- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Phaidon Press; UK ed. edition (October 20, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0714859583
- ISBN-13: 978-0714859583
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.8 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 75 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What to Cook & How to Cook It Hardcover – October 20, 2010
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Starred Review. UK food writer Hornby's voluminous compendium of culinary classics deserves to make the short list for novice cooks interested in learning how to make the basics from scratch. Over the course of the book's 400-plus pages, Hornby guides readers through everyday favorites like Huevos Rancheros, Lasagna, Paella, chicken wings and blue cheese dip, and apple pie. Though there are the occasional minor variations on classic recipes (a bay leaf is added to milk simmering for mac and cheese), Hornby's by-the-book approach to everyday eating is a terrific resource for those with a taste for tradition. Each dish is accompanied by step-by-step photos, ensuring those cooking along with the author will be able to pull off Cinnamon Rolls, a Chocolate Truffle Cake, or Shrimp Pad Thai with confidence. While thoughtful, this approach can veer into the extreme (assembling an antipasti plate or making a BLT?), but it's a vital component of creating more complicated fare like Eggs Benedict or Roast Beef & Yorkshire Puddings (she is British, after all). More experienced cooks are likely to find the dishes rather elementary, but those curious about how to prepare a Margherita pizza or beef stew will find this a terrific guide.
"A Gen Y Nigella Lawson" – Glamour
"UK food writer Hornby’s voluminous compendium of culinary classics deserves to make the short list for novice cooks interested in learning how to make the basics from scratch. Over the course of the book’s 400‐plus pages, Hornby guides readers through everyday favorites like Huevos Rancheros, Lasagna, Paella, chicken wings and blue cheese dip, and apple pie. Though there are the occasional minor variations on classic recipes (a bay leaf is added to milk simmering for mac and cheese), Hornby’s by‐the‐book approach to everyday eating is a terrific resource for those with a taste for tradition. . . a terrific guide." – Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"One of the most heavily illustrated cookbooks of all time – Nothing’s left to chance and everything is beautifully explained – It could just be the best book for novice cooks ever." – Westside"
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Breakfast and Brunch
Food for Sharing
Desserts & Baking
She also includes tips for panning a menu, a glossary and a short section which reviews basic food prep. Another really cool thing abut the actual layout is that there are a couple of ribbons attached to the spine which you can use as bookmarks for easy access to the meal you're working on, or to keep your favorite dish easily at hand.
Each and every recipe contains a short description as well and a list of ingredients. Along with the list of ingredients, there is a high quality image of the ingredients laid out beautifully. Following this introductory page, there are step by step instructions which also include what the food should look like at each stage of the preparation. How many times have you been following a recipe and come across a set of instructions which is totally vague, you're not really quite sure what to do? You think, "Is this really what it's supposed to look like?" Well, this book shows you exactly what it should look like at each stage. In addition to clear written instructions, you get a very high quality image to help along the way.
The recipes contained in Hornby's book are ones for real people. There's nothing pretentious about any of the dishes. There are a variety of dishes that would be great for easy week nights at home, or for having friends over.
Just to give you an idea, I've cooked most of the way through Julia Child's 'Mastering the Art of French Cooking' volumes 1 and 2 and consider myself a fairly accomplished home cook. Even still, this Hornby collection is one that I find myself coming back to rather often. If not for the recipe itself, at least for ideas.
This would make a great addition to anyones collection of cookbooks. In fact, it would most likely make it's way to the head of the line quite quickly. It would make a great gift for anyone who loves to cook, or anyone who is thinking of getting started.
I love to cook but don't have the knowledge to cook gourmet meals. This book will help anyone of any skill level cook like an Iron Chef! It has tons of sections of food. Ranging from Breakfast through dinner, and includes sides and desserts.
What I love about this book is it is very easy to follow what is happening. The ingredients are laid out at the start in a way that I can snap a picture with my phone and head to the store. The directions are laid out nicely and are easy to understand. Every so often it also includes a picture of where you should be, for those visual learners.
The book also includes a basic cooking glossary with pictures. It shows you what different chopping and cooking techniques there are and walks you through them. The book also includes 2 bookmarks for those that like to plan ahead. A very good buy!
Good Quality Book/Binding
Tons of Great Recipes
Step by Step Pictures
The book is especially good for a beginner because of how visual it is, but also because the recipes are accessible. Another bonus is that it's such a minimalist design that it's easy to focus and not overwhelming.