Learning How to Cook

Learning How to Cook

Learning how to cook is not about following a recipe. These four books will give you the foundation on how to build a road map in getting to your dish. Let the recipes be a guideline and inspirations to your own unique dish.

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Every book has a nugget of wisdom and good recipes, however, these four books were monumental in how I approached food. These aren’t recipe books. I have always felt recipes should be more of a suggestion, than the law. You will have different salt than I use. Even water that is filtered or not can make a big difference. These four books teaches you how to cook by using your senses. It teaches you how an idea comes on to a plate. It teaches you the science in which food transform a dish. Ultimately, it teaches you how to cook.

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Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat is a recent master piece. James Beard award winner and a hit Netflix Show, Samin Nosrat is a master story teller. Half of the book she is laying down the foundation to what cooking looks like. She dives into these four categorizes in detail and help you map out in your head what a dish should look like. Even the recipe portion isn’t like a traditional recipe cook book. She allows you to try and fail and experiment and succeed. All of the pictures are hand drawn so you won’t compare to what she made. All dishes will come out differently and that’s okay!

As the book cover states, Relae is a book of ideas. Chef Christian F. Puglisi shares his inspiration and his cooks ideas into this book. He explains how a dish came to life, where he got the inspiration, who he was trying to emulate while making it his own. He encourages his readers to use his book as inspiration and make something different. He does lay down exactly what to do, and how he does it at the restaurant. However, I heeded his word and used this book to understand how a great chef thinks, and how I can use his book to better myself. Reale is one of my favorite books to come back to be inspired.

Kitchen Matrix by Mark Bittman is a great book that I used when I first started out as a chef. I still refer back to it here and there, but Mark shows how versatile a single ingredient can be. Whether it be a tomato or a cabbage, he shows you at least twelve different variations for a dish. How exciting is this for a new chef! I am constantly coming back to this book to see how I can cook an ingredient differently to bring out a whole different flavor, texture, and cuisine.

Ingredient by Ali Bouzari is a book to learn what is happening when you cook. Ali is a brilliant chef, scientist, and consultant who worked with giants in the culinary world, such as Thomas Keller. He says," “there are millions of ingredients, but only eight Ingredients: Water, Sugars, Carbs, Lipids, Proteins, Minerals, Gases, and Heat.” With illustrations and pictures describing what they are and how they react when you cook them, this book will help you understand why you should cook a certain way and how you should cook them.

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