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New Canadian Basics Cookbook [Paperback]

Carol Ferguson
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Book Description

Aug. 3 2001
The New Canadian Basics is the book that has been missing from Canadian cookbook shelves. Whether you're looking for information on everyday meals or preparation for special occasions, Carol Ferguson's new book will lead you in the right direction.

Certainly, our kitchen needs are different today. Our priorities have changed. We're juggling busy schedules, are concerned about our health and are sometimes short of kitchen confidence. We want our food faster, easier and healthier than ever before - not to mention great tasting!

The New Canadian Basics will help sort it all out - from the heritage recipes we still cherish to the latest flavours on the international scene. This is the book to reach for when you want supper on the table in twenty minutes or when you have time to prepare for a special event. Comfortable and easy to use, this essential cook's helper offers lots of preparation tips, ingredient information and, of course, wonderful recipes.


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Ah! There’s nothing like a delicious, home-cooked traditional Canadian meal of baba ghanouj, jerk chicken, and zabaglione just like Mom used to make. Huh? So what are these three recipes--and 700 more, besides--doing in a volume entitled The New Canadian Basics Cookbook? Truth be told, authors Carol Ferguson and Murray McMillan (she Toronto-based, he food editor for the Vancouver Sun) have fashioned a utilitarian kitchen bible for today’s culinary Canada, a place where those dishes Mom used to make are just as likely to hail from Kingston, Jamaica, as Kingston, Ontario. In 288 softbound pages divided by course and ingredient (“Salads,” “Eggs & Cheese” and “Beverages” for example), these kitchen cousins present a motherlode of material to cooks of all skill levels. Whether they’re nodding to Canuck cookery with Nova Scotia July Vegetable Hodgepodge or shaking it up with the foodie fusion of Maple-Hoisin Chicken, Ferguson and McMillan expertly oversee both execution and presentation. Measurements are given in both Imperial and metric, complete recipes are visible without turning the page, and suggestions for “Kid Pleasing” dishes abound, as do pronunciations (“broo-sketta,” not “broo-shetta”) and a few myth-busting food facts (mahi-mahi is “dolphinfish,” which is totally different from Flipper, who’s a mammal). There are a couple of idiosyncrasies: unless the recipe stipulates otherwise, milk is 2% and butter is salted, for example, so be sure to read the introductory pages. And the final “References” chapter is destined to be well thumbed. It includes glossaries of herbs, spices, and techniques--everything from Anise seed to Zesting--emergency substitutions, and informative local terminology. Whether you’re preparing a tasty “Rush Hour Supper” or an imaginative no-fuss menu for “Grey Cup Grazing,” you’ll see why it’s out with the old and in with The New Canadian Basics Cookbook. --Tony Mason

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Carol Ferguson is a familiar and respected name to magazine readers, home cooks and food professionals across Canada. She has been food editor of Canadian Living and Homemaker's magazines. Her other cookbooks include The Canadian Living Cookbook and A Century of Canadian Home Cooking. Murray McMillan is the food editor of the Vancouver Sun.

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5.0 out of 5 stars my favourite cookbook ever! Oct. 29 2004
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I LOVE this book! It was recommended by a friend, and I've since given it as a gift to five other friends. I've made many of the recipes over and over again and they are all fantastic. I love the format; easy to read with practical advice. There's a good range of recipes, from simple to intricate. I love the selection of menus in the back of the book which give me some ideas for entertaining. I can't recommend this book more highly! It is a wonderful reference book, everyday cookbook, and learning tool.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great cookbook especially for beginners! April 16 2005
I love this cookbook! I can only agree to the previous reviewers. It is very clear and concise, and has a lot of the recipes that come of the top off your head. Like "I'd like to cook that today...".Recipes you like to make every day with simple instructions. Hope this author will write more books like this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent cookbook Nov. 19 2000
By Deborah Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
A good addition to any kitchen. Good recipes with clear instructions for the novice cook. Well worth the purchase price. This is one cookbook that deserves to have stains on the most loved recipes!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Canadian Cuisine Sept. 23 2005
By S. Simkins - Published on Amazon.com
This is a first rate basic cookbook and a staple in any kitchen.

It has your recipes for all occasions and is great for beginners and experienced cooks alike. I had my Mom send it to me in the USA since I was missing some of the traditional Canadian cuisine I took for granted before leaving Canada.

It has my beloved Nanamio Bar recipe, Tourtiere (meat pie),Lemon Squares and other recipes from my childhood.

It is well written with many handy charts and sidebars explaining certain food history or tips for a recipe.

It is a modern cookbook updated for the way people cook today.

I plan to buy two more for my daughters to have for their cookbook library.
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