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The Illustrated Step-by-Step Cook (DK Illustrated Cook Books) Hardcover – September 20, 2010

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Product Details

  • Series: DK Illustrated Cook Books
  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: DK (September 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756667534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756667535
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.6 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,225,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is a compilation book, taken from the original Look & Cook series by Anne Willan. "Updated" apparently means much briefer recipes and instructions, fewer photographs, just generally a watered down version of the original series. If you don't have those books, then this may be a decent substitute, but if you do, this will be a very poor shadow.
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This cookbook is physically big, but that does make it easy to read. The directions are easy and many steps are illustrated with colour pictures. Each recipe has large colour, luscious looking pictures also of the final dish. Most recipes take up two pages laid out flat, no page turning needed in the middle of preparation.

There are charts in front and back with equivalent measures. There is a section of recipe choices with the pictures of the dishes and pages they are located on, they are also pictured again on the recipe page. Preparation and cooking times are given. Everything is simplified. Some of our family favorites have been; Cold chicken and ham pie, Fisherman's pie, Steak and wild mushroom pie, Rhubarb and strawberry tart.
I do question the statement that you can use canned crab and have your crab cakes come out the same as using fresh crab - that just does not work.

Recipes include; starters and light bites, salads, meat free, one-pot dishes, home from work, food to share, comfort food, bread, pies, tarts and cakes, desserts.

This would be ideal for someone learning to cook and those not too sure of preparing more than the ordinary dishes, of which there are many in here, such as: spinach-stuffed veal, bouillabaisse, Saltimbocca of salmon, Lamb chops chapvallion, chicken and prawn laksa. There are many dishes that are different made easy to prepare and would give a cook the confidence to attempt them.
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Format: Hardcover
A general, rather downhome cookbook with lots of practical recipes is always appreciated and The Illustrated Step-by-Step Cook (DK Illustrated Cook Books), with its clear directions and lack of assumption of knowledge, is particularly helpful. It's a hefty book of 544 pages and more than 300 recipes, including grilled tuna steaks with salsa, Aunt Sally's meatloaf, southern fried chicken and salmon with orange salad. For the internationally minded, recipes include Vietnamese spring rolls, Turkish lamb kebabs and tabbouleh with yogurt. The book is well illustrated and provides temperature, volume and weight equivalents. It's a good book for anyone getting started or needing some new ideas.
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Our family loves to try out new recipes and 2013 won't be different than previous years. I, myself, love to have recipe books and discover new flavors. So as part of the DK Start Something New Boutique promotion, I have selected The Illustrated Step-By-Step Cook. I am no stranger with the illustrated cookbooks from DK Canada since I have previously reviewed the ones for baking, ingredients, season by season, and kitchen bible. It didn't take long for me to explore the book and find a recipe that we will do one night.

This book is gigantic with a ton of recipes that will help you expand your repertoire of meals for your family! The table of contents will allow you to go directly to a specific section of the book - Starters and light bites, salads, meat free, one-pot dishes, home from work, food to share, comfort food, bread, pies/tarts/cakes, spectacular desserts. There is something for every kind of meal you might want to try during 2013.

As I mentioned above, it didn't take me long to find a recipe to try out. So one afternoon I proceeded to make the French beef and herb potato pie. It took me a bit longer than the 45-50 minutes of preparation because I decided to do one step at a time. Besides, I have decided to prepare the meal in advance and put in the over about 50 minutes before supper time.
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I have been collecting all the DK Publishing cook books, and I have to say that this is by bar the best series of cook books I own. My wife didn't really learn to cook growing up, and she's making great tasting meals without a lot of time and effort put into making a meal when it's her turn to do dinner.

I've found this series of cook books a great source for improving my skills as someone who enjoys cooking as well!
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