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Great Chef and Foodie Gift: How to Cook Everything!

Updated on December 31, 2014

Move over, "Dummies Guide to..." books. Stand aside, "... For Idiots" how-tos. Even "Joy of..." doesn't hold an off-set spatula to this! This book truly grasps the word EVERYTHING and challenges you to find something that isn't in here - or don't!

What does it mean when the recipe says... ?

There's a lot of words out there when it comes to cooking, whether you have to cut in butter, semi-bone squab, sauté onions, julienne carrots, or chiffonade leaves, you'll learn it here!

If you know how to cook nothing, this is your book. College student, newly married, parents-to-be: Learn how to boil an egg or knock out a meatloaf. Roll perfect Burritos and wrap Won Tons. Make an Vegetable Gratin that looks like you slaved over it and grill to perfection with easy-to-read charts.

If you know how to cook everything, this is your book. Have you made Tabbouleh from scratch? Do you know Dashi? Scotch Broth? Rhubarb-Orange soup?

Each page comes with hand-drawn instructions, lists of suggestions and alternatives, the aforementioned charts and blow your mind recipes. The back even has the authors top 100's, from Make-Ahead to Vegetarian. There is a list of weekly lunch ideas, celebrations, etc. It really has it all.

This is a stable for every book shelf and a perfect gift for a foodie. I bought another copy for my friend (who used to be a head Chef) and he constantly tries to find things that aren't within those hundreds of pages to no avail.

I actually received a copy of this book myself after stealing my dads copy so I could remember that perfect Fudge Recipe I had stumbled across (I have yet to find one I like better.). He and I used the book constantly when we lived together, sometimes flipping it open and making whatever it landed on. Every year I make caramels, peanut butter and other cookies and confections with this. I've decided this go 'round to mix it up even more with pies and cakes for events (Pistachio Saffron or Apple Upside Down anyone?) as I start to really venture into the cooking world.

How to Cook Everything
How to Cook Everything

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      5 years ago

      i like your book, but i like google more

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      5 years ago

      I love your pictures of the food. I think I'd have found a book like this really useful a few years ago when I first started to cook.

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      5 years ago

      Yes, Mark Bittman's cookbooks are wonderful for those new to all the fancy cooking terminology out there (I only found out about his books within the last couple of years). Love your choice of aprons - particularly the Tactical BBQ one and the Batman one.

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      5 years ago

      A great gift for the new and upcoming chefs!

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      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I think I might like this one. Great review!

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      5 years ago

      This sounds like a one-size-fits-all of cookbooks!


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