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Harold McGee writes about the science of food and cooking. He's the author of the award-winning classic On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen, and writes a column, "The Curious Cook," for The New York Times. He has been named food writer of the year by Bon Appï¿½tit magazine and one of the Time 100, an annual list of the world's most influential people. He lives in San Francisco.
"Mr. McGee might have called this encyclopedic work "The Kitchen Home Companion," since it offers indispensable information on how to make the most of any recipe--a user's manual that enables home cooks to achieve maximum results... the enjoyment it affords will be found on the table." -- Wall Street Journal "If you want to know virtually anything about the "why" of cooking, read Harold McGee. Along the way, he'll teach you the "how." -- ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH "McGee's writing is broad, yet detailed at the same time, scientific, but comprehensible." -- CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR "A great addition to any cookbook library. It picks up where many cookbooks leave off. The "How's" and "Why's" of a dish's success - or failure - are often a mystery, but McGee sheds light on many of those mysteries to make us more informed in the kitchen and ultimately, better cooks." -- SEATTLE WEEKLY "McGee will banish any romantic notions about cooking with his fast-draw expertise... With an eminently pragmatic approach to cooking and a user-friendly prï¿½cis of a lifetime's devotion to the kitchen, this is an invaluable addition to food literature." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY