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Includes bibliographical references (p. [317]-329) and index.

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Mike Czyzewski, February 6, 2013 (view all comments by Mike Czyzewski)
Although I've owned this book for quite some time, I've only recently gotten around to reading it. I don't think I can sit here with a straight face and type that my life would've been completely different if I would've read it sooner, but there are some great things to come from McGee's book, most notably how to think logically, make observations and use those observations to alter current practices in the kitchen. I must add that this is NOT a recipe book.

McGee is incredibly thorough when trying to prove a point. He uses both observation and measurement to build his case and, when he is finished, is hard to argue against. His writing is clear and, sometimes, witty. Occasionally, I found it dry.

To me, the most valuable reason to read this book is that McGee teaches you to think for yourself. Let me give you an example. Chapter one dispels the myth of searing meat and how it supposedly locks in the juices. McGee points out a few key observations which should've taught us long ago that this is a totally fallacy:
1. The sizzling pan.
2. Steam (water vapor) rising from pan.
3. When you sear one side and flip it, blood is pushed upwards through the already seared side.
4. When resting the cooked meat, juice collects on the plate.
The next time you head into the kitchen to cook, you might notice something and take a split second to think about what you saw and what it might mean a la McGee This, for me, is the single best reason to read this book.

This review sucks but the book doesn't. Give it a shot. Even if you remember very few facts from the book, the methodology will stick with you.
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(more kitchen science and lore )
Mcgee, Harold
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