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.
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