Each recipe in "The Rookie Cook" has been carefully tested and promises impressive results for even the newest of cooks. The directions are clearly written and easy to follow in this varied selection of hearty main courses, side dishes, desserts and more. There's even a section dedicated to planned leftovers - a truly economical time saver for busy households. Coaching tips appear throughout the book to answer possible questions that might come up while making a recipe. "The Practical Pantry" at the beginning of the book is a helpful listing of key ingredients needed to create a well-stocked kitchen. An illustrated guide to kitchen cooking gadgets is also a good teaching reference, and a glossary of typical cooking directions can help new cooks understand common recipe directions.
The inspiration for Jean Paré to create the Company's Coming cookbook series came to her from the empty plates that followed every catering function, coupled with an outpouring of requests for her recipes. April 14, 1981, marked the debut of 150 Delicious Squares, the first Company's Coming cookbook in what would soon become Canada's most popular cookbook series. As the creative force behind the series, Jean released a new title each year for the first six years. The pace quickened and now at least eight or more are published each year.
Sincerity and trust come through in every one of Jean's recipes. Today, as an internationally acclaimed cookbook author, she takes the time to personally answer every one of the many letters she receives from followers around the world. On radio interview programs, switchboards light up with calls from well-wishers and questions from people who have faith in her answers.
Jean's positive attitude, warm personality, and impressive record of accomplishments made her a perfect role model during her catering days, and now continue to keep her in high regard as Canada's most popular cookbook author. So what do people really think of a lady who has sold over 30 million cookbooks? In short, people can relate to the small-town homemaker who went on to fame and fortune without compromising her values or her good taste.
To learn more about Jean's life, check out her biography, Jean Paré: An Appetite for Life.
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1990/91 - Entrepreneur of the Year Award
1992 - Pinnacle Award
1996 - Global's Woman of Vision Award
1997 - YWCA Women of Distinction Award
2003 - Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal
2004 - Junior Achievement Alberta Business Hall of Fame
2004 - Member of the Order of Canada
2004 - Pharmasave's Remarkable Woman Award
2004 - Growing Alberta Distinguished Service Award
2005 - Rotary Integrity Award
2005 - Alberta Centennial Medal
2005 - Canadian Sales Hall of Fame
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