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The Competent Cook: Essential Tools, Techniques, and Recipes for the Modern At-Home Cook Hardcover – November 18, 2009
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I read an early version of this book and saw immediately how useful it would be, but was surprised that its sheer practicality had an unexpected philosophical benefit: It gets me over whatever inhibitions have, until now, prevented me from cooking more often. Previous classes and recipe books haven't quite done that for me. My cooking shame is being replaced with, yes, competence, but also the sense of joy and accomplishment that come with it. The ultimate omelet? Classic chicken soup? No problem. Roast duck with glazed bing cherries? Bring it on! I'm willing to try, without the lingering notion that it will come out anything other than delicious.
A year or so ago, I read Dorothy Cann Hamilton and Patric Kuh's book, CHEF'S STORY, and was struck by how many great chefs began their love of cooking with the realization: "Hey, I can DO this!" Now I'm beginning to feel that way, too. I may not be ready to tackle every recipe in Julia Child, but I am prepared to take on the excellent, essential lessons and recipes found here that will prove my basic mettle in the kitchen. They even tell me what equipment to have ready in advance. Why aren't all recipes written like this?