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What to Cook & How to Cook It [Hardcover]

Jane Hornby
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Oct. 20 2010

What to Cook and How to Cook is the ultimate cookbook for beginners, by food writer and recipe editor Jane Hornby. Here, Hornby takes 100 easy and delicious recipes back to basics, pairing straightforward instructions with step‐by‐step photographs illustrating ingredients, process, and techniques. Learn to make meals ranging from simple to spectacular, with tasty recipes for every occasion, including Breakfast Muffins and Spaghetti Carbonara, to Mushroom Risotto and classic Lemon Tart. Hornby’s careful explanations will turn even the most timid beginner into a confdient cook with a solid recipe repertoire.

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"A Gen Y Nigella Lawson" – Glamour

"UK food writer Hornby’s voluminous compendium of culinary classics deserves to make the short list for novice cooks interested in learning how to make the basics from scratch. Over the course of the book’s 400‐plus pages, Hornby guides readers through everyday favorites like Huevos Rancheros, Lasagna, Paella, chicken wings and blue cheese dip, and apple pie. Though there are the occasional minor variations on classic recipes (a bay leaf is added to milk simmering for mac and cheese), Hornby’s by‐the‐book approach to everyday eating is a terrific resource for those with a taste for tradition. . . a terrific guide." – Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

One of the most heavily illustrated cookbooks of all time – Nothing’s left to chance and everything is beautifully explained – It could just be the best book for novice cooks ever." – Westside

About the Author

Jane Hornby is an established baker, food writer, cookbook author, and recipe tester. She is a columnist for BBC’s Good Food magazine and teaches cooking classes. She has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and been featured in media outlets throughout the U.S. and UK. She is the author of Fresh and Easy and the soon‐to‐be released What to Bake and How to Bake it, both published by Phaidon. Hornby lives outside of London in the English countryside with her partner and top recipe taster Ross.

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4.0 out of 5 stars What to Cook June 22 2014
When I first saw this book I figured it would be an expensive way to look at a unique approach to learn cooking easily. Well it is an unique approach but a complex one that is well worth the price. Get it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!! April 19 2014
By Reg
So simple and amazing. Lovely to look at too! I love the photos and easy to follow tips. I like how many recipes and categories are included.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not JUST a Beginner's Cookbook. March 11 2012
I consider myself more of an intermediate cook/baker, so I know my way around my kitchen/tools/methods, by now. While this book didn't teach me anything I would consider ground-breaking-- it helped me to really nail down my basics (IE: pie crust). Not a single recipe has been a disappointment, yet. It's opened up some new cooking possibilities for me, too. I've found some really lovely recipes for international cuisine that I would not have previously thought of attempting myself(like Pad Thai). It's a brilliant book to have on hand for quick weeknight dinners and ambitious weekend cook-a-thons. Unless you're a master cook, your really can't go wrong with this book.
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