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GH Food Encyclopedia (Good Housekeeping) [Hardcover]

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7 Sep 2009 Good Housekeeping
Forming the third in the trilogy of comprehensive cookery volumes, this all-new ingredients book from Good Housekeeping is the ultimate kitchen reference. With detailed information on over 1500 ingredients, this comprehensive, illustrated guide provides an explanation on everything and anything you might find in a recipe book or food store. With each ingredient you are given its history, appearance, taste, aroma, texture, culinary uses, buying, storing, preparing and cooking methods. The book is broken into 11 food categories: fruit, vegetables, fish and shellfish, poultry, meat, game, eggs, dairy and cheese, grains, beans and pulses, pasta, noodles and rice, and herbs and spices. Each ingredient has its own entry and there are full colour pictures throughout. Step-by-step photographs help the reader with a particular technique from jointing a chicken to preparing a pineapple. Also included is a classic recipe section. This is the ultimate cookery encyclopedia and no cookery library should be without it. (80,000 words)

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Collins & Brown (7 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843405032
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843405030
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 18.2 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 319,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Good Housekeeping Institute was created in 1924 to provide readers of Good Housekeeping magazine with expert consumer advice and delicious easy-to-follow recipes. These ideals still hold true today.

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5.0 out of 5 stars GH Food Encyclopedia 31 Dec 2009
By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This `Good Housekeeping Food Encyclopedia' is a truly exceptional book of thousands of ingredients and assorted recipes you can conjure up using them. This literally covers nearly every type of food you could think of and the chapter headings are Dairy, Cheese ad Eggs, Fish, Poultry and Game Birds, Meat and Game, Fruit, Vegetable, Herbs and Spices, Pasta and Noodles, Rice and Grains, Beans ad Pulses, The store cupboard and then Essential recipes. There are also chapters with comparison fruit and vegetable sizes, a glossary and conversion charts. This sounds comprehensive enough until you then realise that each chapter is further broken down to cover all the aspects of each ingredient you could possibly imagine. This book is beautifully illustrated with stunning photography that makes even the simplest ingredient, like the humble apple for example, seem glamorous and new. This also includes techniques used in preparing the ingredients, like balling a melon for example, and how to buy and store them as well. To be honest if you are looking for your first book that will cover all the ingredients and food you are likely to find in any UK supermarket, then this is the place to go. It is clear to read, beautifully presented and comprehensive; and once you've gleaned a base level of knowledge from this book you can go out and find specific cookbooks and cookery guides to tweak and perfect your knowledge. This is exceptional and a required purchase for any kitchen.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book for a cookophobic person! 23 Oct 2009
By P. Davy
Brilliant to find a book that explains EVERYTHING in the food world - sadly my home economics education was seriously lacking, so this is really useful filling in gaps in my knowledge of ingredients that can be used!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Housekeeping Food Encylopedia 22 Sep 2010
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Has proved very useful with my french husband as it is pictorial so he can see the english meat cuts / fish names etc. Although fairly concise I feel that there was plenty of scope for more content.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK- but very UK-centric 11 Nov 2010
By Amy H
This is an attractive and useful book - but far from a comprehensive "Encyclopedia" - especially for those of us who are not from the UK.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a treasure trove 26 May 2010
By S. Seel
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This was purchased for a young woman keen to learn more about cooking. When I received it, it was difficult to give away. Its a wonderful book which tells the reader about all different sorts of food stuffs, vegetables, fruit, etc and how to do with them.
I wish it had been around when I first started out married life and didnt have a clue. Thank heavens for butchers and others who helped one. But if you dont have a friendly person to tell you whats what, this book will do it for you. Or if you know someone starting out, then this is the book for them.
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