The first section of Basic Cooking covers basic cooking know-how, offers advice on shopping, recommends essential kitchen equipment, and suggests fundamental staple requirements for the pantry. The second part of the book shows you how to put all this knowledge to use through over a hundred tempting recipes. From favorite Italian dishes to Mousse au Chocolat to simple fare, this book has all the key elements. You will find everything from delicious fried potato recipes, to spur-of-the-moment entrees, to basic accompaniments, such as homemade mayonnaise, to go with everything. Loaded with color photos, trendy design, and humorous text, this book transforms cooking from chore to recreation.