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The New York Times bestselling winner of the 2016 James Beard Award for General Cooking and the IACP Cookbook of the Year Award A grand tour of the science of cooking explored through popular American dishes illustrated in full color Ever wondered how to pan-fry a steak with a charred crust and an interior that s perfectly medium-rare from edge to edge when you cut into it How to make homemade mac n cheese that is as satisfyingly gooey and velvety-smooth as the blue box stuff but far tastier How to roast a succulent moist turkey forget about brining and use a foolproof method that works every time As Serious Eats s culinary nerd-in-residence J Kenji L pez-Alt has pondered all these questions and more In The Food Lab Kenji focuses on the science behind beloved American dishes delving into the interactions between heat energy and molecules that create great food Kenji shows that often conventional methods don t work that well and home cooks can achieve far better results using new but simple techniques In hundreds of easy-to-make recipes with over 1 000 full-color images you will find out how to make foolproof Hollandaise sauce in just two minutes how to transform one simple tomato sauce into a half dozen dishes how to make the... crispiest creamiest potato casserole ever conceived and much more Over 1000 color photographsmore
Have you ever tried to learn more about some incredible thing only to be frustrated by incomprehensible jargon Randall Munroe is here to help In Thing Explainer he uses line drawings and only the thousand or rather ten hundred most common words to provide simple explanations for some of the most interesting stuff there is including food-heating radio boxes microwaves tall roads bridges computer buildings datacenters the shared space house the International Space Station the other worlds around the sun the solar system the big flat rocks we live on tectonic plates the pieces everything is made of the periodic table planes with turning wings helicopters boxes that make clothes smell better washers and dryers the bags of stuff inside you cells How do these things work Where do they come from What would life be like without them And what would happen if we opened them up heated them up cooled them down pointed them in a different direction or pressed this button In Thing Explainer Munroe gives us the answers to these questions and so many more Funny interesting and always understandable this book is for anyone age 5 to 105 who has ever wondered how things work and why
For succulent results every time nothing is more crucial than understanding the science behind the interaction of food fire heat and smoke This is the definitive guide to the concepts methods equipment and accessories of barbecue and grilling The founder and editor of the world s most popular BBQ and grilling website AmazingRibs com Meathead applies the latest research to backyard cooking more than 100 thoroughly tested recipes With the help of physicist and food scientist Prof Greg Blonder PhD of Boston University he explains why dry brining is better than wet brining how marinades really work why rubs shouldn t have salt in them the importance of digital thermometers why searing doesn t seal in juices how salt penetrates but spices don t when charcoal beats gas and when gas beats charcoal how to calibrate and tune a grill or smoker how to keep fish from sticking cooking with logs the strengths and weaknesses of the new pellet cookers tricks for rotisserie cooking why cooking whole animals is a bad idea which grill grates are best and why beer-can chicken is a waste of good beer and nowhere close to the best way to cook a bird He shatters the myths that stand in the way of perfection Among the many busted old husband s tales... Myth Bring meat to room temperature before cooking Myth Soak wood before using it Myth Bone-in steaks taste better Myth You should sear first then cook The book blends chemistry physics meat science and humor Lavishly designed with hundreds of full-color photos by the author this book contains all the sure-fire recipes for traditional American favorites and many more outside-the-box creations You ll get recipes for all the great regional barbecue sauces rubs for meats and vegetables Last Meal Ribs Simon Garfunkel Chicken Schmancy Smoked Salmon The Ultimate Turkey Texas Brisket Perfect Pulled Pork Sweet Sour Pork with Mumbo Sauce Whole Hog Steakhouse Steaks Diner Burgers Prime Rib Brazilian Short Ribs Rack Of Lamb Lollipops Huli-Huli Chicken Smoked Trout Florida Mullet -Style Baja Fish Tacos Grilled Lobster and many more more
What is 225 years old yet always of the moment The Old Farmer s Almanac America s oldest continuously published periodical beloved by generations for being useful with a pleasant degree of humor celebrates its unique history with a special edition and more readers than ever before As the nation s iconic calendar the 2017 edition will predict and mark notable events glance back and look forward with historic perspectives on food people and businesses salute legendary customs and folklore hail celestial events explore forage and cultivate the natural world forecast traditionally 80 percent accurate weather inspire giggles and perhaps romance and more too much more to mention all in the inimitably useful and humorous way it has done since 1792
Master 50 simple concepts to ensure success in the kitchen Unlock a lifetime of successful cooking with this groundbreaking new volume from the editors of Cook s Illustrated the magazine that put food science on the map Organized around 50 core principles our test cooks use to develop foolproof recipes The Science of Good Cooking is a radical new approach to teaching the fundamentals of the kitchen Fifty unique experiments from the test kitchen bring the science to life and more than 400 landmark Cook s Illustrated recipes such as Old-Fashioned Burgers Classic Mashed Potatoes andPerfect Chocolate Chip Cookies illustrate each of the basic principles at work These experiments range from simple to playful to innovative - showing you why you should fold versus stir batter for chewy brownies why you whip egg whites with sugar and why the simple addition of salt can make meat juicy A lifetime of experience isn t the prerequisite for becoming a good cook knowledge is Think of this as an owner s manual for your kitchen
