Cooking From A to Zest
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Cooking is more than just following a recipe. It's being able to confidently walk into a kitchen, assess what's there and whip up something delightful and delicious. With that in mind, Cooking From A to Zest is like having your own private in-home instructor teaching you a foundation of techniques and skills. Watch it like a class, learning as you go, or use the main menu to jump directly to the technique or recipe you want. From how to dice an onion like a pro to roasting the perfect chicken to gaining helpful insight from experts at markets and restaurants, host Kierstin Buchner shares tips for both the beginning and more experienced cook. VOLUME 1 - BUILDING YOUR KITCHEN: Cooking starts with kitchen essentials - such as efficient knife skills, selecting your equipment and stocking your kitchen with staple ingredients. VOLUME 2 - STOCKS, SOUPS, & SAUCES: Learn the building blocks of delicious stocks and broths, unveil the secret to cream soups and purees, then finish with with five key Foundation sauces. VOLUME 3 - SALADS, VEGETABLES, POTATOES, PASTA, GRAINS & LEGUMES: Learn to prepare salad dressings with ease, saute, blanch, and grill your way to flavorsome vegetables, and cook the perfect rice and pasta - every time! VOLUME 4 - EGGS, MEAT, POULTRY & FISH: Discover six classic ways to prepare eggs, then move on to a variety of mouth-watering methods for meat and poultry, including brining, braising and stewing.
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I also take the little book that comes along w/ it in my purse to the store so I can check items off my list & read tips about getting the right cuts of meat & ingredients for each dish she demontrates in the DVD.
First of all I know little about the kitchen other than my usual 10 dishes that I make. Kierstin educated her audience with everything essential in the kitchen DVD 1 (4 total) focuses on knifes, cookware, herbs, etc. And started to go over DVD 2 stocks and soups. I welcome what is to follow. Def worth every penny.
The instruction is excellent and continues to build on earlier segments. I found it to be pretty comprehensive. It is easy to use the menu where you get even more information and recipes.
This is great for anyone that learned to cook from Mom who had wonderful recipes but wasn't trained to cook like a pro. I would buy this as a gift for anyone who has an interest in cooking. It is well worth it for anyone who wants to step it up a notch.
Being a very visual person, I feel I got more from this video series than I would have had I read the same material in a book.