Based on his Serious Eats column of the same name, J. Kenji López-Alt's cookbook is a rigorous and scientific approach to home cooking. In other hands, this could have veered into textbook territory, but López-Alt is so full of enthusiasm and curiosity for his subject that he's written a page-turner. Whether it's scrambling eggs or grilling steak, López-Alt delivers the best, most efficient method. Outside of the recipes, you'll find this to be a comprehensive resource on ingredients, equipment and technique.

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