Craig Claiborne's Kitchen Primerby Craig Claiborne
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The purpose of this small volume is to provide an intimate knowledge of how to get from here to there in the kitchen, making cooking all the more worthwhile. It enables the beginning cook to feel at home, relaxed and confident in the kitchen. In this compact, easy-to-follow cookbook, the celebrated former food editor of The New York Times gathers together just the kind of starting from scratch information and recipes he himself would have welcomed when he first put a saucepan on the stove and started on the road to becoming a superb cook.
The book begins with a careful selection of essential equipment and a few choice additions—all explicitly shown, item by item—and explains fundamental techniques, including:
• How to shell a shrimp, peel a peach or chop an onion
• Creating delicious soups and sauces
• Preparing steaks and seafood
• Making the tastiest baked, whipped or boiled potatoes
Craig teaches a simple method, than puts it to work in a variety of dishes. From easy yet delicious meat loaf to a glorious soufflé, he shares his own best-loved recipes, including:
• Chicken soup or broth
• Standing rib roast
• Corn on the cob
• Chocolate cream pie
The result is a book to cheer and inspire the beginner—to learn from, to cook from, to keep always available and refer to again and again.
With this classically elegant and profusely illustrated book of recipes and techniques, he guides us through every step of many splendid meals and imparts the kind of culinary knowledge most cooks only acquire through years of trial and error. That he accomplishes this with both the thoroughness and charm of a great teacher, make this book an invaluable aid for both the novice and experienced chef.
New to the 2012 Edition
Electronic books have no page numbers, instead the general index has hypertext links for each entry. Color photographs have replaced the original black and white illustrations.
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- 5 MB
Meet the Author
CRAIG CLAIBORNE was born September 4, 1920 in Sunflower, Mississippi, and grew up in Indianola. He attended Mississippi State and was graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.
For several years he worked in public relations in Chicago, then served in the Navy during the Korean War. Following his discharge, he enrolled in the Swiss Hotelkeepers’ Association School in Lausanne from which he graduated eighth in a class of sixty. Upon returning to the United States he worked for Gourmet magazine and for a public relations firm specializing in food accounts until 1957, when he was hired as Food Editor of The New York Times. In that position he became a nationwide authority on food; appearing frequently in magazines and on television.
He was one of the three best-known food writers in America during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s during his tenure at the New York Times, the others being Julia Child and James Beard. His first and most popular book, The New York Times Cookbook of 1961, sold over three million copies and was eventually translated into seventeen languages. He co-wrote (with Virginia Lee) the first American cookbook of genuine Chinese cuisine, The Chinese Cookbook, published in 1972, as well as twenty other cookbooks, including Craig Claiborne’s Memorable Meals and Craig Claiborne’s Southern Cooking.
Craig lived most of his adult life in Manhattan and East Hampton, Long Island. He was known for his elaborate New Year’s Eve and birthday parties, as well as his Fourth of July picnics. He died of a heart attack on January 22, 2000.
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I received this book as a gift in 1995 and still reference it today. I am NOT a cook in any way and this book is easy to grab and find what I need to know, i.e., how to boil and egg. What exactly does 'sear' mean and how? I recommend it for anyone wanting to learn the basics in a very easy to read format.
The perfect book for a beginner cook (in my case a beginner-for-life). It doesn't overwhelm you with recipes, but gives you one very good recipe for each of the basics. (For example, how to make an excellent roast chicken) I've been using it for twenty years, and its a bit beat up, so I'm buying a new one today. It's a good gift for a young person just out on their own