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Learning to Cook

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The list author says: "So many people don't know how to cook or how to start. Sure adult education classes are fun, but do you want to schlep all that way? These cookbooks have something that everyone can enjoy."
Joy of Cooking
Joy of Cooking
"This updated version has many tips and tricks for the 21st century chef who cares about what they eat. This is an essential cornerstone for any kitchen."
Cook's Illustrated
Cook's Illustrated
"Tested recipes with step-by-step instructions that any novice can understand but may take longer to master.  Filled with great techniques, reviews of food products and kitchen gadgets."
Bernard Clayton's Cooking Across America: Cooking With More Than 100 of North America's Best Cooks and 250 of Their Favorite Recipes
Bernard Clayton's Cooking Across America: Cooking With More Than 100 of North America's Best Cooks and 250 of Their Favorite Recipes
"There is skill required in preparing many of these recipes.  However, families can enjoy working together to prepare these wonderful delights."
Julia's Kitchen Wisdom: Essential Techniques and Recipes from a Lifetime of Cooking
Julia's Kitchen Wisdom: Essential Techniques and Recipes from a Lifetime of Cooking
"How to from the Master herself.  On PBS, she taught millions how to cook and really enjoy food."
Beard on Food: The Best Recipes and Kitchen Wisdom from the Dean of American Cooking
Beard on Food: The Best Recipes and Kitchen Wisdom from the Dean of American Cooking
"American Master Chef, James Beard, supporter of Meals on Wheels and icon to chefs the world over."
Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home
Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home
"Very well done collaboration by Ms. Child and Mr. Pepin."
The Best of Craig Claiborne: 1,000 Recipes from His New York Times Food Columns and Four of His Classic Cookbooks
The Best of Craig Claiborne: 1,000 Recipes from His New York Times Food Columns and Four of His Classic Cookbooks
"Wonderful Recipes from Craig Claiborne of the New York Times."
The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century
The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century
"Another essential cook book filled with 1400 receipes for every food-lover's kitchen"