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Not for Absolute Beginner
on July 12, 2012
I'm not an absolute beginner when it comes to cooking. I know how to make the things I like but I wanted to expand my skills beyond just my tastes.
1. Plenty of recipes to try; They are all rated from Easy to Hard.
2. Most of the ingredients are typical things in a basic pantry or fridge (flour, sugar, olive oil, salt/pepper, cheese, bread, potatoes, etc.) I don't recall anything exotic that a trip to a typical grocery couldn't solve.
3. Directions are clear enough for someone who has basic skills/experience in the kitchen.
4. Almost half the recipes have tips regarding typical situations "How do I save chicken for another meal?", "How to choose the right olive oil", "What is evaporated milk?" .
5. Quite a number of vegetarian and even vegan dishes (for a carnivore, I was very interested in these).
1. There are NO pictures throughout the book. For a book geared towards "absolute" beginners and people who regularly burn things, this is not acceptable.
2. Very small appendix which talks about typical kitchen utensils and cooking terms. The terms are no more helpful than just looking them up in a dictionary. You'd be better off Googling "How to juilienne *insert produce here*" The kitchen section pretty much saids "pots and pans, a cutting board, and some knives..."
Overall, I'd recommend this book if it dropped below the ten dollar price point and if you're looking for a little guidance or ideas with meals. Absolute beginners should look elsewhere.