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The Can't Cook Book: Recipes for the Absolutely Terrified!

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Deceptively Delicious, an essential collection of more than 100 simple recipes that will transform even the most kitchen-phobic “Can’t Cooks” into “Can Cooks.”

Are you smart enough to dodge a telemarketer yet clueless as to how to chop a clove of garlic? Are you clever enough to forward an e-mail but don’t know the differenc
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Atria Books (first published September 17th 2013)
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I need to qualify this by saying that I'm not really a fan of her earlier cookbooks. The recipes in 'Deceptively Delicious' borrowed heavily from the Sneaky Chef, and I'm fairly convinced she would not have been published if it hadn't been for her husband. I generally look for family-friendly and healthy, but Lapine's recipes are better (I realize that a judge found that Seinfeld hadn't copied Lapine, but I disagree).

So, I wasn't prepared to like this as much as I did. She's ditched the purees a
Jessica Seinfeld has a number of things working for her in this cookbook, a fantastic food photographer and easy to make recipes that are also delicious. The layout and step by step directions are exactly as stated in the title, this book is for folks who are disasters in the kitchen or who have never cooked before. Literally everything is written in 1.2.3 how to's such as how to salt and pepper your food and how to wash produce. I'm not a fan of her writing style, a little to trying-to-be-frien ...more
Just having moved beyond the sandwich to truly banging around in the kitchen a year or so ago, this cookbook is just right for me. Not only is the layout fun and inviting, with many color photos and a retro vibe, the recipes look amazing for two key reasons. First, they seem to use fresh and wholesome ingredients to create dishes that just about anyone would enjoy. Second, ...? They look very, very easy.

I've been inspired to make my first frittata, sweet pea and onion, and my first ever chili;
Let me start by saying this: I can cook. I can follow a recipe. I can even change them to fit my needs and flavor preferences. None of that matters. I love this cookbook. Everyone needs a handful of quick, go to recipes that take little effort and this cookbook offers that and more. My husband has even been able to make use of it. He would probably use it more if he could figure out how to navigate my tablet. We've made probably fifteen or so recipes so far and have made almost all of those over ...more
Why I'm interested in this book at the first place..
I'm a fan of Sienfeld.The sitcom gives me life while growing up.Although I am by all means,not interested with Mr Seinfeld's personal lives,I got to know Mrs Seinfeld through a page of a tabloid magazine years back.
And now she has published cookbooks! Take a read,I must.

What do I think about this that I've done reading it..
Surprise,surprise...Can't Cook Book is a decent read.I'm impressed!

- colorful pictures :)
- simple instruction
Penny McGill
We've had this book kicking around the book piles for a couple of weeks and we've not found anything that caught our fancy enough to try it. A patron @ work yesterday said she found the book to be 'too simple' and it might be that I agree with her on that point. The title of the book does give us good reason to find the recipes to be simple so we shouldn't really blame Jessica Seinfeld for it.

Aside from the simple recipes I found the accompanying stories to be pleasant enough. She had to say som
Dixie Diamond
I liked this better than I expected to.

This would actually be a good weeknight cookbook for pretty much anyone who isn't a super-serious cook, even if s/he is somewhat experienced. The recipes are basic--roasted vegetables, etc.--but they look good and are the kinds of things that would make good go-to recipes; simple, tasty, quickly memorized, easily adapted by substituting vegetables or changing seasonings to suit your own taste. They're pretty healthy on average, they don't require obscure in
Melissa Lee-tammeus
I love cookbooks that have pictures of all the food, so this book passes the test. It is also a great reminder to go back to the basics. I was reminded that french toast and peanut butter banana open faced sandwiches ARE awesome. However, for those of us who have been cooking and baking a long time, it is hard to appreciate the picture of a toaster with "Toaster" labeled underneath or the intense directions in how to chop an onion. But, for anyone just starting out, this is a fantastic way to le ...more
Love Jessica Seinfeld and was not disappointed with this cookbook. Beautiful photography, great layout and yummy, simple recipes. Made the huevos rancheros for lunch today and will be adding it to the rotation.
Color me impressed. Which is a light pink shade.

I can't cook to save my life (I could potentially kill someone with my awesome cooking that only I can eat), so I was intrigued by this book. Less intrigued by the fact that these recipes are rather intricate.

But the recipes, even the ones I am not interested in, are really well laid out. The book starts with a lot of great prep tips, including basics like chopping onions and how to properly salt something (I suck at seasoning. I suck I suck I suck
Marathon County Public Library MCPL
Oh, yes you can...cook, as the front cover says! This beginner's cookbook has a list of all the basic cooking gear needed to get started without fear. I love the "how-to" section for preparing many everyday items; it even tells you when to keep your fingers away from the knife. The cook book has recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, quickies, and my favorite, desserts. If you're a sweet potato fan like I am, try "Roasted Sweet Potato Coins" on page 167, guaranteed delicious!

