How to Cook for Beginners: An Easy Cookbook for Learning the Basics (Paperback)
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You’ll never say “I can’t cook” again.
If recipes look like secret codes and boiling an egg might as well be rocket science, How to Cook for Beginners is for you. Easy lessons and delicious recipes teach you everything you need to know to get started in the kitchen. Cooking seems daunting, but with this practical choice in cookbooks for beginners—and a little practice—you can become a skilled home chef.
Begin with guides to must-have equipment, a well-stocked pantry, and kitchen safety. Master fundamental techniques with recipes designed to teach you dicing, pan cooking, broiling, and more. Unlike other cookbooks for beginners, this system builds your skills from mixing a simple seasoning blend to roasting a whole chicken (with gravy!). Then, enjoy over 30 other recipes like Speedy Shrimp Sauté, Pasta Bolognese, and Mexican-Style Street Corn Salad.
It’s everything cookbooks for beginners should be:
- Cooking 101—Learn how to store your food, care for your knives, prep your work station, and even talk like a chef.
- Tools and tips—Each recipe lists the tools you’ll need, and many go beyond other cookbooks for beginners with ideas to customize flavors or make prep even easier.
- For every meal—Create quick breakfasts, mouthwatering mains, and delicious desserts—plus snacks, sides, and veggies.
When you’re not sure which cookbooks for beginners to start with, let How to Cook for Beginners open the door and show you: you can cook!
About the Author
GWYN NOVAK is a professional chef and instructor who owns the cooking school No Thyme to Cook. She has been cooking and writing about food for more than 25 years.
“This book would make Julia Child smile. Gwyn teaches all the basic techniques, along with relevant recipes, giving the reader delicious culinary exercises. How to Cook for Beginners is a must-have for those setting up a new kitchen or those who love to learn more and more about food. Flip through this book and I promise that, in no time, you'll be putting on an apron, pulling out the pots and pans, and preparing scrumptious meals for families and friends.”—John Shields, author of Chesapeake Bay Cooking and The New Chesapeake Kitchen
“Gwyn Novak has written a clear and engaging book that I was really impressed with and enjoyed. For anyone who wants to make entertaining at home less stressful and more fun, or just get something delicious on the table more easily on those crazy busy midweek nights, she’s the companion you need.”—Robert Wiedmaier, Michelin-starred chef and owner-chef of 10 restaurants
“There is no one more trusting and qualified to guide you through proper cooking techniques, tricks, and industry insider tips than Chef Gwyn Novak. Cooking from this book gives you immediate peace of mind—not only for novices just starting out, but for seasoned culinary cooks as well. This well thought out book will keep you organized and engaged for years and years!”—Chef David Guas, chef/owner of Bayou Bakery Coffee Bar & Eatery, host of American Grilled on the Travel Channel