Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking Review

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Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking is a book in the Food genre written by Michael Ruhlman. The book was published by Scribner on 2009-04-07 and contains 272 pages. The book has an ISBN number of 978-1416566113. Our users found the overall impression of this book to be Confusing.

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Plot/Execution 7.0
Structure 8.0
Writing Style 8.0
Enjoyability 5.0
Overall 5.0
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The Ratio does not add up


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Plot/Execution 7
Structure 8
Writing Style 8
Enjoyability 5
Overall 5
Impression: Confusing

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Michael Ruhlmans cookbook tried to provide ratios for cooking to make the process more accessable to cooks who like to follow the numbers lol.

He tries to break down foods into ingredient ratios Ie. Bread is composed of X parts water and y parts flour etc. He does this so that chefs can memorize these easy rules (ratios) instead of following recipes word for word.

The negative of this approach is that you need a lot more information besides "ratios" in order to cook foods correctly. For example with bread, you may want to create very hard bread etc, but this would require different temperatures and times etc, so while ratios may help they do not provide enough information.

Overall it was a nice concept but in practice it does not really "pan" out :D.


Review Posted By Bookworm On 2010-09-09 At 17:52:57

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