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Posted November 23, 2002
I'm cooking like a Pro with this book!
As a 38 year old woman who was clueless about cooking, I had more embarressing moments in the kitchen than I care to mention. I realized I needed remedial help. I looked at several basic cookbooks including cookbooks for kids, all without success, till I found "Learning to Cook" in my local library. It is wonderfully easy to read and explains the minute details of setup/prep AND their rationale that other cookbooks assume you already know. More importantly I was inspired to try these recipes and became confident in the kitchen. My family has been raving about my cooking and coworkers want to know Marion's secret for Parslied Red Potatoes. I am getting Overdue notices from the library and I realize I can't live without this book! I must buy it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 22, 1999
A Good Start for the Beginner Cook
Learning to Cook with Marion Cunningham is an excellent cookbook for the novice cook and a welcomed addition to the cookbook library of a more experienced cook. The recipes are simple and basic. The step-by-step directions on cooking techniques (e.g., peeling an onion, chopping a tomato, preparing garlic, beating egg whites, etc.), along with their illustrations, would be very helpful for someone not familiar to food preparation. The recipes' directions are clear, making this one of the easiest cookbooks to follow. I made the Pot Roast with Vegetables and Gravy recipe, and the results were fantastic. The Lemon Pudding Cake was great. You must make the Raised Waffles; once you have tasted this recipe, you will never eat frozen waffles again. Novice cooks should not be intimidated by most of the recipes in this book. (Only a few of the recipes might be challenging for a novice cook on the first attempt, however.) I am an experienced cook and had no difficulty with any of the recipes I tried. Great gift for a bride and/or groom, for someone moving out of their parents' home, or for someone who does not know the difference between an egg white and an egg yolk.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.