Get started cooking now with Cooking Basics For Dummies, 5th Edition! Are you looking to dig yourself out of microwave dinners and learn the ropes of home cooking? Cooking Basics For Dummies, 5th Edition takes the intimidation out of cooking and helps you start cultivating your culinary prowess in no time. From learning fundamental cooking techniques like dicing, chopping, and saut?ing to creating delicious, easy-to-follow recipes, you'll discover how to cook up crowd-pleasing meals the whole family will enjoy—all without breaking a sweat! Even if you've never cracked an egg, this friendly, practical guide gives you all the ingredients to become a superior home cook. In plain English, it explains step-by-step how to master popular cooking techniques, such as dicing vegetables, hard boiling an egg, making quick and delicious sauces, planning menus, stocking your pantry, and so much more. Packed with more than 150 easy-to-follow recipes for every meal of the day, from mouth-watering mains to sumptuous sides to delectable desserts Helps you master grilling, slow cooking, baking, roasting, pressure cooking, and more Includes tips on adapting meals to meet the latest dietary trends, such as low-sugar, low-sodium, low-fat, plant-based, and vegetarian diets Covers shopping at farmer's markets and buying organic foods Cooking Basics For Dummies, 5th edition is for every beginner cook or polished chef looking for a refresher on breathing new life into home-cooked meals.
Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Cooking 5 Chapter 1: Cooking with Confidence 7 Chapter 2: Investing in the Essential Tools 21 Chapter 3: The Bare Necessities: Stocking Your Pantr y and Fridge 39 Part II: Know Your Techniques 61 Chapter 4: The Cutting Edge: Working with Knives 63 Chapter 5: Boiling, Poaching, and Steaming 79 Chapter 6: Simply Sautéing 93 Chapter 7: Braising and Stewing: Slow and Seductive 109 Chapter 8: Roasting Poultr y, Meats, and Veggies 123 Chapter 9: Coals and Coils: Grilling and Broiling 153 Chapter 10: Baking Basics 171 Part III: Expand Your Repertoire 191 Chapter 11: Conquering Breakfast 193 Chapter 12: Super Soups and Savory Salads 215 Chapter 13: From Sides to Mains: Great Grains and Pastas 245 Chapter 14: Making Sensational Sauces: Fear No More 267 Chapter 15: Delectable Desserts 283 Part IV: Now You’re Cooking! Real Menus for Real Life 301 Chapter 16: Taking It Easy with One-Pot Meals 303 Chapter 17: Making More (and Better) for Less 317 Chapter 18: Going Global with Asian and Mediterranean Dishes 327 Chapter 19: Quick Picks: Cooking with Fewer Ingredients 349 Chapter 20: Summertime Soirees 361 Chapter 21: Feeding Holiday Hordes: Festive Winter Menus 375 Part V: The Part of Tens 395 Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Think Like a Chef 397 Chapter 23: Ten Common Cooking Myths 401 Appendix A: Glossary of 100 (Plus) Common Cooking Terms 405 Appendix B: Common Substitutions, Abbreviations, and Equivalents 413 Index 419
Bryan Miller is a food and wine writer and a former restaurant critic for The New York Times. He has written and cowritten 11 books. Marie Rama grew up in the restaurant business surrounded by a large family of food professionals and entrepreneurs and has worked in various areas in the industry.
Learn to: Set up your cooking space with essential tools and equipment Master basic techniques, including boiling, grilling, roasting, and stewing Prepare dishes ranging from simple to splendid with more than 140 recipes Your go-to guide for everything you need to know in the kitchen Ready to do more than boil water? Cooking Basics For Dummies will help you expand your skills and develop your confidence in the kitchen. With easy-to-understand instructions and a fun and friendly tone, this cookbook shows you how to prepare everything from traditional dishes to the latest popular foods. You’ll be creating delicious, healthy meals in no time. Get cookin’ — get the scoop on stocking your fridge, having all the essential tools, and making popular international recipes All about technique — slice and dice like a pro with tips on buying and caring for knives, discover how different cooking methods affect meats and veggies, and find recipes for satisfying sweets Expand your repertoire — whip up great breakfasts, super soups, savory salads, stupendous sauces, and delectable desserts Real menus for real life — find out how to make quick, healthy, and filling meals that fit into your hectic day, from one-pot meals to inexpensive dishes with a gourmet taste Open the book and find: Popular Asian and Mediterranean dishes to try Recipes featuring kale, whole wheat pasta, and bacon Tips on preparing impressive meals for holidays and special occasions The lowdown on baking, sautéing, steaming, and more How to stock your pantry and fridge so you always have the right ingredients on hand Quick-fix recipes to help you get dinner on the table in no time Chefs’ secrets that will have you cooking like a pro
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