by Alton Brown
A good cookbook contains much more than just recipes: it also describes techniques that help make people into better cooks and, ideally, principles that help them innovate effectively rather than just following recipes. I'm Just Here for the Food is not really about recipes at all -- it's a chatty sort of introduction to the principles of cooking, much less imposing and more readable than something like On Food and Cooking. Brown's book is usually informative and often interesting, and it's a good read although he sometimes tries a little too hard to be entertaining.
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