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How to Boil Water Hardcover – August 21, 2006
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I would say it's useful for anyone with less training than professional cooking experience. The pictures are wonderful.
Several things about the format of this book I didn't like. White font on a light yellow or green background? Are you serious?? There were a couple pages I couldn't even read. There are also several font-style changes. The hand-written font is often very small and difficult to read.
The pictures are frequently unlabeled, although very pretty. Many times I had no idea what I was looking at because there was no caption, or no sense of scale, or the pictures were very small. I couldn't tell if I was looking at a grain of rice or a loaf of bread.
Some of the recipes are simple enough, but there are some that require ingredients that I would never normally have in the cupboard, nor make a special trip for.
I think the writers from the Food Network may have been too advanced to realize that a book with this title would need to be a lot simpler. I think this is an intermediate book at best, and not very well put-together.
Visually appealing; the photos could cause salivation in just about anyone.
Illustrations for basic kitchen know-how from holding a knife, folding an omelette, or setting the table.
Recipes keep up with current trends in cooking, from sundried tomatoes to tofu.
Detailed charts for steaming and and roasting veggies.
Detailed, illustrated instructions for making coffee, smoothies, and putting a well-balanced meal together.
Useful "Wisdom" pages for various foods and techniques.
The photos, the photos, the photos.
Difficult to read white writing on a color background.
White or yellow type on a white page is tough to read even for those under 50.
Recipes call for fairly exotic ingredients, unfamiliar or extravagant for new cooks, like fresh herbs, chutneys, and fresh mozzarella.
This Food Network Kitchen book is very well thought out, visually stunning, and has abundant information for the semi-beginning chef. While some basic instruction - hardly ever seen in cookbooks - is here and much appreciated, the recipes' ingredients and information is slightly upscale for the very beginner, and in that respect the title is misleading.
That said, there are enough beginner cooks with an appreciation of food who would certainly get a lot out of this book. And beginning cooks of all sublevels would find the illustrated instructions and basic information helpful. It's a great graduation gift for those moving out on their own. You will be helping them ease into independence a little better equipped to take care of themselves. 50 Ways to Leave Your Mother
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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I've had and used this book since 2007 and it's still my favorite cook book. Very informative with great pictures and explanations. Highly recommended.Published 3 months ago by SWT
Well detailed with simple explanations for the first time kitchen operator.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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I bought this for my husband, who's been interested in learning how to cook. He loves it. It has simple but "fancy" recipes and very clear, illustrated instructions. Read morePublished 7 months ago by pajamajam