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Cooking Basics For Dummies, 4th Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-91388-8
464 pages
January 2011
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Basic tools, techniques, and recipes for creating easy, delicious meals

It doesn't take culinary mastery and great recipes to be a great cook. Cooking Basics For Dummies, 4th Edition, appeals to beginners who want to learn the basics of cooking and implement understandable and practical recipes in their everyday cooking experience.. Cooking Basics For Dummies digs you out of microwave dinners and tipping delivery persons and propels you with all the ingredients you need toward becoming a superior home cook. This hands-on guide shows you the fun and easy way to prepare meals all your guests and family members will love, from die-hard vegetarians to the most passionate meat eaters.

  • Fun, tasty, and easy recipes the whole family will enjoy for every occasion
  • Covers grilling, slow cooking, pressure cooking, roasting, and sautŽing
  • Considerations for vegetarians, special diets, and sustainable dishes with flavor and pizzazz

With the help of Cooking Basics For Dummies, you'll be able to handle boiling, poaching, steaming, braising, grilling, and so much more like a master.

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Introduction.

Part I: Go On In — It's Only the Kitchen.

Chapter 1: Cooking with Confidence.

Chapter 2: Investing in the Essential Tools.

Chapter 3: The Bare Necessities: Stocking Your Pantry and Fridge.

Part II: Know Your Techniques.

Chapter 4: The Cutting Edge: Working with Knives.

Chapter 5: Boiling, Poaching, and Steaming.

Chapter 6: Sautéing.

Chapter 7: Braising and Stewing: Slow and Seductive.

Chapter 8: Roasting Poultry, Meats, and Veggies.

Chapter 9: Coals and Coils: Grilling and Broiling.

Chapter 10: Baking Basics.

Part III: Expand Your Repertoire.

Chapter 11: Mastering Breakfast.

Chapter 12: Super Soups and Savory Salads.

Chapter 13: From Sides to Mains: Great Grains.

Chapter 14: Making Sensational Sauces: Fear No More.

Chapter 15: Sweet Dreams.

Part IV: Now You're Cooking! Real Menus for Real Life.

Chapter 16: Taking It Easy with One-Pot Meals.

Chapter 17: Making More (and Better) for Less.

Chapter 18: When You Want to Impress.

Chapter 19: Would I Serve You Leftovers? This Is My Latest Creation!

Chapter 20: Summertime Soirees.

Chapter 21: Feeding Holiday Hordes: Festive Winter Menus.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 22: Ten Common Cooking Disasters and How to Deal with Them.

Chapter 23: Ten Ways to Think Like a Chef.

Chapter 24: Ten Ways to Cook for Good Health.

Appendix A: Glossary of 100 (Plus) Common Cooking Terms.

Appendix B: Common Substitutions, Abbreviations, and Equivalents.

Index.

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Bryan Miller is a food and feature writer covering restaurants and dining trends all over the world.

Marie Rama is an independent food, beverage, and media consultant.

Eve Adamson is the coauthor of The Mediterranean Diet.

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February 16, 2011
Get the Basic Tools, Techniques, and Recipes for Tasty, Affordable Meals

There are a lot of reasons why more people are opting to put away the takeout menus and pull out their long forgotten cookbooks. Whether you’re trying to get the number on the scale to go down or the number in your bank account to go up, cooking at home can be an intimidating task if you don’t have a good grasp of the basics.

Cooking Basics For Dummies®, 4th Edition (Wiley Publishing, Inc., December 2010, ISBN: 978-1-1180-1362-5, $21.99) appeals to beginners who want to learn the basics of cooking and implement understandable and practical recipes in their everyday cooking experience. This hands-on guide shows you the fun and easy way to prepare meals all your guests and family members will love, from die-hard vegetarians to the most passionate meat eaters.

With the helpful instructions found in the book, you’ll be able to handle boiling, poaching, steaming, braising, grilling, and so much more like a master. You can use simple tips and tricks to cook healthy meals, bake yummy desserts, throw a fabulous party, and save time in the kitchen. With a bit of planning, some expert advice, and fresh ingredients, you’ll be cooking delicious meals in no time—even if you consider yourself a kitchen novice.

On Dummies.com, you’ll find a bonus Cheat Sheet for the book, which includes these tips:

  • Fix it up fresh and fit: how to cut fat, calories, and carbs when cooking
  • Culinary crowd pleasers: easy recipes the whole family will enjoy—no matter what the occasion!
  • Beyond boiling water: learn about grilling, slow cooking, pressure cooking, roasting, and sautéing
  • Special request? No problem! Considerations for vegetarians, special diets, and sustainable dishes with flavor and pizzazz
  • A little prep-work goes a long way: tips for reading recipes before getting started
  • Fantastic food in a flash: timesaving cooking tips
  • So you won’t have to borrow that cup of sugar: staples for your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer
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