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The First-Timer's Cookbook (First Timer's Cooking & Baking 1) by [Bucher, Shawn ]
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Length: 145 pages Word Wise: Enabled
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  • File Size: 9951 KB
  • Print Length: 145 pages
  • Publisher: BookWise Publishing (January 9, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 9, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006VOOQC2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
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By Grandma TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 12, 2012
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Grandma is not sure who the "First Timer" referred to in the title of Shawn Bucher's The First-Timer's Cookbook. Grandma thinks he may be referring to first time cooks, but he may just as well be referring to himself as a cookbook author, because Shawn has entirely forgotten the single most essential element of any cookbook or manual of techniques - the Table of Contents. Beginning cooks often need to refer to instructions for various techniques repeatedly while they are learning. Having to page through an entire manual to find the one you need is not conducive to easy learning.

While Shawn has included a number of helpful pictures, notably the pictures demonstrating how to cut various vegetables, some of his pictures are mere space fillers and others demonstrate dramatic short-comings. Grandma was pretty appalled to see the pictures of Shawn's demonstration of the breading technique. Anyone who has ever watched a cooking show that demonstrated how to apply a bread coating knows the mantra "Wet hand, dry hand" and yet every one of the pictures in this particular series that show hands, shows both hands manipulating the ingredients, no wet hand or dry hand in sight, just gunky hands soon to be a real mess! (There is a reason for wet hand - dry hand.)

Sometimes Shawn is just plain wrong. Take his "A Tip for Faster Boiling"

"If you're impatient like me, remember these tricks I have found that speed up the boiling process. It's really easy. First, salt the water by dropping about a tablespoon of salt to every gallon or two of water, then put a cover on the pot. The salt helps flavor the water and the cover keeps the heat in the pot.
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A lot of what is in the beginning of the book are things I wish everyone already knew. I'm OCD when it comes to sanitation. I guess to some people it's not always "common sense". The book quickly explains sanitation and not cross-contaminating which I had to teach my husband. He'd never thought of not putting raw chicken and raw veggies on the same cutting board. The book tells how to set a table correctly is very explanatory.
As far as another post mentioned, "dry hand-wet hand" is not that critical in the home. Nor is baking a potato with foil wrong at all. Do what you want....make a mess, but wash your hands. This book is great for those who just want to know the basics, not for those who want to work in a high-end restaurant.
I am not a cook at all. I burn everything and most of what I cook and eat, my family won't touch. It has come down to this: I'm not a bad cook, I just have different tastes and ways of doing things. This book is good for Elementary school and Jr. High aged kids to learn the very basics. My daughter is 7 and is learning all of these things. When I was 13 I didn't know how to make macaroni and cheese--I don't want my daughter to be in the same place I was. I'm teaching her really young to know how to make basics and not be afraid to try like I was. I love all of the pictures and step-by-step instructions in this book. I thrive on photos!! Perfect Book! And not wanting pay for it! Thank you for having the courage to write a simple book. You "know-it-all's" have no place reading this anyway.
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This is quite an informative cooking manual, telling you things you already knew, and things you didn't. I love that it includes information on how to set a proper table, and the right way to buy meat, along with ways to cook it. Easy explanations on how to cook and prepare vegetables. Lots of pictures. Great price too, FREE!
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"The First-Timer's Cookbook" is a good cookbook for someone who has absolutely no idea how to cook. This book is too basic for someone who knows how to cook anything at all. It begins with an explanation on why it is important to keep the cooking area clean and not cross-contaminate food and then moves on to how to properly place dishes and silverware in a setting. I enjoyed the section on vegetables, as it taught some useful techniques for preparing vegetables, and the explanations for cooking techniques such as "braising," "roasting," and "poaching."

The book is written completely in text form and there are no recipes. While some may view this as a useful way to learn how to cook, I think that a few simple recipes following each of the teaching points would have been more useful. Also, I read this book on a Kindle and wish that I could have read a hard copy of the book since it might have been more useful in that format for referencing when I used other cookbook's recipes.
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This cookbook should be the first one anyone buys. If you are a beginning cook or have been cooking for awhile, it will still have information you need. The other cookbooks are incomplete until you understand terminology and equipment and rules of the kitchen. This book has it all. I have 3 granddaughters who cook and they love it already.They have a "hope chest" of equipment they received for Christmas that includes liquid and dry measuring cups and spoons. Now they have a guide when I am not there as well.I have a paper copy and now they have one for the next generation.
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