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Posted December 6, 2012
You can throw out that box of Arm & Hammer in your refrigera
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I’m not much of a cook – but I love trivia. This hilarious and informative book by award-winning food writers
Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough offers a ton of food-related trivia as they examine 101 common myths
about food and cooking and either debunk or clarify them. And they do it with such an entertaining writing style
(if you have a good sense of humor) that I went back and re-read it as soon as I finished so I could laugh again.
I’d already figured out on my own that some of the common maxims we’ve all heard in the kitchen just aren’t true
(such as “Putting an avocado pit in the guacamole keeps it from turning brown” and “Gum stays in your stomach
forever.” Or even “Gum sticks to your heart if you swallow it,” which was a scare tactic my mother tried on me.)
But I was genuinely surprised to find out that some of the other kitchen tips I’m still following aren’t all they’re
cracked up to be – such as that “All of the alcohol cooks out of a dish” or “A box of baking soda in the refrigerator
will absorb odors.” We’ve all heard these things so many times before that we just take them for granted. But the
authors (one is a gourmet chef and the other must have a degree in food science or something) present all of
the scientific evidence for why these myths are either dead wrong or just not quite right, and even tell us how they
might have gotten started.
The book also includes 25 recipes from the authors’ own collection. Some of them are beyond my cooking
talents or my kitchen gadgetry, but there are a few that even I can handle.
Anyone who spends any time at all in the kitchen will probably like this book -- even if you’re not a gourmet cook.
Posted October 6, 2011
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