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Starred Review. Carucci has no TV program or series of books to her name. She is, foremost, a teacher who has worked her way through the ranks of culinary America for 20 years. Trained at the California Culinary Academy, she went on to become one of the IACP's Cooking Teachers of the Year. If this first cookbook is any indication, that was a well-deserved honor. There's much to learn here, and Carucci presents the information clearly without dumbing it down, whether she's addressing the crucial roles of salt and butter or the fact that an enzyme in some people's saliva makes cilantro taste, to them, like soap. The first 50 pages cover cooking basics and dig into topics like understanding the palate and using knives. Drawings throughout illustrate such feats as slitting squid and butterflying boneless chicken breasts. Of the 100 recipes offered, the best combine Carucci's formal training with her Italian ancestry. There are cinematic mega-dishes like Double-Crusted Timpano with Fusilli, Ricotta, and Tender Little Meatballs; staples like Chicken Cacciatore, and Braised Calamari in Red Sauce; and four different risottos. Adventuresome dishes include Vietnamese-Style Honey-Glazed Pork Skewers, and Turkey Mole, with over two dozen ingredients. Chocolate appears not only in that mole but also in a handful of rich desserts like Devil's Food Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache. However, the greatest pleasures are the scores of tips and secrets alluded to in the title. "Beware of scallops that look pure white." "Potatoes cook evenly if you start with cold water." Who knew? (July)
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Excellent reference book, "for the novice or advanced cook" as stated - and you cannot beat the price (used copy, barely noticeable).Published 3 months ago by Kathy Green
I bought this book to give to my 20 something son but ended up keeping it because I liked it so much! Read morePublished 4 months ago by sharon amatetti
This book is very informative and has met all my expectations. Delivery was prompt with no problems.Published 5 months ago by Beverley Erwin
Got it for my wife. Her main complaint was the lack of imagery to accompany the tips and recipes.Published 6 months ago by J. King
the book was in pristine condition even though it was listed as used. Very happy with it!Published 6 months ago by Janet L. White
Very good book for beginners. Getting an autographed copy makes it more special!Published 6 months ago by frederick foti
This book has some great information. I liked it so much, I bought my daughters and sister a copy.Published 6 months ago by lvdesertrose
Some good tips but not really what I expected. Not enough recipesPublished 7 months ago by beaconjack