How to Use This Book

The Machinist's Cookbook

How to Use this Book


Read this before beginning. I know that reading the instructions first seems counterintuitive, but, what the hey, give it a shot.

Level of Difficulty: Rated from 1 to 4 Wrenches

Simple enough for a first-day apprentice.

Easy if you're not hung over

Not really hard, but mildly annoying, like boss who whistles.

Pain in the ass, but worth it.
Just ask the female part to do it for you.
If she refuses, wash her car and ask again real nice.
If she still refuses, you're basically screwed.

Feeds and Speeds

Feeds and Speeds
Feeds: How many regular people vs. machinists it feeds
Speeds: How long the recipe takes to make

Removing the Mystery of "Cook Until Done"

Lightly Browned: Light toast color.

Browned: Dark toast color.

Caramelized: Really dark toast.

Carbonized: Burnt to a crisp. Throw it in the scrap bin and start again.

Cake Doneness: Insert a toothpick or cake tester into the center. If goopy batter sticks, it's not done. When no batter sticks, it's done. Do not leave in oven much beyond this point or you will make carbon. see above note about scrap bin.

Oven Preheat Temperature

Measured in °F

Heat Treat Cycle

Measured in Time

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The Machinist’s Cookbook combines good food and good fun with over 220 recipes, each served with a large dollop of machine shop humor.

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The Engineers' Workshop (UK), June, 2005

In almost all respects, this volume is a complete contrast, being 500 plus pages of bang up to-date material.

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Guy Lautard, Author of The Machinist's Bedside Readers

Machine Shop Essentials is an excellent book which presents a wide array of basic machinist's know-how...Even from a brief look through it, I learned some new things....

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