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Ratio by Michael Ruhlman
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Oct 28, 2010

really liked it
Read from October 27 to 28, 2010

I'll preface my review by saying that I'm not very skilled in the kitchen. I am, however, working on it. My friend lent me this book. I never would have thought to pick it out for myself, but I really enjoyed it. The premise is that many recipes can be distilled into certain ratios of core ingredients; the rest are flourishes. Having never taken home economics, this was a very enlightening concept for me. It was fascinating to learn the limitations of ratios. For example, a pound cake and a sponge cake share the same ratio but differ in the order in which the ingredients are added. I don't think I'll be able to conjure up something interesting all on my own yet, but going forward, I'll be on the lookout for these ratios. I'll try to start tasting for myself the effects of subtle manipulations of these ratios in the recipes I make.

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