Michael Ruhlman – The Elements of Cooking Larger photo Click on the comments you'd like to print with your recipe. Grayed out comments will not print. Print (Ads will not print.) Top Comments Alanna November 7, 2007 at 9:47 pm Great review – he’s going to be in St. Louis tomorrow! Janice C. Cartier November 8, 2007 at 9:18 am Oh thank you. This looks like a must have ! I am a big fan of Simply Recipes. Beautiful blend of elements. And great things I want to try. Thanks for this one. All best, Jan Lydia Sugarman November 8, 2007 at 12:02 pm I wonder if it’d be possible to make stock in a slow cooker after dong the braising, browning, etc. Gloriana November 8, 2007 at 12:19 pm Awesome! This book is going directly on my Amazon Wish List. Can’t wait to get my hands on this one although I too will probably have issues with some of Michael’s opinions…1996 Joy of Cooking the best edition? Is he serious? Danielle November 9, 2007 at 4:28 am Thanks for the review! I’ve been trying to figure out whether or not this book would be useful to me, and you’re making it sound pretty good. Shawn November 10, 2007 at 8:19 pm Nice review — this book sounds very interesting. Have you read Harold McGee’s On Food and Cooking? If you (or anyone else who reads this) knows, how different are they from each other? Note from Elise: Hi Shawn, I wrote a review of Harold McGee’s On Food and Cooking. It’s an encyclopedia of knowlege about the chemistry of food. Ruhlman’s book is a thin book, a little more than a couple hundred pages, compared to McGee’s at over 700 pages, and it focuses entrirely on cooking methods. merd November 12, 2007 at 8:05 am Life tends to be so busy and the internet/webtechnology thing has pretty much changed the way I do things whether at work or play. In the day of instant gratification and answers at your fingertips, I have truly lost touch with what it is like to read for pleasure… at least reading a BOOK for pleasure. I typically read to learn, study or research. I think I will have to stop by Barnes & Noble to survey this one. It appears that it could be a multifaceted reading experience. Thanks!