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The Can't Cook Book: Recipes for the Absolutely Terrified!

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by Jessica Seinfeld
     
 

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Deceptively Delicious, an essential collection of more than 100 simple recipes that will transform even the most kitchen-phobic “Can’t Cooks” into “Can Cooks.”

Are you smart enough to dodge a telemarketer yet clueless as to how to chop a clove of garlic? Are you clever

Overview

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Deceptively Delicious, an essential collection of more than 100 simple recipes that will transform even the most kitchen-phobic “Can’t Cooks” into “Can Cooks.”

Are you smart enough to dodge a telemarketer yet clueless as to how to chop a clove of garlic? Are you clever enough to forward an e-mail but don’t know the difference between broiling and baking? Ingenious enough to operate a blow-dryer but not sure how to use your blender? If you are basically competent, then Jessica Seinfeld’s The Can’t Cook Book is for you.

If you find cooking scary or stressful or just boring, Jessica has a calm, confidencebuilding approach to cooking, even for those who’ve never followed a recipe or used an oven. Jessica shows you how to prepare deliciously simple food—from Caesar salad, rice pilaf, and roasted asparagus to lemon salmon, roast chicken, and flourless fudge cake. At the beginning of each dish, she explains up front what the challenge will be, and then shows you exactly how to overcome any hurdles in easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.

Designed to put the nervous cook at ease, The Can’t Cook Book is perfect for anyone who wants to gain confidence in the kitchen—and, who knows, maybe even master a meal or two.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/16/2013
In her third cookbook, Seinfeld (Deceptively Delicious) guides newbie cooks through their first steps “out of Can’t Cooksville.” With her encouraging attitude, Seinfeld is a cheerleader for beginners and has created an inviting primer designed to end kitchen phobia and dependence on processed foods. Following an introduction psyching up cooks with “less than zero experience,” Seinfeld promises a fearless and fun approach. A well-illustrated section on basic kitchen equipment with instructional photos shows inexperienced cooks how to slice, dice, and prep citrus, onions, garlic, avocado, nuts, shrimp, and more. Main dishes like “Your First Chili” and “Rosemary Chicken Under a ‘Brick’ ” make for well-rounded, family-friendly meals. Multiple pasta dishes and a healthy “Quickies” section offer more “no-fail fare.” Scannable icons for smartphones and URLs connect cooks to mini-movies and online support, and “Don’t Panic” recipe headers provide quivering cooks words of encouragement and simple reminders. There are useful charts outlining seasonal foods, meat temperatures, measure conversions, and tips for food storage. (Oct.)

Julia Child herself assured us that no one was born a great cook; that one learns by doing. Of course, even getting to the stage of doing can be a staggeringly steep climb. With two bestselling cookbooks already under her style-setting belt, Jessica Seinfeld (Deceptively Delicious; Double Delicious!) now tackles Mageirocophobia, the dreaded fear of cooking. Her cure requires neither Freudian subtlety nor arduous kitchen internships. Instead, the affable Jessica serves up simple, confidence-building recipes, complete with step-by-step instructions and tips on avoiding disasters. An ideal (and tasty) morale-booster for those who once feared kitchens.

Library Journal
09/15/2013
Seinfeld (Deceptively Delicious) has written this guide for "Can't Cooks," or readers whose limited cooking experiences have yielded inedible (not to mention embarrassing) results. To help them become proficient and empowered home cooks, she offers step-by-step how-to's (often supplemented with online videos), clear instructions, and constant encouragement ("Look at you! You're holding a cookbook!"). Fresh and mostly from scratch recipes such as herb-roasted beef with potatoes and carrots, slow cooker lasagna, Your First Chili, and broiled honey-nut bananas emphasize straightforward preparations. VERDICT This nonjudgmental beginners' cookbook is a great choice for teens, college students, and young professionals and families. Highly recommended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451662252
Publisher:
Atria Books
Publication date:
10/08/2013
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
126,466
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Jessica Seinfeld is the author of two New York Times bestselling cookbooks and the President and Founder of Baby Buggy, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing clothing and equipment to New York’s families. She lives in New York City with her husband and three children.

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The Can't Cook Book: Recipes for the Absolutely Terrified! 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Before purchasing the Nook version of this, please note that it is only compatible with NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet, NOOK Color, and NOOK Tablet. It DOES NOT work with the iPad Nook App. B&N customer support was very helpful and gave me a refund for my purchase. I just wish it had been more clear before I had made the purchase to begin with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first cook book that I've gone through and found more than one item I wanted to make!! I can't believe it! I can't wait to go grocery shopping and start these meals! I would give it 5 stars but I want more meals :) even though I haven't started.
juliemarieNY More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book! I hate to cook, have never felt like I was very good at it, my repertoire never stretched beyond tacos or spaghetti. So far in this book, I have made roasted pork tenderloin, beef roast, salmon, a whole chicken! She breaks the recipes down, teaches you how to prepare, chop, etc. And for people like me, gives directions such as "Take the butter out of the fridge 20 minutes in advance to soften". These are the kinds of silly mistakes I always make when cooking/baking. I also like her quick meals section in the back - creative and non-intimidating meals.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my new favorite cookbook. I plan on giving it to several members of my family for Christmas. I look at a recipe and think, "I can do this." Recipes are simple but good. You will enjoy the instructions as well as the end product!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book so much! I'm just a wannabe foodie but this book make you feel like you know that you are doing.:) si se puede(yes we can!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent cook book for simple and delicious meals. Simple. But certainly not boring.
dannie8289 More than 1 year ago
I hate cooking, I've never felt interested in cooking or trying new recipes out until I got this book. Now I'm beginning to like cooking. This is the first cookbook where I have made numerous recipes out of. This book teaches you the basics on what you need and how to chop vegetables. The recipes are simple but add a lot of flavor and are super easy with pictures. And I get excited because my food looks exactly like the picture in the book when I'm finished cooking. It's really hard to ruin dinner using these recipes. I plan on giving my sister a copy as a housewarming present.
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