Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking – by Michael Ruhlman
This book was recommended by Chef Marco Ropke at the Vancouver Pastry Training Centre when I took a course there. If you see this book in a book store, you probably wouldn’t think it’s a cookbook. It doesn’t have any mouth-watering food photos or unique recipes. Although I think it would be nice to have some coloured pictures inside. But for less than $20, it is well worth it. It talks about culinary ratios, which are the backbones for all recipes. For example, a basic pie dough ratio is 3-2-1, 3 parts flour, 2 parts fat and 1 part water; a vinaigrette is 3 parts oil and 1 part vinegar. Once you know these ratios, you can add your flavours (sweet or savory), herbs, spices, seasonings, etc. You can create recipes according to your own preference. Even if you are trying someone else’s recipe, you can change it to the way you like as long as you keep your backbone ratios. It also has many cooking tips. So, if you like to cook and create your own recipes, you will enjoy reading it.
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These are great baking books for both beginners and more experienced bakers. They have all your bases covered. From muffins to cakes, from breads, pizzas to French pastries, you can for sure find something you like.
This is one of my very first reference. It may look a little outdated, but I still like a lot of the recipes in this book. They are simple and very easy to follow. There are also specific tips on each recipe which are helpful for beginners.
This is a handbook that really has everything in it. From basic recipes like muffins, pies and cookies to more advanced projects like croissants, layered cakes, even a wedding cake ! It also has very nice photos, it’s a joy to read even if you are not baking.
Duff Goldman is well-known for his amazing decorated cakes. This book though, is not about cake decorating, it has many yummy goodies that we can make at home. My favourite parts, however, are the chapters about equipment, ingredients and techniques. They have very good information, and with a little Duff’s humour, I just really enjoy reading them.
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