If you love salmon, but you have no idea how to cook salmon, read on. It’s very easy and delicious and something your family will actually enjoy eating. Many of them, I found, were not metacookbooks at all, but rather in-depth guides to mastering the fundamentals of a classically respected cuisine (most often French or Italian) or matter-of-fact catalogues of cooking techniques, such as how to poach an egg or make a soufflé that doesn’t cave in. And of the recommendations that did fit the category, few struck a readable balance between in-the-weeds scientific digressions and everyday pragmatism.
Another option I checked out, Jeff Potter’s Cooking for Geeks , similarly displayed the limits of grounding cooking lessons too much in science; what it made up for in its looser writing style, it more than lost in its distracting tendency to try flattering the geeks” who might read it by pandering …Read more