Williams-Sonoma Cooking Essentialsby Rick Rodgers
Reveals the what, why, and how behind key kitchen techniques (e.g., sautéing, frying, grilling, roasting, braising, etc.) to get the most from your stove top, oven and grill through 170 easy-to-prepare recipes plus step-by-step instructions.
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This book is full of basic and classic recipes, which are sure to be a hit. It has many beautiful photos and is a pleasure to peruse. It is very simple to follow with a great variety of dishes. A kitchen essential!!
This is a good basic starter cookbook for someone who wants some simple, classic recipes and doesn't know much about cooking. The recipes are solid and relatively simple, and mostly cover classic standards - roast chicken, turkey, and beef, roasted potatoes, basic sautees and stir-fries, classic apple pie or chocolate chip cookies, etc. Personally though, it's not of much use to me. As someone with a decent grasp of basic cooking, I like cookbooks for inspiration and new ideas, and there isn't much of that here. I received it as a gift and will be returning it for this reason - I read through it, the recipes are nice, the book is well laid out and has nice color pictures, but there's just not much here that's useful for me as a somewhat more experienced cook. Bottom line: check it out if you're a new cook or looking for a lesson in the basics, but I'd look elsewhere if you're a more experienced cook looking for inspiration or new ideas.