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Bakewise- Shirley Corriher

Glenys's picture

Hard to believe it's been a dozen years since Cookwise came out; must be getting old.
I cherry picked a few items for the cooking-by-the-book review and have to say it's a tome.
Some recipes are best used for their demonstration powers but they're worth making and adapting for the science-based results from her little twists and turns. Luckily she points out what's going in her framed recipe preface, so you could follow a favourite recipe you know and play scientist.
One word, SUGAR! I know those Southerners like "a little sugar" but man, I was overwhelmed. Luckily it's not crucial for the chemistry in some of the items I tried. Her dialogue about the evolution of the recipes, trial and error tests, is fascinating and it reiterates that simple food is as complex as molecular gastronomy, it just takes less toys.

MadMom's picture

(post #63037, reply #1 of 5)

Takes less toys?  I'll bet most of us could have outfitted a molecular gastronomy lab for the price we've spent on cooking toys, LOL.



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Glenys's picture

(post #63037, reply #2 of 5)

I wouldn't mind all the stainless and beakers but I'd rather have a turkey fryer than a bunson burner.

MadMom's picture

(post #63037, reply #3 of 5)

Fried turkeys are an excellent example which proves that the people of Louisiana can take even a healthful food (like turkey) and make it unhealthy.



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Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

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SarahJB's picture

(post #63037, reply #4 of 5)

Does she use volume or weight measurements? I wasn't cooking when Cookwise came out, but I've looked through it before and was surprised to see that it did not have weight measurements.

Glenys's picture

(post #63037, reply #5 of 5)

All three, which makes it fast and handy. So dry/liquid volume, scaled grams or ounces.