How to Cook: Revised Edition
Quill, 2004 (1986)
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Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
he subtitle of
How to Cook
An Easy and Imaginative Guide for the Beginner
'. Florence Fabricant, in the New York Times, wrote '
How to Cook is an extremely useful primer, and the intelligent text assumes a total lack of familiarity with anything to do with the kitchen. Mr. Sokolov explains all without condescension and provides sensible advice about basic equipment and shopping.
hose words sum up the purpose of the book well. Everything you ever wanted to know about cooking and aren't afraid to find out is right here at your fingertips. Through no fault of their own, many people leave their families to create their own homes without ever having learned the basic food skills. They are '
culinary illiterates and need a simple straightforward primer to teach them to be self-sufficient at the stove.
' As Fabricant points out,
How to Cook
is that primer. Sokolov says, '
Call it culinary special ed.
he book starts with suggestions for basic equipment. Don't miss this section. It's the catalyst for what comes next, which will take you from learning to boil an egg to roasting a chicken. Learn to make
with confidence and success.
Angel Food Cake
- can take a prominent place in your repertoire. Exotic dishes such as
Eggplant Imam Bayildi
can become everyday cooking for someone with your newfound skills.
ow about wowing your gift list at Christmas with homemade
? Or excite your guests with an elegant bowl of
, a favorite of mine. Comes right after
Spaghetti alla Puttanesca
in my book. Oh, you don't need me to tell you this is a great book. Get it for yourself and learn to cook. Or do everyone a favor and give it to a friend or relative who has been faking it for years.
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