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Your Shirt Is Not an Oven Mitt!: A Kitchen Survival Manual with 150+ Foolproof Recipes Paperback – August 1, 2004
From Publishers Weekly
Puente all but explains how to boil water in this cookbook for the culinarily challenged. Aimed squarely at recent graduates, newlyweds and "kitchen novice single bachelors," the book provides hints, lists and recipes for cooks willing to branch out beyond corn flakes and milk. Puente (Elegantly Easy Crème Brûlée) assumes her audience knows nothing (witness such lines as "Never put... your hand inside a working blender or mixer" and "The shell protects the egg and if it is cracked or damaged, the contents will deteriorate rapidly"). Her recipes rely on such pre-made items as unbaked piecrusts, cans of condensed cream of mushroom soup and boxed cake mix, and encourage the use of microwave ovens and slow cookers. However, her book will be a godsend for brand-new chefs. Generally healthy and economical, the recipes vary from simple (Fluffy, Soft Scrambled Eggs) to inspiring (Asian-Style Mini-Drumsticks) and classic (Beef Stroganoff with Buttered Noodles) to frightening (Italian Ramen).
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THIS WAS THE WORST COOKBOOK EVER. THE AUTHOR SEEMED TO STRUGGLE TO COME UP WITH ENOUGH RECIPES TO FILL THE BOOK AS THERE ARE A LOT OF BLANK PAGES AND RIDICULOUS DINNER IDEAS THAT EVEN I COULD COME UP WITH BY MYSLEF. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS GARBAGE. I'M SURE THIS IS THE 1ST AND LAST COOKBOOK FROM THIS AUTHOR...OR IT SHOULD BE.
Lots and lots of variety! The pages of my book are now stained with bits of the many meals I have made with it- proof it gets used often =)
The book includes more than 150 recipes, only 14 of which are for Ramen. Chapters include recipes for drinks, sandwiches, and surprisingly sophisticated--but still simple to prepare--entrees, salads and desserts. These recipes will work as well for cooks-in-a-hurry as for culinary novices. Microwave and crock pot dishes will not only be life-savers, but may very well become the favorite dishes novice chefs feed their own kids someday.
Author Deb Puente (Elegantly Easy Creme Brulee) includes such vital basics as how long different foods can be stored, cooking terms, and lists of basic kitchen equipment and suggested items for stocking pantry and fridge. She even offers safety tips such as how to avoid food poisoning and how to check pots of boiling things without scalding the skin off your face.
This is a great book for fledglings fresh from the nest, newlyweds, and people whose children think the smoke alarm is a dinner bell.
But my darling son will have to get his own copy. I'm keeping this one!