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    Recommended reading

    Of ALL the (12) books I borrowed from the local public library to help me while away the hours this Christmas " The New Making of a Cook" by Madeleine Kamman" (William Morrow) is the only one that tempts me to buy a book. Possibly more so than any other book I've borrowed this year, and I borrow about 8 per week.
    At 1200+ pages, I'll be lucky to finish skimming it before Jan 5th.
    It is filled with a gazillion recipes, with the usual goats-hoof sort of esoteric stuff that I never expect to find at Brunos, across the street from me ...

    ... but my recommendation comes from all the non-recipe information.
    pp 325-329 is a discussion of emulsification, so now I understand the background behind oil/vinegar dressings.
    pp 458-461 is all-about-rice, and why it should be rinsed in warm water after cooking. There's even an explantion of why the dish "Turkey Rice" does not contain any trace of turkey!
    pp 487-489 is legumes, and nowadays I lean heavily on dried beans/chick peas/lentils. There's a reference back to page 362 where is explained why we should not use canned beans in a salad without a 20-minute re-boiling, despite the best efforts of the (US) canning industry. I never knew that!

    I'm posting this here rather than in "books" because it is a cooking-specific topic.
    IMNSHO, The book is worth its purchase price for the background information alone , on every topic and ingredient of cooking.

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    Re: Recommended reading

    Did you find the section about making flavored oils? <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Recommended reading

    >Did you find the section about making flavored oils? <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>
    Yes.
    But aren't you thinking of <img src=/S/razz.gif border=0 alt=razz width=25 height=17>berry-flavoured vinaigrette
    It sounded familiar.
    But not stale, so I didn't throw it out!

    I read pretty well every introductory section (amassing those into a 100-page edition would be grand!) and read about oils especially because I have a 1/2 litre bottle of extra-virgin oil sitting in my cupboard now, and was wondering what could be done about it.
    I see copyzonamazon/etc. for $50-ish and am seriously considering purchasing my own copy, just for the background text.

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