The Laws of Cooking

The Laws of Cooking

And How to Break Them

Book - 2015
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Foreword by Alton Brown. The Laws of Cooking... and How to Break Them is a book that encourages improvisation and play, while explaining Justin's unique ideas about "flavour theory"... like colour theory, but for your tongue. By introducing eleven laws based on familiar foods (e.g., "The Law of Peanut Butter and Jelly"; "The Law of Coffee, Cream, and Sugar"), the book teaches the reader why certain flavours combine brilliantly, and then shows how these combinations work in 110 more complex and inventive recipes (Tomato Soup with "Grilled Cheese" Ravioli; Scallops with Black Sesame and Cherry). At the end of many of the recipes, Justin "breaks the law," by adding a seemingly discordant flavour that takes the combination to a new level. The book features more than 100 images by renowned photographer Daniel Krieger.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Flatiron Books,, 2015, ©2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250065131
Branch Call Number: 641. 5028 WAR
Characteristics: 332 pages : colour illustrations ; 27 cm


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Feb 29, 2016

Justin Warner won season 6 of Food Network Star and now he has a cookbook. Because that's what you do when that happens. Unfortunately, this is our least favorite book on the list still made the list. For a hodge podge of various reasons, we really liked this book even if it kind of annoyed us at times.

The book is colorful and full of fun and frolic and for that we know this will go over well with the younger cooking enthusiasts. Plus his grilled cheese raviolis with tomato soup was amazing as was the ginger bruleed grapefruit and his brisket and oxtail pho. We have yet to try the Dr. Pepper beef braised tongue tacos but that is next on the list. There are lots of helpful charts, easy to follow tips and recipes and strewn throughout the over 300+ page book you are taken on a rollicking culinary journey by a spunky and curious young cook. Picture this, if Rachel Ray and Alton spawned a sub-hipster of a chef, Justin would be that kid. I'm not saying that's a bad thing. But once you glean the pages of this cookbook you'll see what I am going on about. "The Laws of Cooking" is perfect for that quirky youth with a penchant for pissing you off because they are a better cook than you, and they don't even try. With this, they will find new ideas and gumptions in which to further your love/anger for them when they hit the griddle. Good stuff.

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