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What Einstein Told His Cook by Robert L. Wolke

December 24, 2012

What Einstein Told his Cook: Kitchen Science Explained is a compendium of facts on different topics related to cooking and food. It has a lot of interesting information in it, but as it has no overarching theme or thesis, is best read in bits and pieces for the value of the trivia in it.

Wolke looks at topics such as salt, fat, and temperature in each chapter, explaining topics in 1/2 – 2 page subheadings that answer a particular question, like “why is red meat red?” “why do we add salt to boiling water?” and “what are trans fats?”

While there is knowledge to be gained – particularly regarding how microwaves work, and whether there is any danger in eating microwaved food – it is ultimately a book that is better as a reference than to be read all the way through.

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