What’s best depends on what you want to do and learn. Do you want to know why a recipe works so that you can learn to improvise your own or do you just want dependable instructions for your favorite dishes?
If you want to know the “how and why”, The Science of Good Cooking by Cook’s Illustrated is an excellent choice and one of my favorites. There are 400 recipes and each describes not just what to do, but why doing it that way works best.
The 400 recipes are used to teach 50 basic concepts beginning with “Gentle heat prevents overcooking” to “Cocoa powder delivers big flavor”. In between you learn that salty marinades work best, fat makes eggs tender, how to “bloom” spices to increase their flavor, and why you should put vodka in your pie dough.
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Every so often a friend will make a post on Facebook about “Big Pharma”. I don’t think it’s as simple as “drug companies are the bad guys”. Modern drugs can improve the quality of life or even save lives. Are some drugs over-prescribed? Sure. But is that the fault of the drug companies or the doctors?
The drug companies spend money to get their products in front of the doctors. This may mean paying $15 for lunch while the sales rep talks to the doctor or it may mean paying several thousand as an “honorarium” (a payment given for professional services that are rendered nominally without charge). Could they be more vague? It could be legit, but it sure sounds sketchy.
How do you know if your doctor is recommending a drug because you genuinely need it and it is the best choice for your condition or if they are recommending it because that drug company has been especially generous to them?