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Ratio: The Simple Codes behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking

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ISBN13: 9781416571728
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Staff Pick

Behold the awesome power of the ratio (also known as a "fraction," but don't let that stop you). But beware: this book may lead to a life of recipe-free cooking, of culinary experimentation, and of actually using (careful, now) a kitchen scale!
Recommended by Chandler, Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

When you know a ration, it's not like knowing a single recipe, it's instantly knowing a thousand.

In Ratio, Michael Ruhlman, recognized as one of the great translators of the chefs craft for both home cooks and culinary professionals, shows how cooking with ratios will unchain you from recipes and set you free. Ratio is the truth of cooking: basic preparations that teach us how the fundamental ingredients of the kitchen — water, flour, butter and oils, milk and cream, and eggs — work. Detailing thirty-three essential ratios and suggesting enticing variations, Ruhlman empowers every cook to make countless doughs, batters, stocks, sauces, meats, and custards without ever again having to locate a recipe.

Review:

"Cooking, like so many creative endeavors, is defined by relationships. For instance, knowing exactly how much flour to put into a loaf of bread isn't nearly as useful as understanding the relationship between the flour and the water, or fat, or salt. That relationship is defined by a 'ratio,' and having a ratio in hand is like having a secret decoder ring that frees you from the tyranny of recipes. Professional cooks and bakers guard ratios passionately so it wouldn't surprise me a bit if Michael Ruhlman is forced into hiding like a modern-day Prometheus, who in handing us mortals a power better suited to the gods, has changed the balance of kitchen power forever. I for one am grateful. I suspect you will be too." Alton Brown, author of I'm Just Here for the Food

Review:

"Ruhlman guides readers...in clear, earnest prose...providing tasteful recipes that lay out the technique for each formula." New York Times

Synopsis:

Culinary expert Michael Ruhlman explains that great cooking starts with the mastery of basic proportions and fundamental techniques, not with recipes.

Synopsis:

From the author of The Elements of Cooking comes a groundbreaking book that explains the very essential truth of cooking: it is not the recipe itself but rather two unchanging components that make all food come together.

Synopsis:

Michael Ruhlmanand#8217;s groundbreaking andlt;I andgt;New York Timesandlt;/Iandgt; bestseller takes us to the very and#8220;truthand#8221; of cooking: it is not about recipes but rather about basic ratios and fundamental techniques that makes all food come together, simply.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;When you know a culinary ratio, itand#8217;s not like knowing a single recipe, itand#8217;s instantly knowing a thousand. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Why spend time sorting through the millions of cookie recipes available in books, magazines, and on the Internet? Isnand#8217;t it easier just to remember 1-2-3? Thatand#8217;s the ratio of ingredients that always make a basic, delicious cookie dough: 1 part sugar, 2 parts fat, and 3 parts flour. From there, add anything you wantand#8212;chocolate, lemon and orange zest, nuts, poppy seeds, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, almond extract, or peanut butter, to name a few favorite additions. Replace white sugar with brown for a darker, chewier cookie. Add baking powder and/or eggs for a lighter, airier texture. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Ratios are the starting point from which a thousand variations begin. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Ratios are the simple proportions of one ingredient to another. Biscuit dough is 3:1:2and#8212;or 3 parts flour, 1 part fat, and 2 parts liquid. This ratio is the beginning of many variations, and because the biscuit takes sweet and savory flavors with equal grace, you can top it with whipped cream and strawberries or sausage gravy. Vinaigrette is 3:1, or 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar, and is one of the most useful sauces imaginable, giving everything from grilled meats and fish to steamed vegetables or lettuces intense flavor. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Cooking with ratios will unchain you from recipes and set you free. With thirty-three ratios and suggestions for enticing variations, andlt;Iandgt;Ratioandlt;/Iandgt; is the truth of cooking: basic preparations that teach us how the fundamental ingredients of the kitchenand#8212;water, flour, butter and oils, milk and cream, and eggsand#8212;work. Change the ratio and bread dough becomes pasta dough, cakes become muffins become popovers become crepes. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;As the culinary world fills up with overly complicated recipes and never-ending ingredient lists, Michael Ruhlman blasts through the surplus of information and delivers this innovative, straightforward book that cuts to the core of cooking. andlt;Iandgt;Ratioandlt;/Iandgt; provides one of the greatest kitchen lessons there isand#8212;and it makes the cooking easier and more satisfying than ever.

Synopsis:

WHEN YOU KNOW A RATIO, IT’S NOT LIKE KNOWING A SINGLE RECIPE, IT’S INSTANTLY KNOWING A THOUSAND.

In Ratio, Michael Ruhlman, recognized as one of the great translators of the chef’s craft for both home cooks and culinary professionals, shows how cooking with ratios will unchain you from recipes and set you free. Ratio is the truth of cooking: basic preparations that teach us how the fundamental ingredients of the kitchen—water, flour, butter and oils, milk and cream, and eggs—work. Detailing thirty-three essential ratios and suggesting enticing variations, Ruhlman empowers every cook to make countless doughs, batters, stocks, sauces, meats, and custards without ever again having to locate a recipe.

About the Author

Michael Ruhlman is the author of twelve books, including the bestselling The Making of a Chef and The French Laundry Cookbook. He lives in Cleveland with his wife, daughter, and son and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and Gourmet as well as his highly popular blog at Ruhlman.com.

