Cook This Book: Techniques That Teach and Recipes To Repeat

Clarkson Potter. Apr. 2021. 304p. ISBN 9780593138274. $32.50. COOKING
Food editor and recipe developer Baz aims to teach people to become great cooks with a DIY culinary crash course built around the concept of efficiency. Baz’s recipes are designed to teach; she also makes an effort to anticipate questions that might arise and addresses them in footnotes and how-to videos linked via QR codes. Created for home cooks, this book focuses on time management by detailing how and when to begin each step in a recipe, and it lists ingredients by their location in a typical grocery store, to simplify shopping. Chapters include an introduction, an overview on tools and pantry essentials, the foundations to “make food taste great,” and sections dedicated to recipes for chicken, seafood, eggs, noodles, grains, salads, vegetables, soups, and snacks, among others.
VERDICT This resource offers a range of recipes centered around animal proteins and complementary sides. With its DIY approach to culinary expertise, this is a great starting point for home cooks wanting to develop flavor and technique.
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