The Cook's Compendium: 265 Essential Tips, Techniques, Trade Secrets and Tasty Recipes

The Cook's Compendium

265 Essential Tips, Techniques, Trade Secrets and Tasty Recipes

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ISBN10: 1770859357 ISBN13: 9781770859357 Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd Published: Dec 5 2017 Pages: 160 Weight: 1.10lbs. Height: 9.50" Width: 7.50" Depth: 0.50" Language: English

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Essential and varied cooking experience presented in 265 expert tips.

This compendium contains 265 tremendously useful cooking tips, techniques, shortcuts and indispensable recipes that cooks of all experience will find to be valuable additions to their skill set. Step-by-step photographs, labeled diagrams, tables, charts, "fix it" and "try it" features, and much more make this compendium an indispensable resource.

The book covers a wide range of topics in seven thematic chapters with 20 delicious recipes scattered throughout to practice techniques. There is comprehensive information on essential pantry ingredients and practical tools.

The book's sections include:

  • Fish -- using fresh fish, cooking fish, shellfish, sustainable fish alternatives, sushi
  • Meat -- tenderizing meat, cooking steak, the versatility of pork, lamb, popular poultry
  • Grains and legumes -- how to make rice, perfect risotto, pasta sauces, homemade pasta
  • Vegetables and fruits -- chopping, slicing, peeling, greens, mushrooms, herbs, garlic and the essential spices, nuts and seeds, oils
  • Dairy -- understanding dairy ingredients, 30 ways to prepare eggs, cheese, and other dairy
  • Baking -- utensils and ingredients, art of pastry, basic baking knowledge, breads and cakes
  • Dinner's at 8 -- presentation techniques and menus.
  • Concise text, step-by-step color photographs and instructions fill the user-friendly spreads. Essential preparations and techniques that may befuddle beginning cooks -- and which experienced cooks should have in their skill set -- are shown in detail, such as how to make risotto; calculating roasting times; checking doneness; making brown butter; beating egg whites; peeling tomatoes, and caramelizing root vegetables.

    With this compendium cooks of all experience will acquire skills, discover tricks, expand their repertoire and gain more confidence to try new things and fix problems.

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