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Learn How to Cook (And Eat Your Mistakes)! The Complete Cooking Course, From the Ground Up.

David Robinson  |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: David Robinson
  • Format: Color, Full length, Box set
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Studio: Bezalel Gables Productions
  • Run Time: 900 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004S77RVG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,350 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Finally, something that can really teach you how to cook! Welcome to "Learn How To Cook (and eat your mistakes)!" The complete cooking course, from the ground up hosted by noted Chef David James Robinson, the Can-Do Chef. Chef David is warm, inviting, helpful, knowledgeable and down-to-earth. From boiling water to baking bread, this video series will help you with kitchen set-up, knife skills, sauteing, poaching, soups, stews, braising, roasting, frying, grilling, broiling, breakfast, baking, using seasonings and herbs, and much more. This complete series includes over 100 recipes and techniques, 10 DVDs, 14 episodes called "Bites," 15+ hours of content for the beginning home cook -- or any cook who wants to fill in gaps in their cooking knowledge. The set also includes a free BONUS 2-part special, "Help! I'm Scared to Throw a Party" which offers lots of tips and recipes for throwing a successful party. No commercial interruptions means all the time needed to clearly explain the recipes and techniques - and you can review it again. The boxed set includes an access code for all the written recipes and tool lists, plus 24/7 Web support and exclusive Web extras. "If you don't know him yet, you will. Take a look. David "Chef Can-Do" Robinson has done a revolutionary job of putting every one of us in his country kitchen to share the pleasures of learning, cooking, eating, and sharing. David is as thorough as he is warm and embracing, and he puts the basic joys of the table at the center of our humanity." - Betty Fussell, award-winning author "Julia Child taught the first three generations how to cook. David Robinson joyfully invites the next three generations to Learn How To Cook. He takes the viewer by the hand and shares inspiring recipes for every luscious dish for every occasion. I can't imagine how we lived without this well conceived and brilliantly executed series. I love these DVDs. I know you will too." - Irena Chalmers, award-winning author

Customer Reviews

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Cooks at the Friary June 26, 2012
As a formation director of a Catholic religious order in charge of mentoring young men in their first year of religious life, many of them have come to us knowing nothing about cooking. Since we cook for ourselves at the house of formation, over the years the brothers have had to endure many cooking mistakes and bad-tasting dishes. Once, while preparing dinner, I asked a postulant to wash lettuce for the salad. I started another task, and when I checked on him again he had placed the lettuce into a metal basin full of water with steam rising from it. New cooks have served us beef stroganoff flavored with a bulb of garlic instead of just a clove of it and green peppers stuffed with turnip (an inedible combination). This past year I woke up many times in the middle of the night ravenously hungry because the dinner, prepared by a postulant, lacked a source of protein.

I decided to add a cooking course to the curriculum for the next class of postulants, and looking on line, discovered Chef David Robinson's, "Learn How to Cook" course. After watching several of the segments, I have found it to be excellent! It is perfect for the person learning how to cook because he covers all the basics of cooking in a very methodical and comprehensive way. The recipes are very easy to prepare and yet are extremely tasty.

For those with more experience in the kitchen, Chef David covers many professional cooking terms and instructions that even a well-informed cook would not know. In every segment, I learn at least a couple new facts. What I like best is that the course has expanded my repertoire of cooking. For example, I know how to poach but don't do it very often. After watching the segment on boiling and poaching, I can hardly wait to poach a chicken breast or some salmon or even an egg.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rating the Can-Do Chef April 5, 2011
This set of DVDs by Chef David is very professionally prepared and conveys a huge quantity of information on how develop your cooking skills. It begins with the basic equipment needs of a kitchen, moves to how one does prepare food dishes, shows how to work efficiently and ultimately enjoy the total cooking experience. There are impressive, uncomplicated recipes used as examples and a very large number of helpful hints revealed on the disks. This is a wonderful review for those who already are cooking and it is a great confidence builder for both the experienced and especially for those just beginning. Chef David is obviously very comfortable in the kitchen and in his delivery of information of the viewer. Chef David is a real professional and he has such a pleasant way of presenting his craft. After viewing this set, there is no doubt that you can cook." The `Can-Do Chef" makes it possible!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From "intermediate novice" to bold adventurer June 26, 2012
By Andrew
With compelling authenticity, good humor and a passion for making cooking easy and fun (and delicious), Chef David James Robinson's tips on how to "eat your mistakes" is both educational and entertaining--a formidable combination. The DVD series is a great find...and makes a terrific gift. His teaching style was so engaging and simple to follow, I advanced from "intermediate novice" to bold adventurer!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD Set March 23, 2013
This is a great DVD set! I especially liked all the fundamental and broad information to help across all one's cooking...not just a specific recipe. Also enjoyed that you went through a number of cooking aspects (sauteing, braising, frying, broiling, grilling and even baking).

