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Starred Review. There's an inherent difficulty in encapsulating basic kitchen knowledge in a single book, but Katzen's latest is a fresh, contemporary entry in the 101 subgenre. This is likely because she has some experience—Katzen's The Moosewood Cookbook and Enchanted Broccoli Forest cookbooks have been unofficial required reading for cooking students for decades, and her latest speaks directly to a newer, more food-savvy generation of just-starting-out cooks. Launched in conjunction with a companion Web site and illustrated by Katzen's own photographs, this newest is divided into basic categories like soups, salads, pastas and desserts. Naturally, given her meatless pedigree, she gives vegetarian options with bright flavors (acorn squash stuffed with fruited basmati pilaf; mango curry) their own chapter. While the recipes cover the traditional home repertoire—spaghetti and meatballs, an excellent and simple roast chicken, apple crisp—Katzen also sneaks in some more intriguing flavors by way of a North African red lentil soup, cherry clafouti and Thai green curry along with explanations of more unusual ingredients like jicama and panko. Encouraging cooks to experiment with additions and flavor combinations, she suggests alternatives in a running Get Creative sidebar. Rounding out the training is a short primer on kitchen tools, pantry items and photos that illustrate vegetable chopping techniques. Katzen's enthusiasm for the subject and her ability to keep the proceedings truly simple makes for the rare beginner's book that accomplishes its mission. Photos. (Oct.)
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“Katzen’s latest is a fresh, contemporary entry in the 101 subgenre...Her enthusiasm for the subject and her ability to keep the proceedings truly simple makes for the rare beginner’s book that accomplishes its mission.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review) )See all Editorial Reviews
Mollie Katzen is a kitchen genius, and this cookbook gives the proof! It is filled with GREAT information - even for advanced cooks - presented in an easy-to-read format that is... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Reader1
She might not be vegetarian anymore but this is a mostly meat cookbook.
Very disappointed in the recipes. Nothing special in this cookbook.
This book has lots of easy recipes that taste great. If you don't know how to cook, but want to make some good meals and impress your friends, this is the book that you need.Published 5 months ago by Kevin Penfield
I have many of this author's books and each one offers something specialPublished 5 months ago by Christine
Practical, easy, full of delicious recipes. We use this more than any of our other stack of cookbooks and I've bought it for friends more than once.Published 6 months ago by telephonesnow
Get Cooking accomplishes an almost impossible feat: to break down cooking into its simplest components and appeal to complete novices while still providing something for grizzled... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Miss Ivonne
like all Mollie Katzen's books, this one has great recipes -- these are geared for people who want to learn how to make tasty, healthy food at homePublished 16 months ago by Mary K.