on February 14, 2011
"COOK THIS, NOT THAT, Kitchen Survial Guide" by David Zincenko and Matt Goulding, is far more than just a cookbook! Where other cookbooks often do not picture every completed recipe, this cookbook pictures not only every single home-made receipe, but also their restaurant equivialents -- and shows how much money one can save, and how many calories one can save, by making the home-made version, for each and every recipe! Chapter One: The Truth About Your Food, gives Nutrition charts, (such as "Who Blew Up The Food", showing calorie comparisons of home-made, ready-made supermarket, and restaurant dishes), Five reasons that home-cooking can improve your life, and gives the lie to the statement: "But I don't have time to cook". Charts of the best meats, dairy, fats and carbs, (all quite detailed, with an explainitory essay on the food group being analyzed),is also included, (a bit small in the print here, though), Selected "Nutrition Nuggets" fill two pages, with such random revelations as "Your blood sugar rises 39 per cent lessif you toast your white bread", and "People who eat with napkins in their laps tend to have lower bodymass indexes". Chapter 2 deals with recommended kitchen equipment, and pantry staples -- all nicely illustrated to make you want to get started, and to make your mouth begin to water!
Included also is two pages of "Kitchen Wisdom", with random revelations such as: "Oops, tooo much salt? Use a splash of vinegar to provide a founter-blancing pinch of acid and sweetness", and "More Pucker for the Price! Zap lemons, limes, or oranges for 15 seconds in the microwave before squeezing them. The fruit will yield twice as much juice!" A discussion of "Breakfast" in Chapter 3 yields an introductory essay, a list, (and pictures), of 21 common supermarket cereals, from best to worse; a two page spread of 13 easily made, very nutricious home-made "instant breakfasts", This is followed by about two dozen receipies, which can be had at breakfast or throughout the dau, all with pictures of both the restaurnt and home-made versions and the listing of the savings in money and of calories, in the home-made version. Little boxes carry extra information in many of these receipes, here, and throughout the book.
There are 12 chapters in this book, all with recipies for home-made versions, comparisons between the home-made and restaurant versions, (the resraurants in question are always named), pictures of both the home-made and restaurant version, and often, little nuggest of kitchen wisdom and nutrition tips. Chapter titles range from "Breakfast" to "Ethnic Dishes", (although the range of Ethnic Dishes is So great I feel it could fill a separate volume....or two, or five volumes....at the very least.) A full index ends the book.
So this is not just a cookbook. It is a money-saving manual, and a nutrition and food knowledge book as well. All on wonderful, high quality "slick" paper, with coloured illustrations on every page, and of a size easily carried in one hand.
This cookbook-cum-nutrition-cum-money-saving-book is delightful, and truly makes you WANT to start cooking these and other dishes!
A real winner! Yum!