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Looking forward to the rest of the lessons!! Great post! I learned to cook from my mom whose father owned a restaurant. So she grew up watching the cook and learning from him. She always says that good cooks do things almost instinctively and measure quantities eyeballing so…I learned that way. I should say she is a great cook! We just cook like that using whatever ingredients we have in the fridge.

Of course, we follow recipes once in a while, but for every day cooking that is what we do. Looking forward to reading your book soon! I love your story about learning to cook! I shudder to think of the kind of cook I used to be…. I hear about so many people who were told to stay out of the kitchen as kids and consequently were clueless with cooking as adults. Oh, my apologies! Total brain fart! My wife is a great cook and rarely cooks with recipes. But I do cringe when she decides to experiment. How to I politely tell her to check out Foodist Kitchen without her getting upset?

That will make it easier to bring up in conversation :. I love this, Darya! My married daughter is so overwhelmed by new motherhood, has no time, but wants to cook healthy meals for her family and wants to save money. I will be giving this to her for Christmas this year. Name required. Mail will not be published required. Want a picture next to your comment? Click here to register your email address for a Gravatar you can use on most websites.

Please be respectful. Thoughtful critiques are welcome, but rudeness is not. Perfect blend of simple and comprehensive Have read cover to cover, but I definitely had my a-ha moment early on: this is the kind of book you need to read too prepare to go on Chopped. Mar 26, Elizabeth Brown rated it it was amazing.


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There is a lot of great recipe shorthand - paths to make certain types of dishes with variants. For me the variations on stir-fry sauces and chicken salad are things I rarely see in other cookbooks. This can be hard to find by searching through recipes online and in blog entries. If you cook regularly, this book probably won't be anything new. From the cover to the font choices, the book itself is really beautiful, but I finished this book just feeling meh.

Considering that the whole theme is how to cook without a book, there's a disappointing lack of information on actual cooking techniques. Sep 26, Jackson Matthews rated it it was amazing. Very nice ideas for releasing oneself from the slavery of a recipe.

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Feb 21, Gillian rated it it was amazing. This cookbook is the best I've ever bought. This cookbook author has written the best cookbooks I own. This book taught me how to cook chicken and veggies, and I hoped for a low calorie one. I was walking through the bookstore one day and there it was!

I was hoping for a vegetarian one and low and behold she wrote that, too.

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I still consult them regularly and can't recommend this book highly enough. Mar 30, Jennifer Heise rated it it was amazing Shelves: cooking. The concept of this book intrigued, and the author's background with Cook's magazine seemed a good recommendation. I've been doing this kind of cooking my whole life, so I wondered what I would learn. I learned a lot, actually. In particular, I learned a better way to 'saute' and 'sear' meats We tried her butterflied roast chicken, and again had a smoke problem, but the chicken itself was outstanding and a 6 pound chicken cooked in minutes.

Her suggestion for marinating stir fry meat, even if only briefly, in a soy-based marinade made a huge difference in my stir fry; and her instructions for making a classic pan sauce raised my technique several notches while giving me scope for my 'what have we got in the cupboard and what goes well together' fun. Some of her choices seemed incongruous-- using spaghetti for pad thai because you can't depend on getting rice noodles?

And yet expecting that the reader will have access to unfried papadums? The papadums in particular seemed a wierd throw-in to round out one of her sample menus. But I look forward to trying her pad thai recipe, and using the various add-in and sauce suggestions. Warning: thi is not a diet book: there's plenty of fats and carbs in her dishes, though there are also salads and near-plain veggies.

Apr 06, January rated it it was amazing Shelves: own-hardcopy , life-changers , food.

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This is the book that made me understand the formulas behind recipes. While it is a bit ironic that the author is using a book to teach you how to cook without a book, take my word for it, you really will not need a book to cook anymore after truly understanding these formulas. This book is a game-changer, especially for people like me who start with ingredients and look for ways to cook them and not the other way around.

Dec 09, Lindsay rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction , favorites , I LOVE this book. It is perfect for people like me, who don't have that natural talent or desire to cook, who still actually really need to learn to cook.

