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Best Cookbooks for Beginners

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#121 ojisan

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 01:33 PM

Jaques Pépin's "Cooking w/ Claudine" series is accessible and good.


Also Alice Water's "Art of Simple Food".

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#122 Bernoulli

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Posted 19 February 2015 - 06:43 PM

"The Theory and Practice of Good Cooking" by James Beard.  First published in 1977, it remains my favorite basic cookbook.  We've worn out our first copy and continue to use the second copy.  It's far superior to the plethora of "basic" cookbooks that came out 10-15 years ago.

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#123 SLB

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Posted 26 February 2015 - 06:59 PM

The book that changed my game from stir-fried-whatever-veg-plus-boneless-chicken-breast to genuinely recognizable meals was Pierre Franey, "The 60-Minute Gourmet."  I have no idea whether it's still in print, or has been adapted to our retreat from butter in such doses; but my guess would be that the flavor principles hold, and you will finish the book knowing how to get a bona fide meal on the table, with no mail-order ingredients involved.  

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#124 rane008

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Posted 03 March 2015 - 10:57 AM

Older version of Joy of Cooking is a great idea.  You can find a recipe in there for almost anything.   However, I'm surprised that no one has mentioned James Peterson's Cooking http://www.amazon.co...tterson cooking


From a practical perspective, it has excellent and extensive illustrations and photographs for all sorts of techniques.  Check it out.  

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