Cooking for Dummies

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Is your idea of a home-cooked meal a frozen dinner, macaroni and cheese from a box, or a pizza? Well, don't let your phobia of cooking keep you out of the kitchen. With Cooking For Dummies™ as your guide, you'll find quick answers to all your cooking dilemmas.

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Overview

Is your idea of a home-cooked meal a frozen dinner, macaroni and cheese from a box, or a pizza? Well, don't let your phobia of cooking keep you out of the kitchen. With Cooking For Dummies™ as your guide, you'll find quick answers to all your cooking dilemmas.

This book is filled with time-saving tips and techniques, money-saving strategies, and more than 150 easy-to-prepare recipes!

Inside, you'll discover how to:

  • Grill, roast, braise, and sauté like a pro
  • Create vegetarian dishes with favor and zest
  • Impress your friends and family by creating elegant but easy-to-prepare dishes
  • Find foolproof ways to fix your cooking mistakes
  • Organize your kitchen so that everything is accessible
  • Use your appliances, utensils, and gadgets
  • Mix, measure, and substitute ingredients in your recipes
  • Make a dazzling dinner out of what you've got in your pantry
  • Keep your budget intact while shopping at the market
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Written in the usual easygoing ...For Dummies® style, Cooking For Dummies® covers the basics, from shopping to storing food to buying equipment to food safety. The simple recipes included help teach basic techniques, like grilling, sautéing, roasting, and baking, and contain lots of helpful tips on recovering from cooking mistakes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764550027
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/18/1996
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.39 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xxv
Introduction 1
Part I Go On In - It's Only the Kitchen 7
Chapter 1 Warming Up to Your Kitchen 9
Chapter 2 The Cook's Tools 23
Part II Know Your Techniques 49
Chapter 3 Boiling, Poaching, and Steaming 51
Chapter 4 Sauteing 71
Chapter 5 Mom Food: Braising and Stewing 85
Chapter 6 Grate Possibilities: Roasting and Grilling 105
Chapter 7 Sauces 141
Part III Expand Your Repertoire 169
Chapter 8 The Amazing Egg 171
Chapter 9 Soups 189
Chapter 10 Salads 207
Chapter 11 Pastamania 225
Chapter 12 One-Pot Meals 253
Part IV Now You're Cooking! Real Menus for Real Life 265
Chapter 13 The Bare Necessities: A Pantry List 267
Chapter 14 Champagne Meals on a Beer Budget 289
Chapter 15 The Clock Is Ticking ... and the Guests Are on Their Way! 303
Chapter 16 Parties of One: Solo Shopping and Dining 339
Part V The Part of Tens 353
Chapter 17 Ten Classic Cookbooks 355
Chapter 18 Ten Ways to Think Like a Chef 359
Chapter 19 Ten Ways to Make Everyday Food Look Great 363
Appendix A Glossary of 100 (Plus) Common Cooking Terms 367
Appendix B Common Substitutions, Abbreviations, and Equivalents 375
Index 381
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2003

    Perfect!

    Entertaining and informative. I actually read it straight through - A Cooking Book! I wanted to learn just far enough beyond basics to be more creative and cook without a recipe. This book was exactly what I was looking for, and it got me all caught up on all that stuff most of us get from our moms or grandmothers that mine never bothered to teach me. I especially appreciated the chapter on cooking for one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2000

    Cook Like a Pro

    I absolutely love this book! I highly recommend it for all beginners. I hated cooking before I got it, but when my dishes actually turned out I began to really enjoy cooking (I never thought that would happen). Now I cook like a chef and impress friends and family with my repetoire.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 1999

    Book that's not for absolute dummies (like myself)

    This book is good for the amateur chef, but doesn't do it all. Many helpful tips are found in this book, but there's just that feeling that not all of the basics are being covered. Some of the recipes aren't appealing (who would want to make braised cabbage with apple and caraway), and the 'bare necessities' list for a pantry seems a little too expansive (after all, how many people actually use mango chutney???). Other recipes are too basic (like steamed broccoli and how to make converted rice (just follow the instructions on the box!))

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