Keys to Good Cooking

A Guide to Making the Best of Foods and Recipes

Every kitchen conundrum is answered in this easy-to-use volume, from the acknowledged master of the science of cooking.

A requisite countertop companion for all home chefs, Keys to Good Cooking distils the modern scientific understanding of cooking and translates it into immediately useful information. The book provides simple statements of fact and advice, along with brief explanations that help cooks understand why, and apply that understanding to other situations. Not a cookbook, Keys to Good Cooking is, simply put, a book about how to cook well. A work of astounding scholarship and originality, this is a concise and authoritative guide designed to help home cooks navigate the ever-expanding universe of recipes and ingredients and appliances, and arrive at the promised land of a satisfying dish.


Get this book and you’ll wonder how you ever managed to cook without Harold McGee in your life… . No saucepan is left unturned in McGee’s quest to explain the mysteries and alchemy of the kitchen… . it is a joy to find a book that deals with the nuances of cooking, all those hair-pulling moments that result in apologies at dinner. Even for those successful chefs, this book will polish your skills.”
Weekly Times Now

Praise for Harold McGee:
“Dazzlingly informative … McGee is the father of modern food science and by far the most enjoyable writer to read on the subject.”
— Sunday Telegraph (UK)

“He has made the jump from mere author to timeless authority.”