"A vital tool for anyone who loves food and cooking" Heston Blumenthal There's no shortage of recipes available today and Keys to Good Cooking will help you make the most of them by telling you what works, and why. Written by award-winning author Harold McGee, this book acts as a companion to your recipe books, providing answers to all your kitchen questions - How do I prevent my sauce from separating? At what point should I salt meat? What are the benefits of cooking 'en papillotte'? - and distils modern scientific understanding of cooking into quick and reliable guidance. Easy-to-use and authoritative, Keys to Good Cooking is a guide to the techniques, ingredients and gadgets with which you turn recipes into delicious meals.