What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained
Q: What book do you remember from your childhood as irritating?
When I was somewhere around seven years old, I was given Charlie Brown's Super Book of Questions and Answers about All Kinds of Animals ... from Snails to People!: Based on the Charles M. Schulz Characters.
Although I’ve never been a question-and-answer type of reader (the questions asked never seemed to be the ones I wanted to know more about), I eventually came to enjoy the book for its information bites and colorful pictures of f ...more
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The author, Robert L. Wolke, is a chemistry professor who happens to take an interest in the molecular structures and production of foods, beverages, etc. He conducts experiments in his “laboratory,” als ...more
The book What Einstein Told His Cook Kitchen Science Explained the author Robert L. Wolke talks about a lot of things from the differences of sugar to the tools that are used in the kitchen. The author investigates things from questions that people have about cooking, and certain things used around the kitchen, he talks about the science people don’t really know about. For example, one of the questions was, “To sweeten my iced tea quickly, I added powdered sugar. But it turned into gummy lumps. ...more
However, the structure of the work is to answer questions on various topics. For example, I read the Salt of the Earth Chapter, which features answers to questions such as:
- What are all those special salts and meat tenderizers in the supermarket?
- What are salt substitutes?
- Why add salt to the water when boiling pasta?
- Whats so special about sea salt? Kosher salt? Freshly ground salt?
- Can a potato remove the excess s ...more
Honestly I thought I will learn how to cook in a scientific way, but this book went much deeper into the science behind what takes place in that part of our houses. I recommend this to anyone, even those who are not at all interested in cooking but would be intrigued to learn some everyday basic science.
“The most common use ...more
It wasn't anything earth-shattering, b ...more
This book had plenty of good information and was written in an entertaining style. I hovered between giving it four or five stars. If I found a copy second hand I would likely buy it. I really couldn't say what would make it a five star book. At some point I wil ...more
an excellent book written in a simplified, yet intelligent, and sometimes hilarious way.
This is similar in format to many of the books that I have given high rating, essentially a collection of random bits of interesting knowledge about a particular topic. Where this book differs is that the author doesn't try to have a unifying theme or a direction, but rather ...more
We listened to the Audible/Tantor Audio (they do the best audio books!) version on a car trip with my 12 year old and ...more
What Einstein Told His Cook is one of my dad's books that he loves it and has purchased several copies for friends. I enjoyed flipping through the sections and reading random entries.
What Einstein Told His Cook is set up like a reference book, and while you could read it straight through, I had a good time flipping around and reading different odds and ends. This was a surprisingly engaging book, not tedious or boring at all. I chuckled at almost every entry. And ...more
Reader Sean Runnette
Audiobook Running Time 9 hrs 12 min.
I have never met Prof. Robert Wolke* but I imagine him as a grandfatherly type who enthralls his students with experiments and life learning experiences. On the other hand he may in fact be the nutty professor of Jerry Lewis fame. Whatever the case, he has written an informative book that delves in the everyday chemistry behind kitchen practices in an educational manne ...more
What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained is one of a series of What Einstein . . . volumes by chemist/author Robert L. Wolke. Each is a reader-friendly introductory-level explanatory volume on the science of everyday phenomena, presented in Q&A format. Wolke began with two books on general science topics, What Einstein Didn't Know: Scientific Answers to Everyday Questions and What Einstein Told His Barber: More Scientific Answers to Everyday Questions. Also a food columnist who...more
He is the author of Impact: Science on Society and Chemistry Explained, as well as dozens of scientific research papers. His latest book, the fourth ...more