From the Back Cover
Basic tools, techniques, and recipes for creatingeasy, delicious meals
It doesn't take culinary mastery to be a great cook. This friendly guide digs you out of microwave dinners and propels you with all the ingredients you need to become a superior home cook. You'll discover the fun and easy way to prepare meals all your guests and family members — from die-hard vegetarians to the most passionate meat eaters — will love.
Warm up to your kitchen — set up your cooking space with essential tools and equipment and get to know basic cooking techniques from boiling and steaming to braising and stewing
Take a stab at working with knives — get expert tips on the only knives you really need to have on hand and find out how to safely work with them to chop, dice, mince, carve, and more
Start cookin', good lookin' — make tasty dishes for every meal of the day, from perfectly poached eggs to sumptuous soups and salads to crowd-pleasing pastas
Don your baker's hat — discover how easy it can be to thrill your family with homemade pies, cakes, breads, cookies, and more
Wow your guests — figure out how planning and practice can remove the stress of hosting parties (and even Thanksgiving dinner!)
Open the book and find:
Explanations of basic cooking techniques
Tips for planning your menu
Advice on stocking your pantry and fridge
The scoop on using herbs and spices
How to make savory and sweet sauces that impress
Secrets for stretching your food dollars
The 4-1-1 on kitchen safety and dealing with disasters
Master grilling, slow cooking, baking, roasting, sautéing, and more
Make tasty, affordable meals the whole family will enjoy
Prepare a complete holiday or party menu
About the Author
is a food and feature writer covering restaurants and dining trends all over the world.
Marie Rama is an independent food, beverage, and media consultant.
Eve Adamson is the coauthor of The Mediterranean Diet.