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In CookWise, food sleuth Shirley Corriher tells you how and why things happen in cooking. When you know how to estimate the right amount of baking powder, you can tell by looking at the recipe that a cake is overleavened and may fall. When you know that too little liquid for the amount of chocolate in a recipe can cause the chocolate to seize and become a solid grainy mass, you can spot chocolate truffle recipes that will be a disaster. And, in both cases, you know exactly how to "fix" the recipe. Knowing how ingredients work, individually and in combination, will not only make you more aware of the cooking process, it will transform you into a confident and exceptional cook—a cook who is in control.
CookWise is a different kind of cookbook. There are more than 230 outstanding recipes—from Snapper Fingers with Smoked Pepper Tartar Sauce to Chocolate Stonehenge Slabs with Cappuccino Mousse—but here each recipe serves not only to please the palate but to demonstrate the roles of ingredients and techniques. The What This Recipe Shows section summarizes the special cooking points being demonstrated in each recipe. This little bit of science in everyday language indicates which steps or ingredients are vital and cannot be omitted without consequences. No matter what your cooking level, you'll find CookWise a revelation.
What do you get when you add flavors and sweetener to vodka, brandy, whiskey, or rum? Homemade liqueurs! You'll be delighted by how easy it is to make your own versions of popular brands such as Bailey's, Triple Sec, and Kahlúa, as well as dozens of original flavor combinations. Andrew Schloss shows you the basic techniques for making a liqueur (typically as simple as combining fruit with liquor and sugar, letting the mixture sit for a week, straining, and enjoying) and then provides more than 150 recipes organized by types of flavoring (which include fruits, herbs, spices, nuts and seeds, vegetables, coffee, tea, chocolate, cream, caramel, honey, and butterscotch). Schloss also shows you how to make infused spirits, which are flavored but don't contain sweeteners. And he offers 80 recipes for irresistible cocktails you can make with your homemade liqueurs and infused spirits. Cheers!