Review - CookWise by Shirley O. Corriher
Contributed by: Jennifer Wickes
Book Review: "CookWise" by Shirley O. Corriher
by Jennifer A. Wickes
I first heard of the Shirley Corriher while watching a television
show on the Food Network, "Cooking Live" with Sara Moulton. The next
week, I saw Shirley Corriher again on "Good Eats" with Alton Brown. I
suddenly wondered who was this Shirley O. Corriher? And why was she
on everyone's shows?
Shirley O. Corriher is a food scientist. What is that? A person who studies food from a scientific background. She is capable of reading a recipe and being able to tell if the recipe will work or not!
An example of what you could learn from reading this book is: If you
were making a Caesar Salad Dressing, for example, and the recipe
asked for Extra Virgin Olive Oil, then if you have read "CookWise",
then you will know that the recipe will not work! Why? Extra Virgin
Olive Oil has a property that will not allow it to emulsify!
Other information Corriher shares with her readers includes how to
store foods as well as offering over 250 recipes!
Celebrity chefs hire Corriher so that she can help them figure out
why their new recipes don't work! She is also featured semi-regularly
on the Alton Brown's "Good Eats" on the Food Network.
This book is excellent if you are interested in WHY you need to do
something. I find it invaluable and give it credit for when I created
my Strawberry Scone recipe. After I read this book, I realized that
there is a component in red berries that makes them turn purple when
cooking them. If you use buttermilk in a recipe, the berries will
retain their bright red color.
The recipes contained within these pages are good, strong, basic
recipes. I found them flavorful. But if you are looking for an
artisit's flair with your meals, it's not here. Ms. Corriher is a
scientist, not an artist. But with the content of this book, she can
help you understand your recipes better, even possibly, help you
create recipes too.
"CookWise" is highly recommended. Rush out and buy your copy today!
And look out for Shirley Corriher. She is known for traveling across
the country teaching cooking classes!
"CookWise: The Secrets of Cooking Revealed"
by Shirley O. Corriher
William Morrow; (September 1997)
Hardcover: 544 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.60 x 10.32 x 8.27
This article was originally published at Suite 101.
Jennifer Wickes is the editor at "Cookbook Reviews", "Foreign Films"
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