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To teach skills and technique, Peterson leads you, for example, through sweating the leeks for Pureed Leek and Potato Soup in butter, then cooking the potatoes until they soften, and so on. This explanation includes no quantities or timing. Peterson's point is that these vary according to how much soup you are making, so he tells what to look for and when, enabling you to make this soup for 4 or 40. One possible drawback of this book is that you may have to consult its well-organized index when you need to locate one of the valuable hints grouped in any of the Kitchen Notes and Tips boxes, like the fact that chicken can be cooked over lower heat than steaks and chops because it takes longer to cook through. But cooks and eager students will settle into Essentials of Cooking, as one dives into a good novel, becoming immersed in its depth and practicality. Complete beginners might feel overwhelmed at first by the density of information and the tightly packed layout on each page. If they view this volume as a handbook, reading particular sections as needed, they will comfortably appreciate the nurturing Peterson offers their kitchen skills. --Dana Jacobi --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I would recommend this book to all aspiring chefs. He has achieved his goal of helping home chefs like myself to not be overly reliant on recipes. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hugh F. Guinn Jr.
What a waste - I'm glad I bought this used!
Not even a formula for a recipe...for example for Gnocchi.
I don't want to have to use two sources to make something. Read more
It's a replacement for one I gave to one of the kids who is starting to cook for that special someone. Lots of good advice here.Published 10 months ago by Msing
this is a great book for a started cook. it will show how to prepare meats and basic essentials for a person that will really cook. my favorite is the mussells and wine recipe. Read morePublished 11 months ago by diamond n gage
My grandson wanted a book on how to cook the right way. I predict he is going to be thrilled. I bought a used version and it arrived in good shape . Read morePublished 13 months ago by Carol McMahan
Got this for my son's birthday as part of his chef start-up kit. The essential concepts are clear, concise and well presented. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Bright-eyes95
My husband bought me this as a gift when I expressed interest in wanting to actually KNOW how to cook. Read morePublished 18 months ago by M. Iverson
This book exceeded my expectations. It's been a useful aid in the kitchen giving me new techniques for cooking that have become second nature now. Read morePublished on November 7, 2011 by peachtree77
I purchased this book for my daughter's bridal shower. Every kitchen should have one. I have had a copy for years. The book explains cooking techniques with wonderful pictures. Read morePublished on June 22, 2011 by candace m. rolllins