Would recommend this set to anyone who enjoys cooking, or needs help making it enjoyable.

I've gotten a lot of compliments on my cooking and think Chef David is a big part of that!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Teacher Ever August 19, 2011
I love david's style of teaching, Its a different feel from the normal fast teaching from the food network where its not enough time to grasp and learn about food and the things that marry them. Thank you for making me feel great about cooking again and eating my mistakes..
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommend January 14, 2012
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I bought this dvd set instead of taking cooking classes. I was a little unsure because I don't know much about chefs and shy away from anyone with a motto, but I am very happy with this purchase. I wanted something that focused on skills and techniques (although there are plenty of recipes in this) to be more confident and creative. Chef David is great and this set is exactly what I was looking for. I've only made it through 2 lessons (or Bites) but I've already gained confidence in knowing how to better cut vegetables and what tools I really need. I like Chef David's approach to teaching in keeping it targeted to home cooks but bringing in tips from professional chefs or kitchens. His delivery is perfect and not too slow or fast. He doesn't use the motto except at the end of a lesson and then it's really just branding and not beating you over the head with it. The one thing to note is that there are 2 Bites on a disc and you have to complete the first one to access the second. The second doesn't automatically show on the menu until you complete the first, which includes about a minute of credits. I have nothing but positive thoughts about this set and highly recommend it. I'm excited about cooking now and can't wait to learn more.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic, fantastic course! November 19, 2011
By mds84
with so much mediocrity around when it comes to cooking teaching, it's so exciting when you come across someone who is a master at what they do - i always find that so impressive, no matter what the field is. but then when you find someone who is a master at what they do, and then also a great teacher (a thousand times more rare!), then that is such a blessing.

to say this course was exactly what i was looking for would be an understatement. david manages to present a course that is incredibly complete and thorough, yet completely un-intimidating - no mean feat!

although david is clearly a master-chef, he still has no problem starting with the very basics and essentials, and then building form there. this combined with the step by step by step approach, and also combined with the course's healthy length (an amazing value for the price), means you really are getting a complete and very comprehensive course - basically a beginners, intermediate, and advanced course all in one.

this was great as when i started to search amazon for cooking courses, i thought i would have to piece together such a package from multiple different courses, having to deal with lots of overlapping information and conflicting approaches, but stumbling across chef david's course completely streamlined the process of my learning to cook.

i'm not saying i won't check out other courses as well - i probably will (you never stop learning!), but for getting my foot in the door, it was so nice to just have one streamlined course, with everything in one place, and a brilliant one at that! highly recommended!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any cooking afficionado!
This DVD serious is great! It takes you through the basics of knife skills and how to properly hold a knife to all the more advanced techniques of cooking. Read more
Published 3 months ago by WITOUTPREJUDICE
3.0 out of 5 stars Covers a lot but the recipes seemed a bit simple
This is a 10 DVD set. I will list the contents: 1) Tools and Tips. 2) Setup and Safety. 3) Sautéing and Searing. 4) Boiling and Poaching. 5) Vegetables and Sides. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Panna
5.0 out of 5 stars great course!
This course should be available to special needs and home economics classrooms in high schools too! I am a fan!!
Published 5 months ago by Sheri Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent course and customer service!!!
What a wonderful course for beginners! For the first time in my life I'm starting to understand and enjoy cooking. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Julio C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I own this course. I did a search for 'cooking courses on DVD' and found it by accident! I was so happy I did! Read more
Published 11 months ago by kim meritai
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing cooking experience
Amazing DVD series that taught me everything from how to develop knife cuts to how roast a chicken. What I enjoyed the most is the care that was put into teaching the little things... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sal F
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal
Phenomenal series for anyone that wants to learn to cook. The curriculum is similar to that taught to the veterans in the Culinary Command program that he teaches!
Published 19 months ago by T
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Useful and good show, I recommend it to all cooking Fans > .. I got all other DVD's ... its really good
Published 20 months ago by Wail Al hunaidi
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
The perfect product to build a strong foundation (and beyond) across many cooking domains, methods and techniques.

Chef David teaches, coaches, informs and entertains. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Kevin Kerr
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought and returned.
Quite frankly, I was not impressed, and since this is my second review, first one disappeared, I will try once again. Read more
Published on May 28, 2012 by ClayKing
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