CookWise, by Shirley O. Corriher
“This book made me want to work in a test kitchen. I was always curious about the hows and whys of cooking, and the author addresses so many of those questions. If you keep making the same mistakes in your cooking— say, your cakes are falling, your sauce always separates, or your bread isn’t rising right—Cookwise will help you discover solutions.”
Recommended by Aida Mollenkamp, a chef and the author of Aida Mollenkamp’s Keys to the Kitchen ($35, amazon.com).
To buy: $35, amazon.com.