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rnk, October 15, 2010 (view all comments by rnk)
I feel compelled to add this book to my essential kitchen recipe books (or post the cover on my refrigerator) because I love the information and the simple secrets revealed. However, I also want to re-organize the layout into something more workable! Not typically a fan of the "... for Dummies" series, I think this book could have a much more user friendly way to present these wonderful secrets so that a reader can more easily commit them to memory (without using the recipe which is the whole idea!). Other than the cover and the chapter ratios the authors great insights into batters and roux and other kitchen gems are buried in repetition. I think my copy will be cut and pasted with highlights and arty touches, transformed into a collage and used to decorate my kitchen.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416571728
Author:
Ruhlman, Michael
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Methods - Baking
Subject:
General Cooking
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Culinary Reference
Subject:
cooking; recipes; kitchen essentials; how to cook; minimalist; Mark Bittman; food; culinary; cookbook; chef; ingredients; kitchen tools; home cook; elements of cooking; baking; Gourmet; kitchen tips; On Food and Cooking; Ruleman; Harold McGee; kitchen sci
Subject:
cooking; recipes; kitchen essentials; how to cook; minimalist; Mark Bittman; food; culinary; cookbook; chef; ingredients; kitchen tools; home cook; elements of cooking; baking; Gourmet; kitchen tips; On Food and Cooking; Ruleman; Harold McGee; kitchen sci
Subject:
cooking; recipes; kitchen essentials; how to cook; minimalist; Mark Bittman; food; culinary; cookbook; chef; ingredients; kitchen tools; home cook; elements of cooking; baking; Gourmet; kitchen tips; On Food and Cooking; Ruleman; Harold McGee; kitchen sci
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b-w photos t-o
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 8.33 oz

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Product details 272 pages Scribner Book Company - English 9781416571728 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Behold the awesome power of the ratio (also known as a "fraction," but don't let that stop you). But beware: this book may lead to a life of recipe-free cooking, of culinary experimentation, and of actually using (careful, now) a kitchen scale!

"Review" by , "Cooking, like so many creative endeavors, is defined by relationships. For instance, knowing exactly how much flour to put into a loaf of bread isn't nearly as useful as understanding the relationship between the flour and the water, or fat, or salt. That relationship is defined by a 'ratio,' and having a ratio in hand is like having a secret decoder ring that frees you from the tyranny of recipes. Professional cooks and bakers guard ratios passionately so it wouldn't surprise me a bit if Michael Ruhlman is forced into hiding like a modern-day Prometheus, who in handing us mortals a power better suited to the gods, has changed the balance of kitchen power forever. I for one am grateful. I suspect you will be too."
"Review" by , "Ruhlman guides readers...in clear, earnest prose...providing tasteful recipes that lay out the technique for each formula."
"Synopsis" by , Culinary expert Michael Ruhlman explains that great cooking starts with the mastery of basic proportions and fundamental techniques, not with recipes.
"Synopsis" by , From the author of The Elements of Cooking comes a groundbreaking book that explains the very essential truth of cooking: it is not the recipe itself but rather two unchanging components that make all food come together.
"Synopsis" by , Michael Ruhlmanand#8217;s groundbreaking andlt;I andgt;New York Timesandlt;/Iandgt; bestseller takes us to the very and#8220;truthand#8221; of cooking: it is not about recipes but rather about basic ratios and fundamental techniques that makes all food come together, simply.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;When you know a culinary ratio, itand#8217;s not like knowing a single recipe, itand#8217;s instantly knowing a thousand. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Why spend time sorting through the millions of cookie recipes available in books, magazines, and on the Internet? Isnand#8217;t it easier just to remember 1-2-3? Thatand#8217;s the ratio of ingredients that always make a basic, delicious cookie dough: 1 part sugar, 2 parts fat, and 3 parts flour. From there, add anything you wantand#8212;chocolate, lemon and orange zest, nuts, poppy seeds, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, almond extract, or peanut butter, to name a few favorite additions. Replace white sugar with brown for a darker, chewier cookie. Add baking powder and/or eggs for a lighter, airier texture. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Ratios are the starting point from which a thousand variations begin. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Ratios are the simple proportions of one ingredient to another. Biscuit dough is 3:1:2and#8212;or 3 parts flour, 1 part fat, and 2 parts liquid. This ratio is the beginning of many variations, and because the biscuit takes sweet and savory flavors with equal grace, you can top it with whipped cream and strawberries or sausage gravy. Vinaigrette is 3:1, or 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar, and is one of the most useful sauces imaginable, giving everything from grilled meats and fish to steamed vegetables or lettuces intense flavor. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Cooking with ratios will unchain you from recipes and set you free. With thirty-three ratios and suggestions for enticing variations, andlt;Iandgt;Ratioandlt;/Iandgt; is the truth of cooking: basic preparations that teach us how the fundamental ingredients of the kitchenand#8212;water, flour, butter and oils, milk and cream, and eggsand#8212;work. Change the ratio and bread dough becomes pasta dough, cakes become muffins become popovers become crepes. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;As the culinary world fills up with overly complicated recipes and never-ending ingredient lists, Michael Ruhlman blasts through the surplus of information and delivers this innovative, straightforward book that cuts to the core of cooking. andlt;Iandgt;Ratioandlt;/Iandgt; provides one of the greatest kitchen lessons there isand#8212;and it makes the cooking easier and more satisfying than ever.
"Synopsis" by , WHEN YOU KNOW A RATIO, IT’S NOT LIKE KNOWING A SINGLE RECIPE, IT’S INSTANTLY KNOWING A THOUSAND.

In Ratio, Michael Ruhlman, recognized as one of the great translators of the chef’s craft for both home cooks and culinary professionals, shows how cooking with ratios will unchain you from recipes and set you free. Ratio is the truth of cooking: basic preparations that teach us how the fundamental ingredients of the kitchen—water, flour, butter and oils, milk and cream, and eggs—work. Detailing thirty-three essential ratios and suggesting enticing variations, Ruhlman empowers every cook to make countless doughs, batters, stocks, sauces, meats, and custards without ever again having to locate a recipe.

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