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Cooking Basics for Dummies

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  118 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Basic tools, techniques, and recipes for creating easy, delicious mealsIt doesn't take culinary mastery and great recipes to be a great cook. "Cooking Basics For Dummies, " 4th Edition, appeals to beginners who want to learn the basics of cooking and implement understandable and practical recipes in their everyday cooking experience.. "Cooking Basics For Dummies" digs you ...more
Paperback, 4th Edition, 436 pages
Published January 11th 2011 by For Dummies (first published October 8th 2004)
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Jan 06, 2008 Kathi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A very easy book to follow. I don't like to cook and never really learned. This book brings people from step one..meaning what you should have in your kitchen and not just the food but the cookware you will need to actually cooking simple recipes.

This book would probably bore someone who already can cook, but is great for the novice.
Mar 07, 2013 Holly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't think this book would be entirely helpful for a beginner. That is, they'd have to read the whole thing, because the order is not entirely helpful. Measuring doesn't come until chapter 10? Very few pictures and most of those are drawings.
Steven Peterson
Jan 21, 2011 Steven Peterson rated it really liked it
The book begins with this comment (Page 1): “Whether you fancy yourself a hotshot home cook or someone who wouldn’t know a whisk from a Weimaraner, Cooking Basics for Dummies, 4th edition, can help you.” So, this book is designed, at one level, to provide a neophyte the tools to use as the foundation for decent cooking. As such, I think, it does its job nicely. I have sometimes seen rather lame entries into the “. . . for Dummies” series. This is not one of those.

The volume begins with the basic
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Feb 27, 2014 Andrea Ika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Review: Cooking Basic for Dummies

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My rating : 4 stars

Basic Cooking For Dummies, Third Edition digs you out of microwave dinners and tipping delivery persons and propels you with all the ingredients you need toward becoming a superior home cook. This hands-on guide shows you the fun and easy way to prepare meals all your guests will love, from die-hard vegetarians to the most passionate meat eaters. You�ll be able to handle boiling, poaching, steaming, braising,
Apr 25, 2007 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dummies who cook.
Actually, I don't think I own this book, but the one I have isn't showing up.

I have just plain ol' Cooking for Dummies. Not Basic. But this entry will do the job just fine, I suppose.

I like to cook, but let's face it - I'm a little dumb. I need things to remind me how many cups are in a tablespoon or how many litres will fit in a shot glass. I need something to walk me through the act of boiling eggs. I will never in my life remember how to make a roux, so I need it written out for me.

And that's
Jan 24, 2008 Elise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My mother in law gave me this when I was first married, and it is a great book. It gives great basic information. Nice to have on your shelf when you have a question about food.
My Aunt Kitty gave me this book for my college graduation, my first cookbook. Go figure! This book is not full of recipes, but is full of advice on how to navigate the kitchen.
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