Cooking for the First Time? Here’s some help!

I know, I know, many of us have watched The Chew, Hell’s Kitchen, Top Chef, Iron Chef, Cake Boss, Cupcake Wars, and did want (and still do) want to become an expert chef someday. Other folks out there are very fortunate to have such skills with food. But for some of us, when it comes to the kitchen, even frying an egg becomes a struggle. So, whether you’re cooking for the first time for the family dinner or already have wrecked the oven having repeatedly done so, here’s some six useful help that we’ve compiled just for you.

1) How to Cook Everything The Basics: All You Need to Make Great Food–With 1,000 Photos

The next best thing to having Mark Bittman in the kitchen with you

Mark Bittman’s highly acclaimed, bestselling book How to Cook Everything is an indispensable guide for any modern cook. With How to Cook Everything The Basics he reveals how truly easy it is to learn fundamental techniques and recipes. From dicing vegetables and roasting meat, to cooking building-block meals that include salads, soups, poultry, meats, fish, sides, and desserts, Bittman explains what every home cook, particularly novices, should know.

1,000 beautiful and instructive photographs throughout the book reveal key preparation details that make every dish inviting and accessible. With clear and straightforward directions, Bittman’s practical tips and variation ideas, and visual cues that accompany each of the 185 recipes, cooking with How to Cook Everything The Basics is like having Bittman in the kitchen with you.

  • This is the essential teaching cookbook, with 1,000 photos illustrating every technique and recipe; the result is a comprehensive reference that’s both visually stunning and utterly practical.
  • Special Basics features scattered throughout simplify broad subjects with sections like “Think of Vegetables in Groups,” “How to Cook Any Grain,” and “5 Rules for Buying and Storing Seafood.”
  • 600 demonstration photos each build on a step from the recipe to teach a core lesson, like “Cracking an Egg,” “Using Pasta Water,” “Recognizing Doneness,” and “Crimping the Pie Shut.”
  • Detailed notes appear in blue type near selected images. Here Mark highlights what to look for during a particular step and offers handy advice and other helpful asides.
  • Tips and variations let cooks hone their skills and be creative.” –Book Cover

2) How to Boil Water

“• Shows beginning cooks how to do just what the title implies—and a lot more—without a hint of intimidations.

• Features classic comfort foods such as no-flip fried eggs and soul-soothing grilled cheese for one and bolder, ethnic recipes like Tacos Picadillo and Southeast Asian Beef Salad.

• Exquisite photography and Food Network recipes, both inspire and build the confidence needed to make every dish a success.

• Hundreds of must-know hints, tips and short-cuts for those new to the kitchen.”–Book Cover

3) Learn To Cook: A Down and Dirty Guide to Cooking (For People Who Never Learned How)

“Drawing from a lifetime of cooking, Hilah Johnson (host of the popular internet cooking series, Hilah Cooking) has produced a beginners cookbook for today’s young (and young-at-heart) adults. Featuring a casual straightforward style and a focus on fresh, simple recipes Learn to Cook will appeal to anyone who loves to eat. Inside you’ll find chapters on menu planning, knife skills, shopping, kitchen equipment (including the only three tools you really need), and more. Plus, a comprehensive spice chart and over 150 recipes from breakfast to dinner to the snacks in between.”–Book Cover

4) Betty Crocker Cooking Basics: Recipes and Tips toCook with Confidence

“From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Deceptively Delicious, an essential collection of more than 100 simple recipes that will transform even the most kitchen-phobic “Can’t Cooks” into “Can Cooks.”

Are you smart enough to dodge a telemarketer yet clueless as to how to chop a clove of garlic? Are you clever enough to forward an e-mail but don’t know the difference between broiling and baking? Ingenious enough to operate a blow-dryer but not sure how to use your blender? If you are basically competent, then Jessica Seinfeld’s The Can’t Cook Book is for you.

If you find cooking scary or stressful or just boring, Jessica has a calm, confidencebuilding approach to cooking, even for those who’ve never followed a recipe or used an oven. Jessica shows you how to prepare deliciously simple food—from Caesar salad, rice pilaf, and roasted asparagus to lemon salmon, roast chicken, and flourless fudge cake. At the beginning of each dish, she explains up front what the challenge will be, and then shows you exactly how to overcome any hurdles in easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.

Designed to put the nervous cook at ease, The Can’t Cook Book is perfect for anyone who wants to gain confidence in the kitchen—and, who knows, maybe even master a meal or two.”–Book Cover

5) The First-Timer’s Cookbook

“The First-Timer’s Cookbook is the one cookbook that teaches all the basics. With simple techniques and easy step-by-step instructions for cooking almost anything, now you can learn how to cook, not just what to cook. Easy to follow step-by-step instructions. Lots of descriptive photos. Easy to understand and fun to use.”–Book Cover

6) How to Cook Everything (Completely Revised 10th Anniversary Edition): 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food

“Mark Bittman’s award-winning How to Cook Everything has helped countless home cooks discover the rewards of simple cooking. Now the ultimate cookbook has been revised and expanded (almost half the material is new), making it absolutely indispensable for anyone who cooks—or wants to. With Bittman’s straightforward instructions and advice, you’ll make crowd-pleasing food using fresh, natural ingredients; simple techniques; and basic equipment. Even better, you’ll discover how to relax and enjoy yourself in the kitchen as you prepare delicious meals for every occasion.”–Book Cover

 

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