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How to Cook Without a Book: Recipes and Techniques Every Cook Should Know by Heart Hardcover – April 4, 2000
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Top Customer Reviews
I love the concept behind this book because, while I enjoy cooking, I often don't have time for all of the recipes that are my family's favorites -- or at least I didn't think I did. This book teaches you that a soup, for example, is a few basic ingredients that you probably already have in your home, and that it can be prepared in 20 minutes! She shows you how this is true for a wide variety of meats, pasta dishes, appetizers, desserts, even stir-fry and pad thai dishes.
While there are also example recipes for every category of food in the book, after reading it, you will be inspired to create your own variations, even if you never thought you could. In addition, there are tips on how to make most of this food sophisticated enough for a dinner party, including example menus.
With the help of Pam Anderson's book, I now have the joy and the option of creating my own recipes, instead of constantly pulling a book from the shelf to find the answer to "What's for dinner?"
It's easy to read, thoroughly enjoyable and best of all, the ideas presented will help end the feeling that cooking the nightly dinner is such a chore!
"How to Cook without a Recipe" teaches you a few simple techniques which can be used with a variety of ingredient combinations. For example, Ms. Anderson's saute techinique works for chicken, pork, fish, tofu, and more. So, if you have any of these on hand and a few seasonings, you've got your main dish.
So far I've read a few sections of the book, and it has already improved my cooking. What the book boils down to is this: learn a few techniques, stock your pantry, make a weekly trip to the grocery store to buy whatever's in season or on sale, and you'll be able to put a "real meal" on the table anytime.
Excellent for someone setting up a new house or apartment and for those who are tired of take-out and packaged instant meals. Would make a great gift for a college graduate or for a bride and/or groom-to-be.
Even though I have an extensive cookbook library, I have never written a cookbook review. Why now? Because this is simply the best cookbook I've ever used! Within the stated limitations of the book (ie. quick , midweek night cooking for family; the kind all of us are forced to do.) this cookbook is without flaw. This is the only cookbook my wife and I keep on our kitchen prep table.
Because Ms. Anderson(a former "Cook's Illustrated" magazine editor} has taken the trouble to have each recipe taste tested by a panel before finalizing the selection of the best recipe version (The "Best Recipe" is the title of a previous volume by Ms. Anderson and is also fabulous} success is guranteed. This research is her secret to success and something that you or I or even professional chefs simply will never have access to.
I would call Ms. Anderson a professional cook rather than chef but this is to her advantage since she doesn't have to waste time on food presentation and plating technique.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A friend told me this book changed her life. I guess my life -- at least my culinary life -- didn't really need much change as it had nothing to offer that I didn't already know. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Teri
I had hoped that this item would teach me how to cook without a book. Upon receiving it, I noticed that the item, itself, is a book. Now I'm stuck.Published 7 months ago by zek
This book is very useful. I have a ton of cookbooks I almost never use because I need certain things that I don't have. This book helps me cook what I have I hand.Published 8 months ago by morgan
I have bought so many copies of this book over the years to give as gifts. This is the very best cookbook. I love the concept. Mrs. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tiffany Kramer
I have been trying to improve my cooking skills for quite a while now. I read an article about the top cookbooks recommended by top chefs in the industry and this was one of the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tania