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Hi. I'm new to the group. I love to bake and I was interested in
creating my own recipe. However, since I've never done this before I
need a few pointers. Does anyone know of any websites or books that
could help me with this? Thank you!


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joce wrote:
Hi. I'm new to the group. I love to bake and I was interested in
creating my own recipe. However, since I've never done this before I
need a few pointers. Does anyone know of any websites or books that
could help me with this? Thank you!


That's kind of a broad question. What do you normally like to bake?
bread? cakes? cookies? pies? something else? The only way to create a
new recipe is to experiment. Find a recipe you like and start by
making subtle changes to it. Don't try to change too much at one time
though.

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"joce" wrote in news:1149348504.201487.33770
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Hi. I'm new to the group. I love to bake and I was interested in
creating my own recipe. However, since I've never done this before I
need a few pointers. Does anyone know of any websites or books that
could help me with this? Thank you!



Recipe for what? That's a biggie. If you're making a bread, cake, cookie,
ect. You need to know some of the science behind what you're using as
well. For instance, if you're making something that calls for Cocoa and
baking powder or soda, it matters if you use Dutch Processed Cocoa or
regular, because Dutch Processed Cocoa uses alkalis to temper it's acidity,
so you'll need to keep that in mind with your levening agents.
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Yeah...that's the way it is....recipe creation, is a science .... its
chemistry....

You need to have a solid understanding how ingredients interact in the
food system that you are planning to create... and also knows that
measurements and ratios are equally important.
..The essence of recipe creation is harmony and balance ...which
results in desirable qualities of the product.

Joce....
For the time being you better content yourself reading and following
recipe books...
Mike H wrote:
"joce" wrote in news:1149348504.201487.33770
@y43g2000cwc.googlegroups.com:

Hi. I'm new to the group. I love to bake and I was interested in
creating my own recipe. However, since I've never done this before I
need a few pointers. Does anyone know of any websites or books that
could help me with this? Thank you!



Recipe for what? That's a biggie. If you're making a bread, cake, cookie,
ect. You need to know some of the science behind what you're using as
well. For instance, if you're making something that calls for Cocoa and
baking powder or soda, it matters if you use Dutch Processed Cocoa or
regular, because Dutch Processed Cocoa uses alkalis to temper it's acidity,
so you'll need to keep that in mind with your levening agents.


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chembake wrote:

Yeah...that's the way it is....recipe creation, is a science .... its
chemistry....

You need to have a solid understanding how ingredients interact in the
food system that you are planning to create... and also knows that
measurements and ratios are equally important.
.The essence of recipe creation is harmony and balance ...which
results in desirable qualities of the product.


I'm being presumptuous in that you may already
be a writer, but have you considered publishing a
book? The intersection of cooking and science has
been a topic of growing interest for some time,
probably starting with McGee and continuing
with people like Corriher and even Alton Brown.

The interest level is very high, and there's much
room for improvement in the current offerings,
IMO.

--
Reg



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I've created quite a few tasty recipes without any knowledge of
chemistry. And a few duds as well, but some very good ones.

Then I bought The Joy of Cooking, and almost stopped cooking entirely.

"chembake" wrote in message
ups.com...
Yeah...that's the way it is....recipe creation, is a science .... its
chemistry....

You need to have a solid understanding how ingredients interact in the
food system that you are planning to create... and also knows that
measurements and ratios are equally important.
.The essence of recipe creation is harmony and balance ...which
results in desirable qualities of the product.

Joce....
For the time being you better content yourself reading and following
recipe books...
Mike H wrote:
"joce" wrote in
news:1149348504.201487.33770
@y43g2000cwc.googlegroups.com:

Hi. I'm new to the group. I love to bake and I was interested in
creating my own recipe. However, since I've never done this before
I
need a few pointers. Does anyone know of any websites or books
that
could help me with this? Thank you!



Recipe for what? That's a biggie. If you're making a bread, cake,
cookie,
ect. You need to know some of the science behind what you're using
as
well. For instance, if you're making something that calls for Cocoa
and
baking powder or soda, it matters if you use Dutch Processed Cocoa or
regular, because Dutch Processed Cocoa uses alkalis to temper it's
acidity,
so you'll need to keep that in mind with your levening agents.



