Ruhlman's Twenty

Ruhlman's Twenty

The Ideas and Techniques That Will Make You A Better Cook

Book - 2011
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Grand Central Pub
A James Beard Award winning cookbook

Learn Michael Ruhlman's twenty key cooking concepts for the contemporary home kitchen.

20 techniques, 100 recipes, a cook's manifesto: Ruhlman's Twenty distills Michael Ruhlman's decades of cooking, writing, and working with the world's greatest chefs into twenty essential ideas&;from ingredients to processes to attitude&;that are guaranteed to make every cook more accomplished. Whether cooking a multi-course meal, the juiciest roast chicken, or just some really good scrambled eggs, Ruhlman reveals how a cook's success boils down to the same twenty concepts. With the illuminating expertise that has made him one of the most esteemed food journalists, Michael Ruhlman explains the hows and whys of each concept and reinforces those discoveries through 100 recipes for everything from soups to desserts.
  • Ruhlman's Twenty shows you how with techniques, tips, and tricks in over 300 photographs
  • From the home cook to the professional chef, the book contains essential lessons that will redefine how to cook
  • Acclaimed writer and culinary authority Michael Ruhlman is the author of Ratio, The Soul of a Chef, The Making of a Chef, Charcuterie, and with Thomas Keller, The French Laundry Cookbook
If you liked The Food Lab: Better Cooking through Science, you'll love the game-changing cookbook, Ruhlman's Twenty.
  • From the basics of how we think about food to lessons on ingredients, processes, and ideas
  • Chapters on specific ingredient like salt, onion, egg, sugar, and water
  • Go in depth on techniques such as poach, roast, braise, grill, fry, and sauté
  • Learn how to make a great sauce, batter, dough, soup, vinaigrette, and more


Baker & Taylor
Presents twenty basic elements of cooking and explains their importance in order to become a better cook, from proper salting techniques to mastering such basic ingredients as eggs and butter.

Hachette Book Group
A James Beard Award winning cookbook

Learn Michael Ruhlman's twenty key cooking concepts for the contemporary home kitchen.

20 techniques, 100 recipes, a cook's manifesto: Ruhlman's Twenty distills Michael Ruhlman's decades of cooking, writing, and working with the world's greatest chefs into twenty essential ideas—from ingredients to processes to attitude—that are guaranteed to make every cook more accomplished. Whether cooking a multi-course meal, the juiciest roast chicken, or just some really good scrambled eggs, Ruhlman reveals how a cook's success boils down to the same twenty concepts. With the illuminating expertise that has made him one of the most esteemed food journalists, Michael Ruhlman explains the hows and whys of each concept and reinforces those discoveries through 100 recipes for everything from soups to desserts.
  • Ruhlman's Twenty shows you how with techniques, tips, and tricks in over 300 photographs
  • From the home cook to the professional chef, the book contains essential lessons that will redefine how to cook
  • Acclaimed writer and culinary authority Michael Ruhlman is the author of Ratio, The Soul of a Chef, The Making of a Chef, Charcuterie, and with Thomas Keller, The French Laundry Cookbook
If you liked The Food Lab: Better Cooking through Science, you'll love the game-changing cookbook, Ruhlman's Twenty.
  • From the basics of how we think about food to lessons on ingredients, processes, and ideas
  • Chapters on specific ingredient like salt, onion, egg, sugar, and water
  • Go in depth on techniques such as poach, roast, braise, grill, fry, and sauté
  • Learn how to make a great sauce, batter, dough, soup, vinaigrette, and more


Publisher: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c2011.
ISBN: 9780811876438
0811876438
Characteristics: 367 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm

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ksoles Dec 01, 2011

I count Michael Ruhlman among the most talented writers on the cookbook scene; his elegant prose provokes thought and informs even the most experienced chef. In his 2010 hit "Ratio," Ruhlman explored the relationships between ingredients and, in his newest "Twenty," he again eschews recipes in favour of culinary education. Each of his 20 chapters explains the fundamentals of either an essential technique (roasting etc) or ingredient (salt, eggs, acid) and provides recipes that employ the chapter's theme.

Ruhlman's structure makes finding recipes difficult but the book's elements tie together so seamlessly that it seems impossible to organize them another way. The pork belly, for example, combines the braising chapter (responsible for the meat's tenderness) with the sugar chapter (responsible for the meat's flavour). With ample step-by-step photographs, a wide variety of culinary topics and uncomplicated but enlightening text, "Twenty" provides a refreshing perspective on the cookbook genre.

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