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Great for @home
on January 8, 2013
As the owner of the original Modernist Cuisine set this is a very interesting look at cooking for the at home chef. The original is designed for people that have access to professional kitchens or at least want a comprehensive knowledge about everything relating to food. This book is not that. @home provides a wonderful tutorial about the tools, equipment, ingredients, and some basic techniques that will allow you to create some amazingly delicious food at home.
As in the original the focus on different techniques including cooking with pressure cooker and sous vide (I highly recommend getting this set up, it is truly incredible) play a major role in the recipes offered. The wonderful aspect of this book is that the equipment is not always required and if you read the early sections you can create almost all of the recipes with equipment currently in your kitchen.
On to the good stuff, the food and recipes! they are fantastic. With Modernist Cuisine @home you can hit the kitchen immediately and start making some delicious food to impress you taste buds and blow your friends away. Unlike most cook book books MC @home provides detailed weight (and explanations on how to scale up or down according to your needs)and time measurements along with step by step tutorials. Many of the recipes also have full photo spreads in the book.
This book stays true to the Modernist Cuisine philosophy of science before food, however it makes everything easy to do. And the kitchen manual is awesome - pages that can not be ripped or stained by food - they are even waterproof so you can simply wipe them down with a damp cloth when done and they will not be damaged.
This book will make you a better @home cook if you follow the simple instructions. and as i said earlier a small investment in some new technology and the belief that the food is that much better will take you a long way.