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The Can't Cook Book: Recipes for the Absolutely Terrified!by Jessica Seinfeld
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Deceptively Delicious, an essential collection of more than 100 simple recipes that will transform even the most kitchen-phobic "Can’t Cooks" into "Can Cooks."
Are you smart enough to dodge a telemarketer yet clueless as to how to chop a clove of garlic? Are you clever enough to know how to forward an email but don’t know the difference between boiling and baking? Ingenious enough to operate nail clippers but not sure what a whisk is? If you are basically competent, then Jessica Seinfeld’s new book The Can’t Cook Book is for you.
If you find cooking scary or stressful or just boring, Jessica has a calm, confidence-building approach to cooking, even for those who’ve never read a recipe or used an oven. Jessica explains how to prepare deliciously simple food — from Caesar salad, rice pilaf, and roasted asparagus to lemon salmon, roast chicken, and pasta with clams. Each recipe explains upfront what the challenge will be and then shows exactly how to overcome any hurdles in easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.
From stories about her grandmother and her seven-year-old son, to comparisons of a blender and a blowdryer (if you can work one, you can work the other!), Jessica’s amusing anecdotes put the nervous cook at ease. Elegantly designed and richly illustrated with gorgeous photographs and Microsoft tags linking to videos of Jessica cooking in her own home, The Can’t Cook Book is perfect for anyone who wants to wean themselves off take-out meals and processed snacks and become empowered in the kitchen.
"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." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Offers step-by-step how-to's (often supplemented with online videos), clear instructions, and constant encouragement...this nonjudgmental beginners' cookbook is a great choice for teens, college students, and young professionals and families. Highly recommended." Library Journal
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Deceptively Delicious, an essential collection of more than 100 simple recipes that will transform even the most kitchenphobic "Can't Cooks" into "Can Cooks."
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, confidence building 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.
About the Author
Jessica Seinfeld is the author of two New York Times bestselling cookbooks and the President and Founder of Baby Buggy, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing clothing and equipment to New York’s families. She lives in New York City with her husband and three children.
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