Kitty R. / Marathon
I haven't found a lot of recipes to try in this cookbook. But it's nicely photographed and the recipes do seem easy to follow.
Gina House
Jerry Seinfeld's wife is a GENIUS! I initially bought this cookbook for my son to take with him to college, but I fell in love with it. The layout is lovely and all of the photographs are tantalizing. I've tried almost half of the recipes so far and have loved them. After over 20 years of cooking, I've become frustrated with it and this cookbook truly inspired me to try new meals for my family. At least 7 of the recipes have become weekly staples. The best aspect of this cookbook is that the rec ...more
Samantha Preston
I cannot cook to save my life. I know I'm not the only person out there in this boat, and I'm about to tell you why you should pick up this book!

First off, this book gives you the basics. It starts with a summary of the basics that a well stocked kitchen needs. I immediately realized that I lacked several things, and I think that is my only real complaint with the book. It sort of assumes that the reader can go out and pick up whatever they are missing. Some people with real jobs may be able to,
So I got this book from the library a few weeks ago. Looked through it a few times…dog eared a few recipes but only ended up making one. Freaky greek pasta. It was pretty good the night of, not so great as next day leftovers. This book has lots of good “technical” info in a simple to read fashion, love how it will lay flat on the counter and there are a lot of “looks delish” recipes. But there was nothing ground breaking, nothing that made me jump off the couch to cook. Maybe I’ll get it out aga ...more
At first I was not sure you could go from never cooking (a "Can't Cook" as she calls you) to picking up this book and making it happen, but once you realize that she gives tips and confidence-builders and even links to video how-tos, you can definitely get there if you put in the effort. This cookbook has a FANTASTIC food photographer. Every page makes me drool. And these are recipes I would actually make. (Well maybe not the shrimp but that's just personal preference.) I checked it out from the ...more
Awesome easy recipes. Normally you'll pick up a cook book and find one recipe that you really like; thinking that the other recipes will be just as easy you take the book home. Then you find out the truth. You need complicated mixers, yeast, long french words that make matters worse. Jessica Seinfeld's book is the answer to soo many of my recipe nightmares.
I am not the target audience for this book. I don't usually follow recipes in cookbooks, but I like to page through them to get ideas. That being said, I think this does a pretty good job of fulfilling the qualifications in the title. Good for people afraid of cooking and just starting out - hey mom! - and for people who don't like to cook.
Oh my what a delight. The quickies are enough for me to buy this book. My teenagers will love the ideas and my kitchen won't look like a tornado hit it when I come home. Who would have thought that broiled honey nut bananas would be a big hit? All this along with a lay flat spiral book and amazing pictures makes this a great buy.
I LOVE this cook book! Simple, easy to follow recipes. How to's for all the basics. It's easy to see how to makes changes for different tastes as well. Jessica chose such great recipes I feel like I'm really learning HOW to cook, not just how to do this one recipe. Using similar ingredients helps me keep my pantry stocked too!
I have tried several recipes and they turned out very well. The effort put in turns out great results. The recipes are simple yet tasty. This cook book will finally turn me into a good home cook. The book is written in a fun and encouraging manner. There are plenty of online resources that go along with the book to supplement the recipes. This book has been a real asset for me that I will treasure for many years to come.

Update: I've tried several recipes and they turned out very good. In additio
Poy Espiritu
i havent touched or learned any cooking for 4-5 years and now im getting back to it absolutely clueless and so i bought her book. i made lemon thyme salmon and some crunchy shrimp. i learned how to remove shrimp vein and cut lemons lololol and make french toast. easy and useful spiral binding so it wont close when flat down the table. amazing cookbook will make more recipes
I got this for Christmas and it just didn't have that much use for me as someone who cooks often. I use only 1-2 recipes from here otherwise I have better versions of the simple fare.
For some reason, I'm not a fan of Jessica Seinfeld. I'm sure she's a lovely person-but she has just rubbed me the wrong way when I've seen her on TV. That being said, I love this cookbook. Everything in color, basic layout w/no fuss & actually makes me not to cringe to step into the kitchen. Well done! Maybe I am a fan after all :)
Great gift idea for a non-cook. Simple recipes with real ingredients they have at all grocery stores. And a simple instruction and great meal ideas. I enjoyed it.
For anyone who's never cooked before, I feel like this would be a useful starting point. The first part of the book does a nice job explaining the basics of kitchen tools/appliances/needs, outlining how to use basic culinary techniques, and such. Then, I really appreciated the simplicity of the tasty-sounding recipes. Even now that I've been cooking for a while, I still find myself turned off by recipes that are too in-depth - so it was refreshing to read through hers. They are approachable, rea ...more
Great simple recipes. Easy to follow and very well layed out. Lots of pictures which I think is important-esp. in a beginners cookbook.
It's like Jessica Seinfeld knows me and wrote a book for me. Excellent, easy recipes for the cooking-deprived individuals like myself.
Viviane Bezerra
This book makes me want to cook... Seinfeld really keeps things simple. I'm going to be trying out some recipes this weekend.
Katie  Jones
LOVE this cookbook. Easy to understand and execute, food you want to eat and cook. Many gluten and dairy free recipes.
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Jessica Seinfeld (nee Nina Danielle Sklar) is the wife of comedian Jerry Seinfeld and author of a cookbook for preparing food for children. She graduated from the University of Vermont, and worked in public relations for Golden Books Entertainment, as well as for Tommy Hilfiger.

In 2007, Seinfeld published the cookbook Deceptively Delicious, which contains strategies and recipes for making healthy
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