I was a terrible cook, and the only thing that I could make to perfection was a cup of coffee. In order to impress my wife whom I was dating back then, I bought Kenji’s The Food Lab. I must admit, I cannot stop raving about the book even after two years. The way Kenji explains everything related to everyday cooking feels as if he is standing next to us and handholding us when we are preparing our food. I would call it a pragmatic way of cooking. The book also contains wonderful tips that can help us make tasty food day in and day out. Now, who would have thought that adding gelatin would speed up cooking homemade broth or searing steak would help in trapping moisture?
I agree this is a very BIG book, but every page is worth reading. One tip from my side: Buy the hard copy and do not go for Kindle or any other version.
Oh, one more thing, my wife was impressed by my cooking, and we ended up marrying after three months of dating. So yes, this book does work.