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The author's motive is to teach you to cook without a book of recipes, teaching simple and quick meals with variations on sauces and such and formulas for how and why they work. Secret: It does have some recipes to get your started! At the beginning of each chapter is a cute little poem created to help you remember the formula for that coo I LOVE this book.

At the beginning of each chapter is a cute little poem created to help you remember the formula for that cooking technique, which I thought was clever. This is a fun book, and supposedly also a favorite of the Pioneer Woman! Mar 16, Hope rated it really liked it. I first received this book when I moved from the States to New Zealand to marry my husband.

I had avoided 'making dinner' as a single person. I mostly used cheese, crackers and salad as my main ingredients for 'dinner'. Although I already knew how to cook I didn't know how to cook without using 10 bowls and at least 20 spoons. This book has been a I first received this book when I moved from the States to New Zealand to marry my husband. This book has been a huge help in finding simple things to cook with limited ingredients I'd recommend it for anyone!

Jan 26, Mizloo rated it it was amazing Shelves: reference. Clear simple easy-to-remember directions for a limited number of basic meals. Lots of tips: useful implements, shortcuts, substitutions. How to Cook without a Book earns a place on that single bookshelf; it's the first addition since the culling. I read them and pass them on. Not this one. I wish I had found Clear simple easy-to-remember directions for a limited number of basic meals. I wish I had found it 40 years ago. Feb 26, Cara Stevens rated it it was amazing.

Filled with tips, techniques and suggestions, this book is a great reference when you're experimenting with new recipes and ingredients. Whether you're a by-the-book recipe follower or a make-it-up-as-you-go-along home cook like me, the recipes work well whether you're coloring inside the lines or freestyling it.

I refer to the book for shellfish, pasta sauce or chicken techniques at least once a week and it has made me a better cook -- and much better at improvising. I'd love to have a book lik Filled with tips, techniques and suggestions, this book is a great reference when you're experimenting with new recipes and ingredients. I'd love to have a book like this for desserts and baking!

Mar 05, K. I came across a recipe years and I mean years ago in this book by Pam Anderson book check out Pam's blog by the way, Three Many Cooks for cooking cutlets pork, chicken, whatever and making a quick pan sauce to go with them that I've used over and over and over throughout the years Oct 12, Jordan McCollum rated it really liked it Shelves: , food. I enjoy cooking and do it most nights, often with memorized recipes and eyeing measurements. I'm not afraid of experimenting in the kitchen, and every chapter of this book okay, except the sections on foods I don't like made me excited to cook.

I'm definitely going to try to learn several of these methods. I love the idea of cooking without a book even more now than when I first heard of this book two years ago! Dec 09, Reginald rated it really liked it Shelves: my-books. The published title, says it all. I personally appreciated the author's reminder s for those of us who both love to cook, share, tweak, etc. I also appreciated the 'common-sense' approach displayed in this informative reminder for those who know their way around the kitchen.

Jan 26, Kaylee rated it it was ok Shelves: non-fiction. I found some tips to try out--like boiling firm veggies for pasta sauce with the pasta. And I figured out why that one sauted chicken recipe that I make all the time is so awesome.

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But it kinda failed to get me excited about cooking. And while I now want to know how to butterfly a chicken, I'm gonna hafta look it up, in a different book.


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Jan 14, Dorena rated it did not like it. I felt robbed with the book title and what was actually in the book. I thought I would learn why certain ingredients effect other ingredients, how to look at items in stock and make a meal. A good friend of mine makes a great brisket. As soon as I have some spare time though, its an adventure I'm looking forward to embarking on.

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I work for a site that specializes in developing recipes, so this is probably a good time for me to clarify that I actually love reading recipes. And the first few times you make a new dish, you should probably use a recipe. But after that, put away the cookbook. Try adding a pinch of this or a splash of that. Ask your butcher for a unique cut of meat to sub into your tried-and-true recipe.

Born in Florida and raised in Augusta, GA, he attended UGA and is an avid home cook, using recipes that let him combine great cuts of meat with fresh produce from his home garden in Atlanta.