Kitchen on Fire! by Olivier Said
Mastering the Art of Cooking in 12 Weeks (or Less)

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The wildly popular basics course at Berkeley’s famed Kitchen on Fire! culinary school teaches students ultimate confidence in the kitchen. In this new book, Chefs Olivier Said and MikeC. combine their many years of experience cooking in professional kitchens and classrooms to present all the basic techniques necessary to create great food—complete with full-color illustrations and step-by-step photos throughout. You’ll explore the underlying methodology and alchemy of cooking, from ingredients to prep to heat. You’ll get all the skills to navigate your kitchen with ease and the knowledge to put that cookbook back on the shelf and create your own recipes with whatever ingredients you have on hand.

Beginners will find the information easy to digest, and seasoned cooks will discover the secrets of professional chefs—such as the rarely discussed importance of surface area and density in gauging cooking time. Blending the precision of a professional culinary textbook with the authors’ fun and irreverent attitudes, Kitchen on Fire! makes it easy for anyone to cook like a chef.


About Olivier Said

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Chef Olivier Said is one of the most respected culinary personalities in the Bay Area, where he is the former co-owner of César Tapas Bar and author of their award-winning cookbook. Chef MikeC. is an honors graduate from the California Culinary Academy and was the most recent host of the long-running TV series Organic Living with the Hippy Gourmet. They are co-founders of Kitchen on Fire! culinary school in Berkeley, California. Visit:
Published November 22, 2011 by Da Capo Lifelong Books. 451 pages
Genres: Cooking. Non-fiction

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Kitchen on Fire is a popular cooking school in Berkeley that promotes its classes by declaring, “If these two clowns can cook, so can you.” The bozos in question, Said and MikeC, actually have extensive West Coast culinary credits, a strong visual sensibility and an impressive knowledge of th...

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City Book Review

Kitchen on Fire is a large volume on teaching home cooks how to cook in twelve weeks.

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I bet you will find something that will interest you 5 stars for a cleverly devised mystery set in PDX a must read for the tween reader in your family Chefs Olivier Said and MikeC., founders and instructors of the Berkeley cooking scho...

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