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Taste of Home Cooking School Cookbook: 400 + Simple to Spectacular Recipes Paperback – March 15, 2012
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About the Author
Taste of Home is a leading multi-platform producer of information on food, cooking and entertaining, serving home cooks with engaging media that capture the joy and comfort received from food made with love. Taste of Home publishes three magazines (the flagship Taste of Home—America's largest cooking magazine—Healthy Cooking and Simple & Delicious); top-selling bookazines; newsstand specials; and popular cookbooks and e-books. Tasteofhome.com is a top destination for engaging audiences with kitchen-tested recipes, how-to techniques, cooking videos and lively community forums.
Taste of Home reaches more than 57 million readers, with the Taste of Home magazine as well as online and live event channels.
Catherine Cassidy, Taste of Home Editor-in-Chief.
Catherine M. Cassidy is Editor-in-Chief of Taste of Home, overseeing the development of four national cooking magazines, the entire book program, and more than three-dozen newsstand specials, "bookazines," and wall calendars.
She has toured the country doing events and national and local TV, radio, and newspaper interviews in support of the best-selling Taste of Home Cookbook, Taste of Home Baking Book, and Taste of Home magazine.
Most recently she has been named One of America's 50 Most Powerful People in Food, for the second year in a row, according to The Daily Meal.
Taste of Home’s unique staff of field editors is made up of more than 1,000 experienced home cooks located in each state and Canadian province, who regularly share recipes, well-liked menus and kitchen tips. Taste of Home is published six times a year and has five sister magazines, Simple & Delicious, Slow Cooker, Appetizers, Cooking for 2, and Healthy Cooking.
ABOUT THE COOKING SCHOOL
The Taste of Home Cooking School is America’s leading cooking school program. Over 300,000 passionate consumers participate each year at over 300 events across the country. Cooking schools are presented in the spring of each year from the beginning of March to mid-May and again in fall from the beginning of September to mid-November.
The Taste of Home Cooking School is a 2 1/2 hour stage demonstration of 10-12 recipes, offering valuable cooking tips. The Taste of Home Cooking School—Made Easy is an onstage program of 7-8 recipes (about 1 1/2 hours) that offers quick and easy dishes along with craft and decorating ideas. While some schools have local vendor booths and food concession stands this is not the case for all locations.
There is a Taste of Home Cooking School magazine, which is produced specifically for the cooking school event, and is given away to participants as well as sold at retail.
Top Customer Reviews
The chapters include "Appetizers", "Drinks", "Better Than Take Out" (my favorite chapter), "Soups", "Beef & Pork", "Poultry", "Seafood", "Vegetarian", "Side Dishes", "Breakfast", and "Baking". The recipes are nicely laid-out and the instructions are detailed and easy to follow. A very nice touch is that more advanced techniques are show in sidebar "How To" segments along with the recipes. Each recipe also includes the "Per Serving" nutritional information, including Calories, Protein, Carbs, Fat, Sodium, Cholesterol, and Fiber, which is important to me since I try to follow a low carb diet.
The last chapter, "Guide to Cooking With Popular Herbs", was a very pleasant surprise and is a nice bonus. This chapter lists twelve popular herbs and where they lend themselves to improve the flavor of a dish.
This is an outstanding cookbook that can actually teach new cooks techniques that might take years to learn form other sources, and seasoned cooks will enjoy the wide range of practical recipes! I was actually provided a review copy of this book by the publisher and liked it so much that I bought an additional copy as a gift for my daughter.
Featuring material from the popular U.S.-based "Taste of Home Cooking Schools", the publishers say that having the book is like having a Cooking School instructor in your very own kitchen. A book can never replace live instruction but the reader gets a good overview of cooking techniques, styles and methods as well as many recipe ideas and inspiration to want to learn!
The book's modular design lets you practice as you progress, building up skills and knowledge and have more confidence in what you are doing. No being dropped in at the deep end here. Information literally is crammed into every space, remaining friendly and open so you are learning through osmosis and it does not feel like a chore.
The book literally starts at the first step, such as measuring ingredients correctly as the secret to success. In fact, even many more experienced home cooks might find it worthy of casting their eyes over some of the tips as it is likely that we have all learned some bad habits or never fully understood the importance of doing a certain thing in a certain way. Whilst inspiration and creativity are important when cooking, accuracy and care are also critical, yet often overlooked, requirements.
The recipes offered are suitable for many occasions, ranging from the informal snack right through to the important family get-together meals at holiday times. The relative low price of the book means that even the more experienced cook might find some interesting recipes here, so it should not be instantly discarded as being "just for beginners".Read more ›
The first few pages are a thorough but condensed overview about basic cooking tips and utensils. There are 12 categories of recipes, giving you lots of to choose from. I especially like the fact that all the recipes come from cooks just like me, sharing their favorites.
In many cookbooks I look and there might be a few recipes I would use but the majority I would not. That's not the case here! The recipes are fantastic! I don't even know where to begin! While there is a lot of creativity, I like that they don't have a lot of steps and unusual ingredients.
Each recipe is illustrated with a colorful photo. This helps me not only to have an idea what the finished product will look like, but also to help me decide what I want to make. Recipes are easy to read and follow. I appreciate the Nutrition facts that are include with each one. My husband is a diabetic and it is crucial to know how much insulin he needs to program his insulin pump for.
This would make a great wedding gift or gift for someone who loves cooking. But be warned! You will want to get a copy for yourself too!
I received this book free from FBS Associates. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very thorough easy to read and use. Great for beginner as well as experienced home cook. Does a very good job teaching how to cook.Published 2 months ago by pebbles5
This book would be very helpful for a beginner cook.
Great instructions and recipes that are easy to follow.
Good but not great, I like the Ultimate Cooking Course betterPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fabulous book useful tips great recipies lots of pictures which makes cooking easierPublished 7 months ago by Clair B.
I bought this book for my grandson who is moving into an apartment and doesn't know much about cooking. Lot of recipes in the book he would like and are easy. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Janey Holm
Great book for any type of cook no matter what your experiences. Awesome for the "new" cook in the house.Published 13 months ago by Betsy Layfield