July 3, 2011

Review - Lobsters Scream When You Boil Them (Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough)

Time to fess up. I am not much of a cook. I may be capable of making delicious pasta with a nice salad, but that's about it. Yet I'm still not too old to maybe learn a thing or two, so when I had the chance to read Lobsters Scream When You Boil Them I took it.
Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough have once again stirred up a book in their kitchen, this time with an emphasis on all kinds of myths about food and cooking. No matter whether you're a seasoned cook, or more like myself, you will probably have heard that spicy foods will cool you down, that you shouldn't wash mushrooms, or that you can tell if a steak is done by the way it feels. I hate to break the news to you, but it's just not that simple, and sometimes outright wrong.
Seasoned with various recipes, which I admittedly didn't try out, this book is such a humorous and at the same time informative page-turner that I pretty much finished reading it in one sitting. The only breaks I took were those when I couldn't continue, because I had to laugh so hard. Who would have thought that a book about cooking could be so very entertaining? I loved it.
And no, they don't scream. No vocal cords, you know.
In short: A wonderfully hilarious eye-opener for everyone who's fallen victim to cooking myths before!

4/5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Simon & Schuster Galley Grab book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


  1. I think I got this off the Galley Grab too though they're a pain to read I might give this one a go.

  2. A pain to read? Why's that?