The aim of this book is to teach you how to cook, not simply how to read recipes.
Unlike Home Economics, the high school class about cooking food, the aim of this book is to use a hopefully illustrative style to teach about the basic chemical and physiological composition of food.
- Proper Utensil technique
- Design Of Cookware materials
What you need to do first to make sure you're safe.
- Proteins - Basically your meats, fish, eggs and dairy; plus (somewhat) legumes (beans, lentils, etc.).
- Lipids (Fatty Acids) - From corn oil to olive oil on the plant side to Lard, Tallow, Schmaltz, Duck Fat, etc. on the Animal Side
- Carbohydrates (Starches and Sugars) - Grains (Ground-up and Whole) and Sweet Stuff
- Fiber (Leafy Greens, Fruits, and Vegetables) - What your mother made you eat
- Emulsifiers - Make water and oil the best of friends (or at least a little more friendly)
- Thickeners - Make liquids flow slower
- Solvents - Dissolve flavors, colors, binders, proteins, and more
- Herbs and Spices - Make Stuff Taste Better
Areas of the Food Kingdom-explanation of what they are
- Chicken - Perhaps the most used ingredient
- Beef/pork - Also another common ingredient
- Soup - Wholesomeness is just a pot away
- American - A blend of popular American foods.
- Sauces - Sauces
Hot Methods edit
- Boiling-Using water and other ingredients to heat it with water
- Braising-cooking an item in a liquid, usually a sauce
- Frying-Use a fat/oil to give a crisp texture
- Steaming-Use water vapor to cook vegetables
- Sauteing-Induce caramelizing or browning
- Sweating-Decrease the amount of moisture
- Sous-vide-Slowly cooking an item by placing it in a plastic bag which is immersed in warm water
- Grilling-get that charcoal or propane taste.
- Smoking-Use of low heat and temp to cook and flavor foods
Other heating methods (without equipment)
- Roasting-The likely most common way to cook while camping
No-Heat Methods edit
If you kill the microbes, everyone is happy.
Lime is an acid which kills microbes.
Salt kills microbes by making an inhospitable environment.
The acidic nature of pickling, combined with antimicrobial herbs & spices keeps the food free of microbes, as well as preserving it for long periods of time
When You can't afford the actual thing, make it yourself.
-Good Eats -Molecular Gastronomy