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Cooking Basics For Dummies, 5th Edition by Bryan Miller, Marie Rama

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Introduction

Welcome to Cooking Basics For Dummies, 5th Edition. Taking into consideration recent cooking trends, this updated edition includes new information on Asian and Mediterranean cuisine, cooking techniques like pan-roasting and steaming in foil pouches, and how to get the best from farmers’ markets. We’ve also added shorter recipes, including some that call for eight or fewer ingredients and are complete meals. Unlike most cookbooks, this one is more than a compilation of tasty recipes. We also focus on traditional cooking techniques, like broiling, steaming, braising, and roasting. This edition carries expanded information on grains and pastas and offers recipes for trendy new ingredients, like kale and bacon.

You discover the best way to mince garlic, peel a tomato, and truss a chicken. After you master these techniques, you’re no longer a slave to recipes. You can cook with imagination and creativity — and that’s the sign of a skilled cook.

Furthermore, this book is structured around the way you live. For example, it includes information about cooking economically, making a delicious meal when you don’t even have time to get to the market, and throwing a party or celebrating a holiday when you have the time to make it special.

Most of all, you actually have fun as you explore the endless pleasures of cooking. And that, after all, is what this book is all about.

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We start at the very beginning: your kitchen and your equipment. What basic tools do you ...

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