Forgotten Skills of Cooking: The Time-Honored Ways Are the Best--Over 700 Recipes Show You Why

Forgotten Skills of Cooking: The Time-Honored Ways Are the Best--Over 700 Recipes Show You Why

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by Darina Allen
     
 

In this timely new book, Darina reconnects you with the cooking skills that missed a generation or two. The book is divided into chapters such as Dairy, Poultry and Eggs, Bread, and Preserving, and forgotten processes such as smoking mackerel, curing bacon, and making yogurt and butter are explained in the simplest terms. The delicious recipes show you how to use

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In this timely new book, Darina reconnects you with the cooking skills that missed a generation or two. The book is divided into chapters such as Dairy, Poultry and Eggs, Bread, and Preserving, and forgotten processes such as smoking mackerel, curing bacon, and making yogurt and butter are explained in the simplest terms. The delicious recipes show you how to use your homemade bounty to its best, and include ideas for using forgotten cuts of meat, baking bread and cakes, and even eating food from the wild. The Vegetables and Herbs chapter is stuffed with growing tips to satisfy even those with the smallest garden plot or window box, and there are plenty of suggestions for using gluts of vegetables. You'll even discover how to keep a few chickens in your backyard. With over 700 recipes, this is the definitive modern guide to traditional cooking skills.

Editorial Reviews

Associated Press, 7/3/2014 - Michele Kayal
Processed and convenience foods and shortcut cooking methods have become so entrenched in our culinary culture, it’s easy to forget just how much we have forgotten about real cooking. But cooking instructor Darina Allen knows all too well. More and more of her students arrive having never cooked so much as an egg, or needing lessons in remedial onion chopping. She remembers one student who thought she’d ruined a bowl of heavy cream because she’d whipped it too much. She thought the clumps and clots in the bowl meant it was bad. “I said, ‘Stop! Don’t throw it out!’ ” says Allen, author of Forgotten Skills of Cooking. “I said, ‘You’ve made butter!’ She was completely fascinated.”
Christine Muhlke
[Allen's] brief but inspiring how-to sections are what make this book such a keeper…Really, you just want to linger in Allen's homemade world for as long as possible, sipping black-currant-leaf lemonade before wandering from the 100-acre garden to the smokehouse to check on your mussels and hogget.
—The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781906868062
Publisher:
Kyle Books
Publication date:
03/16/2010
Pages:
600
Sales rank:
550,099
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author

Darina Allen runs the world-renowned cookery school at Ballymaloe in County Cork, Ireland, which she founded with her husband in 1983. She runs the highly regarded three-month diploma course as well as various short courses, including the Forgotten Skills series, which is the inspiration behind this book. Darina is the award-winning author of Irish Traditional Cooking, Ballymaloe Cookery Course, A Year at Ballymaloe, Healthy Gluten-free Eating (with Rosemary Kearney), and Easy Entertaining. She is Ireland's most famous TV-cook, having presented nine series of her cooking program, Simply Delicious, on television around the world. Darina founded the first Farmers' Markets in Ireland and is a tireless campaigner for local produce. She is a natural teacher and was awarded IACP's 2005 Cooking Teacher of the Year Award.

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Forgotten Skills of Cooking: The Time-Honored Ways Are the Best--Over 700 Recipes Show You Why 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To me this book is so much more than recipes; Darina Allen has written a revolutionary cookbook that brings you back into a more connected cycle of food, cooking, producing, and purchasing. These recipes allow you to personalize your food down to the most basic ingredients, which really brings them to the next level.
Zug-Zug More than 1 year ago
Darina Allen's book is one of the best cookbooks. I bought mine in County Wicklow after a chance meeting with Chef Allen, although I missed the opportunity to ask her to sign my copy. This cookbook as proved invaluable in my kitchen and I used it often. You will learn a lot about not only Irish cooking, but also about Irish culture from this book. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes to know everything that goes into a recipe. Everything from the ingredients to the thoughts and feelings behind it. This is Martha Stewart cooking without the Martha Stewart attitude.
Janak More than 1 year ago
I would check out the actual Barnes & Noble store before purchasing this book online, it is only $40 off the shelf. It is a wonderful book though!
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