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How to Cook without a Book: Recipes and Techniques Every Cook Should Know by Heart

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2002

    Lives up to its name

    I enjoy cooking very much, and over the years I have developed a good level of compentency in my kitchen. However, I lacked the confidence to just strike out on my own and attempt meals without recipes to guide me. This wonderful book, well organized and a pleasure to read, teaches basic techniques that will free and inspire you. With her methods in hand, I am more likely to throw something together with what I've got than I am to order in.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2009

    Teaches techniques, not just another recipe book

    I love the practicality of this cookbook. It taught me basic techniques of cooking that I could then build upon and apply to other recipes. It really helped me to feel more comfortable in the kitchen. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is branching out on their own and needs some solid teaching in the ways of the stovetop and oven, so to speak.

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

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    Everyone should Have this Book!

    This is a great book to have whether you are a beginning cook or not. It teaches the basics called "method" cooking. It teaches one the fundamentals yet gives you the freedom to create and inspires one to add their own signature to the dishes. I probably have bought over 20 of these cookbooks to give away as bridal shower or weeding presents. I would love to see Pam write a part two.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2007

    One of the best gifts, I've ever given.

    The author focuses on technique, not ingredients. Let's face it, if it's not in your kitchen, you probably don't like it anyway. I gave this book to a family member. When I realized that she had given another copy to a friend, I knew I had a winner. Since then, I've given a copies to other friends. One of the best things that you can give as a gift is something that you've enjoyed yourself. I love going through my pantry or freezer and pulling together a meal, when I haven't had time to plan. This book gives you the knowledge and technique needed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2005

    Rather Practical

    The stuff that's taught in this book is very practical, but still will take some practice before you get it just right. A lot of cooking is understanding the basics and then playing with it, so the recipes in the books will soon become second to your own creativity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2001

    A must for all cooks

    I picked this book up from the library and now I must buy it. Great ideas and even better results using the very easy recipes and techniques. The goat cheese ravoli dish was so yummy. I have recommended this to all my friends. It makes the perfect wedding shower gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2000

    The Perfect Everyday Cookbook!

    The title and author sold me on the book. Pam continually tests, refines and perfects her recipes so that they are fool-proof. In this book, I have found that the master recipes, or techniques free me from the dreaded - I don't have the ingredient - fear that usually leads to my going out for dinner. Once you learn her searing technique for steaks and master a pan-sauce or two (they take 10 minutes max.), you can freely compete with any steak house in your town. If you love risotto, but hate the time it takes to constantly tend it (30 minutes) then try the orzo recipes which result a risotto-like dish without the work.

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