop culture, science, and basic cooking knowledge, the host of Food Network s Good Eats presents a special edition of his innovative, instructional cooking guide that features various cooking techniques accompanied by a master recipe for each technique, and provides a vast array of food related tips and advice Alton Brown is just fun to read He is witty and humorous but he is also very Good at explaining how cooking happens My boys love to watch his television shows when they can They consider it funny and educational and worth their time to watch by their own choice This book is not quite as funny as the tv series but it is very educational and the recipes aren t bad, either I learned the best way to make hard cooked eggs is in the oven and haven t gone back to boiling since I m biased to Alton Brown, his approach to cooking using science is really what inspires me Although I cannot recall off the top of my head to have made any of the recipes in this book, the knowledge passed can be used in a professional kitchen I happened to buy the version that has magnets of chicken, lamb, pig cow showing the different cuts for each If you re really wanting to up your game at home, I recommend anything Alton Brown I m biased to Alton Brown, his approach to cooking using science is really what inspires me Although I cannot recall off the top of my head to have made any of the recipes in this book, the knowledge passed can be used in a professional kitchen I happened to buy the version that has magnets of chicken, lamb, pig cow showing the different cuts for each If you re really wanting to up your game at home, I recommend anything Alton Brown