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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (August 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0696226863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0696226861
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THE FOOD NETWORK is a television network devoted exclusively to food and entertaining 24 hours a day. Today it reaches more than 90 million households in the United States and can be seen internationally in Canada, Australia, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Monaco, Andorra, Africa, France, and the French-speaking territories in the Caribbean and Polynesia. Its informative and entertaining lifestyle programming--more than 95% is originally produced--includes world renowned chefs, restaurateurs, passionate gourmets, working mothers and celebrities and covers everything from gourmet meals and healthy diet to quick weeknight meals and wine. Food Network has been responsible for creating stars like Emeril Lagasse, Rachael Ray and Paula Deen, giving national exposure to chefs like Bobby Flay and Mario Batali, and bringing viewers the hugely popular Iron Chef America, based on the format of the Japanese cult sensation. Foodnetwork.com averages more than 7 million hits monthly, and the bi-monthly Food Network Magazine debuted with the November/December 2008 issue. More than 1 million copies of Food Network–branded books have been sold since 2004, and many of 2006's best-selling cookbooks were authored by Food Network chefs, including Rachael Ray, Paula Deen, Emeril Lagasse, Alton Brown, and others.

Customer Reviews

I would recommend this book as a graduation, wedding, or moving out gift.
mindy
This a great cook book for both beginners and those experienced in the kitchen.
Mich Biologist
The recipies are clear, book provides plenty of tips, and lots of pictures.
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121 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Georgia C. VINE VOICE on October 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you're one of those "Sure, I know how to cook...except I don't want to" people, you need this book. This book gives you the basics on how long you can keep meat, how to pick good cuts, what to do with vegetables, and the essential hints on everything you need to get started. The best part of this book aren't the recipes, but rather the reference guides on the things you never quite know, like how to cook specific vegetables and how to build a soup or smoothie. Great for someone who has just moved into an apartment, or for anyone who wants to get a primer on cooking. If you are puzzled about what tools you need, fear not--it's all very simple, and there are many, many diagrams in case you freak out with too many words.

I would say it's useful for anyone with less training than professional cooking experience. The pictures are wonderful.
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103 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Jefferson Gatrall on September 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is incredibly informative. It's everything I wanted to learn about food, but was too lazy to ask -- where it comes from, what to look for when buying it, how to cut it all up... and that's aside from the great recipes. This mass of info is fortunately so intelligently written and laid out that it never really feels like overload. I'd put the book on my coffee table if I didn't need it so much in the kitchen.
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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Schuck on November 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I ordered this cookbook for my daughter who is away at college. I reviewed it before I sent it to her. It has all the basics, how to shop for food, how to store it, how to prepare it, even basic cooking utensils that a beginner would need. She loves it and uses it all the time. So I think this the true measurement of the book being user friendly.
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93 of 104 people found the following review helpful By impulse94 on June 18, 2008
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I'm a decent cook, but I always like to review the basics once in a while. This book just increasingly irritated me the more I read it. As a basic manual (so implied by the title!) it is haphazard and rarely informative, if you can find the information, that is.

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.
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Quotidianhudson on September 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I like to eat - other people's cooking. This can be a problem as friends sometimes expect you to reciprocate and invite them over for more than beer and peanuts. Thanks to this book, I was actually able to have a dinner party - well two friends - over to the house on Saturday and feed them a roast chicken and green salad. That may not sound like much to you but it was a big deal to me. The nice thing about this book is that it doesn't make you feel stupid even if you know nothing about cooking. For know nothings like me, it can start you at the beginning, but if you already have your four standby recipes it looks as if it could help you double or triple that number. I recommend it for everyone.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By YoMama on July 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
There are definitely more pros than cons about this book.
Pros
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.

Cons
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
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