A friend turned me on to this book and I really like it: Cook Wise – The Secrets of Cooking Revealed. My book (pictured above) is an old version with a slightly different title than the current release (pictured right). I dig books that show the process of cooking. Most of cooking is voodoo. To be able to get a handle on those core skills, in the end, makes you a better cook. Why does dough rise? Why makes French Fries crispy? Shirley has the answers.