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Cooking From A to Zest


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  • Actors: Kierstin Buchner
  • Directors: Jon Manning
  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Studio: Respond2 Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2010
  • Run Time: 493 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003F3B4HC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,468 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Cooking is more than just following a recipe. It's being able to confidently walk into a kitchen, assess what's there and whip up something delightful and delicious. With that in mind, Cooking From A to Zest is like having your own private in-home instructor teaching you a foundation of techniques and skills. Watch it like a class, learning as you go, or use the main menu to jump directly to the technique or recipe you want. From how to dice an onion like a pro to roasting the perfect chicken to gaining helpful insight from experts at markets and restaurants, host Kierstin Buchner shares tips for both the beginning and more experienced cook. VOLUME 1 - BUILDING YOUR KITCHEN: Cooking starts with kitchen essentials - such as efficient knife skills, selecting your equipment and stocking your kitchen with staple ingredients. VOLUME 2 - STOCKS, SOUPS, & SAUCES: Learn the building blocks of delicious stocks and broths, unveil the secret to cream soups and purees, then finish with with five key Foundation sauces. VOLUME 3 - SALADS, VEGETABLES, POTATOES, PASTA, GRAINS & LEGUMES: Learn to prepare salad dressings with ease, saute, blanch, and grill your way to flavorsome vegetables, and cook the perfect rice and pasta - every time! VOLUME 4 - EGGS, MEAT, POULTRY & FISH: Discover six classic ways to prepare eggs, then move on to a variety of mouth-watering methods for meat and poultry, including brining, braising and stewing.

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Plus demonstrations of tons of cutting techniques.
A. Cross
You'll feel you have a caring friend to guide you through the process of cooking basics.
ThomasSt Claire
This is soooo great for morons like me who were afraid of cooking!
Barbara Ann Fenton

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A. Cross on May 27, 2010
I just received this DVD set as a gift and it is FANTASTIC! I'd been telling a friend how I wanted to take cooking classes, but they are so expensive and finding the time to fit them into my schedule is nearly impossible. So she found this cooking course on DVD. It's great! It's very technique focused but easy to follow, and talks about the types of foods I need to buy to stock my cupboards so I can whip up a meal in a moments notice, what herbs to use and how to properly use a knife, etc. Plus demonstrations of tons of cutting techniques. Best of all, I can watch it in my own kitchen and follow along, when I have the time! If you're interested in learning to cook, or just learning more about cooking, I'd highly recommend this DVD set!!!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lemon VINE VOICE on May 26, 2010
This is a great DVD collection that teaches all the basic techniques you need to know about cooking - whether you are a novice or a fairly experienced chef. It starts with the basics that you normally don't see on the cooking shows; how to equip your kitchen, the basic pots, pans, spices, and knives you need (plus how to use the knives); the proper - and healthy - way to shop. It then expands into all the preparation basics; how to make soups, salad dressings, how to braise meats, the proper way to cook pasta. For instance, I learned that my habit of putting oil in the boiling water to cook pasta was completely wrong. It even shows you how to make the perfect omelet. I was suprised at all the things I thought I knew that I was actually doing wrong. The DVD sections are clear and easy to follow, and Kierstin the host is terrific. I'm going to make this my standard wedding gift this year.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Yarter on May 27, 2010
I just received the Cooking from A to Zest DVD series and I love it! I have already watched the entire series straight through. I just could not put it away. I am learning amazing tricks to help me in my own kitchen. The series is great! It is like attending one of those expensive cooking schools right in your own home. Great Value!! I would highly recommend this series for yourself or even as a gift for friends.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By alisa jenkins on November 6, 2010
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This video is perfect at helping us novices in the kitchen learn the basics and more. The only problem I have with this DVD set is that the companion guide DOESN'T have all of the recipes listed. This has created a lot of extra work for me because I have to go through and watch the video and then type out the recipe as I watch, and then go get everything at the store and then go watch it again and follow along with her so that I can learn to make it. ALL recipes written would be so much easier so that I could just spend my time learning to cook rather than writing out recipes first and watching each video twice.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. BT on October 20, 2010
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This DVD set took me by surprised. I was very interested in finding DVDs that taught you how to cook. And what I got instead was better than what I imagined. Host Kierstin Buchner whom I never heard of before is such a delight to watch and learn from. She is extremely skillful and I like the way she explains things and she really keeps my interest. She definitely got my vote and look forward to more of her!

First of all I know little about the kitchen other than my usual 10 dishes that I make. Kierstin educated her audience with everything essential in the kitchen DVD 1 (4 total) focuses on knifes, cookware, herbs, etc. And started to go over DVD 2 stocks and soups. I welcome what is to follow. Def worth every penny.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matthew J. Dolan on December 20, 2010
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For the novice cook, I thought this was a good starting point. The first CD, Kitchen Essentials, introduced the basic knife skills well and discussed other kitchen equipment and progressed through discussion of common staple items that every kitchen should have. From there the remaining CD's provide a good introduction to the building blocks of flavor in the creation of stocks and broths, soups and purees and the 5 foundation sauces as well as salad dressings and the proper prep of vegetables via the basics of sautéing, blanching, and grilling as well as an intro to brining, braising, roasting, and stewing of meats.

Being a very visual person, I feel I got more from this video series than I would have had I read the same material in a book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lovin' Amazon on August 19, 2012
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I couldn't be more thrilled w/ this dvd set! I've watched it so many times & follow along (depending what i'm trying to cook) easily because of how it's catagorized: eggs, sauces, dressings, etc. I put it on that segment & pause & play as I cook along w/ Kristen and my food actually turns out great!!! I stocked my kitchen as she suggests & learned how to use a knife & fresh herbs, etc, etc. I just can't be more greatful that i found this dvd set. I feel like I got the best of The Cordon Blue training (that's where this chef went to school) in my home. I PRAY that she'll make a baking dvd set so I can bake like a pro, too. Thanks Kristen, this was fantastic!!

I also take the little book that comes along w/ it in my purse to the store so I can check items off my list & read tips about getting the right cuts of meat & ingredients for each dish she demontrates in the DVD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T Hanson on June 3, 2010
This DVD set is great! I'm always on the run and never took the time to learn the basics of cooking, which led to constantly eating take out.
Cooking from A to Zest totally guides you through the steps for cooking and is easy to follow. Can't wait to fill my kitchen with delicious food!
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