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Anybody can claim that...but how good is the recipe and how
reproducible is the results?

Mordechai Housman wrote:
I've created quite a few tasty recipes without any knowledge of
chemistry. And a few duds as well, but some very good ones.

Then I bought The Joy of Cooking, and almost stopped cooking entirely.

"chembake" wrote in message
ups.com...
Yeah...that's the way it is....recipe creation, is a science .... its
chemistry....

You need to have a solid understanding how ingredients interact in the
food system that you are planning to create... and also knows that
measurements and ratios are equally important.
.The essence of recipe creation is harmony and balance ...which
results in desirable qualities of the product.

Joce....
For the time being you better content yourself reading and following
recipe books...
Mike H wrote:
"joce" wrote in
news:1149348504.201487.33770
@y43g2000cwc.googlegroups.com:

Hi. I'm new to the group. I love to bake and I was interested in
creating my own recipe. However, since I've never done this before
I
need a few pointers. Does anyone know of any websites or books
that
could help me with this? Thank you!


Recipe for what? That's a biggie. If you're making a bread, cake,
cookie,
ect. You need to know some of the science behind what you're using
as
well. For instance, if you're making something that calls for Cocoa
and
baking powder or soda, it matters if you use Dutch Processed Cocoa or
regular, because Dutch Processed Cocoa uses alkalis to temper it's
acidity,
so you'll need to keep that in mind with your levening agents.



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If you have just learned how to crawl then how can you be expected to
know how to run?

....In the same vein if you have just learned how to bake or cook then
how can you be expected to make your creative contribution to the
culinary field?

Besides
You cannot become a good chef overnight ...it takes years of
dedicated practice .in your craft to reach the point of being, self
confident, be independently minded and creative.....
Yes, these people are not technically trained in chemistry but still
they were able to grasp the essence of recipe creation by intuitively
being able to understand the reaction mechanism what is happening
within the food system.....

Do you think you had reached that level by being just a dabbler?


Mordechai Housman wrote:
Can I claim anything that you will believe?

Or is it possible to create a good, new recipe only with a working
knowledge of chemistry. I am sure many famous chefs would be surprised
to hear it.


"chembake" wrote in message
oups.com...

Anybody can claim that...but how good is the recipe and how
reproducible is the results?

Mordechai Housman wrote:
I've created quite a few tasty recipes without any knowledge of
chemistry. And a few duds as well, but some very good ones.

Then I bought The Joy of Cooking, and almost stopped cooking
entirely.

"chembake" wrote in message
ups.com...
Yeah...that's the way it is....recipe creation, is a science ....
its
chemistry....

You need to have a solid understanding how ingredients interact in
the
food system that you are planning to create... and also knows that
measurements and ratios are equally important.
.The essence of recipe creation is harmony and balance ...which
results in desirable qualities of the product.

Joce....
For the time being you better content yourself reading and
following
recipe books...
Mike H wrote:
"joce" wrote in
news:1149348504.201487.33770
@y43g2000cwc.googlegroups.com:

Hi. I'm new to the group. I love to bake and I was interested
in
creating my own recipe. However, since I've never done this
before
I
need a few pointers. Does anyone know of any websites or books
that
could help me with this? Thank you!


Recipe for what? That's a biggie. If you're making a bread,
cake,
cookie,
ect. You need to know some of the science behind what you're
using
as
well. For instance, if you're making something that calls for
Cocoa
and
baking powder or soda, it matters if you use Dutch Processed Cocoa
or
regular, because Dutch Processed Cocoa uses alkalis to temper it's
acidity,
so you'll need to keep that in mind with your levening agents.



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So you're saying that a dabbler can never create a new recipe that
tastes good? (And by the way, I've been cooking for over twenty years.
I'd hardly call myself a dabbler.)

