Are you smart enough to dodge a telemarketer yet clueless as to how to chop a clove of garlic? Read more...
Are you smart enough to dodge a telemarketer yet clueless as to how to chop a clove of garlic? Are you clever enough to forward an e-mail but don't know the difference between broiling and baking? Ingenious enough to operate a blow-dryer but not sure how to use your blender? If you are basically competent, then Jessica Seinfeld's The Can't Cook Book is for you.
If you find cooking scary or stressful or just boring, Jessica has a calm, confidencebuilding approach to cooking, even for those who've never followed a recipe or used an oven. Jessica shows you how to prepare deliciously simple food--from Caesar salad, rice pilaf, and roasted asparagus to lemon salmon, roast chicken, and flourless fudge cake. At the beginning of each dish, she explains up front what the challenge will be, and then shows you exactly how to overcome any hurdles in easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.
Designed to put the nervous cook at ease, The Can't Cook Book is perfect for anyone who wants to gain confidence in the kitchen--and, who knows, maybe even master a meal or two.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-09-16
- Reviewer: Staff
In her third cookbook, Seinfeld (Deceptively Delicious) guides newbie cooks through their first steps “out of Can’t Cooksville.” With her encouraging attitude, Seinfeld is a cheerleader for beginners and has created an inviting primer designed to end kitchen phobia and dependence on processed foods. Following an introduction psyching up cooks with “less than zero experience,” Seinfeld promises a fearless and fun approach. A well-illustrated section on basic kitchen equipment with instructional photos shows inexperienced cooks how to slice, dice, and prep citrus, onions, garlic, avocado, nuts, shrimp, and more. Main dishes like “Your First Chili” and “Rosemary Chicken Under a ‘Brick’ ” make for well-rounded, family-friendly meals. Multiple pasta dishes and a healthy “Quickies” section offer more “no-fail fare.” Scannable icons for smartphones and URLs connect cooks to mini-movies and online support, and “Don’t Panic” recipe headers provide quivering cooks words of encouragement and simple reminders. There are useful charts outlining seasonal foods, meat temperatures, measure conversions, and tips for food storage. (Oct.)