Product Description The food editor of the Los Angeles Times explores the science underlying the art of cooking--discussing such cooking methods as frying, mixing, roasting, boiling, and baking--and presents more than one hundred new recipes and a host of little-known facts about food and the culinary arts. Reprint. Review " If you want to know why onions make you cry, are terrified by hollandaise or curious to find out why good cooks add old oil to new, this is the book for you. The recipes not only tell you the what, but also the why. I learned a lot." — Ruth Reichl, editor in chief Gourmet magazine -- Review About the Author RUSS PARSONS is the food and wine columnist of the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of the best-selling How to Read a French Fry, a winner of multiple James Beard Awards for his journalism, and the recipient of the IACP/Bert Greene Award for distinguished writing. He lives in California, which produces more than half of the fruits and vegetables grown in this country. He has been writing about food and agriculture for more than twenty years.