Look, I understand and agree with your dedication to full knowledge and
experience in a subject. But the fact remains that even people with only
meager or no knowledge in the SCIENCE of something can make
contributions to the practical side of it. Some rather famous composers
(admittedly, not of classical music) didn't even know how to read notes.

And I might add that when my oldest kid was learning to crawl, he could
crawl VERY fast!

"chembake" wrote in message
ups.com...
If you have just learned how to crawl then how can you be expected to
know how to run?

...In the same vein if you have just learned how to bake or cook then
how can you be expected to make your creative contribution to the
culinary field?

Besides
You cannot become a good chef overnight ...it takes years of
dedicated practice .in your craft to reach the point of being, self
confident, be independently minded and creative.....
Yes, these people are not technically trained in chemistry but still
they were able to grasp the essence of recipe creation by intuitively
being able to understand the reaction mechanism what is happening
within the food system.....

Do you think you had reached that level by being just a dabbler?


Mordechai Housman wrote:
Can I claim anything that you will believe?

Or is it possible to create a good, new recipe only with a working
knowledge of chemistry. I am sure many famous chefs would be
surprised
to hear it.


"chembake" wrote in message
oups.com...

Anybody can claim that...but how good is the recipe and how
reproducible is the results?

Mordechai Housman wrote:
I've created quite a few tasty recipes without any knowledge of
chemistry. And a few duds as well, but some very good ones.

Then I bought The Joy of Cooking, and almost stopped cooking
entirely.

"chembake" wrote in message
ups.com...
Yeah...that's the way it is....recipe creation, is a science
....
its
chemistry....

You need to have a solid understanding how ingredients interact
in
the
food system that you are planning to create... and also knows
that
measurements and ratios are equally important.
.The essence of recipe creation is harmony and balance ...which
results in desirable qualities of the product.

Joce....
For the time being you better content yourself reading and
following
recipe books...
Mike H wrote:
"joce" wrote in
news:1149348504.201487.33770
@y43g2000cwc.googlegroups.com:

Hi. I'm new to the group. I love to bake and I was
interested
in
creating my own recipe. However, since I've never done this
before
I
need a few pointers. Does anyone know of any websites or
books
that
could help me with this? Thank you!


Recipe for what? That's a biggie. If you're making a bread,
cake,
cookie,
ect. You need to know some of the science behind what you're
using
as
well. For instance, if you're making something that calls for
Cocoa
and
baking powder or soda, it matters if you use Dutch Processed
Cocoa
or
regular, because Dutch Processed Cocoa uses alkalis to temper
it's
acidity,
so you'll need to keep that in mind with your levening agents.




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"Mordechai Housman" wrote in news:3Cghg.7242
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Can I claim anything that you will believe?


The point was, can other reproduce your results from your recipe that
you've written down?

Or is it possible to create a good, new recipe only with a working
knowledge of chemistry. I am sure many famous chefs would be surprised
to hear it.


Honestly, I think more "cooks" know more food science than they realize.
They may not know the hows and whys to it.

If you make the TollHouse cookie recipe from the back of the bag, and you
forget the baking soda, You'll notice a difference in the cookie. You
may not know WHY it's different (What the soda actually does) but you'll
know what happens if it's not there.

That's the difference between a Chef & A cook. A cook knows how to do
things, a Chef knows why you do them.

I'd wager you either know more about food science than you think/claim,
or you got lucky on the recipes.

Also, in cooking, science is not as big as it is in Baking.


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Mordechai Housman wrote:
So you're saying that a dabbler can never create a new recipe that
tastes good? (And by the way, I've been cooking for over twenty years.
I'd hardly call myself a dabbler.)

Look, I understand and agree with your dedication to full knowledge and
experience in a subject. But the fact remains that even people with only
meager or no knowledge in the SCIENCE of something can make
contributions to the practical side of it. Some rather famous composers
(admittedly, not of classical music) didn't even know how to read notes.


The only thing that is common to both is talent that is uncommon to
every body.

