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Publisher's Summary

Have you ever wondered why onions make us cry? Do you believe bananas contain more calories as they ripen and get sweeter? This sequel to the best-selling What Einstein Told His Cook continues Robert L. Wolke's investigations into the science behind our foods. In response to ongoing questions from readers of his nationally syndicated Washington Post column, "Food 101," Wolke debunks misconceptions with reliable, commonsense logic. And for exceptionally inquisitive cooks and scientists, he offers “Sidebar Science” features, which dig more deeply into the chemical processes that underlie food and cooking. Above all, What Einstein Kept Under His Hat provides indispensable information that will make listeners better shoppers, cooks, and eaters.
©2005 Robert L. Wolke (P)2012 Tantor
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"All you have to do is ask 'why' and open to any page. Good luck putting it down." (Alton Brown, host of Good Eats)
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By Jerker on 09-24-12

Funny and interesting, but badly edited

As a food nerd I really enjoyed listening to this one. It was full of new knowledge and perspectives on cooking that apart from just being entertaining already has improved my food. Most people don't really know what they are doing in the kitchen and it's not necessary to be honest, but knowledge makes the time you spend in their much more meaningful and this book is a good help.

I would have given it five stars overall if it had been a bit better edited. As the texts comes from a newspaper column, I can understand that the same themes have come up often, but when making a book you should edit out the retakes.

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By Jackson on 06-01-12

For the Ultra Curious

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Being a curious person, I found this book provided the "why" of things I may or may not have wondered at different times. Yes it is full of science and perhaps very detailed explanations including these molecules and those molecules etc, but it proves there is a logical explanation of why things happen the way they do.

Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

As the narrator, I like the matter of fact tone and pace of this performer.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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