New York Times Bestseller - Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The Wall Street Journal NPR Audible and Amazon In Elon Musk Tesla SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance provides the first inside look into the extraordinary life and times of Silicon Valley s most audacious entrepreneur Written with exclusive access to Musk his family and friends the book traces the entrepreneur s journey from a rough upbringing in South Africa to the pinnacle of the global business world Vance spent more than 30 hours in conversation with Musk and interviewed close to 300 people to tell the tumultuous stories of Musk s world-changing companies PayPal Tesla Motors SpaceX and SolarCity and to characterize a man who has renewed American industry and sparked new levels of innovation while making plenty of enemies along the way Vance uses Musk s story to explore one of the pressing questions of our time can the nation of inventors and creators which led the modern world for a century still compete in an age of fierce global competition He argues that Musk--one of the most unusual and striking figures in American business history--is a contemporary amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists... like Thomas Edison Henry Ford Howard Hughes and Steve Jobs More than any other entrepreneur today Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far-reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science-fiction fantasy more
America s electrical grid an engineering triumph of the twentieth century is turning out to be a poor fit for the present It s not just that the grid has grown old and is now in dire need of basic repair Today as we invest great hope in new energy sources--solar wind and other alternatives--the grid is what stands most firmly in the way of a brighter energy future If we hope to realize this future we need to re-imagine the grid according to twenty-first-century values It s a project which forces visionaries to work with bureaucrats legislators with storm-flattened communities moneymen with hippies and the left with the right And though it might not yet be obvious this revolution is already well under way Cultural anthropologist Gretchen Bakke unveils the many facets of America s energy infrastructure its most dynamic moments and its most stable ones and its essential role in personal and national life The grid she argues is an essentially American artifact one which developed with us a product of bold expansion the occasional foolhardy vision some genius technologies and constant improvisation Most of all her focus is on how Americans are changing the grid right now sometimes with gumption and big dreams and sometimes with... legislation or the brandishing of guns The Grid tells--entertainingly perceptively--the story of what has been called the largest machine in the world its fascinating history its problematic present and its potential role in a brighter cleaner future more
The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America s greatest achievements in space Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P Henson Octavia Spencer Janelle Monae Kirsten Dunst and Kevin Costner Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as human computers used pencils rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women some of the brightest minds of their generation Originally relegated to teaching math in the South s segregated public schools they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II when America s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff Suddenly these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills and they answered Uncle Sam s call moving to Hampton Virginia and the fascinating high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory Even as Virginia s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts the women of Langley s... all-black West Computing group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War and complete domination of the heavens Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan Mary Jackson Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden four African American women who participated in some of NASA s greatest successes It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives and their country s future more
The 1 New York Times bestseller from David McCullough two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly Wilbur and Orville Wright On a winter day in 1903 in the Outer Banks of North Carolina two brothers bicycle mechanics from Dayton Ohio changed history But it would take the world some time to believe that the age of flight had begun with the first powered machine carrying a pilot Orville and Wilbur Wright were men of exceptional courage and determination and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity When they worked together no problem seemed to be insurmountable Wilbur was unquestionably a genius Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few had ever seen That they had no more than a public high school education and little money never stopped them in their mission to take to the air Nothing did not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off they risked being killed In this enjoyable fast-paced tale The Economist master historian David McCullough shows as never before how two Ohio boys from a remarkable family taught the world to fly The Washington Post and captures the marvel of what the Wrights... accomplished The Wall Street Journal He draws on the extensive Wright family papers to profile not only the brothers but their sister Katharine without whom things might well have gone differently for them Essential reading this is a story of timeless importance told with uncommon empathy and fluency about what might be the most astonishing feat mankind has ever accomplished The Wright Brothers soars The New York Times Book Review more
Brew your own kombucha at home With more than 400 recipes including 268 unique flavor combinations you can get exactly the taste you want for a fraction of the store-bought price This complete guide from the proprietors of Kombucha Kamp shows you how to do it from start to finish with illustrated step-by-step instructions and troubleshooting tips The book also includes information on the many health benefits of kombucha fascinating details of the drink s history and recipes for delicious foods and drinks you can make with kombucha including some irresistible cocktails This is the one go-to resource for all things kombucha Andrew Zimmern James Beard Award winning author and host of Travel Channel s Bizarre Foods