Indeed there are gifted people that intuitively can create music,
discover new scientific theory, or create new cuisine but the
groundwork remains the same. They have to train for it first to be
competent enough to reach the point of confidence and independent
minded. If not then how can they effectively play an instrument well
?...how can they work complex mathematical concepts ,nor how can they
be able to cook an create new cuisine?
Nothing comes from thin air, there is always an investment of time and
effort in training...The edge of this gifted people is they are fast
learner and have higher acumen for memory retention, reasoning power
and judgement if compared to ordinary people. Through their keen
intuition they have easily grasped the essence of their craft that
would have taken for an ordinary humans of their kind several years to
do the same.
We never forget, Albert Einstein, Beethoven, Bocusse etc but how many
of them exists in this world if compared to the rest of the
population?

As you claimed you had years of cookery experience, I might say that
you have reached culinary maturity to be able to do so..due to the same
reason I enunciated in my previous post

But , supposing you really created your own recipe. How original was
it, ? Is it not just a modification of existing ones?
Does it taste really good.... or.....maybe only for you only and your
family ..?

How about if other people say your customers or strangers ate it , .?

Can you do it consistenty every time you cook the quality remains the
same ...and are there any variation it its quality that fluctuates
everytime you do it?

Those things I mentioed are simple yardsticks for good original
recipe.

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"Mordechai Housman" wrote in
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Look, I understand and agree with your dedication to full knowledge
and experience in a subject. But the fact remains that even people
with only meager or no knowledge in the SCIENCE of something can make
contributions to the practical side of it.


One need not study the sciences to have a basic understanding of them.
My son hasn't studied science (he's only 5) but he knows the basics of
the law of gravity.

Some rather famous composers (admittedly, not of classical music)
didn't even know how to read notes.


That doesn't mean they didn't understand the relationship of a C to an E
to a G to make a C Chord. They may not have known they were playing C,
E & G, may not have known they were playing a chord, or that that chord
was a C Chord, but they still understood the underlying principles of
this string, key, ect makes this sound which goes with this one and this
one sounds good too..

Someone with no musical training can compose, but they can't transcribe
it for others to play, and it could be argued if they KNEW music theory,
they could possibly compose the same piece in less time.


Fact of the matter is, through experiance, you will learn that certian
things bring about certian changes.

As I mentioned in my first reply to the thread.. If you know that dutch
processed cocoa is treated with an alkali to mellow out it's flavor, AND
you know what an alkali is and does, you'll know that if your recipe
calls for regular cocoa, baking powder and baking soda, and all you have
is Dutch Processed cocoa, you'll need to do some compensation in the soda
area. If memory is serving correctly, you'll want to add more soda to
the recipe to counter the alkali in the cocoa....

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Precisely the point I was making, Mike! Thank you.

"Mike H" wrote in message
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"Mordechai Housman" wrote in
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Look, I understand and agree with your dedication to full knowledge
and experience in a subject. But the fact remains that even people
with only meager or no knowledge in the SCIENCE of something can make
contributions to the practical side of it.


One need not study the sciences to have a basic understanding of them.
My son hasn't studied science (he's only 5) but he knows the basics of
the law of gravity.

Some rather famous composers (admittedly, not of classical music)
didn't even know how to read notes.


That doesn't mean they didn't understand the relationship of a C to an
E
to a G to make a C Chord. They may not have known they were playing
C,
E & G, may not have known they were playing a chord, or that that
chord
was a C Chord, but they still understood the underlying principles of
this string, key, ect makes this sound which goes with this one and
this
one sounds good too..

Someone with no musical training can compose, but they can't
transcribe
it for others to play, and it could be argued if they KNEW music
theory,
they could possibly compose the same piece in less time.


Fact of the matter is, through experiance, you will learn that certian
things bring about certian changes.

As I mentioned in my first reply to the thread.. If you know that
dutch
processed cocoa is treated with an alkali to mellow out it's flavor,
AND
you know what an alkali is and does, you'll know that if your recipe
calls for regular cocoa, baking powder and baking soda, and all you
have
is Dutch Processed cocoa, you'll need to do some compensation in the
soda
area. If memory is serving correctly, you'll want to add more soda to
the recipe to counter the alkali in the cocoa....




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