Cookbooks that are about fixing fuckups?
September 3, 2017 8:45 AM   Subscribe

It occurred to me that the most useful programming books I've read are about fixing bugs and refactoring fuckups, and that a similar principle might hold in useful cooking books. So I'd like to ask for recommendations of cooking books that are about fixing fuckups.
posted by hleehowon to Grab Bag (8 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
Reversing chemical reactions is a whoooole different ball game than re-writing some code. That is why you do not see this.
posted by sexyrobot at 8:48 AM on September 3, 2017

Re-writing some code does cost one to seven orders of magnitude more than just throwing whatever dish out, but there's still things you can do with poor seasoning, ingredients at the cusp of going bad, etc etc. Presumably someone's written a book about that.
posted by hleehowon at 9:01 AM on September 3, 2017

If your specific fuckup is I have too many left over egg yolks or whites, The Other Half of The Egg.
posted by zamboni at 9:02 AM on September 3, 2017

How to Repair Food
posted by FencingGal at 9:12 AM on September 3, 2017 [11 favorites]

Baking 911
posted by Kangaroo at 12:35 PM on September 3, 2017 [1 favorite]

Both An Everlasting Meal and Salt Fat Acid Heat, while not organized specifically around fixing fuckups, cover the topic to a certain extent.
posted by asterix at 4:01 PM on September 3, 2017 [2 favorites]

Yes I came in to suggest An Everlasting Meal as well.
posted by Ziggy500 at 5:59 AM on September 4, 2017

The Improvisational Cook sort of gets at this indirectly. Fixing a failed dish is often a matter of: this isn’t going to be what I was trying to make, so what can I make starting from here?

Just like with software and engineering, though, successful debugging and repair rests on a strong foundation of fundamentals. Knowing the classical French sauce families is really useful—Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” is a good resource.
posted by musicinmybrain at 7:54 AM on September 4, 2017

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