The First Timers Cook Book by Chef Shawn Bucher

This cook book is the book that will take you through all the basics to cooking up a delicious meal – even if you are new to the kitchen and cooking scene.  I am reviewing this today as part of the Weekend Cooking meme at Beth Fish Reads

Confession:  I did not inherit the cooking gene.

My mom could pull random items out of the refrigerator and mix up a dinner that was delicious in mere minutes.  I on the other hand seem to find myself at the grocery store every few days needing ingredients to make something… for some reason my kitchen has never flowed with all the necessities to make meals for more than 4 days at a time and I seem to never have the basics, or if I do – I don’t know how to combine them into something….


It’s true.  The kitchen in our home is probably the room I spend the least amount of time in.

Books like this – are a gift even to a person like me who has been married with children for a long time.

In Shawn Bucher’s cookbook, he takes you from how to select meat at a store and the steps to preparing it – all your basics of beef, chicken, and fish are covered in techniques such as baking, broiling, grilling, and frying.

In the vegetable section which takes us from how to select them to how to cut and cook with them.  I even picked up a couple of  tips here.

The book goes on to explain cooking great pasta, making soup stock, choosing fruits and how to prepare them, and basic cookware needed to get a jump-start on your kitchen menu planning.

When I look at cook books, I want to make something in them.  Tonight’s dinner thanks to The First Timers Cook Book will be roasted chicken, with carrots, celery, and onion in the bottom of the pan and baked potatoes.  (My family will not know what hit them!)  😀

This book would make a lovely gift for newly weds or a new college student.  I am already picturing gift baskets in the future for upcoming events such as these that will include copies of this book, a couple of dish towels, measuring spoons, a bowl, spatula, and a whisk.

Amazon Rating

The 2011 Reading Map has been updated to include The First Timers Cook Book

I received this book for review through Media Guests

You can find Author Shawn Bucher’s website here

36 thoughts on “The First Timers Cook Book by Chef Shawn Bucher

            1. Anything curry has my attention Hannah – that sounds delicious! I will be making shredded beef sandwiches tomorrow evening for the guts when I have book club and that recipe is coming from one I found on Saturday from Beth Fish reads Weekend cooking meme!

  1. I *love* your photo. That is too funny. Even though I can generally create a tasty meal from what’s in the house, I am always happy to learn a trick or two. But even better, I love have a recommendation for gift giving. Like you, I’m think first apartment, just married . . .

  2. Okay, your photo is made of all kinds of awesomeness! I just love it! Hehe. 🙂

    This sounds like a great book for beginners and like you mentioned I may have to include it with wedding presents in the future. Can’t wait to hear how the Chicken turned out!

  3. I hope you enjoy/enjoyed your dinner tonight (never sure on tiem-zone differences!). This sounds like a great book. One recipe book I’d recommend is “Mum Knows Best” by The Hairy Bikers.

    I’ve just realised that you may not know who The Hairy Bikers are, but they are brilliant and funny when they do their cooking shows here in the UK (they aren’t chefs, just cooks!).

  4. I am definitely not intuitive about cooking. I had to teach my husband the basics when we got married and then his skills zoomed past mine in no time at all.

    I remember he asked me one day what I could make with what we had in the house and all I could come up with was mac and cheese. 🙂 We ended up eating out.

  5. What a great book! My husband loves to cook, and has that cooking gene you mentioned, but this sounds like a book that covers all the basics. I will have to get this for him!

  6. I have a little bit of the cooking gene, but nowhere close to what my father can dish up from the kitchen. I always resort to what I call “simple meals” meaning anything chicken really… my husband thinks when I make full chicken breasts instead of cutting them into strips is a “fancy dinner”. lol. Hope the book helps you have fun in the kitchen!

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